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Wicked
The Phantom of the Opera
Mamma Mia!
Jersey Boys
We Will Rock You
The Lion King
Les Miserables
Top Hat
Thriller Live
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
Once
Matilda The Musical
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The gates of the Wonka factory. Photo by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg
 

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The West End has always been the world's most exciting theatre scene and the musical is the cornerstone of its success. From long-running shows to contemporary productions, at every bend in Theatreland, hit musicals emblazon the streets. We've put together a list of our current must-sees. When the curtain goes up, make sure you've got the best seats in town - at cut prices - by booking online.

 
 

Jersey Boys

Until Feb 2014

Jersey Boys Jersey Boys Jersey Boys Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is the tale of four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who went on to become a chart-topping close harmony group. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are not quite so familiar over here as in America, but December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don't Cry and Can't Take My Eyes Off You remain cast-iron classics and ideal music for a stage show. The Four Season's entertaining backstory is told with laidback wit, comfortably mixing plot and music and finding straightforward entertainment from a classic rags-to-riches tale. Special offers on Jersey Boys tickets are now available. It may not have quite the impact on UK audiences as it did on America (where it won four Tony Awards), but this bright and well-directed slice of New Jersey nostalgia is impossible to dislike. Jersey Boys will be staged at the Prince Edward Theatre until Sunday 9th March 2014 before transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre on Friday 14th March 2014, where it will run until October 2014.
2014-03-152014-10-26 Where:
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatre

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 15th March to 26th October 2014

 

Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre is the tale of four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who went on to become a chart-topping close harmony group. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are not quite so familiar over here as in America but December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don't Cry and Can't Take My Eyes Off You remain cast-iron classics and ideal music for a stage show. The Four Season's entertaining back-story is told with laid back wit, comfortably mixing plot and music and finding straightforward entertainment from a classic rags-to-riches tale. It may not have quite the impact on UK audiences as it did on America (where it won four Tony Awards) but this bright and well-directed slice of New Jersey nostalgia is impossible to dislike.

 
 
 

Thriller Live

Until March 2014

Thriller Live Thriller Live Thriller Live Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller - Live became a tribute show overnight with the obvious decision that the show must go on "to the memory of the man and his incredible music". The lights of the Lyric were dimmed and a minute's silence was held in the auditorium on the night of the first performance after the star's death and we're willing to bet that the applause reached ear-splitting levels in honour of the King of Pop. And with the cancelling of Jacko's 50-date tour at The O2 a sad side effect of his death, Thriller - Live might just be the next best thing to relive the glory days of his extraordinary career. Jackson's awesome videos and dance moves changed the face of music and - although no one can moonwalk like the man himself did - a cast of 80 singers, musicians and dancers do Michael's legacy justice, largely due to the fact that "the hits just keep on coming" (The Telegraph). Special tickets offers for Thriller Live are now available. The Lyric is equipped with a huge stage and very decent sound system, making this a pop spectacular. 2009-10-012014-03-16 Where:
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 7ES
Category: Theatre

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7ES

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st October - 16th March 2014

 

Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller Live became a tribute show overnight with the obvious decision that the show must go on "to the memory of the man and his incredible music". The lights of the Lyric were dimmed and a minute's silence was held in the auditorium on the night of the first performance after the star's death and we're willing to bet that the applause reached ear-splitting levels in honour of the King of Pop. And with the cancelling of Jacko's 50-date tour at The O2 a sad side effect of his death, Thriller Live might just be the next best thing to relive the glory days of his extraordinary career. Jackson's awesome videos and dance moves changed the face of music and - although no one can moonwalk like the man himself did - a cast of 80 singers, musicians and dancers do Michael's legacy justice, largely due to the fact that "the hits just keep on coming" (The Telegraph). The Lyric is equipped with a huge stage and very decent sound system, making this a pop spectacular.

 
 
 

Wicked

Until April 2014

Wicked Wicked Wicked 'The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' introduces us to some very familiar characters, years before they met Dorothy. One of them is a clever, lively lady with green skin, the other is superficial, beautiful and popular. Wicked, the tale of how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, has broken box office records at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The musical is at its best in the first half, where a Hogwarts-esque school for witches forms the background for a very entertaining US High School comedy, with the usual mix of popular kids, geeks and rebels. Also familiar from the Harry Potter novels is the mixture of a serious political metaphor - the world of Oz slowly falling under the Wizard's fascist regime - and child-friendly fantasy involving thrilling, high-budget broomstick flying scenes. The second half is set during the events from The Wizard of Oz, weaving the plots together very neatly, including the backstories of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Lion and those terrifying flying monkeys. Younger children will love the set and special effects, while older kids and teens will be thoroughly absorbed by the mythology and romance. For adults, the greatest pleasures come from some good jokes and the intricacies of the plotting. Though it lacks any truly memorable numbers, the score is brisk and catchy and this is a rewarding big-budget show. It's definitely worth refamiliarising yourself with the movie before you go. Offers are now available on tickets for Wicked, London. 2010-08-012015-03-21 Where:
Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, London London, SW1V 1LG
Category: Theatre

Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1LG

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 1st August 2010 to 21st March 2015 - Various Times

 

'The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' introduces us to some very familiar characters, years before they met Dorothy. One of them is a clever, lively lady with green skin, the other is superficial, beautiful and popular. Wicked, the tale of how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, has broken box office records at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The musical is at its best in the first half, where a Hogwarts-esque school for witches forms the background for a very entertaining US High School comedy, with the usual mix of popular kids, geeks and rebels. Also familiar from the Harry Potter novels is the mixture of a serious political metaphor - the world of Oz slowly falling under the Wizard's fascist regime - and child-friendly fantasy involving thrilling, high-budget broomstick flying scenes. The second half is set during the events from The Wizard of Oz, weaving the plots together very neatly, including the back stories of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Lion and those terrifying flying monkeys. Younger children will love the set and special effects, while older kids and teens will be thoroughly absorbed by the mythology and romance. For adults, the greatest pleasures come from some good jokes and the intricacies of the plotting. Though it lacks any truly memorable numbers, the score is brisk and catchy and this is a rewarding big-budget show. It's definitely worth re-familiarising yourself with the movie before you go.

 
 
 

The Phantom of the Opera

Until April 2014

The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics as it ever was. Phantom of the Opera tells the haunting tale of the tragic love between a beautiful singer and a scarred composer, who lives beneath the majestic Opera House in Paris. The fine Victorian auditorium of Her Majesty's Theatre sets the mood perfectly for a thoroughly sinister romance, with some great swashbuckling moments and some of the grandest musical set pieces of all time. One of the best from the master of musicals. Ticket offers for Phantom of the Opera are available now.
2002-01-092014-04-26 Where:
Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London London, SW1Y 4QL
Category: Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 09th January - 26th April 2014

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics as it ever was. Phantom of the Opera tells the haunting tale of the tragic love between a beautiful singer and a scarred composer, who lives beneath the majestic Opera House in Paris. The fine Victorian auditorium of Her Majesty's Theatre sets the mood perfectly for a thoroughly sinister romance, with some great swashbuckling moments and some of the grandest musical set pieces of all time. One of the best from the master of musicals.

 
 
 

Mamma Mia!

Until April 2014

Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and careless nights whilst her daughter Sophie dreams of tradition, romance and a big white wedding. Mamma Mia! is an infectious and funny musical featuring 22 of ABBA's best known songs, and after eight wonderful years at the Prince of Wales the production moves to the beautiful Novello Theatre. Without losing even a pinch of its singalong sparkle, Mamma Mia remains a great night out with plenty of audience participation and some rousing moments. Book tickets now to see Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre.
2012-09-062015-04-25 Where:
Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London London, WC2B 4LD
Category: Theatre

Novello Theatre, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 6th September 2012 to 25th April 2015

 

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and careless nights whilst her daughter Sophie dreams of tradition, romance and a big white wedding. Mamma Mia! is an infectious and funny musical featuring 22 of ABBA's best known songs, and after eight wonderful years at the Prince of Wales the production moves to the beautiful Novello Theatre. Without losing even a pinch of its singalong sparkle, Mamma Mia! remains a great night out with plenty of audience participation and some rousing moments.

 
 
 

We Will Rock You

Until October 2013

We Will Rock You We Will Rock You The hit musical based on the songs of Queen, We Will Rock You, closes in the West End after a 12-year run on 1st June 2014. The show, which is the longest-running production in the history of the Dominion Theatre, has enjoyed huge success over those years. A Freddie Mercury soundalike leads the Bohemians in a rebellion against the boy and girl bands who control Planet Mall, under the leadership of the Killer Queen... You can see where this is going, can't you? There's even a character called Scaramouche, who does the fandango. The plot of We Will Rock You - playing at the Dominion Theatre is simply an excuse to make a roster of Queen songs even crazier, with a selection of ever-more-extravagant 70s sci-fi outfits and sets. If you're a fan then this is top entertainment, a live performance jam-packed with special effects and the kind of figure-hugging costumes that guarantee a falsetto just like Freddie's, book We Will Rock You ticket deals. The songs are recreated with superb attention to detail and there's a rousing singalong finale. Ben Elton's all-conquering Queen musical has defied critical opinion to become a massive West End favourite. 2010-08-012014-06-01 Where:
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London London, W1T 7AQ
Category: Theatre

