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Love on Stage


By Jess Meaden

It’s nearing that time of year once more. Florists are prepping, supermarkets are stocking and partners nationwide are experiencing the annual problem of deciding how to treat their loved one (oh that reminds us, if you’re still stuck for gift ideas then we have a great page full of ‘em right here).

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’ve been thinking about what we could learn from the loved-up characters featured in some of the West End’s current productions. From Wicked heartthrob Fiyero and his emerald counterpart Elphaba, to King of Pride Rock Simba and his feline friend Nala, we outline below the best, worst and most unlucky couples currently seen in London’s Theatreland.

The Best

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Elphaba and Fiyero, Wicked


Party boy Fiyero had a rocky start in his journey. Once he had traded the Oz Dust Ballroom and pretty-in-pink Galinda (with a Gaa) for chivalrous acts, respectable morals and looking beyond the exterior, we started to see the potential.

Whilst their ending is bittersweet, the romantic notion of Elphaba and Fiyero running away across the Yellow Brick Road makes Wicked one of the most romantic shows in London’s West End.

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Simba and Nala, The Lion King


Childhood sweethearts turned King and Queen of the Pride Rock. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? We sure can.

Even in separation - when Simba avenged Scar and reclaimed his rightful place as King - he never forgot about his soul-mate, Nala. Well, unless you count his brief attempt at running away in the company of a warthog and a meerkat.

We can’t all be perfect.


The Thenardiers, Les Miserables


She puts up with his beer-breath and he puts up with her constant bossing. It’s hardly romance, but it’s a match. Even if it was made in a backstreet inn of pre-revolutionary and poverty-stricken France at that.

They work together, they scheme together, they sing together - there’s nothing that can break this merciless and conniving pair. Not even ruthless killjoy Javert.

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Muriel and Andre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Like Zis, Like Zat the most unsuspecting of partnerships was formed amidst the conning and swindling taking place by those around them.

She a multi-millionaire and he a con artist’s dogsbody, this cute couple truly reflect the saying ‘you can’t help who you fall for’.


The Worst

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Guy and Girl, Once


They’re a match made in musical heaven, but this is Dublin baby and there’s more to getting a happy ending than making a hoover suck.

He’s hung up on his ex, she’s full-on married to someone else, but at least they made sweet music together.

Facebook relationship status:  It’s complicated.

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Freddy and Christine, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Trust, honesty and affection: the best recipe for a successful relationship, yet all the elements that Freddy and Christine lack in their brief alliance.

In a different circumstance, this pair might have been a match made in con-artist heaven but, as the saying goes, ‘opposites attract’ – and this duo’s financial ambitions are too similar for their own good.

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Candella and Malik, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


Wild, sexy and spontaneous Malik is far too much for Candella to resist as a hopeless romantic who wears her heart on her sleeve.

But, in the words of Candella herself, as soon as she saw the grenade belt she knew ‘something was up’.

It’s not Model Behaviour to date a terrorist you know.


Frankie and Mary, Jersey Boys


Young love gone wrong - and hardly surprising when you’re singing about some other chick named Sherry.

Workaholic Frankie just couldn’t quite get his priorities right, meaning his rocky marriage to Mary came to a bitter end on year of their thirteenth anniversary.

Bye, Bye, Baby.


The Unlucky

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Shakespeare and Viola, Shakespeare in Love


Young Will Shakespeare falls for theatre-lover and aspiring thespian, Viola. She cures his writer's block and becomes the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet.

Unlucky for him, she’s already promised to an eligible bachelor and set to sail across the pond to start a new life on American soil with the hubby-to-be.

She breaks his heart; he produces one of his most successful plays. Silver linings...

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Eponine and Marius, Les Miserables


She fell deeply in love with him and he...fell in love with a girl that he bumped into in the street.

As far as luck goes, poor old Eponine didn’t have much. Whilst Marius spent his pre-revolution hours flirting through metal gates and wallowing in self-pity, she spent hers delivering his love notes to Cossette and taking bullets for him.

Oh Eponine, you were too good for him anyway love.


The Phantom and Christine, Phantom of the Opera


You can’t help but feel sorry for The Phantom. He tries, he really does, but he ought to know that pretending to be an ‘Angel of Music’ and murdering people in his love-interest’s workplace just ain’t gonna go down too well with the lady in question.

Standing up against the dreamy Raoul in your creepy cape and unfortunate mask probably won’t help things either.

Best head back to the lair and have a rethink...


Kim and Chris, Miss Saigon


He’s an American GI, she’s a Vietnamese bar girl. They fall in love despite the on-going and brutal Vietnam war. Poetic, right?

Wrong.

He gets deported, she’s left pregnant. He moves on with a nice American lady back in the US, she’s bringing up his unknown child in an impoverished Vietnam.

If we had to give an award to the most unlucky couple in musical theatre history, they’d win. Hands down.


Have you seen any of these couples on stage? Do you think we've missed anyone? Why not tweet us with the hashtag #LoveOnStage with your suggestions.

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