1. Miss Saigon in London
Miss Saigon in London

London is very good at doing musicals and there are none better than the hotly anticipated Miss Saigon. It actually came to London 25 years ago and broke all manner of records during its award winning run (not least being the first London musical to have a helicopter land on stage!)

The story is about a young American soldier who falls for a local girl in Saigon and, if that story sounds familiar, well it is really the plot of Puccini’s famous opera Madame Butterfly. It is a beautifully romantic story, so great if you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or setting the scene for a marriage proposal! It will open at the Prince Edward Theater in May.

2. The Edinburgh Tattoo
The Edinburgh Tattoo

Each August, Edinburgh is dominated by its world famous festivals and the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. From the lone piper on the battlements to the huge firework display overhead and evening spent at Edinburgh Castle in August is a memorable one.

2014 will see the Edinburgh Tattoo play a major part in the celebrations of Scotland’s Homecoming Year. It will also welcome hundreds of Commonwealth participants as the whole country sets itself to welcome the Friendly Games to its shores this summer. 

So 2014 will be a landmark year for the Tattoo and an extra special experience for those lucky enough to attend.

3. Shakespeare’s 450th Anniversary Stratford-Upon-Avon
Shakespeare's 450th Anniversary Stratford-Upon-Avon

This year the whole world is celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. So where better to go to get involved with the Bard’s day than Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The town will be going Shakespeare crazy over the whole weekend of 26/27 April with two days of family fun, pageantry, processions and performance, including a full day of events laid on by the world-famous Shakespeare Theater Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace.

Apart from the Birthday Parade on Saturday at 10:30 the town will be full of street entertainers, story-tellers, musicians and actors plus there will be demonstrations and activities of all manner of stage craft, from stage combat to theatrical make-up.

Visitors will also be able to get involved and there with special activities, children’s parties and special tours of the town, the many Shakespeare properties that are dotted around the town and surrounding countryside.

Author Bio;
Author Simon Harding runs theater and hotel packaging site www.theatrebreaks.com and he recently wrote London Theater and Theater Breaks – an e-guide to getting the best out of a trip to the theater – that you can download for free.

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