When I went: Autumn 2009
Shows seen there: La Cage aux Folles
Typical price: Various (from around £20 for upper seating areas to £80 for best stalls seats)
Special points: Penchant for edgy shows
Where to eat beforehand: Les Deux Salons
The Playhouse has a thing for edgy shows, having hosted Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show and 1984, as well as more innocent fare like Footloose. Its location near Charing Cross makes it ideal for pre-theatre dining and shopping.