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The UK, London and Theatre

Why has London always had Theatre, Dance and Music close to its heart? Read our guide to shows you should take in, as well as why London and the UK is the perfect place to immerse yourself in these cultures.


The UK – and London specifically – has a long-running musical theatre tradition. If you're studying Theatre,  Drama or Music here, you're in the right place!

These productions are worldwide cultural phenomena on par with the best of film and television; there's a reason why so many make the leap to the big screen as lavish Hollywood films in their own right.


London and the theatre

At any one time, each of the largest theatres hosts a show; each a household name, even if you've never stepped into a theatre before. Just walking through the city you'll find yourself dwarfed by one of the massive billboards advertising these shows. In fact, the young girl on the Les Miserables poster has become entwined with London itself because, having graced the sides of buses and posters on buildings in the city for decades. These productions are booked up months in advance, and go on for years because they remain so popular with audiences. Even when performing at the same theatre each night, you're playing to an international audience; the millions of tourists and professionals who travel to London each year, make the most of being in the capital and take in a show (in addition to those who live here). 


Career options

If you are studying TheatreDance and Music, living in London not only gives you the chance to take in a show regularly (without having to rush for the last train home); but also this gives you options for work when you graduate. Even if you join a new and unknown production, if it catches on and tours nationally/internationally, you may be able to see the world while doing what you love. London is the place to be spotted, and it really is an adrenaline rush to perform in front of a new audience each night in a city which is so alive.


But what should you see if you are in town? Read our guide...

Mamma Mia – A musical based on the music of 70s Swedish pop superstars ABBA. You'll be dancing in the aisles, singing each word and discovering the inner-ABBA fan in you.

Billy Elliot – The story of a teenage boy who wants to learn ballet rather than boxing like his dad would prefer, while growing up in 80s working class culture in the north of England.

Les Miserables – The story of a French peasant who is unfairly imprisoned and goes on a quest for redemption, against the backdrop of 19th century revolutionary France.

The Book of Mormon – From the makers of South Park, this is the most recent of our selection but is quickly establishing itself amongst the old favourites. The satire takes a swipe at organised religion, particularly Mormons, in only a way makers Trey Parker and Matt Stone can.


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About Author

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.


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