The play's the thing...
Spend an evening at the theater in London's West End
London rivals New York for the biggest, most diverse theater scene. On any given night you can enjoy a range of entertainment from Homer to Stoppard, experimental one-acts to Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-productions, Shakespeare to Kabuki.
The West End has dozens of playhouses, but there are many other venues as well. The Time Out (www.timeout.com/london) and What's On magazines list and often review the week's offerings, and the weekly pamphlet "Official London Theatre Guide" is stacked up virtually everywhere. You can also check out the listings at What's On When (www.whatsonwhen.com).
Where to buy tickets for London theater
You are best off going directly to the box office to get your tickets, which could cost anywhere from £15 to £80 ($30 to $160), though you can also buy them from Global Tickets (tel. 800-669-6867 in the U.S.; www.globaltickets.com), which also has a desk in the tourist office.
If you want to try to get last-minute tickets at a discount, the only official spot is Leicester Square's discount TKTS ticket booth on the south side of the square (www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/tkts). The tickets there are half-price and sold on the day of the performance only. The seats are usually up in the rafters, and the service doesn't necessarily carry the biggest of the hot productions.
Note that the London Pass can get you serious discounts on tickets to top musicals, like Les Mis, Chicago, and We Will Rock You.