No trip to London is complete without checking out the West End, and there’s plenty of reasons to visit this vibrant district of the UK’s capital in 2018. No matter whether your theatrical tastes run to drama, musical or comedy, the West End never disappoints. Here’s our rundown of the top shows to add to your 2018 bucket list…
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
This famed American fable of a small town girl chasing big dreams on Broadway is hitting London’s West End to standing ovations and rave reviews. With songs such as ‘42nd Street’, ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ and ‘We’re in the Money’, the new adaptation stars Grammy winner Sheena Easton, Emmerdale’s Tom Lister and Clare Halse in the lead. A great, classic musical at one of London’s top venues.
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St., Soho, London, W1D 4HS
Disney’s classic 1992 animation heads for the stages of the West End with Aladdin, a great show for all ages when staying at hotels near Paddington Station. With stunning set-pieces, over 350 vibrant costumes, incredible special effects and a talented cast, alongside songs such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’ performed live on stage, this is perfect for fans of the original film as well as those simply enthusiastic about great musical theatre.
The Lion King
Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St., London, WC2E 7RQ
Currently in it’s 19th year at the Lyceum, this classic West End smash takes full advantage of the venue’s historic character to put on a world-beating show based on the Disney hit. Set amidst dynastic chaos in the Serengeti Plains, The Lion King’s amazing set pieces evocatively bring to life the tale of young lion cub Simba as he journeys to fulfill his destiny, meeting some great new friends along the way. With plenty to thrill audiences young and old, this is a true must-see while visiting the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate.
Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Currently in its 33rd year at the London’s West End, Les Misérables is a true stage classic which should be part of every theatre-lover’s bucket list. Already seen by over 70 million people and translated into 22 languages, it continues unabated to break box-office records around the world. Set against the backdrop of revolutionary France in the 19th century, the show features songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘Bring Him Home’, and is all within easy reach of hotels near Paddington Station.
The Book of Mormon
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St., London, W1D 6AS
The winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Book of Mormon is the stage invention of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Outlandishly funny but always warmly endearing, this is a show sure to make adults staying in London laugh with a fine evening’s entertainment in the West End.