Whether you're a fan of the film or not, this musical is a winner. It's a blooming great story for starters (two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress) and incredible director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell has worked his magic with a stellar cast, lead by Tony Award-winner Robert Lindsay. They're stealing the show night after night!
Let's be straight here - if you're chatting 'classic musicals', Miss Saigon has got to spring to mind. Which means we're even more excited that it's BACK! It hasn't been in the West End for 25 years (when it had one helluva record-breaking run) but in the meantime the show's been busy, touring around 300 cities, playing in 15 different languages, and winning awards by the armful.
Sam Mendes makes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the latest Roald Dahl classic to get a West End makeover. Boasting an incredible cast, this much-loved children's novel comes to life in all the sticky, sweetie splendour you could want. Grab your golden ticket now to join Charlie on this magical adventure and get ready to see sweet treats beyond your wildest dreams.
Feel like you missed out on all the buzz of the swinging 60s? Well, Sunny Afternoon directed by Edward Hall will set you right back to the era that inspired generations through groovy music and iconic dancing. Following the great British band the Kinks in their rise to stardom, this production promises to take you on a rockin musical journey with 60s tastic lyrics by Ray Davies. Just make sure your seat is well screwed on as you wont be able to stop yourself from singing and rocking out with the band!
When I saw Jersey Boys a couple of years ago, I bought the CD and genuinely didn't stop singing it (badly) for the next month. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are responsible for some of the very greatest hits ever so it's a pretty great treat to find out about their remarkable rise to stardom whilst listening to a very talented cast belt out their toons.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there's something about nostalgia that warms the cockles of your heart. And if that's a given, it then surely follows that Disney's musical of The Lion King stokes up a right blaze. With Elton John's superb songs and all the classic one liners that you love to love, there's not much that can beat this if you fancy a trip down memory lane. The African splendour of the thing is still as mind-blowing as ever - and personally I think made even better by all the Lion King fun facts you can find out here.
With awards for the Most Popular Show and Best West End Show under its belt (2010 and 2011), this record-breakingly successful musical can't fail to astound every audience every night. After you see its kaleidoscopic array of magical sensations, you'll be defying gravity too as you bounce off the ceilings at the sheer joy of it all.
December is treating us to some must see comedy this year and with Tamsin Greig starring in the musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvars Oscar nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,
there is plenty to look forward to. Set in sunny Spain, Greig (Pepa)
and friends tackle everyday life in Madrid and find themselves on
relationship rollercoasters with the men they meet along the way. On
the lines of Bridesmaids, expect mayhem, madness and comedy genius at
the Playhouse theatre from mid December.
East is East shouts out comedy, especially when you realise Jane Horrocks is playing the part of a chain smoking, excessive tea drinking, mouthy Lancashire mumwho iscaught in the middle of her husbands religious beliefs and the free will of her seven kids. Overall this heart-warming play written by Ayub Khan Din tackles some pretty big issues in 1970s Britain such as immigration, religion and national identity. Sore subjects perhaps but youll be pleased to know that it is delivered with more than just half a cup of taste and humour.
I couldn't be happier about this adaptation if I tried. Surely this is the dream combination: Shakespeare and Love - but without the funny language. Its quality is a dead cert, having been adapted for the stage by the same genius who did Billy Elliot, directed by bona fide Cheek by Jowl theatre legends, and Disney and Sonia Friedman are producing it. Oh, and there's a dog.
Lindsey Lohan brings her Hollywood sparkle to the West end stage here in David Mamets Speed the Plow, also starring Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay. The play is a satirical portrait of Hollywood film land which highlights the inner politics of the money driven film industry. Ironic perhaps that an anti-Hollywood play should star such an A-lister, but the trio blend perfectly well together in this new, well acted must-see modern classic.