Wondering how to survive Valentine’s day? Feeling all loved up…or are you young, carefree and single? Saint Valentine’s day is impossible to avoid – it’s in every shop window and on every website (including ours)…. So whether your postman is buckling under the weight of all the cards, or you’re planning a ‘Galentines’ night out with friends instead, it’s time to plan yourself a heart-shaped treat!
We’ve put together a perfect selection of shows that celebrate love in all shapes and sizes. From epic love stories, to shows that celebrate fun, friendship and independence. Get your glad rags on and head ‘up west’ for a night of champagne, schmaltz and showbiz!
The perfect show for feisty, confident types! It’s also a joyous celebration of love in every form. Treat yourself to a visit to & Juliet to celebrate independence, mark a friendship, or just enjoy a date with someone who loves great musical theatre! Who needs Romeo anyway, when you’ve got the whole of the Renaissance world at your feet? Movie star Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) joins the cast from 29th March 2022.
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When partnered-up friends keep posting photos of their valentine gifts on social media, strike back by photoshopping yourself dating celebrity A-listers.
Take an upside-down look at love! R.I.P. Prince Charming – this is no ordinary fairytale. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gothic glamour twists every convention of storytelling, with a script by Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell and lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels, The Woman in White). This revolutionary show literally makes the earth move for an entire section of the audience!
Cirque du Soleil – Luzia
Head to the Royal Albert Hall this February for a sensual spectacle of circus sights and sounds. Cirque du Soleil is celebrating a quarter of a century of breathtaking aerial artistry and awe inspiring circus. Nobody does it better. Inspired by the stunning beauty of Mexico, Luzia (light) brings the spirit of Latin America exploding onto the London stage. Experience the fire, romance and passion of of Cirque du Soleil’s Mexican adventure live on stage.
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Forgot to buy your significant other a Valentine’s card? Avoid saying “I did it to save trees” at the same time as throwing an extra log on the wood burner. Unless of course you want your love-life to go up in smoke?
A shamelessly 1990s rom-com of a musical. Back then, we all dreamt that Richard Gere would drive past in a cadillac to rescue us from a life as a Hollywood Boulevard hooker. Knowing our luck, it would more likely have been Richard Madeley picking us up from a shift at Tesco in his Ford Cortina. Relive the romance of the movie, live on stage. The perfect way to survive Valentine’s day.
Continuing our ‘blast from the past’ theme, salsa your way back to the 1980s with a night of Dirty Dancing. You’ll have the time of your life with Johnny, Baby and the hottest latin moves ever seen on a West End stage. So much more than just a love story – this is the story of an entire generation letting their hearts fly free! Featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes‘ and ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’.
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If you promised to make your partner a gift but forgot, avoid giving them a mix-tape you found in the cupboard! At least, not without listening to it first…
Escape to the shores of the Aegean this spring by rediscovering the joy that only ABBA can bring! This is the ultimate sunny, feel-good show for date nights and best friends alike. When Sophie invites her three possible Dads to her wedding, the scene is set for disaster. But this is no Greek tragedy; Uplifting, hilarious, and described by one critic as “the sunniest of musicals”, Mamma Mia will fill your heart with joy and have you singing all the way to summer! Perfect for Valentines and Galentines alike!
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How to survive Valentine’s Day by celebrating Galentine’s day instead!
If you’re wondering what Galentine’s day is…here it is in a nutshell (we LOVE it)!
Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or even if you’re just trying to escape until February is over, there’s always a perfect show to put a new twist on love! Check out these other amazing shows – you’ll find a perfect gift for every kind of theatregoer:
The Lion King
Make Valentine’s Day a day to share with the whole family.
Nothing says “I Love You” like Danny and Sandy finding love in high school…still the soundrack of the 70s.
My Fair Lady
When a gentleman promises to take you to Royal Ascot, but only if you stop sounding so common, it’s probably not a good sign for the future. Despite this, My Fair Lady remains one of greatest love stories ever told in the theatre.
Magic Mike Live
The saying goes “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”? Watch as some of the hottest guys in town UNDRESS for the job they want instead…
If you prefer your theatre a little more thought provoking, plan a highbrow night out with this Jamie Lloyd production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Just keep an eye on your chips.
The Choir of Man
Let your hair down with this upbeat, downtown celebration of song! Part choir, part pub lock in. Like nothing you’ve seen – or heard – before.
Cyrano de Bergerac
If you could judge a man’s heart by the size of his nose, then Cyrano would be the greatest lover of all time. See James McAvoy in the title role of this great play.
How to survive Valentine’s Day…with your own musical love match!
If you’re still wondering how to survive Valentine’s day, try finding your perfect match by falling headlong into a musical in our Who is your Musical Theatre love match quiz!