With the bright lights of New York City and the buzzing atmosphere in London, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a night out. Luckily, Splendia is here to lend a hand. New York’s Broadway and London’s West End have a combined total of nearly 100 theatres, so where better to enjoy an evening of utter sophistication and old-fashioned good fun?
Why not relive history by going to see a production in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank? The original theatre, built in 1599, was destroyed by a fire in 1613 – what currently stands is a modern reconstruction. Explore the Globe’s exhibition to learn more about Shakespeare, and then take a seat in the wonderfully recreated theatre (or stand in the ‘pit’ as a ‘groundling’, to be really authentic!) and see one of his plays in action. The 2013 season calendar has just been released and tickets are available for fantastic productions such as The Tempest and King Lear.
Across the pond, film star Scarlett Johansson is currently treading the boards in a critically acclaimed production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The play, described by The New York Times as ‘a storm from the south, brewing in a bedroom’ is a fiery, passionate story that is drawing audiences from all over the world. Johansson’s co-star Benjamin Walker calls her ‘fantastic, highly intelligent and very funny’; catch her with her claws out as Maggie the Cat at the Richard Rogers Theatre on West 46th Street, playing until the end of March.
For a more informal evening, indulge in the delights of the hit West End production, Matilda the Musical (picture above). Based on the much-loved Roald Dahl book, this gloriously fun show has smashed records by winning seven Olivier awards. Revel in childhood mischief at London’s Cambridge Theatre and in New York from March this year.
New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre is currently host to one of the most daring musicals in recent history: The Book of Mormon. Devised by the creators of South Park and Avenue Q, and described by Ben Brantley as ‘blasphemous, scurrilous and foul-mouthed’, the show centres around two Mormon missionaries who have been sent to Uganda to spread the word of their sacred book. While it may not be for the easily-offended, The Guardian calls this satirical musical comedy ‘utterly irresistible’. Find out for yourself at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, as well as New York’s West 49th Street.