Reader Holidays - London Theatre Dine and Dance from South Wales Argus
Departing August 2014 - May 2015
*Price shown: 11 Oct 2014 - BML
Good food, great music and the best of London theatre
Make the very best of a weekend in London! Enjoy a matinee performance of a fantastic West End musical, sightsee or shop 'til you drop on Sunday in the capital, and enjoy a delightful dinner and an evening of dancing at a four-star standard hotel on this unbeatable-value weekend break.
What The Price Includes
- Return coach travel from your pick-up point
- One night's bed and full English breakfast accommodation at the four-star Park Inn, Heathrow (or similar)
- A ticket for a Saturday matinee performance of the West End show of your chosen show (prices will vary according to show and ticket category selected)
- Dinner on Saturday night
- An after-dinner disco in your hotel
- A transfer into Central London on Day Two
- The services of a hotel-based representative
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll travel to London. Arriving around lunchtime you'll be dropped off close to the theatre for the matinee performance of your chosen show. After the show the coach will collect you from your drop-off point and take you to your hotel where you'll have time to check in, relax and freshen up before dinner is served.After dinner, dance the night away at your hotel.
On Sunday morning your coach will take you into central London's lively West End. London is the shopping capital of the world and you'll have time to explore the stalls and boutiques of Covent Garden, the bustling stores of Oxford Street or the luxury department stores of Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason, before re-boarding the coach to begin your journey home in the afternoon.
Our lead price is based on an included, Standard ticket to 'Wicked'. Upgrade tickets are available, and the exact face-values of your tickets and your seat allocations will vary from show to show.
Standard tickets will usually have a face value of GBP15.00 - GBP44.00, and seats will generally be in the rear and upper circle (sometimes balcony).Upgrade tickets usually have a face value of GBP32.00 - GBP55.00, and seats will generally be in the stalls, dress circle or front upper circle.Top Price tickets will usually have a face value of GBP45.50 - GBP67.50, and seats will generally be in the front stalls and front dress circle.
Barking In Essex
A riotously funny new comedy with an all-star cast. Delinquent villain Algie Packer has done seven years inside and now he's coming home to spend his carefully stashed cash. But there's something Algie's family has forgotten to mention...
One of the most adored British films of 2000, 'Billy Elliot' has been developed for the stage by the same multi-award-winning team who created the film, and using a score written by pop megastar Elton John.
Written by Willy Russell, this musical has been thrilling West End audiences for over 20 years. It follows twins who are separated at birth and grow up on opposite sides of Liverpool, in very different circumstances. The boys' paths cross in later life until a final clash leads to tragedy.
Based on the smash-hit 1992 film, this romantic thriller features a whole host of Whitney Houston's greatest hits, including 'Saving All My Love', 'How Will I Know', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' - and one of the greatest songs of all time, 'I Will Always Love You'.
The Book of Mormon
This Tony Award winning show follows two young Mormon missionaries sent to convert an African village, and satirises everything from religion to The Lion King. In the course of their misadventures, the mismatched pair end up just about as far away from their home in Salt Lake City as you can imagine.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, this spectacular new show is choc-full of fantastical treats and dazzling sensations.
The jazziest, sexiest, most divinely decadent musical in the West End, this glamorous show won the 1998 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and includes the songs "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle".
A Chorus Line
Follow 17 young hopefuls as they fight it out for just eight places in a new Broadway show. With wonderful music by the late Marvin Hamlisch, including songs such as, 'I Hope I Get It', 'Sing!' and 'One (Singular Sensation)', this is a show that promises to have the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles.
Featuring classics 'Night Train', 'Try A Little Tenderness', 'In The Midnight Hour', 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone', 'Save Me' and 'Mustang Sally', this is the story of a young music fan who shapes an unlikely bunch into an amazing live act - the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Based on the classic comedy film, and starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound, this new show will transport you to the French Riviera as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress.
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Inspired by the album, 'Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical' will give you the greatest time of your life - taking you back to a time when each passing week bought one classic hit after another from music's golden era.
Bruce Joel Rubin adapts his Oscar-winning screenplay for the stage as 'Ghost' opens at the Piccadilly Theatre. Featuring stunning new music and lyrics, and magical stage effects by Paul Kieve, illusionist for 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', this musical promises to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride of romance, drama and suspense.
The story of a group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest pop phenomenons of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Featuring classics like 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)', 'Walk Like a Man' and many more.
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular production sweeps its audience through a tale of passion set in a nation in the grip of revolution. In its intimate home at the Queen's Theatre, it's an incredibly moving experience.
Let It Be
Let It Be is a spectacular theatrical concert jam-packed with over 20 of The Beatles' greatest hits. Relive The Fab Four's meteoric rise from Liverpool's Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to later studio masterpieces - and from 'Twist and Shout', 'She Loves You' and 'All My Lovin" to 'Yesterday', 'Come Together' and 'Hey Jude'.
