If you're a fan of cinema, a trip to Hollywood would be a dream come true. But if you prefer live theater, you'll want to head east — either to New York or across the pond to the United Kingdom. Broadway in New York City and West End in London are far and away the best districts you could visit to see a live performance. Check out the history and culture of these areas in this infographic, and read on for information about the shows you can expect to see in these neighborhoods of London and New York.

These two districts are about the same size and are jam-packed with theaters hosting new performances, classic plays, musicals, operas, and more. There are 40 venues in West End, which borders the River Thames and neighborhoods like Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden, and 41 venues along Broadway, which is in Midtown Manhattan. These theaters play a selection of newer works such as Hamilton, which premiered in 2015, and classics such as "The Mousetrap," which premiered in 1952.

Fans of the theater will love visiting either of these areas, and there's lots of related history surrounding the districts as well. West End is impressively historic; people have put on performances here for over 350 years. Though Broadway is comparatively younger, you'll still enjoy walking the grounds where millions of travelers have seen live performances since 1904. Whether you're just passing through one of these cities or are finally experiencing your dream vacation, you won't be disappointed in West End or Broadway.

THEATER SHOW-DOWN: WEST END VS BROADWAY


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