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10 London West End Theatre shows you can’t afford to miss

10 London West End Theatre shows you can’t afford to miss

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

London’s West End: one of the most magical parts of the city and the natural home of the capital’s world-class theatrical performances. With a whole host of historic playhouses including the Savoy, Queen’s Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre, the Westminster and Camden area of central London is the place to be for fans of live performing arts, and here at Ticket Arena we are delighted to be an official ticket seller for a wealth of the most tantalising shows. Always trying to make your lives just that little bit easier, we’ve knocked up a guide to the finest West End action on show this year, with Disney favourites, opera classics, cheeky new comedies and more.

Lion King
What story could be more suited to the theatre than Disney’s finest, the magnificent Lion King? A whirlwind blur of vividly coloured costumes, infectious rhythms and magical songs, the stage production of Lion King has become one of the best-loved shows around the world, with its beautiful story making for the perfect immersive experience as the Serengeti characters are brought within touching distance of the audience. With music penned by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, the stage adaption takes Hans Zimmer’s film score and turns it into a new masterpiece, with Simba and his pals given a new lease of life through the astounding costume and set design. Staged in the beautiful Lyceum Theatre, picking up Lion King tickets should be at top of your London hit list.

Book of Mormon
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Frozen composer Robert Lopez to write the musical comedy Book of Mormon, which premiered in 2011 and has gone on to be one of the most successful musicals of all time. Following two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to spread the holy word in a small village in Uganda, the ludicrous satire is a tongue-in-cheek jaunt through the wicked imaginations of its creators, and a unique fixture in London’s West End. Housed at The Prince of Wales Theatre on Coventry Street, the hilarious show features Dom Simpson and J. Michael Finley in its lead roles. Buy Book of Mormon theatre tickets from Ticket Arena today.

Phantom of the Opera
One of opera’s most famous characters is the focus of this century old tale, written by Gaston Laroux in Paris and published in 1910. The mysterious masked protagonist has been lighting up the stage for over 30 years after Andrew Lloyd Webber unveiled his interpretation in 1986, and the show at Her Majesty’s Theatre has captivated audiences year in year out, with a stellar cast admirably recreating the emotion and tension that the melancholic tale is famed for. No theatre enthusiast can be satisfied without having seen The Phantom of the Opera at a top theatre, and with Phantom of the Opera tickets now on sale at Ticket Arena, there’s no excuse for missing out.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has caught the imagination of bookworms and cinema obsessives alike in the 118 years since L. Frank Baum put pen to paper on the timeless novel, and the Broadway version of Gregory Maguire’s 1995 spin off has become a fan favourite as it follows the witches Elphaba and Galinda through an alternative reading of the Land of Oz. One of only three Broadway shows to take over $1 billion, along with Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked is a musical with all the ingredients of an absolute classic, and has been received spectacularly well since debuting in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006. Pick up Wicked tickets today and experience a real modern classic.

A multi-award winning musical with pristine musical performances and a killer cast, Dreamgirls takes us back to 1960s America and tells the story of three young sisters trying to make names for themselves in a fast-changing music industry. A story of friendship, showbiz and the tribulations that come with it, the show has stunning vocal performances as its subject, and so you can be sure that few other productions will better its magnificent execution on stage. The Savoy Theatre hosts the sparkling Dreamgirls production until 12th January 2019, when a final performance will mark the end of a fine run at the prime West End location. Don’t miss out, book your Dreamgirls London theatre tickets today.

42nd Street
Another American musical that has taken London by storm, 42nd Street is a jukebox musical following the Broadway director Julian Marsh as he tries to launch a successful musical during the merciless days of the Great Depression. Featuring original tracks as well as contemporary hits of the time, the glitzy show brings you close to the action at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with one of the biggest casts on display anywhere in the West End. Causing a huge buzz with its Gatsby-esque splendour, 42nd Street is a top recommendation for those who love musicals as they were meant to be: grandiose, bombastic and bursting with glamour.

Kinky Boots
The 2005 film of the same name gets a dramatic on stage reworking in this Broadway musical, with Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Mitchell collaborating on production. Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the show follows an unlikely duo as a shoemaker and a drag queen unite to save a struggling business, learning a lot about themselves along the way. Heartwarming and gripping, the show spreads itself from factory floors to Milan catwalks, taking a real life story and adding an extra coating of fabulousness at the exceptional Adelphi Theatre, London. Make sure to get your Kinky Boots theatre tickets soon.

Any self-respecting 90s kid will remember the iconic film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, if not the whacky novel itself, and with over the top characters like the unforgettable Miss Trunchbull and her famous chocolate cake, this one was always prime musical material. With music and lyrics by Australian funny man Tim Minchin, the classic kids story was placed in safe hands for its theatre stage conversion, and has been earning rave reviews and ticket sales at the Cambridge Theatre, London. With one of the most loveable protagonists on the West End, you need to make sure you get Matilda London tickets to follow the out-of-place child genius through the highs and lows of Roald Dahl’s wickedly funny world.

The story of Aladdin captured the imagination of millions of children and parents alike when the Disney film was released in 1992, and the stage adaption at the Prince Edward Theatre puts the much-cherished story in the hands of a fabulous cast and orchestra, bringing a whole new dimension to the Arabian tale. Featuring all the classic songs that you heard in the original film, including “Friend Like Me”, “A Whole New World” and “Arabian Nights”, the West End version employs immaculate costumes and set design to add extra magic to the tale, making it Genie-uinely unmissable... Buy your Aladdin London theatre tickets from Ticket Arena, a trusted, official primary ticket outlet today.

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is easily one of the most popular shows in the West End, telling the story of French peasant Jean Valjean through the earworm melodies of “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Do You Hear The People Sing?” and plenty other universally known numbers. The longest running play in the West End having started at Barbican Arts Centre in October 1985, Les Mis now finds its home at the Queen’s Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, where its 10,000th London performance was held in 2010. A hit in 51 countries and 22 languages, the production has brought a timeless story of 19th Century France, a man on the run and unrequited love to over 70 million people, earning plaudits the world over. Les Mis London theatre tickets are available to purchase today.

With this much on offer, you’d be a fool to miss out on seeing some of the finest performances in the theatrical world at a range of beautiful old theatres. Find the best deals and treat yourself to some London West End Theatre tickets today.

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