From big-name musicals to award-winning plays, we take a look at the hottest theatre tickets in London’s West End
If you’re planning a trip to London over the next few months, no visit is complete without a trip to London’s West End.
Alongside Broadway in New York, London’s West End boasts the highest quality theatre in the world and with over 40 different productions to choose from, it’s not hard to see why.
Whether you fancy watching a big-name musical or an award-winning play, London’s “Theatreland” offers something for everyone. In fact, it is so versatile that chances are you’ll end up being spoilt for choice.
To help make life a little easier, Frankly My Dear UK has teamed up with TheatreTickets.uk to handpick five of hottest theatre shows in town so you can experience London theatre at its best.
But you’d best be quick if you fancy catching one of shows below because tickets are selling out fast. These really are the hottest theatre tickets in town!
ALADDIN – Prince Edward Theatre, London
Following the hugely successful stage adaptions of THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND BEAST, Disney bring the magic of ALADDIN to London’s West End in a brand new stage musical.
Based on the 1992 animated Disney film, ALADDIN tells the story of a street urchin named Aladdin who uses a genie’s magic power to make himself into a prince in order to marry the beautiful princess Jasmine.
With over 350 magnificent costumes, breathtaking sets, stunning special effects and award-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON) at the helm, it’s no surprise that ALADDIN is one of the most popular shows in town.
British stars Dean John-Wilson (HERE LIES LOVE) and Jade Ewen (IN THE HEIGHTS) take on the lead roles as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine while Broadway’s Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his London stage debut as the larger-than-life Genie.
The new musical also features all the songs from the original Academy award-winning film including Arabian Nights, A Whole New World and Prince Ali, making it hit with both adults and kids alike.
ALADDIN plays at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. Ticket prices start from £57.25.
DREAMGIRLS – Savoy Theatre, London
Thirty-five years after the original groundbreaking Broadway production, hit musical DREAMGIRLS finally heads to London’s West End for its UK premiere.
Based on the show business aspirations of R&B acts such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, this sensational and iconic musical tells the story of all-girl group “The Dreams” and their rise to fame as music superstars.
This highly-anticipated production is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN) and stars GLEE superstar Amber Riley as Effie White.
The Tony award-winning musical, which first opened on Broadway in 1981, was made into a hit film in 2006 starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, making it a hit with a new generation of fans.
The show also features some wonderful R&B songs including I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, Got To Be Good Times, One Night Only, I Meant You No Harm, Only The Beginning and more.
DREAMGIRLS plays at the London’s Savoy Theatre from November 2016. Ticket prices start from £20.
JERSEY BOYS – Piccadilly Theatre, London
It’s your last chance to catch the fabulous JERSEY BOYS at London’s Piccadilly Theatre before the end of its nine year run in London’s West End in March 2017.
Jam packed full of musical memories, JERSEY BOYS charts the formation, success and eventual break-up of 1960s group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Since its opening on Broadway in 2005, the popular jukebox musical has won 57 major award worldwide including the Tony Award including Best Musical in 2006 and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2009.
The show features music from the Four Seasons’ extensive back catalogue including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), December, 1963 (Oh What A Night), My Eyes Adored You and Walk Like A Man.
The current West End production also has the seal of approval from former Jersey Boy Bob Gaudio himself so you know you’re going to be in for a treat! Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this fabulous West End show before it’s too late.
JERSEY BOYS plays at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. Ticket prices start from £24.50.
NO MAN’S LAND – Wyndhams Theatre, London
Following its 2014 hit run on Broadway, Harold Pinter’s NO MAN’S LAND transfers to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited 14 week run, making it one of the hottest shows in town.
Starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, NO MAN’S LAND tells the story of a rich and famous writer named Hirst (Stewart) who meets Spooner (McKellen), a down-at heel-poet in a local pub. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, their stories become increasingly unbelievable and their lively conversation quickly turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the arrival of two sinister younger men.
This superb revival of Pinter’s 1975 play sees Sean Mathias return as director to reunite the team who brought us the superb WAITING FOR GODOT at the Haymarket Theatre back in 2009.
The production also sees the return of multi award-winning stars of stage, screen and television, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, star alongside each other, marking seven years since the prolific pair last appeared on stage together in the West End.
NO MAN’S LAND plays at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Ticket prices start from £20.
SCHOOL OF ROCK – New London Theatre, London
Finally, don’t miss Tony award-nominated musical SCHOOL OF ROCK which makes its way to the New London Theatre following its phenomenal success on Broadway.
Based on the hit 2003 film of the same name, SCHOOL OF ROCK tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck musician who decides to pose as a substitute teacher to earn a bit of cash. Bored by the curriculum, Drew attempts to turn his private school students into rock legends to win the prestigious “battle of the bands” competition, solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight.
Featuring 14 new songs from theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as original tracks from the film, this high-octane musical looks set to take London’s West End by storm when it makes its debut next month.
Add award-winning director Laurence Connor (LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) into the mix and you know you’re going to be in safe hands.
SCHOOL OF ROCK plays at the New London Theatre from November 2016. Ticket prices start from £15.
This blog post was sponsored by TheatreTickets.uk
Donna is the Founder and Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she works as a digital marketing specialist, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage and The Reviews Hub. Loves Formula 1, prosecco and life.