If you have been to London before then it is likely that you have seen a show in the West End – if you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?! London’s Theatreland is one of the oldest in the world, with imposing buildings steeped in history, some of the theatres dating back to the 1600s. With the Christmas season coming up, it is the perfect time for braving the chill and hopping on a weekend break in London. If you do find yourself in the capital city of England, then seeing a theatre show or two is a must. Here are four of the best shows to see this season in London.
Billy Elliot London
It may have announced its closure on Broadway recently but this classic British tale is a must-see for anyone who is interested in dance. Billy Elliot tells the gripping story of a young boy whose passion is to become a ballet dancer, against the wishes of his parents. With a beautiful score written by Elton John, it is a true piece of classic British theatre that is currently in its 7th year in the West End.
Phantom of the Opera London
The most successful entertainment project of all time originated in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986, where it still remains to this very day. The romantic Andrew Lloyd Webber production is a great choice this Christmas, especially as the show has just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. With a new DVD of the anniversary performance due out soon, nothing is quite like seeing the spectacular show on stage, and what better than seeing it where it all began?
Shrek the Musical
If you are coming to London with the kids then buying Shrek the Musical tickets is a great idea. The children will love it but so will the adults, with the hilarious tale of the green ogre and his side-kick Donkey brought to life with a brand-new score and an extension on the original story. Originally a Broadway production, Shrek the Musical is currently playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London which dates back to 1663 and is the oldest theatre in the country.
Legally Blonde the Musical
Legally Blonde the Musical is one of the best tickets in town. Based on the hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, it won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. When Elle Woods is dumped by her preppy boyfriend Warner for not being “serious” enough, she decides to prove him wrong by enrolling at Harvard Law School. She ends up on a journey of self-discovery, with a dotty manicurist, ditzy sorority girls, and a gay chihuahua in tow. Filled with fun pop standards, this is a seriously entertaining night out.
There are countless other theatres in London showing many musicals, plays and dance performances, but these four shows are perfect to see on a trip to the ‘Big Smoke’ this winter.
By Alice Bzowska