Weekly Top Picks

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With a host of opening nights, special offers and upcoming shows to choose from, we’ve rounded up this week’s hottest tickets – you won’t want to miss them!

Show of the week

Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall with the European Premiere of LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. The thrilling feats displayed by the stunningly talented cast, which have garnered a number of four-star reviews, will have you wondering how such acts are humanly possible! Playing until 1st March only, don’t miss out on the “effortless, heart-stopping skill” (The Guardian) displayed – book your tickets now.

Critics’ Choice

Frank Skinner: Showbiz

Frank Skinner: Showbiz

Following a sold out 2019 national tour, comedy legend Frank Skinner’s critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz kicked off a strictly limited five week run in the West End this week. With critics calling the comic’s performance a “a masterclass in owning the room” (The Arts Desk), and tickets priced at just £31.80, this is the perfect show to beat the January Blues.

Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong is the latest in Mischief Theatre’s already impressive line-up (which includes The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) and, given the four and five-star reviews that this latest instalment has racked up, it’s safe to say that they’ve knocked it out of the park again! Now booking until June, with further tickets going on sale very soon, book now from just £25 to see the show that will have you  “laughing into next week” (The Sun, ★★★★★)

Closing Soon

The Girl From The North Country

The Girl From The North Country
As close as mortals come to heaven on Earth.” – The New York Times

The critically acclaimed, double Olivier Award-winning Old Vic production of Girl From The North Country, which reimagines the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, returned to London in December for a strictly limited run. With just 3 weeks of performances left, and no booking fees on selected tickets, don’t miss out on the “show that transports the soul.” (The Times)

Top Musicals

Come From Away

Come From Away are welcoming 10 new cast members to the Rock from 10 February! Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, and playing to nightly standing ovations, this joyous musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world that became grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11. Book tickets from just £18.75 and prepare to become an honorary Islander for life!

The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt

Following the incredible cast performance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, and opening at the Dominion Theatre in just under a month, The Prince of Egypt is set to be the West End’s latest musical triumph! Based on the classic animated film, journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. Get tickets from just £24.40.

Something different

ABBA Super Trouper’s Exhibition

ABBA Super Trouper's Exhibition

ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition is the brand new can’t-miss, 14,000 square foot immersive experience that invites you inside the iconic band’s personal and creative journey as it ‘skilfully weaves the story of their meteoric rise’ (The Mirror) to global superstardom. For a limited time only, save over 30% on tickets to this ‘informative and fun’ (The Telegraph) exhibition. Offer ends 31st Jan 2020.

Shows we are excited to see in 2020

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2020 is set to be another fantastic year for London’s theatre scene, with a whole host of exciting new shows preparing to take the West End by storm. In this handy guide, we’ve rounded up the top shows that we’re most excited for…

Musicals

The Prince of Egypt
First preview 5th February 2020

“The Prince of Egypt looks like it has all that it takes to become one of the most-loved musicals of all time.” (Broadway World, Sep 2019)

Join Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime on a journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt in this new musical. Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt is staged by an international, multi-award-winning creative team and features the Academy Award®-winning song ‘When You Believe’, which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Tickets are available now from as little as £23.40.

Pretty Woman
First preview 13th February 2020

Aimie Atkinson ( Six, In The Heights, Zorro The Musical) will play ‘Vivian’ and Danny Mac (White Christmas, Sunset Boulevard) will play ‘Edward’.

One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End! Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky BootsLegally BlondeHairspray), and an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams. Opening on 13th February, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, with tickets from just £18.

Be More Chill
First preview 20th February 2020

Be More Chill cast photo
The cast of London’s Be More Chill

BE MORE CHILL is the new musical sensation that’s about to invade your brain… in the best way. An unprecedented international phenomenon, this original and hilarious show exploded onto the musical theatre scene and electrified audiences during its runs off- and on Broadway. With tickets from just £23.40, there’s no need to miss out on the fun!

City of Angels
First preview 6th March 2020

★★★★★ This Olivier Award-winning production was hailed as “dazzling, thrilling and sizzlingly sexy.” (The Arts Desk)

Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). Starring Rosalie Craig (Company), with a swinging score and a brilliantly witty book, CITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir. Tickets are on sale now from £20.

Plays

Uncle Vanya
First preview 14th January 2020

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece

Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones. Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions. Get tickets from just £15 with no booking fees on selected tickets (offer ends 5th January 2020).

Kunene and the King
First preview 24th January 2020

Kunene and the King marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid

Written by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (Black Panther, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead), Kunene and the King sees fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, Death of a Salesman) perform alongside John Kani in two exceptionally moving performances. With live music and vocals by Lungiswa Plaatjies completing the company, don’t miss out on tickets from £25 with no fees on selected tickets until 15th Feb 2020.

Leopoldstadt
First preview 25th January 2020

Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. It was not to last. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. With tickets from just £22.50, don’t miss Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.

Upstart Crow
First preview 7th February 2020

Ben Elton brings his critically acclaimed BBC sitcom Upstart Crow to the West End stage

Starring David Mitchell, once more donning the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare, and Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate, Ben Elton’s much adored Upstart Crow is set to delight London’s West End from February 2020. Get tickets now from just £22.50.

