Following the Olivier Awards the other week, it’s really gotten me into the theatre mood. So I thought I would create a list of 10 shows both musicals and plays, that I’d like to see at some point this year. If you’re a theatre goer yourself, you may recognise a few of them!
1. The Lion King
It’s one of the Disney classics and probably one of the first Disney films I watched growing up. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this production, that I just know it’s either going to make me bawl my eyes out or scream with delight or both! The Lion King though is so popular, that it doesn’t often reduce it’s tickets so I believe this one will have to involve a bit of a splurge courtesy of my poor bank account. Tickets range from around £50-£125 and can be brought online here.
2. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Now I’ve been told that this one is a real eye-opener as it follows the story of a teenage boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Apparently the actor remains on stage throughout the entire performance, which is an accomplishment in itself. It’s been adapted by the playwright Simon Stephens, known as a popular playwright to British theatre and his other works include Punk Rock. I saw this production whilst I was at university and it’s very much a dark yet witty play. Tickets range from around £19-£92.50 and can be brought online here.
3. Sunset Boulevard
After watching Damages, I’ve become obsessed with Glenn Close, the lead actor of this musical. She’s most likely to be recognised as the woman who played Cruella Deville in the movie version of 101 Dalmations. She plays a ruthless lawyer in Damages, the current show I’m watching on Netflix. Glenn is reprising her role, for the first time on the West End as Norma Desmond. It’s a story I do not have a clue about but apparently it involves romance and obsession. Fantastic! Tickets range from around £12-£150 and can be brought online here.
4. Kinky Boots
So it won ‘Best New Musical‘ at the recent Olivier Awards, the show has been made famous for it’s song writer Cyndi Lauper writing the lyrics and music. The story follows Charlie Price, a guy who inherits a shoe factory from his dad. To save the business he forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola. With the help of Lola, Charlie plans to create a line of high-heeled shoes! Tickets range from around £25-£125 and can be brought online here.
5. Motown The Musical
It’s definitely going to be a hit when it’s a jukebox musical. With songs from The Jackson Five, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder, it’ll certainly be a sure winner of getting you up on your feet and singing along to the classics. It follows the story of the legendary Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records. He’s known for signing some of the hottest artists including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations! What a guy and what a career. Tickets range from around £75-£145 and can be brought online here.
6. People, Places & Things
A play by Duncan Mcmillian follows a woman trying to overcome an addiction in rehab. Its meant to be a very powerful piece, performed by now Olivier winning actor Denise Gough. Tickets range from around £15-£90 and can brought online here.
7. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Formed by members of LAMDA (the drama school), the Mischief Comedy company have already smashed West End with ‘The Play That Goes Wrong‘ and ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong‘. There work is a mixture of Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off and they will honestly have you in stitches. Their new title play speaks for itself but the only advice I’d give is to turn up as soon as the doors open to the theatre area, as they normally have a pre-show performance, interacting with the audience. Tickets range from around £20-£49.50 and can be brought online here.
8. Dream Girls
This musical is heading over to the West End in November and the leading role will be played by Amber Riley, best known for her role in the hit television show, Glee. Its a diva intense show but its absoutely awesome! Tickets range from around £15-£125 and can be brought online here.
9. Plays At The Garrick Theatre
With the likes of Rob Brydon and Judi Dench, there have been some cracking plays on at The Garrick Theatre since October 2015 and will continue until November 2016. Tickets range from around £17.50-£79 depending on the play. There is also a £15 front row lottery that they do, I believe for some performances.
10. And finally HAMILTON.
A small musical you may have heard of, is currently in the States, Off-Broadway. Written and musically wrote by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this musical follows the founding father Alexander Hamilton as he writes to survive and claim the USA as it’s own against the British. The best thing about it? Most characters that are white, are actually played by black, latino or African American performers and the music sounds incredible. Hamilton is confirmed to be heading here to the UK in 2017, produced by Cameron Mackintosh himself. If you’re not a fan of musicals, see this and I swear it will change your view completely, but be quick because if it’s anything like the Broadway version, tickets will go very quickly. Tickets are obviously not on sale yet.
What shows would you like to see this year?! Let me know in the comments below.
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