I’ve loved going to the theatre for pretty much as long as I can remember and even when I was a really young kid my mum used to take me and my brother into London to catch the latest show. I have vague recollections of seeing Grease with Shane Richtie as Kenickie (I think) and being mesmerized by the show. I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a lot of shows over the years including a few on Broadway including Spiderman The Musical which was amazing.
If you’re planning on seeing a show in London I always recommend checking out theatres ticket pages as for a lot of them you can queue up early in the morning and get great cheap tickets and this is something I’ve done on a few occasions. Well worth the early morning.
Here are my top seven recommendations (in no particular order) if you’re stuck on what to see:
This is probably one of the most well known musicals on the West End and has been running for such a long time because I remember seeing it with friends for a friends birthday back in early secondary school which was well over 10 years ago. Being one of my favourite Disney movies I was probably a bit biased but hearing all the songs I grew up listening to was magical. The way the animals are acted was amazing especially at the beginning when you have the full Sahara scene with all the animals. This is also perfect if you’ve got kids because they’ll know the story and characters, and all the songs!
I was never really a fan of plays and generally preferred musicals as they’re a little more feel good but when The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time came out I knew I had to see it because I absolutely loved reading the book as a teenager. The best thing about it was the boy who played the main character 15 year old Christopher Boone. He is meant to be a lot of mental health issues and the play portrayed these amazingly, so much so you’d have thought the actor had these ticks and things himself. I went with a friend who works with adults with difficulties like these and even she was amazed so definitely a high accolade.
This was a musical which I only saw really recently on a whim because tickets were cheap online and I am so glad that I bought them. I didn’t really remember much about the movie except that a young Indian girl wanted to play football but her parents didn’t want her to, but it didn’t matter as the story was told amazingly. Coming from a film with no songs is always a challenge to make new music catchy and carry well but the team did an amazing job. The play was also really funny and rife with stereotypes which were carried off brilliantly by the highly talented cast.
Jersey Boys is probably one of my all time favourite shows as much for the show as for the music. I spent a lot of time with my nan growing up and was thus brought up on a lot of rock and roll music so this soundtrack just reminds me of growing up and I’ve seen this show at least three times, although it might be more! The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons who were a music group in the 60’s and 70’s. A show about music stars always means that the casts voices have to be of an even higher standard and this has always been the case time and time again with this show. This is a definite must if you’re going to the theatre with parents/ older relatives who will love the music.
After reading the book and seeing the film it seemed only natural to go and see War Horse at the cinema, although it does end in the West End pretty soon so you’ll need to rush if you want to see it. The play is based on a young boy called Albert who helps to train a horse called Joey that his father bought despite it not being a work horse. The pair grow really close until the pair end up both working separately in the war. I won’t spoil too much more (make sure you feed/ watch/ see this) but the way this play is produced is amazing. With horses playing such a large part of this play (and more than just Joey!) the way they are portrayed is just amazing. Definitely one to watch if you can get there before Mid March.
Whatever your age you will know (and probably love) music by Michael Jackson so what better show to see than Thriller? The musical takes you on a musical tour of 45 years of the greats music from performing with his siblings in The Jackson 5 through to his transformation into the megastar that he became. Not only are the cast super talented singers (you’ve got to be to even rival Michael’s vocals) but they’re all amazing dancers recreating some of the legendary moves. Definitely a feel good, sing-a-long treat after a long week at work!
Wicked is one of those musicals that I really need to see again because it’s been a few years, but the musical is based on a novel which came out in the mid 90’s telling the other side of the story we all know: The Wizard of Oz. The musical tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who meet at sorcery school: Glinda and Elphaba. Their lives aren’t quite as you’d have expected if you’ve only seen The Wizard of Oz as Glinda is seduced by power and popularity while Elphaba tries to remain true to herself. With all original music and a great alternative story this is a must see!