Life is a Dream  

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 28TH NOVEMBER 2009

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, 41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LD
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Sat 7.30pm | Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm | Previews 8th-12th Oct 7.30pm (no mats)
 
PRICES
Previews: Thu to Sat £13-£24, Mon £15-£20 | Shows: Mon eves and Thu mats £15-£20, Tue to Thu and Sat mats £15-£26, Fri and Sat £15-£29
 

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Life is a DreamThe brilliant Donmar Warehouse is delving into the 17th century to breathe new life into this classic, poetic work by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca, in a new version by Helen Edmundson. Life is a Dream is an allegorical play exploring the nature of human existence - the line between illusion and reality; the extent to which what happens is preordained - as Segismundo, an imprisoned prince, wrestles with the hand he has been dealt in life. Locked in a tower away from the kingdom since birth, he does not understand his fate but we learn that his incarceration is because his father, the king, received a prophecy that Segismundo (Dominic West) would become a brutal ruler. With lofty language, elements of fairytale and urgent, thought-provoking drama, this could be another beauty for the Donmar.

 

About The Donmar Warehouse

Housed in an impressive red-brick industrial building - at various times a brewery, a banana warehouse and a film studio - this tiny repertory theatre is one of the great success stories of the 1990s. Created as a studio space for the RSC in 1977, it became a shabby but popular fringe theatre in the 1980s, a testing ground for producers with big ideas but little money. More about The Donmar Warehouse


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Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £104  30% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £199  32% off
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Life is a Dream
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £74  27% off
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B | 5 minutes from Life is a Dream
Near to the British Museum, this Edwardian hotel is something of a Bloomsbury landmark. Relaunched in January 2009 following a '25million makeover, each of the 174 ... More
 
 
 
 
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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 11th September 2016
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 6 minutes from Life is a Dream
Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
 
 
 
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The Entertainer
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th August to 12th November 2016
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 6 minutes from Life is a Dream
Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh and John Hurt, who returns to the London stage for the first time in a decade, in this production of John ...More
 
 
 
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The Go-Between
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th May to 15th October 2016
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 7 minutes from Life is a Dream
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Michael Crawford returns to the West End in 2016 to star in The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre. Directed by Roger ...More
 
 
 
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St. Martin's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Life is a Dream
Designed as a companion theatre to the New Ambassador’s, which stands next to it, separated only by the narrow Tower Court, St Martin’s was completed in ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
Built in 1930, the Phoenix Theatre is a curious mix of classical theatre architecture and the Art Deco style. The columns and arches of the Phoenix ... More
 
 
 
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Arts Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
The Arts Theatre was built in 1927 as a members club, which allowed it to circumvent the censorship laws and perform unusual and avant garde fare. ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Life is a Dream
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Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms are housed in an extraordinary space, purpose built as a painting studio in 1904. Since 1984 the gallery has been specialising in ... More
 
 
 
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19 Greek Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
19 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
19 Greek Street is a gallery and interior design practice promoting sustainable and socially responsible design. "Eloquently demonstrating that eclectic design and functionality can indeed go ... More
 
 
 
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St Paul's Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from Life is a Dream
Affectionately known as "The Actors' Church", St Paul's in Covent Garden is in the heart of theatreland and has long been associated with the theatre community. ... More
 
 
 
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Thomas Neal Centre
London > Shopping > Shopping Centres
29-41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | Same location as Life is a Dream
This is a trend-setter’s heaven. Some say it’s a bit pretentious but there’s certainly no better place to pick up the latest streetwear collections. The inside ... More
 
 
 
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Neal's Yard Dairy Covent Garden
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
17 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
Cheese-enthusiasts will love this specialist shop in Covent Garden’s thriving, colourful Neal’s Yard. Sourced direct from small, independent farms, most of the cheese here is unpasteurised ... More
 
 
 
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Seven Dials
London > Shopping > Street or Area
Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
The 'Seven Dials' refers to the layout of the cobbled streets in this scenic part of Covent Garden which includes Monmouth Street, Earlham Street and Mercer ... More
 
 
 
