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10 Things Not to Do in London

by Giovanna Dunmall

Succumb to the glitz of London's Theaterland

It's not that the over-hyped musicals and plays in the city's West End are bad—many of them enjoy great production values and star-studded casts—but they are safe, cater to mainstream tastes, and, forgive the recurring theme, far too pricey. According to the London Evening Standard, theatergoers paid £43.07 ($67.16) on average for a ticket to a West End show last year, compared with £21.36 ($33.30) in 1995 (a 100 percent rise).

Catch some radical local theater

Try the Tricycle (pictured), in North London, a theater committed to politically themed and culturally diverse writing (it recently hosted a season of 12 short plays exploring the history and culture of Afghanistan). Or check out what's on at the Arcola Theatre in up-and-coming Dalston, located in a former textile factory in London's East End. Brilliantly produced, original world theatre, music, comedy, and dance all compete for time at this emerging theatrical powerhouse. The fair pricing policies extend to "pay what you can" on Tuesday nights.

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