Thinking of visiting the theatre? Whether you are visiting London or live in London, going to the theatre, or the West End in this vibrant city should be on your ‘to do’ list. It’s well known that the theatre offers a variety of shows from musicals to comedy, drama, romance and even thrillers.
So, I thought I would give a few recommendations of 5 theatre shows currently showing in London which are well worth the money and thoroughly enjoyable
for an evening out.
1. The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black is a rather scary drama based on the novel by Susan Hill. Performed in the intimate venue of the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden, the cast consists of only two actors, as the lead character, Arthur Kipps recounts his experiences about the ghosts of the past. The play is captivating, engaging the audience in a ghost story and bringing the stage to life with imagination and the presence of two incredible actors. I highly recommend this play to anyone who likes a ghost story, or even just a captivating play.
2. Matilda The Musical
The Roald Dahl classic, Matilda, has been transformed on stage into Matilda The Musical Having recently broken the record at the Olivier awards for the most amount of awards won, which was a total of seven, Matilda The Musical is without a doubt a must see on the West End. The special effects, lighting and entire performance is spectacular and something never seen on stage until now. You don’t have to be a child to have an interest in watching this show, and the performance will bring your imagination to life.
One of my favourite musicals that I have seen on the West End is Wicked, building on the story of the Wizard of Oz’s characters the Wicked Witch of the West gives her side of the story. Entertaining, funny, ‘dazzling’ and a leaning on a show loved largely by a female audience, this musical is amazing. The songs are incredible including ‘Defying Gravity’, the musicals most popular composition. This is a musical that I recommend you see on a girl’s night out, or you fancy treating your girlfriend!
4. The Lion King
The wonderful story of The Lion King is brought to life on the stage in Covent Garden’s Lyceum Theatre. The props, set, music and choreography combine to deliver an experience that you can only every get on stage. The passion in the performance, the detail and creativity of the costumes and props bring the Serengeti onto the stage. The Lion King is a must see wherever in the world you are!
5. War Horse
Emotional, powerful, moving and inspiring, the story of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo is magnificent in itself. Brought to life on stage, with puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, the horses are captured from their breathing to their galloping. War Horse, is deeply emotional, taking the audience through history into war, love, strength and devotion. I recommend this to anyone looking for a truly moving West End drama.
Visit www.londontheatre.co.uk for more information about these West End shows and more, including venues and times. What’s your favourite West End show? Were there any shockers that our readers should avoid? Let us know in the comments!