If you’re planning a trip to London, visiting the West End is something that should definitely be on your list of things to do. There’s always a huge variety of shows on offer which make for a great day out or if you fancy making a night of it, you can grab dinner beforehand at Smith & Wolllensky and then head off to a show.
The Book of Mormon
The winner of four 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical, The Book of Mormon is a Broadway musical which was co-created by the writers of South Park. It has been described as a musical comedy heaven as well as being clever, sharp and daring. Please be advised that this show isn’t suitable for young children and may be offensive to some people.
The Book of Mormon is showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre until the 25th of June 2016.
Motown the Musical
If you fancy reminiscing about the good old days or you enjoy listening to some of the most iconic songs in history, Motown the Musical will be right up your street. This show follows the story of Motown founder, Berry Gordy who launched the careers of the likes of Diana Ross, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes because you will hear a range of classic songs including ‘My Girl’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’
Motown the Musical is showing at Shaftesbury Theatre until the 18th of February 2017.
The Lion King
This multi-award winning musical offers a spectacular visual feast of the adaption of one of Disney’s most popular films. It transports you to a dazzling world that encompasses spectacular colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. As with most shows, there are both matinee and evening performances so you can either head home before the rush hour begins or enjoy dinner followed by a show.
The Lion King is showing at the Lyceum Theatre until the 2nd of October 2016.
The Phantom of the Opera
This is one of the West End’s longest running shows and once you’ve seen it you will understand why. Despite having already been performed over 10,000 times in London alone, this award-winning musical still has the power to captivate its audience every single time. It boasts jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and has been described as one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history.
The Phantom of the Opera is showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre until the 1st of October 2016.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
One of Roald Dahl’s most famous books is brought to life in this musical which has been directed by Academy Award winner, Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, this production is both fun and magical and audiences will enjoy everything from a chocolate garden to the famous Oompa-Loompas.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factors is showing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until the 7th of January 2017.
Another timeless classic, Les Misérables has been seen by more than 65 million people in 42 different countries across the world. Even in its 28th year, it’s still breaking box-office records so this is definitely one to watch. Set in 19th-century France, this show tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love. It of course features some of its most famous songs including ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Bring Him Home’.
Les Misérables is showing at the Queen’s Theatre until the 1st of October 2016.
This musical has been dazzling audiences so much that it has won numerous awards and has also been nominated for seven Olivier Awards. Described as hilarious and heart-warming, Kinky Boots is inspired by true events and takes you from the factory floor right through to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
Kinky Boots is showing at the Adelphi Theatre until the 24th of September 2016.
This fantastic musical based at the Savoy Theatre stars Sheridan Smith and has now been extended to run until October 2016. Based on the story of the life of Fanny Brice, a comedienne and film actress, is set around the outbreak of World War One and the aftermath. The story outlines her rise to fame and her tempestuous relationship with Nick Arnstein a well-known gambler and entrepreneur of the day.
Funny Girl is now showing until October 2016 at the Savoy Theatre.
A full list of all the shows in London’s West End for Spring 2016 can be found on www.encore-hospitality.co.uk or call 020 74921611.