No visit to London would be complete without watching a West End show. From intimate fringe performances to big budget musicals this world renowned hotspot for quality theatre has a little something for everyone.
The Book of Mormon
From Matt Stone and Trey Parker – best known as the makers of South Park – The Book of Mormon will be continuing its Christmas run at the Prince of Whales Theatre throughout the whole of March. Since it was first performed on Broadway in 2011 this offensive comedy has won Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and even a Laurence Olivier Award.
Assassins will be playing for the first time in a theatre with a large capacity. This Sondheim black comedy is about the men and women who have attempted to assassinate presidents and will guarantee a night of tension and laughs. The performance at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Borough is fronted by Catherine Tate and has received a great deal of critical acclaim.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats originally ran for 21 years in the New London Theatre. This 2014 reboot at the Soho Palladium is somewhat of a departure from its pretentious, quintessentially aristocratic British past, and has been revamped with a more “urban” feel – it even features rap music. If you’re looking for something a little outrageous, it’s definitely worth checking out.
The Arcola Theatre is one of the most charming little venues in the city. Happy Ending has been causing quite a bit of hype on the theatre circuit and will be playing until March 7th. The story revolves around a young girl who has cancer and attempts to make the most out of her situation. The story is witty, engaging and will really make you contemplate life.
Made in Dagenham
Critics’ choice award winner Made in Dagenham has been described as the best musical since Matilda. Performances will occur on a near daily basis at the Adelphi Theatre in Covent Garden. Leading the show is actress Gemma Arterton, who has received rave reviews across the board. If you’re looking for theatre with some catchy pop numbers and some easy, yet downright silly humour, this is certainly a show for you.
The Harold Pinter theatre will be hosting a number of performances of Sunny Afternoon during 2015. This musical is based on The Kinks and feels more like a big rock show than a West End stage performance – probably due to the small cast and full band musical performances – which makes it extra unique.
It’s not often a monster musical truly impresses, let alone works on the stage at all. Miss Saigon, however, has it all; three dimensional characters, fantastic light displays, and some of the best stage design in the history of the West End. Miss Saigon will have a run throughout 2015 in the Prince Edward Theatre in Leicester Square.
The West End is the most recognisable area of London and houses some of the most famous and respected theatres in the world. If you’re looking for quality theatre there’s no better place. However, if you’d rather skip the performances and see this historic part of London from above, consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter. While you may not get to see celebrities singing and dancing on stage, you’ll no doubt appreciate the view.
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