A group of keen Theatre Studies students went on a trip to the centre of London, departing from school on Friday afternoon. Leaving Chester station about 12.20 we arrived at Euston mid-afternoon and headed for the hotel in central London. As soon as we had settled in, we headed for a quick meal: traditional London pizza, and then straight for ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’. We took our seats for a showing of ‘Phantom of the Opera’, our seats were described as “Within spitting distance” of the stage; a great performance (watch out for the chandelier!).
The next morning there was a breakfast buffet at the hotel, where there was a range of food to choose from, the full English breakfast was popular along with a variety of cereals. We then walked to the tube and travelled to the dance studio. The students took part in an Aladdin workshop, which was led by a dancer from the show! Kayleigh, taught the willing group a short dance from the opening song, ‘Arabian Nights’. After the strenuous warm-up and dance routine, we then had a Q&A with Kayleigh about life and work in the West End (London’s theatre land).
We were then given some time to look around Covent Garden and the surrounding area in glorious sunshine; there were great shops and of course a marketplace along with street entertainers and acts performing in the square.
We all joined again before taking a short walk to the Prince Edward Theatre to see ‘Aladdin’. The matinee showing was well received and then ended with everyone headed back to the hotel to grab the bags that we’d left there, followed by a rush to the tube. Once we arrived at Euston we were able to grab a quick bite to eat before catching the north bound train. We arrived back at Chester train station where everyone went their separate ways for a well-earned rest!
By Jonathan J