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London’s West End is home to many mesmirising, awe-inspiring, feel good or just down right hilarious theatre shows both musicals and comedies. This guide addresses the most popular or talked about shows and why you should go and see at least one of these!
Do you have a night of comedy or musical theatre in mind to spend some time with friends or family? Do you want to know what’s hot in the west end entertainment and theatre scene? Then read this guide to the top London theater shows.
* Sister Act
Deloris Van Cartier, a popular disco diva finds herself in protective custody within the walls of a convent. Although not happy to be there at first, Deloris finds that she has a greater mission to reform a rundown neighborhood and save the voices of the sisters, she risks blowing her cover. Includes musical scores created by Academy Award Winner Alen Menkin and based from 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Cast includes Sheila Hancock, Patina Miller, Chris Jarmen, Ian Lavender, and more.
* War Horse
This is the story of a boy who refused to give up on his childhood horse, which has been shipped off to serve on both sides of World War. Therefore, as the boy sets off to search for his beloved horse, the scenes come alive before you as complex mechanics are used to create strong visualization with the centre puppets of the show.
* Mama Mia
Mama Mia is starring Hannah Robertson, Tanya Robb, Lucy Miller, Joanna Monro, and more. As a daughter daydreams of her love and huge white wedding, her single mum Donna, a spirited woman in her forties remembers her carefree times and even the careless nights she spent in her youth. She longs for a better life, and tells her tell while you hear her reminiscing to more than 20 of the best known songs by ABBA, including Money, Money, Money; Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, and more.
Featured at the Piccadilly Theatre, Grease is everything you missed in high school and it is set to a musical setting. Grease features songs including Sandy and Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted To You, You’re the One that I Want, and more. Grease is starring Noel Sullivan, Siobhan Dillon, and more
One of the most successful musicals of all time within the London vicinity, Wicked includes a musical display of the relationship of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. Wicked is based off of the original Wizard of Oz movie. Wicked stars include Alexia Khadime, Diane Pinkington, Oliver Tompsett, Harriet Thorpe and more.
* Billy Elliot Musical
In this musical tell, Billy uses the money his father intended to for his boxing lessons on a ballet class. Despite being the only male student on the ballet, Billy continues to secretly take this class until his father discovers his secret. His father forbids Billy to continue to take ballet lessons, but by this time Billy’s ballet teacher has already discovered his talent and enrolls him in a school for talented dancing students. The Billy Elliot Musical is starring Fox Jackson-Keen, Tom Holland, Tanner Plueger, Brad Wilson and Joanna Riding, and more.
Starring Ruth Henshall, Jasna Ivir, Terra C. MacLeod, Ian Kelsey and David Ganley, Chicago is about Roxie Hart who dreams of the big time of fame and fortune. Roxie Hart does reach seeing her dream come true, but it’s a bitter-sweet occurrence as she is caught for killing her lover. Does Roxie get away with murder and enjoy her fame? Find out what happens by seeing the musical Chicago.
* Avenue Q
Avenue Q is starring Paul Spicer, Delroy Atkinson, Jacqueline Tate, Christopher Fry, Cassidy Janson, Jason Moore and Rachel Jerram. This “Pant Wettingly Funny” musical addresses serious issues including racism, being gay, internet porn, dating, and finding your purpose in life by combining a hilarious set of humans and puppets. Avenue Q is an adventure of fun, frolicking and a contagious adventure.
John Hopkins, Stephen Critchlow, Natalia Walter, and Stephan Ventura are the key comedic stars in 39 steps. This “unstageable thriller” makes 150 roles come alive from famous film scenes of Alfred Hitchcock. 39 Steps includes famous scenes from Escape on the Fourth Bridge, the First Theatrical Bi-Plane Crash, and the Flying Scotsman, and Death Defying finale at the London Palladium.
* The Little Dog Laughed
The Little Dog Laughed is starring Gemma Arterton, Rupert Friend, Tamsin Grieg, Jamie Lloyd, and Harry Lloyd. In this Tony Award Winning play of Douglas Carter Beane’s, this UK prepiere is about a handsome film actor who is coming out of the closet, while his agent, a ballsy and tough character, doesn’t approve of him being so bold. The handsome actor falls in love with the rent boy who already has a girlfriend. You can find out where this love triangle leads to by seeing The Little Dog Laughed.
So now all that remains is to decide which to see!