Did you know that London has over two hundred theatres? How are you meant to choose which show to see then? It’s certainly tricky, but don’t worry, from flexible fleas to ghostly women, we’ve rounded up eight unmissable shows to see at the theatre. We’ll leave the getting tickets up to you though.
What: Smash-hit Broadway Musical Comes to the West End
Why: You’re sure to have heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenally successful musical tale of forgotten American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s ascent out of poverty during the American War of Independence. It is already the show of the year, and it’s barely February.
Where: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 5EA
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
What: Two Nights of Harry Potter
Why: Taking place over two nights, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the eight story about Harry Potter and the first to be presented on stage. Critically acclaimed, the play is the most awarded West End production in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards. Which means it’s definitely one not to be missed, now you just have to figure out how to get tickets.
Where: Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY
Cirque du Soleil
What: Insect-Inspired Circus Production
Why: The travelling circus returns to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 with a colourful carnival of acrobatic ants and flexible fleas. Two hours of Cirque’s dazzling signature acts, including a 14m high flying trapeze act, will enthral spectators of all ages.
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP
What: Bryony Lavery’s Award-Winning Play Comes to the Theatre Royal
Why: Not the Frozen you might be thinking of, Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones and Line of Duty’s Jason Watkins star in this psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing on her way to visit her grandmother.
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT
The Birthday Party
What: Captivating Harold Pinter Psychodrama
Why: With a stellar cast, including Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan, this revival of Pinter’s landmark 1957 play, set in a faded seaside boarding house, is opening to rave reviews and is one not to be missed.
Where: The Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
The Lion King
What: Classic Family-Friendly Musical
Why: A Handbook favourite, this spectacular and multi-award winning show should be at the top of any West End to-do list, and all the more so now that Disney’s big screen drama remake of the original animation film has been confirmed. Experience all the magic of the Lyceum show before the 2019 film is released and spoils all of the live theatre fun.
Where: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ
What: Fastest-selling Show in Royal Court Theatre History
Why: Directed by Sam Mendes, Jez Butterworth’s play about a Northern Irish farming family preparing for the annual harvest in 1981 when they are interrupted by a visitor, has received unanimous critical acclaim and has now extended its booking period until mid-May in order to cope with demand for tickets.
Where: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6AR
The Woman in Black
What: 28 Years of Terrifying Audiences
Why: There are so many new shows coming out, that often we don’t get round to seeing the classics. If you haven’t seen The Woman in Black then you need to. The simple play isn’t full of effects, there isn’t a large cast and props are minimal, yet the tension in the room is terrifying, it’ll leave you haunted. You’ll need a stiff drink after.
Where: The Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH