Our pick of the best theatre shows will leave you spoilt for choice...
We saw this show years ago in the West End and we enjoyed it then as much as we did today. Woman&Home is all about feeling good, well The Buddy Holly Story is all about FEELING GREAT!
The drama, passion and excitement that comes to life with these talented actors and musicians is brilliant! They tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
The show went on for two terrific hours with some of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Johnny B. Goode, Chantilly Lace, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Peggy-Sue, Shout and many many more.
Do you remember when there were no mobile phones, no texting or emails? When your only contact with other teenage girls was through the pages of Jackie the magazine. Every Thursday morning you would read it back to back, reading the problems of others and knowing exactly what they were going through.
Jackie The Musical revisits those heady days of forty years ago. It tells the story of a recent divorcee who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie Annuals on ?how to get a boyfriend?. Her younger self makes an appearance, telling her the do?s and don?t?s before she goes on a blind date with the gorgeous Max.
The unmistakable sounds of heart-throbs Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan will take you on a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies. Starring Janet Dibley ITV’s The Two of Us, as Jackie, Nicholas Bailey (Anthony Trueman, Eastenders) as her Love Interest Max and Graham Bickley (Joey Boswell, Bread) as the ex husband. Enjoy a boogie at the end of the show when the whole cast encourage you to shake your stuff to Tiger Feet by Mud, Crazy Horses, The Osmonds and sway to Sad Sweet Dreamer, by Sweet Sensation, the memories will come flooding back to the good old days of the Seventies.
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Sing and dance along to infectiously catchy hits such as I Feel the Earth Move and Jazzman, at the London production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked) has recently joined the West End production to play Carole herself, alongside Diane Keen (New Tricks, The Vagina Monologues), as Genie Klein, King’s mother.
The show, which this year celebrates its first birthday in the West End, offers the chance to delve into the untold story of Carole’s journey from school-girl to superstar. The production certainly leaves no stone unturned, revealing everything from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner, Gerry Goffin, to her remarkable rise to stardom.
Walk alongside Carole as she navigates the tricky path from songwriter for some of the biggest acts in the world, including Aretha Franklin and The Monkees, to globally successful artist and singer in her own right.
Don’t miss the chance to grab tickets to the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, now booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 29 October 2016.
Keep clicking to find out who else will be lighting up the London stage this year…
As soon as the curtain lifts, you’re transported to the dark and dingy world of Charlie Bucket. His chilly home might be filled with love, but his family are struggling for money. By winning a golden ticket, he fulfils a lifetime ambition – to meet the king of the confectioners, Willy Wonka with his beloved Grandpa Joe. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels, everlasting gobstoppers and, of course, the deliciously wicked Oompa-Loompas leading the way to the great glass elevator await.
Almost 50 years on from the children’s book’s release, the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still captivating audiences. And this is without doubt the best way to celebrate half a century of success!
Based on the smash hit film, this romantic thriller sees Alexandra Burke (X-Factor winner) step into the shoes of superstar Rachel Marron. The luminary of the show hires a former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer, to protect her from an unknown stalker, but what the pair don’t expect to happen is to fall in love.
Based on the film written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back), this extraordinary new production is directed by the award-winning Thea Sharrock (Sunshine Boys, The Misanthrope).The play boasts irresistible classics from the film, including One Moment in Time, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and the legendary I Will Always Love You.
The Bodyguard is currently touring the UK until 18 June 2016. Book tickets here.
Cult seventies classic, The Rocky Horror Show, is back due to popular demand!
The story’s focus is on two clean-cut sweethearts, Janet and Brad, who discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter where they meet a host of wild characters. Through elaborate dances and catchy rock songs, the crazy doctor unveils his latest creation – a muscular man called Rocky. It’s is a must-see show for anyone seeking something fun, exciting – and just a little bit bonkers!
Richard O’Brien, who wrote the fabulous show, said: “The response to the Rocky Horror Show has been outstanding; we’re delighted to be adding more dates to the run at The Playhouse. We are all really looking forward to being a part of these very special shows.”
The show is currently on a nationwide tour, which continues until 15 October 2016.
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Get ready to be thrust into the fast paced world of Guys and Dolls because it’s one hell of a ride!
Follow the story of Nathan Detroit, a man desperate for money for an illegal dice game, who will do anything to get the cash he needs. However his fiancée, Miss Adelaide, a night-club singer who has been engaged to Nathan for 14 years is finally running out of patience. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, both about to change Nathan’s world for good. A wager is made: if Sky can take Sarah to Havana for dinner, he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is a bet that Nathan can’t lose?
With the fantastic Sophie Thompson playing Miss Adelaide and David Haig starring as Nathan Detroit, the cast is brimming with talent making it one not to be missed.
The show features some of Broadway’s greatest songs including Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down
You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day. With dazzling choreography by world‑renowned Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright and direction from New York’s Gordon Greenberg, you’ll want to be the first in line to see this dazzling show.
Guys and Dolls will be on at the Savoy Theatre until 12 March 2016.
Miss Saigon, the multi award-winning new production from the creators of Les Misérables, will take its final flight at the Prince Edward Theatre on 27 February 2016.
Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris when suddenly their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the show is set to stun.
Miss Saigon’s original star from 1989, Jon Jon Briones, continues to lead the wonderful cast; Eva Noblezada however makes her West End debut alongside Chris Peluso who has previously worked on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wicked and Mamma Mia! As of September 2015, Miss Saigon remains Broadway’s thirteenth longest-running show.
The iconic 1961 film has been given a new lease of life, hitting the West End with endless glamour and passion.
The tale of the vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly (played by Pixie Lott) is told through the eyes of a young writer, completely fascinated by this exquisite extrovert who every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with. The show has been adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster.
With memorable songs from the era, this stylish production is set to capture the hearts of audiences and sparkle like a diamond in a Tiffany’s window.
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to put your dancing shoes on – bcause
this fast-paced, energetic new musical is sure to have you dancing in
With a book by four-time Tony Award winner and
Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and songs by the incredible Cyndi
Lauper, it’s a celebration of friendship and open-mindedness – with a
hell of a lot of heels thrown in!
Inspired by true events, the
story is set around a shoe factory in Northampton on the brink of
collapse – until a genius new idea comes to mind, that is. Charlie,
played by Killian Donnelly, meets Lola (Matt Henry) – a fabulous
performer in need of some sturdy stilletos, and the pair join forces to
make the most amazing pair of boots you ever saw – with some trips along
Composer and lyricist Cyndi Lauper said: “It has been a wonderful adventure and a privilege for me, to play a part in creating Kinky Boots. Everyone can relate to this universal story, and I am convinced that people in the UK are going to fall in love with it.”
For a feel-good evening and a show that you’ll be singing along to for weeks to come, you can’t get better than Kinky Boots.
Sunset Boulevard returns to the stage at the London Coliseum, with Glenn
Close reprising her Tony Award-winning role as Norma Desmond. Andrew
Lloyd Webber?s hit musical is a captivating story of romance and
Norma Desmond, a washed-out silent-screen
goddess, meets penniless screenwriter Joe Gillis and snatches her chance
to make a comeback and return to her former glory. He is smitten with
the actress and luxurious lifestyle, but unknowingly falls onto a
treacherous path. The entanglement between the pair is set to have
dramatic and tragic consequences.
The show reprises the melodies of
this much-loved score including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look and The
Perfect Year. The show, directed by Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), is limited to a run of 43 performances, so make sure you catch it before it whisks away!
Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door. One of them is a
killer. One of them wants to die. What could possibly go wrong?
Branagh and Rob Brydon star in the adaptation of Francis Veber?s
classic French farce. They reprise the roles they played to great
acclaim at Belfast?s Lyric Theatre in this comic tour-de force.
The Painkiller is on from 5 March to 30 April 2016 at The Garrick Theatre.
Returning to the London stage for the first time since its 1966
premiere, the Broadway smash hit, which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to
stardom, sees Sheridan Smith star as Fanny Brice, who rose from the
Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars.
she was cheered on-stage as a great comedienne, off-stage she faced a
doomed relationship with the man she loved. With a score featuring
now-classic songs such as People, You Are Woman, I Am Man and Don’t Rain on My Parade, the brand new production promises to be a major theatrical event.
is sold out at the Menier Chocolate Factory, but the good news is that
it’s moving to the Savoy Theatre and will open on 9 April 2016.