From the minds who brought the world South Park, Team America: World Police and Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon comes screaming to the West End Stage after unrivalled success on the Broadway stage. A cross between a parody of and a tribute to both the Broadway musical and organised religion at the same time, The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries whose beliefs are challenged by the realities of life in northern Uganda, with some unpredictable results.
Winner of nine Tonys (including Best Musical) and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, The Book of Mormon is the “best musical of this century” (New York Times), receiving rave reviews wherever it has played.
From simple street theatre over eleven years, Stomp has developed into a world-wide phenomenon. Eight talented performers carry the beat using everything from Zippo lighters to bin lids (and even the kitchen sink), to create a foot-stomping show full of life and feel-good rhythms. Having played to literally billions of people during the London Olympics closing ceremony, Stomp now returns to London with new routines, choreography and music, ready to wow a whole new audience. Beat a path to the Ambassadors Theatre now!
Thriller—Live is the story of Michael Jackson’s career told through his music — and what music! With songs like ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’ from his time with the Jackson 5, to ‘Can You Feel It’ and ‘Off The Wall’ from his early solo releases, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Dirty Diana’ from his classic 80s albums Thriller and Dangerous — there’s something here for everyone.
All the songs are performed by a troupe of talented and acrobatic performers — with four different singer portraying Jackson through the ages — who leap, jump, spin and (of course) moonwalk throughout this stage spectacular. We may not have the man any more but we will always have the music — and there is no better tribute to him than his music in this extraordinary show, now playing at the Lyric Theatre.
Playing to standing ovations every night, We Will Rock You just gets better with ever performance. Skilfully blending the over thirty of legendary rock band Queen’s amazing songs with a story from writer Ben Elton, We Will Rock You tells the story of a ‘pop’ resistance movement against the oppressive musical style in a dystopic authoritarian future (think Metropolis: The Musical). We Will Rock You has just celebrated its tenth anniversary in the West End, and is the longest running show ever to play at the Dominion Theatre. Come along and see what all the fuss is about.
Recently opening in New York on the Broadway stage to rave reviews, Matilda was originally created as a Christmas show by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. An adaptation of the much-loved children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of an intelligent, unloved little girl who discovers that she does have the power to change her life.
The winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards last year, Matilda’s irreverent and anarchic treatment of childhood and children has made it a hit with every age. With music from renowned Australian composer/performer/comedian Tim Minchin, this is a musical full of huge stage numbers, larger than life characters, cake eating contests and girls being thrown around by their pigtails.
Les Misérables (or Les Mis for short) is a musical phenomenon that has been playing on the West End stage since 1985. Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with Cameron Mackintosh (making it the most successful piece of subsidised theatre of all time), Les Mis has gone on to worldwide success, playing in almost every capital in the world and recently being made into a film with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. It is the world’s longest running musical.
Telling a multi-generational story with themes of duty, forgiveness, freedom and redemption set against the backdrop of mid-nineteenth century France. Ex-convict Jean Valjean is pursued over decades by the uncompromising policeman Javert, no matter how much good he tries to do with his life. Les Mis is a cultural phenomenon, with songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘One Day More’ well-known around the world.
Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a brand-new West End musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Five golden tickets, five lucky children with a chance to visit the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory — but as they travel through the factory’s edible fairyland it soon becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems…
Adapted from the famous Roald Dahl book for children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factor is a theatrical feat that must be seen to be believed — armies of squirrels, a chocolate garden, and of course the Oompa-Loompas!
The musical that started the sensation, Mamma Mia! brings the much-loved music of Abba to the West End stage, presented in a unique story of love, family and friendship that crosses generations. On the eve of her wedding a daughter’s wish to learn the identity of her father brings three men to a small Greek island, back to the woman they all loved over twenty years ago.
With hit numbers such as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Thank You For The Music’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ wowing London audiences every night since 1999, you’re guaranteed to love the exuberant joy and fun of Mamma Mia!
After twenty-seven years the original and best smash-hit stage musical is still here to entrance and delight new generations of theatre goers. It tells the story of the Phantom, living beneath the Paris Opera House and shamed by his physical disfigurement and feared by the performers, and his love for his beautiful and talented young protégée Christine Daaé.
The mesmerising music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the stunning scenery and amazing special effects all combine to make this immense and tragic love story come to life. Seen by over 130 million people, The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful single piece of entertainment of all time — and well worth a visit when in London.
Rejecting the current convention, Jersey Boys takes the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to tell the story… of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons! Four young men who worked their way up from obscurity in New Jersey to become one of the world’s greatest pop groups, with the all the ups and downs and heartbreaks that come with it.
With hit songs such as ‘Sherry’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’, ‘Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)’ and ‘Oh, What a Night’, Jersey Boys has been playing to rave reviews since it opened in London in 2008 and has become a firm favourite with West End audiences.
Exactly the thing the West End has been waiting for
— The Observer
You’ve read the book! You’ve seen the films! Now enjoy the ripping adventure in a live theatrical performance. Join the original man who knew too much, action-hero and altogether spiffing chap Richard Hannay as he is pursued for a crime he didn’t commit while attempting to save Britannia from the machinations of a foreign cabal.
