With London being such a cosmopolitan city, the theatre is always top shelf stuff, with some shows running for decades. While there are many theatre musicals to choose from, here are a list of the more well-known productions, should you be considering a musical.
Running at The Lyceum Theatre in Wellington Street, Lion King is an adapted performance based on the animated Disney characters, bringing them to life against a backdrop of the African jungle, depicted by actors, puppets and special effects. There are no less than twenty five animal species represented in the play, and with the classic music of Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, the stage is set for a wonderful performance. Theatre breaks in London are now a popular way to relax after a hard day at the office, and with so many shows, one is indeed spoilt for choice.
The Queens Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue is the setting for this hugely popular musical. Seen by more than 70 million people in over 40 countries, Les Misérables is set in 19th century France, and weaves a story of love, passion, and broken dreams. A convicted criminal is chased by a policeman, and the story unravels from there. This musical has broken every box office record, and is thoroughly recommended.
Staged at The Apollo Theatre, Wicked is a clever adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz characters first created by L Frank Baum. The play is based on a book by Gregory Maguire, who penned his own imaginary tale of how events unfolded. The story tells of a unique friendship between two young girls who are sorcery students. The amazing adventures in OZ help each one to fulfil their destiny, with one representing good, and the other evil. If you decide on this musical, you will see another side to the Wizard of Oz.
Phantom of the Opera
Her Majesty’s Theatre at the Haymarket is the venue for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enthralling musical, which has been delighting audiences since 1986, with more than 11,000 performances. Musicals only stay as long as they sell out, and Phantom of the Opera has been filling theatre seats for three decades now. Adapted from a novel written by Frenchman Gaston Leroux, which was first published in 1910, the novel was inspired by the goings on at the Paris opera in the 19th century, and the stage adaptation is filled with breathtaking scenery. With an amazing soundtrack by Mr. Lloyd Webber, this a firm favourite with theatre goers of all ages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the venue for this very popular musical, based on a Roald Dahl tale about a boy called Charlie. The main character, Charlie Bucket, is one of five lucky winners who are given a chance to meet the eccentric Willy Wonka, and receive a tour of his chocolate factory. This show has entered its final year in the West End, so if you are planning to take the kids, you had better make haste.
The musicals in London offer first-class entertainment, and with a choice of genres, there is something for everyone.