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no denying it London is a great place to go to the theatre, and with the cold winter months comes plenty opportunities to hide away from the snow and see some great live performance. Even as Londoners ourselves, there’s nothing like making the city feel like a holiday destination – or treating the misses, and booking a hotel for the night.

Get back a bit of that Christmas-treat tingle or take the family on a trip to the West End: make like a tourist once more, but with more and more excellent websites specializing in hard-to-find online deals, you can find yourself a London hotel for local prices…

We recommend fellow London insiders LondonTown.com for some top tips on where to stay, and when to get a good price for it all. That aside check out our Theatre picks for January and February featuring West End openings, top-rated fringe pieces and the latest spectaculars on the London stage…

Monkey Bars
Currently running at the Unicorn Theatre, Chris Goode’s verbatim theatre piece which stages the real words of eight to ten year olds in the mouths and bodies of adult performers, has been a critic and audience hit.

The off-the-cuff snippets of candid kid conversation are represented in adult situations – from the office to bars. Revealing both the innocence and the old-before-their-time wisdom of kids, the show suggests that we never really grow up – we just learn smarter, longer words for the urges and worries that drive us.

The Book of Mormon
This is the big one – the show the West End has been waiting for, since the first musical creation of the men behind South Park opened on Broadway to almost embarrassingly enthusiastic reviews.

It tells the story of two naïve young Mormon missionaries sent to spread the word in Uganda. Sharp, definitively different from your average saccharine musical, yet still genuinely fascinated by its subject matter and with catchy songs (so we’ve heard), it’s got everyone all in a tizz.

We’re yet to see whether the UK press go as crazy as the US writers and critics did – but you can be sure that fans will already be hyped up. You’ll want to scream and shout to get tickets for this show – previews begin at the end of February, but you’ll be hard pressed to find tickets before May.

From one of Brazil’s leading contemporary dance companies comes this interpretation of Pushkin’s much-loved verse-novel, telling the tale of the intertwining relationships of its titular hero and three acquaintances.

The show runs at the Barbican from 31st January until 9th February, and promises some beautiful colours and breathtaking moves. Plus, a striking, asymmetric set and the appearance of a fifth character – Pushkin himself – makes this a piece to put in the memory banks.

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