One of the most romantic things to do in London is book one of the many hit shows that are on in the West End. One of the most popular hit musicals doing the circuit is the fabulously entertaining “Once” winner of eight Tony Awards and a plethora of other prestigious awards including “Best Musical” by Drama League, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle.
John Tiffanys dazzling production is a classic musical and tender love story celebrating friendship and love with a stunning selection of tunes. The ever popular Irish Playwright Edna Walsh wrote the musical based on the hit Oscar – winning motion picture with music and lyrics by the much respected Glen Hansard (The Commitments).The show contains all of the unforgettable songs from the original film including “Falling Slowly”, it is a memorable and inspirational show with a unique stage adaption performed superbly by an outstanding cast of actor-musicians including Zrinka Cvitešić, Declan Bennett , Gabriel Vick , Ryan Fletcher Jos Slovick , Flora Spencer-Longhurst , Gareth O’Connor and others.
Watch the Full Monty at The Noel Coward Theatre London
The Full Monty movie of 1997 was hugely successful and the West End show is going to be just as popular with theatre audiences. This feel good show promises to be hotter than the movie version with six unlikely lads from Sheffield down on their luck after the local steel mills close decide to take a gamble and start their own strip tease act “The Full Monty”.
It’s a touching and hilarious story as each man comes to terms with their own demons, the show deals with serious topics such as poverty, homosexuality, suicide, depression, unemployment, fathers’ rights, obesity and working class culture. The group of friend’s demons are put aside and their self-esteem improves greatly as they polish their act up and prepare to strip completely naked. It’s a laugh a minute show with a joyous ending that will leave you on an emotional high and thoroughly entertained, sing along to the fabulous list of hit songs such as “Moving on Up”, “Zodiac”, “Make Me Smile”, “We Are Family”, “What a Feeling” and of course “The Stripper”.
The show opens in the West End in February at The Noel Coward Theatre after great reviews from around the country so tickets are expected to sell quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.
The Pajama Game at The Shaftesbury Theatre London
This successful musical comedy romance keeps coming back to entertain a new generation of theatre goers. The original West End show opened in 1955 and ran for almost two years at the London Coliseum. It was revitalised in 1973 and once again in 2006 winning yet another Tony Award and after a highly successful period in Chichester it returns to the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Like previous audiences you will just love this feel good musical with a great story line about hard pressed factory workers producing pajamas at an incredible rate deserving a pay rise and with a strike is brewing along comes the handsome and charming Sid Sorokin the new head. He falls for feisty union representative Babe with unforeseen consequences with secret meetings, jealousy, romance and comedy all accompanied by some wonderful show tunes such as “Hernando’s Hideaway”, ”Rags to Riches”, “Hey They”, “Once a Year Day”, ”There Once Was a Man and Steam Hat” and many more memorable tunes and some great dance routines choreographed by Stephen Mear.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre London
There are so many awesome things to do in London its hard to know where to start! Why not get yourself down to the West End and watch one of the many theatre productions? With so much variety on offer you really are spoilt for choice with musicals, plays and comedy productions. One of the finest on offer and also the longest running comedy stage productions is the timeless John Buchan classic “The 39 Steps” playing at the Criterion Theatre.
This is a fast paced farcical comedy that has been entertaining audiences for years with the story set in Britain in the time leading up to unfolding events to the First World War. Our hero, Richard Hannay meets a secretive woman who leads him on a country-wide escapade to clear his name and save his Monarch and country. It is a work of genius on-stage imagination, creativeness and originality as four actor’s work their way through at least 139 roles in a frantic 100 minute show whilst at the same time somehow managing to remain faithful to Alfred Hitchcock most dramatic scenes from the film version of the same name.
It is an astonishing theatrical performance of adventure, villainy, drama, and pure outlandishness that audiences just love to see. One of the best comedy shows on the circuit and worthy winner of an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Seen in more than 25 countries it appeals to anyone who appreciates non-stop action, tongue in cheek comedy and a good dose of Month Python style triviality, a truly great West End theatrical experience.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Live on Stage! Lyric Theatre London
A fantastic show for the family The Tiger Who Came To Tea was awarded the Olivier 2012 Award nomination for best family entertainment. The show is constructed around the brilliantly illustrated picture book by Judith Kerr which has sold millions of copies worldwide and due to its huge success translated into no less than 20 different languages. The book has been successfully modified for the stage with lyrics and songs by David Wood OBE one of the country’s finest and most popular writers of musicals and plays for children. This classic children’s tale of the greatly loved tiger causing chaos and mayhem at tea time is full of surprises, sing along songs and loads of magic.