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West End Classics: 3 Of The Longest Running Theatre Shows

Monday, 14th Sep 2015

It is not called the Theatreland for no reason. London’s West End has been the abode of theatres for over a century. Some might have the spirits of prima donnas haunting them while others may have given up the ghost themselves. One thing is common for all places of the theatre district – they all have stories to tell! A balm to most Londoners, these theatres have kept the performing arts, well, alive and performing. Here is a look at some of the longest running shows of West End: 


The Mousetrap

The queen of crime, Agatha Christie, penned this murder mystery play down herself. Is it any wonder that theatregoers of all ages can’t get enough of it? The Mousetrap was first performed in 1952 and it has been trapping viewers to come watch it ever since. To date, there have been 25,393 performances of it! One of the contributors to its continued attraction is its twist ending. While any other play would have had a detective solve the murder by the end, this play divulges the murderer's identity in a most unusual twist. What happens is…ah, you will have to find that out for yourself when you go to see the play!
The Mousetrap


Les Misérables

After its opening in 1985, this play has been performed over 11,603 times! This French historical novel ends with the ending of 1832 French Rebellion. It emphasizes how an ex-convict Jean Valjean struggled to find redemption. A reason for the play being a mass favourite could be its portrayal of Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes – Javert – who may very well be the best antagonist character ever written.
Les Miserables


The Phantom of the Opera

Based on, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, by Gaston Leroux, this play was performed for the first time in 1986. Ever since that time, it has been enacted over 11,272 times. What attracts audiences so when it comes to this play? It could be the brooding hero, the Phantom, whom so many women have lost their heart to. It could also be the beautiful protégée Christine Daaé whose fluttering eyelashes have entrapped many a gentleman. It could as easily be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing score that woos the remaining spectators or the jaw-dropping scenery that keeps them entertained and coming back for more.
Phantom of the Opera


If you have yet to visit the West End, what are you waiting for? If you are a regular visitor to the district, it surely misses you as much as you miss it. See you there!

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