The best musicals streaming on Netflix UK right now

Netflix has rapidly become our first choice for lazy day entertainment, providing us with hours of bingeable material at the touch of a button. To those of you with an account (which is almost everyone, right? Find out your mum’s login details if not!): Once you have eventually caught up on Orange Is the New Black – and maybe had a shower, peeled back your curtains and engaged in some human interaction – you’ll be delighted to hear that you have access to some of the best musical theatre from the comfort of your own home!

From timeless classics like Annie and Funny Girl, to modern creations like Mamma Mia!, Netflix can satisfy every theatrical desire. Here are the top 8 musicals available for streaming right now:

1. Annie (1982)

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Follow 11-year-old Annie, the world’s favourite urchin, as she transforms from rags to riches after capturing the heart of Daddy Warbucks with her adorable innocence and optimism. It’s a charming, feel-good classic complete with unforgettable songs. Perfect entertainment for a rainy day.

A brand new production of Annie starring Miranda Hart opens at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 23 May. Book tickets here.

2. Dreamgirls (2006)

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Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical, and taking strong inspiration from the true story of The Supremes, Dreamgirls explores the evolution of 60s & 70s R&B music through the eyes of American girl group The Dreams. Tensions arise for the girls when their manager replaces lead singer Effie with the more ‘marketable’ Deena. Boasting a star-studded cast of Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, this is a real must-see.

3. Funny Girl (1968)

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Follow the life-story of Broadway star Fanny Brice in the semi-biographical musical film Funny Girl. Based on the 1963 musical, the romcom – starring Oscar Award-winning Barba Streisand – highlights Brice’s hostile relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It’s an old classic that’s definitely worth a watch.

4. Grease: Live (2016)

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Be transported back to the 1950s to follow the whirlwind high-school romance between innocent Sandy and greaser Danny in a live television special starring Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepson. Incorporating elements from both the 1978 film and the original stage production – as well as brand new songs – it’s an uplifting, one-night musical extravaganza you don’t want to miss!

5. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)

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In the fantasy musical film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Barbra Streisand stars as a brash New Yorker who, at the request of her conservative fiancé, undergoes hypnotherapy to diminish her smoking habits. While under hypnosis, she shifts between present day and her past life in early 19th-century England. The film adaptation, and the oldest musical on Netflix, is described by Paramount as “a delightful combination of comedy, drama, fantasy and music.”

6. Mamma Mia! (2008)

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Embrace the lovable hits of Swedish pop band ABBA in Mamma Mia! – the film adaptation of the 1999 West End musical. A single mum is preparing for her daughter’s wedding on the Greek isle of Kalokairi, when her three ex-lovers (and potential fathers of the bride-to-be) arrive for the big day. With a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters – and ABBA’s most-loved songs – Mamma Mia! promises to delight and uplift.

7. Puss in Boots (1988)

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Much to his dismay, Corin inherits only a cat from his father. However, he is soon stunned to learn that the cat transforms to a human being when wearing a pair of boots. Follow the adventures of the magical cat as he helps his young master win the heart of a princess! Jason Connery and Christopher Walken star in this lovable musical film adaptation of the classic fairy tale Puss in Boots.

8. De-Lovely (2004)

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Explore the life and career of American composer and songwriter Cole Porter in the 2004 musical biopic De-Lovely. From the night he first met his devoted wife, up until the day he died, you’ll witness his life unfolding much like one of his musicals.

Also, some of the most amazing musicals have been released in DVD in 2016, including Miss Saigon, Gypsy and more – have a look at the list we have compiled to complete your at-home-musical-indulgence!

Best Theatre DVDs & Soundtrack Releases of 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for a theatre fan (and that may be yourself)? Here are our top tips for the latest to die for DVD Musical releases that every theatre fan MUST HAVE in their collection (We also have a list of the best Musicals on Netflix!):

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TWELVE MUST-HAVES FOR THEATRE FANS THIS XMAS

We sent our elves out to find the best gifts for Theatre Lovers. They came back with twelve perfect pressies – one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, ranging from the completely luxurious to the truly affordable. One thing they all have in common is that they’re utterly fabulous.

