No visit to London would be complete without watching some world-class musical theatre. Along with Broadway, the West End is home to some of the greatest venues on the globe. Here are five highly decorated shows that will continue running throughout the upcoming season.
The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Ten years ago nobody would have predicted that the makers of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, would create a musical that would win nine Tony Awards. This controversial stage show is about two Mormon missionaries who are trying to share the Book of Mormon to Ugandan locals amidst a brutal war. After receiving rave reviews from critics on Broadway, the Book of Mormon is now receiving critical acclaim in London’s West End. Ticket prices start at £36 per person.
Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre
Les Miserables is one of the most successful theatre productions in the world. It has been translated in over 22 languages, performed in more than 44 countries, and seen by over 70 million people. Set among the backdrop of 19th-century France, the story of Jean Valjean is a classic tale of love, passion and redemption. Songs featured include “I dreamed a dream”, “One Day More” and “Bring Him Home.” Tickets prices start at £29 per person.
The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
Everyone knows and loves the Disney classic. The Lion King is an uplifting story about the young cub Simba, and his journey to the throne. The musical features music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice; 25 species of animal, portrayed by actors and puppets; and some of the best costume design and special effects in the history of theatre. Ticket prices start at £35 per person.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the newest mainstream productions to hit the West End. Based on the Roald Dahl classic, this dark tale about a young boy called Charlie Bucket and the eccentric Willy Wonka, will dazzle all of your senses. The production is brought to life with music and lyrics from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Ticket prices start at just £17 per person.
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
Wicked is a story about the early life of the witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is one of the most popular West End musicals ever made, and has entranced theatregoers since it premièred in 2006. It has now won over 90 international awards and has broken numerous box office records. Ticket prices start at £23 per person.
If you’d rather watch a smaller production, there are also plenty of fringe theatres in the West End to explore, each offering something completely different. Whether you’d like a rough, off the wall drama or a whimsical, magical fairytale, there’s always something for everyone.
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