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Theatremonkey: A guide to London's West End [Kindle Edition]

Steve Rich
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on the massively popular website, this indispensable guide has everything you need to enjoy the best of London’s West End. Readers get trusted advice based on the opinions of thousands of other theatregoers including practical tips for saving money making the most of your theatre visit.

The revised and updated Kindle edition includes up-to-date contact details for ticket booking agencies, new seating plans and updated recommendations for which seats to buy throughout.

The book includes seating plans of over 50 West End venues that highlight seats offering the best value, and those with problems or restricted views. There is also comprehensive venue information including booking details, theatre history and facilities for disabled people.

The end of book includes an easy-to-read 3D map of London’s theatreland to help take the stress out of getting to your venue on time.

Steve Rich began the now famous website in 2000. Today, it is a thriving community for thousands of like minded theatregoers. Mark Shenton, theatre critic for the Sunday Express, introduces the guide with an insightful foreword. He describes it as a “treasure trove” of information, which will help the theatre live on “as one of London’s defining features”.

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"Decent and independent theatre websites are few and far between. is one of those rare exceptions." --The Times

"Quirky guide run by a smart-alecky London Theater buff" --Desktop Traveller - Wall Street Journal

"[Theatremonkey shows you] where to sit and not to sit at each of London's theatres."

From the Publisher

For almost ten years, has been one of the leading online communities for West End audiences. Every day, thousands of theatregoers visit the website to get advice and leave comments on the latest shows. Now for the first time, this collective knowledge has been made available in a handy pocket sized guide.

Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End has been written by Steve Rich, the man behind the massively popular website. This practical guide will help you find the seats that are worth choosing (as well as which to avoid), the safest places to buy tickets from, and where to find them at bargain prices.

One of the main features of the book are the colour-coded seating plans that highlight where the best places are to sit in every part of each theatre - and any problems that might arise, row-by-row and sometimes even seat-by-seat.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10465 KB
  • Publisher: Red Squirrel Publishing (8 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VEUIP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading For First Time Theatregoers 2 Aug. 2010
The book is basically the website in a handy dandy book format with extra bonuses thrown in for good measure, it's split into five sections which explain how to get into a sold out show, how to get discounts, the difference between ticket agencies and touts, how to behave in a theatre and so much more.

To make this review clear I will discuss the book section by section (so we don't miss anything out). So without further ado...

Section 1: Planning A Visit
This section discusses where to find out whats on, very helpful advice on how to choose a show which is expecially helpful for first time theatregoers to help make sure you pick a show you will actually enjoy plus advice on which days to seasons are the quietest - helping you get better seats.

This section also includes descriptions of the main seating areas in a theatre and what each means in terms of sightlines, price and more.

Section 2: Ticket Buying Jungle
If you want to find out how to get into sold out shows, how tickets are sold including the potential pit falls and how tickets are allocated (revealing a couple of things that I wasn't aware of) this is the section you should turn to.

You will find helpful advice on where to book tickets and what to look out for to avoid ticket touts. There are some real horror stories included here (maybe a little over the top but still my review) which have resulted in a number of ruined evenings - don't let it be you next!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this been all my life?! 15 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a West End theatre lover I have always attempted to have a seating plan in front of me when booking tickets, whether over the phone or on the net. In the past this was a laborious task as would have to do many Google searches to find a plan and very often they weren't accurate or too small to see the seat numbers. After all, they are not cheap and to leave it to the ticket agency's chance is not good enough for me. Then I was reading my weekly e-mail from Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) and he recommended the Theatre monkey website. Since then I never looked back.

Everything I wanted in one place, accurate reviews, photographic directions (if you're like me who gets lost trying to find my car on a supermarket car park!)and all in a fully accessible format. Could it get any better I thought? Well, it did, with the arrival of this book.

The author clearly has an in depth knowledge of all things theatrical/West End and this is portrayed in the book. It is easily read and indexed, instead of the usually high brow, over the top almost superior language of some theatre guidebooks, this is clear and concise. The 3D map is so useful. As I used mine so much I had to purchase a second copy as when it's in and out of your bag over a period of time, like any book worth its salt, it gets worn. I would HIGHLY recommend this book and the website to all and offer sincere thanks to the team who put it together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Informative 23 Feb. 2010
Having attended the West End theatre for many years I wish this book had been around earlier. At last it gives the inside information on the quality of the seats in each theatre. The prices charged rarely match the position. Therefore, you can save yourself loads of money by reading this book and booking your tickets accordingly. Also lots of tips helping you to save money on the half price tickets - review tickets and so on. In a recession this is essential for anyone who wants to attend the West End theatre on a regular basis and be informed. Fantastic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for Theatre goers! 19 Dec. 2009
By Cecilia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first discovered Theatremonkey's website some years ago and to my delight they have recently published this book. It has all the same great information but is easy enough to slip into a handbag or luggage if you are doing some serious theatre going on London's West End (ideal for people visiting London perhaps for the first time and want to make the most of theatre visits).

With this book to hand, you'll never buy a ticket for a show again sitting in front of a column or only being able to see half the stage (I did it once! That was before I discovered Theatremonkey)

It has a diagram for the seating plan of each theatre in London with advice for best value tickets, best views, best seats for people needing more legroom etc

The book is divided into five sections -

(1) "Planning an Expedition" -(What's on Where? What's to See? Which to choose? When to go? Which seat?)
(2) "Ticket Buying Jungle" -(includes Box office basics etc)
(3) "Native Wisdom" - (includes Beating 'sold out' signs etc)
(4) "Theatre by Theatre Guide" - (seating plans and advice)
(5) "Other London Concert and Performance Venues" - (includes Shakespeare's Globe, O2 and Wembley Arenas etc)

Not only packed with excellent advice, it's fun to read with touches of humour. I've already bought extra copies as gifts and if you know anyone wanting to treat themselves to a show then this book is the ideal starting point. It's a very useful addition to anyone's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reviews. This is my second copy as I ...
Excellent reviews. This is my second copy as I passed on the first to a friends.
Published 3 months ago by Mary
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Published 5 months ago by Doubtfire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great information - really useful for theatre goers.
Published 5 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
Being a beginner to London and theatre land this book is invaluable,easy to use, I wouldn't book a ticket without it!!!
Published 8 months ago by Helping Hand
2.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining but limited book
I am a regular visitor to when I am considering any visit to a West End show, especially if I am unfamiliar with the show or venue. Read more
Published on 6 Oct. 2012 by Mr. A. T. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars For everyone who loves London and theater: A guidebook that deserves a...
(Note: Following is the review of this book for American audiences that I wrote for US Amazon in November 2009)

Steve Rich, webmaster of Theatremonkey, the independent... Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2012 by Sharon Isch
Published on 2 Mar. 2011 by jamrev
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatre Monkey
Excellent layout with loads of useful information. Theatre layouts are particularly valuable. An excellent tool for planning school trips to the theatre.
Published on 19 Jan. 2011 by Mr. J. A. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative guide to Londons theatres
I bought this as a fun Christmas present for my very tall partner, so we had a good idea of potential leg room at London Theatres: its been much consulted since! Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by N. C. Edrich
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the west end you will love this
Love the website , it is always my first point of call when booking for a show and the book is great , a must for any fan of the west end
Published on 4 April 2010 by Wendy Duffield
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