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Leave a light on for me…A ghost light

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There is a theatre tradition that not everyone is aware of,  it is where a light is left on in the centre of the stage when the theatre is ‘dark’.  A ghost light.

This is of course completely practical ,making sure the stage is  safely lit to avoid accidents, such as falling off the edge into the orchestra pit by anyone who might be working after a show or working alone in the theatre when there is no production.

Some claim that the tradition began in the days of gas-lit theatres when dim gas lights were left burning to relieve pressure on the gas valves however this tradition of a dim single light on the stage also has a spooky superstition to it.

Older theatres are notorious for having a ghostly presence, so the ghost light allows ghosts in the theatre to perform on stage when there is no-one else in the building. This is meant to please the ghosts so they don’t cause havoc and sabotage shows.

This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theatres are closed, Can you imagine the ghosts of the centuries past congregating to perform together once a week in order to fulfill their need to entertain even if it is just other ghosts!

Many theatres have been  forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and have renewed the tradition of ghost lights as a way of indicating the theatres will  survive against the odds and re-open.

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London theatres reopen, here are the next shows

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After months of closure and waiting, it seems that soon we will be able to return to the theatre. Meanwhile, one after another, the major London theatres announce their program and reopenings. It seems that this is the right time, meanwhile many shows already have tickets on sale. Some shows will start in April, but the majority will start in May/June.

The pandemic left several hugely successful shows like Hamilton on hold and delayed the start of expected shows like Frozen and the Bob Marley musical. In any case, buy tickets from an authorized dealer with this logo, should there be other closures for the pandemic, you will get a refund via a voucher or another ticket.

It is hoped, however, that the pandemic is under control with vaccines, although there may actually be surprises. But life is short and you also have to live, so London is reopening and hopes to be back as before soon.

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London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical

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From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.

The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.

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London Theatre: Wicked

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This long-beloved London musical returns on May 23 after the pandemic has stopped. A reinterpretation inspired by the book of the Wizard of Oz which was a huge success with the public. He will be in London at least until November 27th. The show lasts two hours and 45 minutes.

The show is held at the Apollo Victoria theatre which is close to the station of the same name, therefore not quite in the West End. Apollo Victoria Theatre 17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG 

 

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously reimagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in “The Marvelous Wizard of Oz,” Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but deep friendship between two young women who first meet as students of witchcraft. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will eventually see them fulfill their fates as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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