A Night at the Theatre
If you can pull yourself away from the flashing lights and street performers, you’ll find the Hudson Theatre just off the famous Times Square in New York, on 44th Street, right next to the Millennium Broadway Hotel.
It first opened in 1903, making it one of Broadway’s oldest theatres. Since then, the Hudson has undergone a variety of changes throughout the years, closing and opening again in different forms. Even Elvis (the King!) played there in 1956 when the space had been turned into a television studio.
Fast forward to the present day, and the newly restored Hudson reopened in February 2017. Interior designer George Couyas has developed the style of the theatre, keeping a lot of the original features. As you settle down on a gold cushioned chair, you’ll start to feel your night become decadent.
Luckily for you, there’s a new play arriving at the Hudson in November written by Beau Willimon and starring Uma Thurman – it’s called The Parisian Woman. You may know Beau Willimon’s work if you’re one of the many, many House of Cards fans out there. Previews begin on Thursday, November 9 and opening night is Thursday, November 30. Be sure to buy your tickets now to secure yourself the best seats.
Where to stay: Millennium Broadway New York Times Square
The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre which is a two-hour drive from the Copthorne Hotel Plymouth. Head out to this side of the Atlantic Ocean for a matinee performance and you’ll be able to soak up the views of the Porthcurno Bay as the light fades from day to night.
As the theatre is set in sub-tropical gardens, you’ll be surrounded by succulents and flowers. Not only will you experience a spectacular live performance as you perch on a granite cliff overlooking the ocean, but you’ll also be more than welcome to settle in and watch the actors and directors during their rehearsals beforehand.
Where to stay: Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
National Noh Theatre
Noh, meaning “skill” or “talent” is a type of classical theatre in Japan that involves music, dance and drama. Originating in the 14th century, it’s the oldest major theatre art which is still practiced today. Plots and stories for the performances tend to come from history, literature and legend – often referencing supernatural worlds and ghosts or spirits.
The most important element of Noh is the use of masks. The masks indicate what kind of character is being portrayed, from gender to age to…demons. The masks are carved out of blocks of wood and are created in a way that allows a change in expression with the movement of the actor’s head.
While the tradition of Noh is now 600 years old, the theatre has a modern personal subtitling system in each seat which can be changed from Japanese to English for you to get the most out of this unique theatre experience. The National Noh Theatre is the main theatre in Tokyo and is just 20 minutes away from Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo.
Where to stay: Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo