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Raising the temperature in the Amber Suite
What to do when you’re a five star hotel in an egregiously expensive city which is one of the centers of the banking world which caused the global financial crisis, and your prices are such that only rich people and celebrities (because celebrities are all over your hotel) can afford to stay there?
You put on a play about wealth and complacency and capitalism and guilt… in one of your top suites.
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It used to be just the Jude Laws and the Benedict Cumberbatches that sold out London theaters, but these days, sell-out shows are all over the West End. But never fear if you wanted to see Gillian Anderson in the much-acclaimed Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire, or can’t make it up to Stratford-upon-Avon to catch the latest RSC production, because you can see them in the distinctly civilized setting of One Aldwych’s screening room. Yeah for hotel culture!
The Live At One series, which starts 3 September, will feature live feeds from the most sought-after productions around the UK: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona from the RSC (3 September), Streetcar Named Desire from the Young Vic (16 September), Manon from the Royal Opera House (16 October) and so on. The program includes opera and ballet, as well as plays, and you’ll have a two-course meal before the show at Axis, a glass of champagne while you watch, and dessert and coffee served in the interval. Food is billed as the best of British, with Cornish mackerel, Kentish cob nuts and loganberries amongst the ingredients (not together).
Tickets cost £49.50 (they seem to be the same price, whatever the production), which is pricey (considering National Theatre tickets start at £10) but not horrendous, if you remember that three courses and booze are included - and it's a boon for those of us who can't organize our diaries six months ahead to buy tickets, or can't make it to Stratford. Dinner starts at 5.45pm, with the screenings from 7pm.
We all know how expensive London hotels can be but if you're in town this weekend, there's something you can do at a London hotel entirely for free--and it's not related to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee either.
The Hotel Indigo Tower Hill is putting on an interactive theater production throughout the hotel. The Hit, a "Madmen"-esque production tells the story of a historic heist filled with greed and deception which is perfect considering the hotel's location in the Financial District. Scenes of the production will take place throughout the hotel. The show is running from May 25-May and tickets are open to the public and gloriously free.
We're expecting it will be a lot like the W London's Punchdrunk experience from last year, only maybe less kinky. Wanna make a night out of it? Sorry, rooms are sold out this weekend and next. But we found rooms on June 8 for just £99 a night.
The Punchdrunk theater group makes themselves at home in the W London.
So the night before the bolded names came out for the W London's big opening bash, the hotel put on a really cool event that allowed visitors to see the hotel's rooms and public spaces. But this wasn't just any old hotel tour.
Called 192 Doors, it featured theater group, Punchdrunk whose performance unfolded behind the doors of the guestrooms and down the hallway corridors of the hotel. Inspired by Alfred Hithcock's "Rear Window", participants begin as voyeurs as they follow the story through the hotel but then eventually become implicated as the story unfolds.
Naturally, we had to send one of our trusted London hotel spies to report on what went down.