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Progreso
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Downstairs, Thomas Neal’s Centre, 35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | Same location as Life is a Dream
Two London addresses, both ideal for a break from frantic shopping. Escape the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road, or the sea of fashion outlets in ... More
 
 
 
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Flesh and Buns
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
The second London opening from chef proprietor Ross Shonhan who brought us the ever-popular ramen restaurant Bone Daddies, Flesh and Buns is a laid back Japanese ... More
 
 
 
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Earlham Street Clubhouse
London > Restaurants >
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | Same location as Life is a Dream
Imagine a American highway roadhouse - a jukebox, Cooney Island fairground lights and recycled tin advertisments - and you've got it. The 160-capacity, basement venue ... More
 
 
 
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Dale Carnegie Training
London > Education > Business Faculties
4 Ching Court, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
Management and public speaking training.... More
 
 
 
Alpha Japanese Language School
London > Education > Language Courses
3 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Life is a Dream
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 4 minutes from Life is a Dream
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Life is a Dream
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Life is a Dream
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Life is a Dream.
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Polpo at Ape and Bird
London > Nightlife > Pubs
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Life is a Dream
When Russell Norman, famed for Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin's, and as The Restaurant Man on BBC2, opened his first pub in November 2013 it seemed ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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Norman's Coach & Horses
London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
Claiming to be 'the West End's Best Known Pub', Norman's Coach & Horses certainly has more than its fair share of unique features. Firstly there's the ... More
 
 
 
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Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Life is a Dream
Covent Garden "style" bar serving cocktails and a chilled out, trendy vibe. Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the ... More
 
 
 
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
Beneath the Phoenix Theatre lies this charming escape from the norm. Something of a 'hidden gem' the Phoenix Artist Club is secreted away down a little ... More
 
 
 
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The London Cocktail Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Life is a Dream
The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Life is a Dream
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from Life is a Dream
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from Life is a Dream
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 

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ElegyElegyElegy Part of the Donmar Warehouse 2016 season, this world premiere of Elegy , Nick Payne's new play, opens in April and once again sees the Olivier Award-nominated writer delve into the world of science. Elegy asks what would happen if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded, with every act of human behaviour catalogued and whol2016-05-27T00:00:00+01002016-06-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41  Earlham Street  Seven Dials    WC2H 9LD
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  £7.50-£37.50
DATES  21st April to 18th June 2016
VENUE  The Donmar Warehouse 
Part of the Donmar Warehouse 2016 season, this world premiere of Elegy , Nick Payne's new play, opens in April and once again sees the Olivier Award-nominated writer delve into the world of science. Elegy asks what would happen if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded, with every act of human behaviour catalogued and whol... More about this event
 
Elegy Q & A With Nick PayneElegy Q & A With Nick PaynePlaywright Nick Payne, Dr Rowan Williams and Murray Shanahan, discuss the issues raised.2016-06-14T18:00:00+01002016-06-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41  Earlham Street  Seven Dials    WC2H 9LD
Category: event
On Soon
Elegy Q & A With Nick Payne
Faith HealerFaith Healer Following her productions of Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar Warehouse in 2016 to direct Brian Friel's Faith Healer, starring Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee. A play about the possibility of genius and the certainty of failure, it follows healer Frank Hardy has he travels the corners of 2016-06-23T00:00:00+01002016-08-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41  Earlham Street  Seven Dials    WC2H 9LD
Category: event
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  £7.50-£35
DATES  23rd June to 20th August 2016
VENUE  The Donmar Warehouse 
Following her productions of Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar Warehouse in 2016 to direct Brian Friel's Faith Healer, starring Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee. A play about the possibility of genius and the certainty of failure, it follows healer Frank Hardy has he travels the corners of ... More about this event
 

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Dance | Until 27th May 2016 

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After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
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Dance | Until 27th May 2016 

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Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett presents a full-length narrative ballet-adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel, which deals with ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
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Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

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A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
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Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

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Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
Designology
Tours | Until 27th May 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Life Is A Dream

The exhibition explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the last century....More

The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Life Is A Dream

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Life Is A Dream

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Life Is A Dream

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
 
 
 
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