Friday, 5 December 2014

Five must-see West End shows this Christmas

Want to do something special, memorable and festive with the family in the lead up to Christmas? With a long established history, London is the theatre capital of Europe, and with the exception of Broadway, possibly the world. Experience the magic of the theatre with five great shows this Christmas period. Here are just some of the shows on offer. 


With its long-running success in West End theatres and on Broadway, Wicked is a classic show to see this Christmas season. With themes of friendship, feelings of being an outsider and insecurity about appearance, Wicked is an uplifting story for the whole family. Gregory Maguire wrote this adaptation to The Wizard of Oz in 1990. It follows the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphala, and how she became the villainous character we see in the original story. The show also features some of the amazing Singing Waiters from Incognito Artists, who are regulars on the West End Stage!

Wicked is being performed at London’s Apollo Theatre.


Accolade is one for the adults. With its dark themes of promiscuity, regret and extortion, this complex drama demands the audience’s attention. Originally written in 1950 by Emlyn Williams, the story follows the life of a distinguished novelist (played by Alexander Hanson) whose reputation is at stake when he unknowingly sleeps with an underage schoolgirl. 

This compelling drama can be seen at the St James Theatre.

Once the Musical 

Told through beautiful song, Once the Musical is the story of everyday life. The story invites you into the quiet world of Dublin where a part-time busker (Ronan Keating) has fallen in love with a fellow musician, a young Czech immigrant (Jill Winternitz). The show reveals how relationships can change us in little ways, as it follows the characters over five days. 

Visit the Phoenix Theatre to see this musical romance.


Assassins is a disquieting work of brilliance that explores themes of disenfranchisement and the struggle for validation and recognition. The musical skillfully splices together the separate stories of eight individuals from 1865 to 1981 who share a common goal, to kill a United States President. Through music and performances packed with intensity, and sometimes comedy, Assassins will capture any audience. 

Capture this dark comedy at the Menier Chocolate Factory. 

The Lion King Musical

The Lion King is a musical that no list can do without. A family favourite, this skillfully produced show will dazzle the eyes with magnificent costumes depicting the characters from the much loved Disney film. The lighting in this show is second to none, with Donald Holder’s expertise, the stage is richly illuminated bringing the audience to the Serengeti. Not to be missed, Elton John and Tim Rice’s classic anthems will leave the whole family singing ‘Circle of Life’ on the trip home. 

Watch this classic musical adaptation of the Disney Film at the Lyceum Theatre.

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