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Enjoying Comedy Theatre In London Londoners and visitors have been enjoying comedy in the city for several centuries, and today London's West End is still the place to go to enjoy a comedy, musical or drama. In the compact area known as Thetreland, are around 40 venues, many dating from the 19th century, and still retaining their Victorian charm and decoration. Recent West End productions have included the comedies Yes, Prime Minister, What the Butler Saw, and Noises Off, as wel las several of Shakespeare's lighter plays. One of the most important events in the history of comedy theatre London was the arrival in the city of a young playwright called William Shakespeare. Many of his plays were performed for the first time at the Globe Theatre, on London's South Bank and today the venue has been rebuilt to allow today's crowds to enjoy as authentic an experience as possible. The Globe has London's only thatched roof and uses natural acoustics, with no use of amplifiers or microphones. More recently, light comedies and farces began to be popular in the 19th century, as well as the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Popular playwrights of the time included Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. The 20th century saw the introduction of light shows, often known as revues. One of the most famous venues was the appropriately named Comedy Theatre, near Piccadilly Circus; the theatre was also notorious for playing a big part in overturning stage censorship in the UK during the 1950s, and for staging the Rocky Horror Picture Show during the 1970s. The Comedy was renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011, and has staged several of Pinter's plays, including The Caretaker and The Birthday Party. Another famous comedy theatre London is the Whitehall Theatre, which during the 1950s and 60s showed a series of often controversial farces. One particularly popular show was Pyjama Tops, a nude review; and the theatre has also staged The Blues Brothers, Run For Your Wife and Travels With My Aunt. Although the Whitehall changed its name to the Trafalgar Studios in 2004, many Londoners still refer to it by its old name. If you are visiting London and want to enjoy some of the best theatre anywhere in the world, one of the best places to get tickets is at the discount booth in Leicester Square. This is within walking distance of many venues and sells discounted tickets for shows playing that same day. Additional Information: http://www.london-theatreland.co.uk/theatres/comedy-theatre/theatre.php http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/betrayal-comedy- theatre-london-2299885.html http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/comedy-theatre-london/ http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/comedy-theatre-london/
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