Our Top Ten Theatre Shows For London Theatre Fortnight
In the next two weeks you can grab some of the best show seats in the West End, for just a fraction of the normal price, as part of lastminute.com’s London Theatre Fortnight sale. These are set to be the hottest tickets in town, so to help focus the mind we have highlighted ten of our favourite available offers to give you a place to start.
1. Billy Elliot
What’s it about? An inspired tale about a boy and his love of ballet: set against the miner’s strike in the mid-1980s. Boasting a musical score by Sir Elton John and a hard-hitting storyline, this award-winning musical has been captivating audiences since it was launched in 2005. For once the over-used word “journey”, couldn't be more applicable, as you can be a part of the defining moment when Billy unleashes his passion for dance and changes his life forever.
Best for… This musical is for anyone seeking an uplifting night-out; from families or couples to dance groups looking for further inspiration. One note of caution, the show does contain some swearing, so you should bear this in mind if treating the kids. Where can I see it? Victoria Palace Theatre: nearest tube, Victoria. Sample deal Save up to 40% - tickets from £25
2. Dirty Dancing
What’s it about? Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 25 years, you must be aware of the hit film starring Patrick Swayze. This 1960s-inspired musical makes a seamless transition from silver screen to stage, and features all the best tunes including: ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey Baby’ and ‘Do You Love Me?”. Best for…. I’m not going to lie to you; this is probably one aimed at those of a female persuasion. However guys can get some serious brownie points for booking for their other halves. You’ll have “the time of your life” (sorry, had to be done). Where can I see it? Piccadilly Theatre: nearest tube, Piccadilly Circus. Sample deal Ave over 35% - tickets from £35
3. We Will Rock You
What’s it about? This futuristic musical, set in a world where rock music is banned, is a fusion of the stellar songs of Queen with the words of Ben Elton. Best for… Well hard-core Queen fans will clearly be in their element. Despite it getting a critical mauling on its release, We Will Rock You celebrated its 10th birthday last year and is the longest-running musical at Dominion Theatre. This musical appeals across all genders and ages. Where can I see it? Dominion Theatre: nearest tube, Tottenham Court Road.
4. The Bodyguard
What’s it about? Based on the film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston and featuring THAT song; you know, the one that was at number one for about a decade. This tale of an ex-secret service agent falling in love with the superstar singer he has been charged with protecting from an unknown stalker, is a timeless classic. Watch out for the classic Whitney songs, such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “One Moment In Time” and “Saving All My Love”. Best for… Well it does have the swoon-factor so probably one for all the die-hard romantics out there. Altogether now… “I Will Always Love You”. Where can I see it? Adelphi Theatre: nearest tube, Charing Cross. Sample deal Save over 40% - tickets from £25
5. Top Hat
What’s it about? Capturing the class and magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the stage, this is real old-school Hollywood glamour. This romantic comedy tells the story of Broadway star Jerry Travers who waltzes across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. Featuring some of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, including Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz – this is a real toe tapping treat.
Best for… A classic black and white “Fred and Ginger” film has long been a guilty pleasure of mine, so anyone who loves a bit of old-fashioned musical action; this is the show for you. Grandparents will love it. Where can I see it? Aldwych Theatre: nearest tube, Temple or Covent Garden.
6. Mamma Mia
What’s it about? This ABBA-inspired musical smash-hit tells the story of a soon-to-be-married girl, who on the eve of her wedding on a Greek island, is determined to find out which one of her mother’s former three lovers is her father. Featuring a host of the Swedish superstar’s best hits, including “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo”, this is feel-good fun at its best. Best for… Well ABBA fans go without saying, but this has also been a hen-party staple for many years. When the curtain goes down it is hard to spot anyone still sitting down and not dancing in the aisles. Where can I see it? Novello Theatre: nearest tube, Temple or Covent Garden. Sample deal Save up to 50%; tickets from £25
7. A Chorus Line
What’s it about? A classic musical making a comeback, boasting stunning choreography and a stellar cast, this is one for the purists. The premise takes the audience into the world of Broadway musical auditions. Think the X-Factor for the 1930s with acts singing and dancing their hearts out to get the best roles in a new show and change their lives forever.
Best for… If you have ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes of a musical, this is the show for you. Musical fans will be in for a real treat. Where can I see it? London Palladium: nearest tube, Oxford Circus.
8. One Man, Two Guvnors
What’s it about? This award-winning adaption of the Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters, sees loveable chancer, Francis Henshall, battle to keep apart his two bosses while holed up in The Cricketers’ Arms. One “guvnor” is a small-time East End crook, Roscoe Crabbe, the other, Stanley Stubbers, is on the run from the police. What could possibly go wrong? Best for… With laughs-a-plenty, this show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you want to cheer someone up, this is a pretty safe bet. Where can I see it? Theatre Royal Haymarket – nearest tube Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross.
9. Rock of Ages
What’s it about? This is a fun-filled soft-rock romp which cannot be accused of taking itself too seriously! Boasting tunes from Bon Jovi (Wanted Dead Or Alive), Europe (The Final Countdown) and Journey (Don’t Stop Believin), this is the jukebox musical to see. Best for… Well if for you the 1980s was a decade best forgot, this might not be the right musical. However if you like big hair and even bigger tunes this nostalgia-fest will take you right back. Where can I see it? Garrick Theatre: nearest tube, Leicester Square
10. Thriller Live
What’s it about? In a nutshell this is a celebration of the music of Michael Jackson. Highlighting the King of Pop’s 40-year career, covering his solo stuff as well as his work with the Jackson 5, this is a live concert experience to remember. Best for… Well if you love Michael Jackson this is a bit of an obvious choice ! However there is a reason the man is a pop legend, everybody will have a favourite song from one of the best back-catalogues in the business. One for music fans of all ages. Where can I see it? The Lyric Theatre –nearest tube Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square