Your insider's guide to picking the right show for your trip to London's Theatreland
Everyone always asks, “So, which is the best show on in London?” when visiting the West End’s Theatreland.
This is an almost impossible question to answer because often people get confused between ‘best’ and ‘popular’, and quite frankly, everyone’s tastes are different. For instance, we don’t all agree on which are the best programmes on TV. Some people enjoy the soaps, whilst others can’t stand them. Equally, some people love watching sport whilst others detest it. Similarly, other entertainment programmes, quiz shows, reality TV, chat shows, comedies and dramas often divide opinion hugely amongst the population.
However, we understand that buying tickets for theatre in London isn’t cheap, so it is helpful to have some guidance. If you are really stuck on what you want to go and see, try calling us at Shows in London, as our team are only too happy to tell you about their views about the shows on in London.
Firstly, perhaps you may need to decide, whether it is a musical, play or comedy that you are looking for? Are you looking to see a show in London as a special treat? Is it a gift for a friend or family member, or a fun ‘date-night’ you’re planning? Or are you just trying to keep up with the cultural Joneses? (Yes, we do it too!)
With this in mind, we can help you find the right show to fit the mood.
If it is a musical you’ve got your heart set on, then there’s lots of choice – whether you are looking for a light-hearted and fun show, with plenty of giggles in the form of a comedy musical or something a bit more dramatic with an interesting story.
If you simply want to be entertained with glitzy costumes and wonderful sets, whilst listening to your favourite show tunes. Do you have a particular taste in music? If so, how about considering Mamma Mia! with the music of Abba, or We Will Rock You featuring the songs of Queen. Or if 80s rock is your thing, then I’d recommend Rock of Ages. There’s also the Michael Jackson tribute Thriller, which doesn’t have a storyline, but is certainly an entertaining show with great music.
Musicals with dramatic plots include Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Billy Elliot; check out full details on the Shows in London individual show pages, and pack some tissues if you go!
If you’re looking for a romantic night, then there is Phantom of the Opera, the ultimate romantic musical, billed as ‘London’s greatest love story’.
Often long running shows in the West End, such as Lion King – a firm favourite for kids and adults alike and running for over 12 years, is an indicator that it is hugely popular and therefore highly entertaining. Other family shows include Shrek the Musical based on the hit DreamWorks film from 2001, Wicked - the unofficial prequel to The Wizard of Oz, and the hugely popular Matilda the Musical based on the treasured Roald Dahl book and produced by the outstanding Royal Shakespeare Society.
If it is a comedy or play that you are looking for then please refer to the full show description on the individual show pages on the Shows in London website, as the range of shows are so diverse from a classic whodunit like The Mousetrap, which has been running for 60 years through to The 39 Steps based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film but produced with a comical twist for the stage show.
Plays also tend to run for shorter periods at each theatre and change often, so there’s always a ‘new show’ in town – so for the latest information, check out the Shows in London plays page or give us a call on 0871 976 9767 and we can give you advice on the most current shows in town.
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