London’s most exciting theatrical experiences are often booked up in advance but sometimes the major shows hold back tickets for that evenings show. For quality views book in advance though.
For quality views book in advance though. The sights possible on the London stage rival the astonishing architecture of London itself. As much as standing in wonder outside sty. Paul’s gives you Goosebumps and is a gorgeous reminder of the city and the country’s heritage; the west end musicals are similarly exhilarating. They create tender drama whilst being fantastic entertainment. They are perfect for dates and for entertaining tired children at the end of a day’s sight-seeing. Pieces like we will rock you, the musical based on the era defining music by Freddy mercury and brain may. Glam rock provides a delicious nights entertainment. The opportunity to bring out your inner glamour diva or rock god and join hundreds of people in a night’s festivity celebrating the best of the seventies.
The second most popular musical in London is the lion king at the lyceum theatre. This production is difficult to compare anything to. It has the most extraordinary use of the theatre space with beautiful and sculptural costumes which convey the strength and honour found in the animals of the African savannah. The story based on Shakespeare’s hamlet stands strong, stirringly expressed in abundant and luscious colour by fantastic actors.
The worldwide smash of the film version of Billy Elliot is more than paid tribute to in this musical. The story is of a humble boy rising through class restriction to fight ignorance and succeed in making his family proud. Elton john has written an uplifting and emotional score to this loving depiction of a young man’s journey in the eighties in the north of England. Billy Elliot has a love of ballet and risks ridicule and his relationship with his father to stand by his passion and fight for success in a foreign world.
For 25 years the phantom of the opera has reigned supreme over the west end with its passionate drama and frightening themes. The story is of a recluse who hides in the Paris opera and brings the theatre folk to fear him whilst falling in love with the beautiful singer Christine. Phantom is a tour de force of musical theatre.
Thriller is a tribute to the brilliant and iconic music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. This is a celebration of Jackson’s music, theatricality and his astonishing journey to stardom. The mysterious life of the king of pop is laid out with hysterical drama and enthusiasm. It enthrals audiences and leaves them dancing.
The west end is glowing with confidence. These five shows alone preview a vibrant side to London. The emotion that these dramatic experiences take you to is a valuable part of London’s culture. The musical theatre in the capital of the up is big emotional and bold, these are a few of the best.
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Top 5 west end shows and where to stay
1. The woman in black has been described as the most gripping and thrilling show ever to be staged and with a mixture of eerie sounds and creepy acting; it’ll have everyone on the edge of their seats from curtains up to curtains down.
Suitable for: everyone except very young children.
Stay at: le meridian, Piccadilly. A 5* hotel only 0.2 miles from her majesty’s theatre.
2. Les miserable’s is the longest running west end musical, now celebrating its 25th year in London and boasting visitor figures of over 24 million worldwide. Based in 19th century France this musical is a classic tale of love and betrayal that will have you riding an emotional rollercoaster.
Suitable for: lovers of classic storylines and those who don’t mind shedding a tear.
Stay at: the Sidney hotel, Pimlico. Perfect for couples and families with full English breakfast included.
3. Chicago is a sinister tale of murder, crime and a woman trying to fulfil her dreams all told through incredible dance and songs that have become classics to people of all ages.
Suitable for: people of any age that love to sing along to the popular classics.
Stay at: park inn, Hyde Park. Modern 3* hotel just over 2 miles from the Cambridge theatre.
4. The phantom of the opera depicts the sad story of a disfigured genius and the uplifting story of a girl whose singing reignites a boy’s love for her. This complex story is one of the world’s longest running and most popular musicals which is a must for anyone who likes a bit of drama.
Suitable for: all those that love drama, suspense and stories that turn out right in the end.
Stay at: holiday inn, Mayfair. Just around the corner from her majesty’s theatre with great last minute deals to be had.
5. Hair caused quite a stir when it was first staged in 1968 with its gratuitous depiction of see, drugs and rock and roll and the first ever display of full nudity at the Shaftsbury theatre. It is as daring today as it was then and is well worth a watch for all those who lived through or wish they’d lived through the 1960s.
Suitable for: anyone over 18 years old who wants to know what the 1960s were really like.
Stay at: Grosvenor house, marble arch. Let your hair down with a night of luxury after a show about the decadence of the 1960s.