Four actors take on over 130 roles as they attempt the impossible by bringing John Buchan’s novel to the stage. 39 Steps is an heroic feat of theatre, a loving tribute to the heroes of a bygone era, and a send up of their absurdities. Behold the world’s first theatrical bi-plane crash! Marvel at the (almost) faithfully recreated chase on the Flying Scotsman! Wonder at why the play finishes at the Palladium when it’s playing at the Criterion! Rip-roaring fun for every age!
Not a single one of the four film adaptations of The 39 Steps follows the plot of the original book — they all have different endings!
The most terrifying night you can spend in the West End, The Woman in Black is a play of slow, creeping terror in the finest tradition of the Victorian Gothic authors such as M. R. James. Played out in its entirety by only two actors, The Woman in Black tells the story of a young man’s curiosity as he learns things he wishes he had never know about a haunting, distant figure — The Woman in Black.
Running in the West End since 1989, being seen by over seven million people, and faithful to the original novel by Susan Hill The Woman in Black is one of the most successful plays in West End history. Still holding audiences in its icy grip to this day, and most recently adapted into a film with Daniel Radcliffe, the stage version of The Woman in Black offers an entirely different, live (yet undead) supernatural experience.
Fresh from its record breaking seven wins at the Olivier awards — more than any other play in Olivier history, and including best play — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the hottest tickets in town. Based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel of the same name, The Curious Incident… tells the story of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old mathematician and amateur sleuth, who appears to have an autistic spectrum condition, whose investigation into the murder of his neighbour’s dog has some unintended consequences, including a trip to London.
Be amazed at the sight of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company bringing to life living, breathing, galloping, full-scale horses made of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the story of a boy and the horse he loves, torn apart by the horrors of the Great War. This powerful drama is a shining example of the artistry that can only be created in the theatre.
Originally opening at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has been one of London’s most successful theatrical exports around the world: it’s currently touring in Australia, New Zealand and North America with a production opening in Berlin this Autumn — and of course a film by Steven Spielberg. Come and see what all the fuss is about by enjoying the original at the New London Theatre.
Don't miss the National Theatre’s latest family show, which comes to you in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials.
For this adaptation of Erich Kästner's classic children's adventure story about a boy learning to rely on himself – and his new friends – the Olivier stage transforms into 1920s Berlin. It's a place full of surprises and danger, where everything moves at the speed of your imagination.
When his money is stolen on a train by a mysterious stranger, young schoolboy Emil thinks he’s lost everything. But as he starts tracking down the thief, he soon discovers that he’s not alone in the big city after all.
When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas eve, the two set off on a night time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the snowman flies through the night sky, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.
"Sheer theatrical magic. Go see The Snowman and melt" — THE TIMES
Based on Kenneth Grahame's cherished children's book, The Wind in the Willows is ‘a memorable fusion of dance, music, puppetry and mind-boggling design' (What's On In London) brought spectacularly to the stage through Will Tuckett's ingenious choreography.
The multi award winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe including New York,Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. Experience a joyous dream-like world which will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you literally knee deep in snow! .
First created in 1993, Slava’s Snowshow famously climaxes in a man-made blizzard: tons of ticker-tape blasted into the audience using a wind-machine, to the rousing bombast of Carmina Burana, complete with dazzling head-on beam. Those near the front may need to avoid oohing and aahing to escape asphyxiation by shredded paper!
‘Pure magic. An evening of enchantment and fun’ — Daily Express
‘Unmissable’ — The Times
Running in the West End since 1989, seen by over seven
million people, and faithful to the original novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is one of the most
successful plays in West End history. Still holding audiences in its icy grip of terror to this day, and most recently adapted into a film with Daniel Radcliffe, the
stage version of The Woman in Black
offers an entirely different, live (yet undead) supernatural experience.
Located in Covent Garden, Fire & Stone makes for
fantastic pre-theatre eating. Its menu of extraordinary ‘deliciously different
pizzas’ are inspired by flavours from across the world, made with the freshest
ingredients. A cool, contemporary atmosphere will make your dinner a great
start to your night out.
This bright and colourful production has been wowing West End audiences since it opened in 1999. Adapted from the Disney film of the same name, The Lion King tells the story of Simba from his birth, his struggles and his eventual triumph to become the King of the Pride Lands. The musical’s influential set and incredible costume designs have won awards around the world, and the familiar songs by Elton John and Tim Rice (including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”) will fill everyone in the audience with joy.
If you’d have suggested that an English adaptation of an eighteenth century Italian comedy would be one of the biggest West End hits of the year, nobody would have believed you. But, with a little help from the National Theatre, that’s exactly what’s happened with Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters – One Man, Two Guvnors.
A classic farce of confused identities, cross-dressing and put upon lackeys, One Man, Two Guvnors is the funniest thing that you’ll see on a stage in London. Now starring Rufus Hound!
This reimagining of the world of Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been leaving audiences in London spellbound for over six years. It is the story of two young girls who strike up an unlikely friendship while at sorcery school: pretty, blonde and popular Galinda and a misunderstood green girl called Elphaba. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked features hit songs such as ‘Defying Gravity’ (made famous by TV’s Glee) and ‘Popular’.
Based on the 2000 film of the same name, Billy Elliot the Musical is the simple story of a motherless boy who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and just dance, told against the background of the UK miners’ strike in the 80s. The winner of four Olivier awards, including Best New Musical, Billy Elliot has been a hit with audiences worldwide.