From family friendly favourites to shows full of hit songs, there’s a West End Show to suit every taste!
A visit to London is always a special occasion, there’s just so much to see and do in the UK’s capital city.
And you can add a touch of glamour and luxury to your trip by booking tickets to see a West End show. The opulent surroundings of the theatre, the drama and romance of the show, and of course the refreshments in the interval – it all adds up to a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening.
But you don’t need to spend a fortune if you’re planning to see a West End show. You can buy discount theatre tickets online starting from just £15, so a trip to the theatre doesn’t need to blow your budget.
And you can print the tickets at home yourself, so they’re perfect as a last-minute gift or late addition to your holiday’s itinerary.
Now your only difficulty is deciding which show to see!
There’s something to suit every occasion, whether you’re on a girls’ weekend to the capital, or taking the kids on a family sightseeing trip. Here are just a few of the shows on in the West End in 2019:
The Musical Biography: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Tina the Musical is ‘Simply the Best’ musical biography running in London’s West End. It celebrates the life and songs of Tina Turner, who rose from modest beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to become a rock’n’roll icon.
Tina the Musical features some of Tina Turner’s most famous hits, like “River Deep Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and of course, “Simply The Best”
The musical is a collaboration between Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd, Sister Act choreographer Anthony van Laast, Mark Thompson who designed the set forCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the legend herself – Tina Turner.
Tina Turner – The Musical has an open-ended run at the Aldwych Theatre.
The Family Favourite: Aladdin
If you’ve heard the traditional story or watched the Disney animated film, you’ll already know the basic story of this popular family hit.
Street rat Aladdin has a chance encounter with Princess Jasmine, who feels trapped in her palace existence and longs to explore the world. When Aladdin retrieves a magic lamp from a cave, he is transformed by the lamp’s Genie into his alter ego ‘Prince Ali’. But will Ali be able to win Jasmine’s heart?
All of your favourite songs from the Disney classic feature in Aladdin – including “Friend Like Me”, “Prince Ali” and the Oscar and Grammy winning “A Whole New World”. The world of Agrabah is brought to life on stage before your eyes, making this musical a magic carpet ride for all the family!
Aladdin is on at the Prince Edward Theatre until the end of August 2019.
The Classic Musical Re-imagined: Company
Company is a Stephen Sondheim classic, which has been re-imagined for this current run in London’s West End.
The original show is about 35 year old Bobby, his three girlfriends and the five couples who are his best friends. But in this version, the central character is Bobbi, a 35 year old woman.
Unlike most musicals, Company doesn’t follow a story from start to finish. Through a series of vignettes, it looks into the hilarious but complicated lives of Bobbi’s friends, commenting on the peculiarities of relationships.
Will Bobbi learn from her friends’ relationships, or will their problems convince her that she’s right to stay single?
Company is on at the John Gielgud theatre until the end of March 2019.
The West End Classic : The Mousetrap
The Mousetrap is the longest running play of all time. It opened in the West End in 1952 and has been running continuously for nearly 70 years, with its 25,000th performance taking place in 2012.
It’s a classic Agatha Christie whodunnit play, full of murder, mystery and suspense. You’ll try and work out who carried out the dastardly crime, but this is a case with a lot of red herrings.
There’s also a twist in the plot, but the audience are asked not to reveal it to anyone outside the theatre. So shhhh…don’t spoil the surprise!
The Mousetrap is on at St Martin’s Theatre, probably forever…
The Movie Adaptation: School of Rock
School of Rock is based on the big hit film from 2003, and first opened on Broadway in 2015. It tells the story of wannabe rock star, Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher to earn some extra cash.
He can’t teach Maths or English, so instead he creates his own musical curriculum and turns his class into a rock band. They enter the Battle of the Bands, but can they win the competition without their parents finding out?
With a score written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, you just know that School of Rock is going to be packed full of catchy tunes!
School of Rock is on an open-ended run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
And there are plenty of other West End Shows to choose from, so you’re sure to find one to suit your taste.