At $2 to the pound until quite recently London seemed like an expensive and crowded tourist option for many Americans, Europeans and Australians. But the credit crunch has seen to that and London is suddenly 20% cheaper. And now the summer is over the crowds have dissipated and London is left with world-class attractions and plenty of beds, seats and chairs for visitors.What plays or musicals should I see?Here are four shows which I have recommended to visitors coming to London to see us this AutumnThe 39 Steps has just past its second birthday at the Criterion and has just announced that its run has been extended yet again. The play is adapted from the novel by nineteenth century novelist John Buchan and the 1935 film of the book by Alfred Hitchcock. The play is a comedic spoof-thriller about Richard Hannay a London gentleman who is drawn into a foreign plot and ends up on the run himself after a woman is found murdered in his flat. I saw the original London show at the Tricycle before it opened at the Criterion and it is heartily recommended. The production won “Best New Comedy” at the Olivier Awards in 2006. A Broadway spin-off won two Tony Awards this year.Grease. London revival of the 1972 Broadway hit immortalised by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the 1978 film. This 2007 revival has been much acclaimed by critics and audiences. It is full of life and energy and will leave you singing the songs and feeling great.Hamlet. Shakespeare?s signature tragedy is on at the edgy Donmar Warehouse with Jude Law as Hamlet and direction by Kenneth Banagh. With this quality of talent the production promises to be impossible to miss. The King of Denmark, Hamlet?s father, is murdered and Prince Hamlet is overcome with grief and resolves to avenge his father?s death. The consequences for Hamlet, his family and his Kingdom are devastating.The Phantom is back. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic romance has been revived at Her Majesty’s theatre. For those who remember the London launch of the musical in the 1980s, relive the magic.After the show why not head to Edgware Road. At the Marble Arch end is a row of about 30 Lebanese restaurants each more authentic than the next. The Arabian style strip stays open extra late so you will never go hungry no matter how late you get out. This is London with a twist.Getting to the theatre district is easy. On the Central Line you have stations at Holborn, Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Circus. On the Piccadilly Line Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Holborn (again) may all be helpful. In addition there are plenty of buses from all over London.
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