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article imageU.K. West End theatre turns 350

By Tim Sandle     May 26, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The London West End, home of much of British and International theater, turns 350 years-old this month. Special events are being held to mark this historical milestone.
To mark the historical longevity of British theatre, a series of special (and free) events are to be held. This culminates is a special show in London's Trafalgar Square where performances taken from the Jersey Boys and Les Miserables lead a tribute made up of different acts from current and former shows.
The main event is called West End Live and it will run across the weekend of 22 and 23 June 2013. The event does not only look back at the past, for Sir Tim Rice's new musical From Here to Eternity will also be previewed at the show. The new musical is set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1941, before and during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Other shows featured include: Wicked, Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Top Hat, Thriller Live, Jersey Boys, Monty Python’s Spamalot, We Will Rock You and the winner of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Audience Award Billy Elliot The Musical.
Speaking to the BBC, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "West End Live brings the roar of the greasepaint to the heart of the capital and all for free. From curtain up, to the encore, London Theatreland is unbeatable and this is a fabulous way to sample some of the most exciting shows to be seen anywhere in the world."
It promises to be an interesting weekend for Londoners and tourists.
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