THEATRES, MUSIC HALLS AND CINEMAS
Theatres are very much the same in London as anywhere else;
the chief theatres ,music halls and cinemas are in the West End.
If you are staying in London for a few days, you'll have no
difficulty whatever in finding somewhere to spend an enjoyable
evening. You'll find opera, balley, comedy, drama, revue, musical
comedy and variety. Films are shown in the cinemas during the
greatest part of the day.
The best seats at theatres are those in the stalls, the
circle and the upper circle. Then comes the pit, and the last of
all the gallery where the seats are cheapest. Boxes, of course,
are the most expensive. Most theatres and music halls have good
orchestras with popular conductors.
You ought to make a point of going to the opera at least
once during the season if you can. There you can get the best of
everything - an exellent orchestras, famous conductors, celebated
singers and well dressed audience. But, of course, if you are not
fond of music and singing, won't interest you.
At the West End theatres you can see most of the famous
English actors and actresses. As a rule, the plays are
magnificently staged - costumes, dresses, scenery, everything
being done of the most lavish scale. Choose a good play, and
you'll enjoy yourself thoroughly from the moment the curtain goes
up to the end of the last act. Get your seats beforehand, either
at the box-office of theatre itself or at one of the agencies.
When you go to a theatre, you'll probably want to seat as near to
the stage as possible. But if you are at the cinema, you may
prefer to seat some distance from the screen. In fact, I would
say, the further away the better.