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 01st August - 01st June 2014

 

A Freddie Mercury soundalike leads the Bohemians in a rebellion against the boy and girl bands who control Planet Mall, under the leadership of the Killer Queen... You can see where this is going, can't you? There's even a character called Scaramouche, who does the fandango. The plot of We Will Rock You - playing at the Dominion Theatre - is simply an excuse to make a roster of Queen songs even crazier, with a selection of ever-more-extravagant 70s sci-fi outfits and sets. If you're a fan then this is top entertainment, a live performance jam-packed with special effects and the kind of figure-hugging costumes that guarantee a falsetto just like Freddie's. The songs are recreated with superb attention to detail and there's a rousing singalong finale. Ben Elton's all-conquering Queen musical has defied critical opinion to become a massive West End favourite.

 
 
 

The Lion King

Until January 2014

The Lion King The Lion King The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the African Pridelands. It's the costumes and puppetry at the Lyceum Theatre that have made this one of the most successful musicals of all time as a whole menagerie of wild beasts are created from masks, stilts and superb dancing. The ever-changing set and the addition of Zulu chants to Elton John and Tim Rice's catchy songs all add to an extraordinary atmosphere. A triumphant, genre-defying adaptation and one of the few family plays that is genuinely as much fun for adults as children. Book your tickets today for Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre London. 2002-09-242015-01-04 Where:
The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London London, WC2E 7RQ
Category: Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7RQ

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th September 2002 to 4th January 2015 - Various Times

 

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the African Pridelands. It's the costumes and puppetry at the Lyceum Theatre that have made this one of the most successful musicals of all time as a whole menagerie of wild beasts are created from masks, stilts and superb dancing. The ever-changing set and the addition of Zulu chants to Elton John and Tim Rice's catchy songs all add to an extraordinary atmosphere. A triumphant, genre-defying adaptation and one of the few family plays that is genuinely as much fun for adults as children.

 
 
 

Billy Elliot

Until January 2014

Billy Elliot Billy Elliot Billy Elliot Winner of BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award 2013.

This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants to become a dancer is even more affecting on the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre than it was on the big screen, set to some magnificent Elton John songs and Peter Darling's thrilling choreography. The same tensions drive Billy Elliot the musical that drove the film, with Billy's successes measured against the failure of the miner's strike and the end of the traditional way of life for his family and friends. Like a modern West Side Story, the song-and-dance numbers are intimate parts of the plot, expressing character's inner feelings in a way that dialogue never could. A triumphant tale of personal achievement, a moving social study and a celebration of the sheer joy of dance, this is a rare combination of intelligence and pure pleasure, book tickets for Billy Elliott at the Victoria Palace Theatre now. The Daily Telegraph has declared this the greatest British musical of all time and they may well be right.

NOTE: Contains swear words. No children under eight years admitted
2005-03-222015-12-19 Where:
Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London London, SW1E 5EA
Category: Theatre

Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5EA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 22nd March 2005 to 19th December 2015

 

This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants to become a dancer is even more affecting on the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre than it was on the big screen, set to some magnificent Elton John songs and Peter Darling's thrilling choreography. The same tensions drive Billy Elliot the musical that drove the film, with Billy's successes measured against the failure of the miner's strike and the end of the traditional way of life for his family and friends. Like a modern West Side Story, the song-and-dance numbers are intimate parts of the plot, expressing character's inner feelings in a way that dialogue never could. A triumphant tale of personal achievement, a moving social study and a celebration of the sheer joy of dance, this is a rare combination of intelligence and pure pleasure. The Daily Telegraph has declared this the greatest British musical of all time and they may well be right.

 
 
 

Les Miserables

Until April 2014

Les Miserables Les Miserables Les Miserables Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew. But will fate allow him to? The acclaimed, long running musical extravaganza Les Miserables, awarded Olivier prizes in 2012 and again in 2014, continues at the Queen's Theatre. It's far more serious than the conventional musical, and this allows for grand, operatic choral numbers that have an emotional power far beyond the West End norm. Book tickets for Les Miserables, London now for a brilliantly executed and intense evening. 2010-01-012015-04-25 Where:
Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 6BA
Category: Theatre

Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6BA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 1st January 2010 to 25th April 2015 - Various Times

 

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew. But will fate allow him to? The acclaimed, long running musical extravaganza Les Miserables continues at the Queen's Theatre. It's far more serious than the conventional musical, and this allows for grand, operatic choral numbers that have an emotional power far beyond the West End norm. A brilliantly executed and intense evening.

