17 Nov Hot Tickets For Winter 2016
Hot Tickets For Winter 2016
With our thoughts turning to Christmas shopping and festive celebrations, a trip to London is the perfect opportunity to snap up some bargains, find interesting gifts and take in a West End show.
Here are our recommendations for the best shows in town:
Although not quite a pantomime this Disney musical hits the spot with an all singing, all dancing spectacle that gleefully shows off its lavish set pieces and revels in a knowing camp that sits perfectly with the panto tradition.
Special mention for Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie who brings his signature energy and physicality to a range of huge showstoppers – including “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” – to leave you in no doubt that this is one of the best musicals in town.
Where: Prince Edward Theatre, Soho
When: Until February 11th 2017
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This Sam Mendes adaption of Roald Dahl’s children’s fantasy provides a scrumptious treat of garish colour and theatrical dexterity all washed down with a delightful musical score from maestros Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Jonathon Slinger’s Willy Wonka steals the show with a spellbinding performance as he leads us through a series of scintillating set pieces accompanied by a troop of dazzlingly well choreographed Oompa Loompas.
Where: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
When: Until January 7th 2017
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Follow the lives of the witches and wizards before they came to fame with the Wizard of Oz. Grandiloquent yet stylish this long running musical – six years at time of writing – still manages to pack them in at every performance.
Rachel Tucker takes the lead as Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West, and with her intensely green skin and a mesmerising vocal delivery she carries a gigantic production that bristles with all the theatrical effects you expect of a modern West End show.
Where: Apollo Victoria, Victoria
When: Until November 4th 2017
The Lion King
You’re in safe hands when you buy a ticket for this, the most successful musical of all time. Incredible costumes and techniques from all around the world combine with the show’s absolute theatricality to produce an explosive spectacle that borders on the carnivalesque.
The iconic pop anthems from Elton John’s inspirational score keep the action moving along from the first note of the magnificent opening sequence until the final fade of the emotive lighting. This show just has to be seen.
Where: Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden
When: Until February 26th 2017
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Follow the story of four young musicians who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and their meteoric rise to mega stardom and global adulation. With a book by Elice and Brickman the incident-packed narrative unfolds around the song and dance numbers with wit and poignancy.
And what numbers they are – the vibrant back catalogue of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is bought to pulsating life by a talented cast who inject energy and enthusiasm that makes the songs as intoxicating now as they were 50 years ago.
Where: Piccadilly Theatre, Piccadilly Circus
Where: Until April 16th 2017
The second longest running show in London’s West End shows no sign of running out of steam playing to packed houses at every performance and enjoying a musical facelift that has taken the rouble rousing tunes into the realm of opera lite.
Cameron Mackintosh’s award winning production has reinvented itself with a richer tone that suits the stunning set and whirlwind performance of the magnificent cast.
Where: Queen’s Theatre, Soho
When: Until October 14th 2017
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The Book of Mormon
A satisfying juxtaposition blending the chutzpah of Broadway’s golden age with the cartoonish wit of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Show stopping production numbers and haunting ballads pepper an achingly funny storyline that manages to mock the ideas of fundamental Mormonism without being unnecessarily cruel.
The cast are well drilled and embellish the shows memorable songs and brash choreography with an engaging earnestness that reflects the essential niceness of the arguably misguided characters. One of the best shows currently on offer in the West End.
Where: Prince of Wales Theatre, Piccadilly Circus
When: Until January 7th 2017
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