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Take the train … to London for a city break

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Forget Christmas pantomimes at your local town hall – and get set for a spectacle by taking the train to London‘s world-famous West End this winter. Just take the train and catch a matinee or evening show. Read on for our top picks and don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap tickets before you hop on board.

Take the train to London and see …

• Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical

If you loved the book or laughed-along at the movie, make sure to sling on your stilettos and head for Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, starring Home and Away’s very own ‘Alf.’
Just take the train to London and head on a tube bound for Leicester Square to see Priscilla at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave before 31 Dec 2011.

• Dreamboats and Petticoats – The Musical

If you love your 50′s styling – think diners, ice cream floats, prom dresses as well as Grease, Back to the Future and Mad Men – make sure to take a train to London and hop on the tube to Charing Cross for Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre. Following two budding musicians both trying to get the girl, this musical will feature well-loved tracks from Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison and more.

• Matilda – The Musical

If you or the kids love Roald Dahl and his pint-sized, book-worm heroine Matilda, then take the train to London and pop on the tube to Covent Garden for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. This musical will see Mr Dahl’s book brought straight to the West-end by the brains behind the Royal Shakespeare Company, so it’s sure to be a literary – and a musical – treat.

• Wicked

If you’re looking to see the Broadway sensation that follows the Wicked Witch of the West before she got so cranky, take the train to London and get on the tube to Victoria for Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. On until the 27 October 2012, Wicked has stellar reviews since it previewed in 2006, and is a real must for any Wizard of Oz or theatre fans.

• The Lion King

Even if you’ve popped along to see the latest 3D Lion King release at your local cinema, it’s still well worth taking the train to London to see this Disney classic hit the boards. Just step off the tube at Covent Garden and head for the Lyceum Theatre to see Simba, Nala and more.

What shows would you like to see this winter?

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