 
 
 

Top Hat

Until April 20th 2014

Top Hat Top Hat Based on the 1935 movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat is a comedy dance musical full of energy and silliness. When an American Dancer working in London is energetically rehearsing in his hotel room, sleeping Dale Tremont in the room below is awoken. However, when she comes to his room to complain the anger soon subsides as they have an instant attraction. The play then leads onto a case of mistaken identity and complications with the romance. A light hearted, care free performance, Top Hat also claimed three awards at the Olivier Awards 2013. As well as being titled the Best New Musical, Jon Morrell won Best Costume Design and Bill Dreamer scooped Best Theatre Choreographer. Don't miss this tap-dancing magical musical, book tickets for Top Hat, London today!
2012-04-192013-10-26 Where:
Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London London, WC2B 4DF
Category: Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 19th April - 26th October 2013

 

Based on the 1935 movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat is a comedy dance musical full of energy and silliness. When an American Dancer working in London is energetically rehearsing in his hotel room, sleeping Dale Tremont in the room below is awoken. However, when she comes to his room to complain the anger soon subsides as they have an instant attraction. The play then leads onto a case of mistaken identity and complications with the romance; a light hearted, care free performance; this play will be lively and bursting with smiles. 

 
 
 

The Book of Mormon

Until February 2014

The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With a helping hand from the composer (Robert Lopez) of Avenue Q, this ballsy comedy has collected an obscene amount of Tony Awards and lands in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. The plot follows two fresh faced young Mormon Missionaries who find themselves posted to Uganda, humour ensues as they follow their faith through some fairly trying situations. With quick witted references to the musical genre, and its own set of well crafted tunes, The Book of Mormon looks set to breathe fresh air into the West End theatre scene. Tickets for The Book of Mormon are on sale now and selling out fast. The unique brand of ballsy humour was a big hit across the pond but some themes verge on the downright rude and this show is certainly not for the easily offended. 2013-02-252014-10-18 Where:
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London London, W1D 6AS
Category: Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th February 2013 to 18th October 2014

 

Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With a helping hand from the composer (Robert Lopez) of Avenue Q, this ballsy comedy has collected an obscene amount of Tony Awards and lands in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. The plot follows two fresh faced young Mormon Missionaries who find themselves posted to Uganda, humour ensues as they follow their faith through some fairly trying situations. With quick witted references to the musical genre, and its own set of well crafted tunes, The Book of Mormon looks set to breathe fresh air into the West End theatre scene. The unique brand of ballsy humour was a big hit across the pond but some themes verge on the downright rude and this show is certainly not for the easily offended. Tickets go on sale Sunday 23rd September 2012.

 
 
 

Once

Until November 2013

Once Once Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, the musical Once comes to London's Pheonix Theatre. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, it has been brillliantly adapted by Enda Walsh and retains much of the film's original Grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Book tickets for Once, an unforgetable show, that tells the story of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who connect over their shared love of music and develop an unexpected friendship which then becomes a complicated romance. 2013-03-162015-07-04 Where:
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0JP
Category: Theatre

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2013 to 4th July 2015

 

Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, the musical Once comes to London's Pheonix Theatre and previews from 16th March 2013. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, it has been brillliantly adapted by Enda Walsh and retains much of the film's original Grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It tells the story of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who connect over their shared love of music and develop an unexpected friendship which then becomes a complicated romance.

 
 
 

Matilda The Musical

Until May 2014

Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

2011-10-182015-05-24 Where:
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatre

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2011 to 24th May 2015 - Various Times

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda transfers from Stratford to the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End this autumn. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

 
 
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Until November 2013

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated for a staggering seven Oliviers in this year's Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his fortunate discovery of a life-changing golden ticket. First we meet his poverty stricken but happy family, his four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal the coveted ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a critically acclaimed production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. From May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre Dahl tale has become another hit for the British author behind classic children's books including The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.
2013-05-222015-05-30 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatre

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 30th May 2015

 

Who could forget the heart-warming tale of forlorn little Charlie Bucket and his poverty stricken family? His four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. From May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now. After the successful transition Dahl's Matilda The Musical made to the West End stage, this equally joyous and bizarre tale is a much anticipated addition to Theatreland.