On Blueberry Hill
First preview 5th March 2020

“Beautiful. Mesmerising. Mysterious.” (The New Yorker)

Following critically-acclaimed and sell-out runs in New York and Dublin, Olivier-Award winning Fishamble and Sebastian Barry’s universally celebrated play, On Blueberry Hill, comes to London’s West End for 8 weeks only from March 2020. Don’t miss out on tickets from just £15, with no fees on selected tickets until 5th Jan 2020.

Something different…

Cirque Du Soleil – LUZIA
Performances begin 12th January 2020

Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall with the European Premiere of LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico.

Escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Book by 26th December and save over 45%.

Lexicon
Performances begin 3rd January 2020

“Proper heart-in-mouth stuff” (The Stage)

Following sell out performances across Europe and the UK, NoFit State Circus’ LEXICON comes to London for a strictly limited season at the Roundhouse, promising audiences a spirited and mischievous start to the New Year. NoFit State showcase an array of breathtaking contemporary circus skills and you won’t want to miss it – book by 5th Jan 2020 and save over 45% on selected tickets.

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Enduring the test of time: the West End’s longest running shows

The general worldwide consensus at the moment is clear to see every time we turn on the news, pick up a paper or scroll through Twitter – things are uncertain. This uncertainty is not limited only to politics and the Topic That Must Not Be Named (clue: it rhymes with Frexit); shows are coming and going on the West End like never before, staying for about as long as it takes Marius to get over Eponine’s death – so, not long at all.

There are a handful of shows however, such as the one referenced above, that are bucking this trend, and continuing to thrive in spite of the trying times and ever changing audiences. What is it about these productions that have cemented them in the edifice of theatre? Read on and find out…

The Mousetrap

As it prepares to enter its landmark 68th year, it’s fair to say that Agatha Christie’s ‘whodunit’ thriller won’t be going anywhere any time soon. As the world’s longest running show, and with over 28,000 performances under its belt, The Mousetrap continues to thrill audiences of every generation with its masterful, edge-of-your-seat plot – the kind that we could only expect from the “Queen of Mystery”.

If you haven’t yet experienced the suspense of this timeless classic, you can get tickets now from just £23.40.

Les Miserables

Boasting over 30 years in the West End, four different venues, three live concerts (all starring some of the finest talents the world has to offer) and a three-time Academy Award®-winning film adaptation starring Wolverine himself, Les Miserables seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. From the infamously heart-wrenching I Dreamed A Dream to the spine-tingling chorus of Do You Hear The People Sing?, Les Miserables tells the story of a French revolution, but it’s its own revolutionary triumphs that deserve to be celebrated for many years to come.

Les Miserables re-opens at the newly renovated Sondheim Theatre this December. Get tickets from £33 now.

Disney’s The Lion King

A musical that is both a modern-day classic and a state-of-the-art multi-sensory experience, The Lion King continues to flaw audiences worldwide and go from strength to strength. Adapted for the stage from the Academy Award®-winning beloved film, this multi Tony and Olivier award-winning musical, having just celebrated a monumental 20 years in the West End, will redefine your expectations of theatre.

Book tickets now for Disney’s multi-award winning international phenomenon.

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical masterpiece is now celebrating 31 years at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. The Phantom of the Opera is gloriously grand in style. The show’s immense plot, scenery and, of course, its music, have drawn over 100 million people worldwide to see it. Powerful narrative and traditional illusion come together in this masterpiece to create one of the most successful theatre shows in history, and one of the longest running that the West End has to offer.

Experience the scintillating tale for yourself, with tickets from £30.

Wicked

Winner of over 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards, Wicked has now been seen by almost 10 million people in London alone. Boasting a stellar soundtrack and a witty retelling of one of the world’s most famous tales, the re-imagined world of Oz offers nothing but spellbinding theatrical magic.

Witness the magic of the Witches of Oz for yourself, with tickets from just £26.50.

With new shows popping up seemingly every week, from classic adaptations to groundbreaking new productions, it’s hard to imagine what the West End might look like in 20 or even 10 years. Which of these shows would you like to see continue on its legacy? Sound off in the comments below!

Kate Moss joins the voice cast of Beasts of London

The Museum of London revealed the final celebrity name that will join the cast of its upcoming experience, Beasts of London, opening on 5 April 2019. In this family-friendly show, you will be able to come face to face with the animals that helped shape the city we know today. Kate Moss will be voicing one of these animals alongside Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Belland Joe Pasquale, who were announced earlier this year.

Beasts of London
Kate Moss joins the voice cast of Beasts of London

Beasts of London will immerse visitors into an animal kingdom where you will be taken on a journey through time, from before the city of London was created through to the present day. Inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, the experience will use video projection mapping to highlight the history of animals in the capital.

“We are very pleased to announce that Kate Moss will be joining our already fantastic cast. Their voices will contribute to bringing to life the vibrant stories of some of London’s most significant and long-standing inhabitants – the beasts. We cannot wait to share this fascinating and immersive experience with audiences of all ages.”

Francis Marshall, Curator

Tickets are on-sale from £8.80 – click here to book now.