The Lion King
Multi-award-winning director Julie Taymor has transformed Disney's phenomenal animated film into a breathtaking spectacle of animals miraculously brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors.
Made In Dagenham
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, this uplifting new West End musical comedy is about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Funny, touching and timeless, it shows how ordinary people can stand together to achieve extraordinary things.
This wonderful tongue-in-cheek production combines Abba's hit songs with glittering 1970s nostalgia, as seen through the eyes of a mother and daughter on her wedding day.
In 1996 Roald Dahl's much-loved story was adapted into a film, and now the stage adaptation is taking the theatre world by storm. The musical was awarded the Peter Heppie Award for Best Musical at The Critics Circle Award.
In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning. The first incredible sounds of rock 'n' roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream. The sparks of a music revolution blend with soaring emotion and roof-raising energy in this exhilarating show.
Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of this record-breaking, award-winning show makes a highly anticipated return to the West End. The epic love story is the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris, before the fall of Saigon tears their lives apart.
Winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best New Musical, 'Once' is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a tender, longing romance that neither expected.
The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic masterpiece. This haunting musical, featuring memorable music, wonderful costumes and special effects, has been playing to packed houses since it opened.
Rock of Ages
This worldwide smash hit features of a raucous mix of 28 classic 80s tunes, including 'Don't Stop Believin", 'We Built This City', 'The Final Countdown', 'Wanted Dead or Alive' and 'Here I Go Again', and tells the hilarious story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade.
Shakespeare In Love
Featuring a company of over 30 actors and musicians, this romantic comedy will transport you back in time to a Shakespearean London teeming with vibrant colour, characters, music and energy for a dramatic tale. Oh, and there's a bit with a dog!
Shrek - The Musical
Join unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed, Donkey, as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower. Featuring new songs, as well as the cult Shrek anthem "I'm a Believer", this spectacular stage production brings the film's well-loved characters to life.
Singin' In The Rain
Full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world's best loved films, with a glorious score including 'Good Morning', 'Make 'em Laugh', 'Moses Supposes' and the classic 'Singin' in the Rain'.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show charts the rise and fall of Stephen Ward, friend to film stars, spies, models - including the beautiful Christine Keeler - government ministers and aristocrats, and the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London's elite in the early 1960s.
'STOMP' finds beauty and music in the mundane. With energy and exuberance, its cast of eight take the clutter and junk of everyday life and transform it into a theatrical event.
Michael Ball stars as the eponymous demon barber of Fleet Street, with Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton as the devoted Mrs. Lovett, in this wickedly funny production of Sondheim's musical masterpiece.
The 39 Steps
Based on John Buchan's classic novel and Alfred Hitchcock's memorable movie version, this hilarious comedy stars just four actors who play 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun.
Celebrating the life of the greatest entertainer of all time, award-winning director Gary Lloyd's spectacular show features over two-hours of non-stop hits. Expect your favourite Jackson songs, delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, from 'Beat It' to 'Billie Jean'.
Packed full of Irving Berlin's greatest hits, including 'Let's Face the Music and Dance', 'Cheek to Cheek', and 'White Tie and Tails', Top Hat is a glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance. Packed with stunning tap, romantic ballroom - and a little bit of Busby Berkeley - this is a love story that will set the pulses racing.
Spice up your life with this exhilarating and irresistibly funny tale of love, loyalty and romance, written by comedy legend Jennifer Saunders. An original story of our times, inspired by and featuring the songs of the Spice Girls, Viva Forever! promises to hit all the high notes for a fabulous night out.
Wrap yourself in the story of Albert and his horse Joey, as actors working with magnificent, life-sized puppets created by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a gripping journey through The First World War.
'Wicked', the spellbinding and spectacular smash-hit musical that broke every New York box-office record, is the untold story of the legendary witches from 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. See it, and find yourself transported to a fantasy land of wizardry and witchcraft!
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of 'The Wizard of Oz', starring Danielle Hope, winner of the BBC's 'Over The Rainbow', as Dorothy!
The Woman In Black
Over seven million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. Don't miss an evening of unremitting drama in a terrifying and ghostly world.
Please note that we cannot be held responsible in the unlikely event of any of the named performers not appearing in the performance of the show that you have booked to see.
Coach seating arrangements
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach).
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Your show/event ticket(s) will be given to you by your Newmarket Tour Manager on the day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Four-Star Park Inn, Heathrow (or similar)
You will be staying at a four-star hotel, such as the Park Inn, Heathrow. All rooms used will have private facilities, TV, radios and telephones, and all hotels will have good bar and restaurant facilities.Further Hotel Information
You will be staying at a four-star hotel, such as the Park Inn, Heathrow. All rooms used will have private facilities, TV, radios and telephones, and all hotels will have good bar and restaurant facilities.Hide Hotel Information