1. A trip to The Big Apple!

Luxury: Fly to New York in style with BA from London City airport
Budget: Check out apps like Skyscanner, Travelbag or Expedia. If you shop around, you can find flights in January from as little as £250 return.
Try to stay as close to Times Square as you can. We’d suggest the Hyatt Times Square if your budget stretches that far!
135 West 45th Street New York, New York, USA, 10036
Tel: +1 646 364 1234

Time out in Times Square
Hyatt Times Square – the captivating core of the Big Apple!

2. Tickets to see Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Luxury: Take your pick of the seats for Britain’s favourite Funny Girl but be quick before they all go!
Budget: Slip an IOU inside the original DVD (£6.80 at the time of writing)….with the promise to queue for £15 day seats nearer the time!

3. Membership of the Audience Club

The first rule of The Audience Club….shhh! Don’t talk about it!  You just pay £5.00 to their favourite charity.

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The first rule of The Audience Club? Don’t talk about it!

4. Hamilton The Musical

Luxury: Splash out and see Hamilton The Musical – set to sweep the board at the 2016 Tony Awards. (Flights and hotel not included!)
Budget: If you can’t get to New York, bag the Hamilton soundtrack.

5. A Trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Luxury: The eye-wateringly expensive Waldorf Astoria on Princes Street offers spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle – be sure to ask for a room with a view!
Budget: The University of Edinburgh offers student rooms which are basic but central.
Top tip: Book trains 12 weeks in advance for the very best deals. Everything is at a premium in Edinburgh during the festival – for good reason. It is utterly brilliant.

6. Theatre Tokens

The Society of London Theatre’s Theatre Tokens are the perennially popular Xmas gift whatever your budget. Perfect if you just can’t decide what to see!

7. Kristina från Duvemåla

If you haven’t heard this Abba-meets-Les Mis soundtrack then you really must. The Carnegie Hall concert recording has a string of 5 star reviews. Take a listen and you’ll soon hear why.

8. Café Press

Fabulous gifts for Theatre Lovers of all budgets at the wonderful Cafe Press. Pick pretty much anything from here and you’d even bring a smile to the Phantom’s face….

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Seen the show, bought the T-shirt…

9. Dinner at Rules

A must for any theatre lover, Rules Restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is London’s oldest and has even featured in Downton Abbey. This was where Elaine Stritch learned of the sad demise of Noel Coward. Vouchers allow you to set an amount to fit your budget.

10. Opera glasses

Look like a real theatre luvvie with these gorgeous Opera Glasses – just £24.99 from Dresscircle.

11. Indulge yourself with a weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare – it’s a lovely place for a stroll by the river. The mid-priced Premier Inn offers prices from just £35.00
If you’re more of a city-dweller, why not enjoy a backstage tour of Shakespeare’s Globe in the heart of London? Adults £15.00 – concessions available.

Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!
Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!

12. Lego – yes really!

This might be one for the kids, but just look at what artist JanetVanD came up with – a perfect replica of Her Majesty’s Theatre! If that’s a bit ambitious, try starting with the lovely Palace Cinema!

The ultimate Lego Theatre!
The ultimate Lego Theatre….just awaiting the Chandelier!

Have a very Theatrical Christmas…and happy shopping. xxx

Is this the West End’s most expensive ever show?

Firstly, an apology. We’re about to use the C word. Christmas….and it’s still only August.

While we’re used to stories about the high cost of West End Theatre, even we were a little shocked at the news this week that a festive trip to Elf – The Smash Hit Musical will cost up to an eyewatering £240.00 per ticket. The show will star Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Strictly Come Dancing, Shrek The Musical) alongside  Joe McGann, Jessica Martin and Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar).

Our advice is simply to avoid the uber-expensive seats. The Dominion is one of those theatres which, because it was once a cinema, tends to have pretty great views wherever you sit.

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