Aled Jones, who made his name as the voice of The Snowman, makes his West End debut in White Christmas, the musical written by Irving Berlin, based on the film which featured Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Aled stars alongside Tom Chambers playing ex-army friends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who put on a show to save their former General's Vermont ski lodge from ruin. The pair lead a 30-strong cast who are backed by a 17-piece orchestra belting out some well known songs including 'Let Yourself Go', 'Sisters', and the title song, 'White Christmas'. A show that's perfectly timed for its winter slot.
West End Shows this Christmas
Musical based on the film in which Bing Crosby sang the famous title song.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
Dates: 8th November 2014 to 3rd January 2015
Sam Mendes' interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book makes a sweet treat.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF
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 whose life is changed when he pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket? The much loved Roald Dahl story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now made into a magical stage show in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, has proven to have all the right ingredients for a Christmas treat since opening in May 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show is 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... They alone are worth the price of admission," says The Telegraph. Click here to get your Christmas tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After the successful transition Dahl's Matilda The Musical made to the West End stage, this equally joyous and bizarre tale has been a welcome addition to London's West End.
Multi-award-winning musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY
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 at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End is a wonderful show to take in this Christmas. 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."
Beverley Knight is Felicia Farrell in the musical, already a smash hit on Broadway.
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Dates: 9th October 2014 to 28th March 2015
Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis. Already a smash hit on Broadway and following a triumphant 55-city North American tour, the multi award-winning musical comes to London's Shaftesbury Theatre in autumn 2014. Set in Tennessee, a young white disc jockey loves the black music he hears in the bars and clubs on Beale Street, and endeavours to forge a new white audience on his radio show. He also falls in love with a black singer played by multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight who has already enjoyed huge success with The Bodyguard. Previews from 9th October before the London premiere on 23rd October 2014.
Nicole Scherzinger makes her West End debut in the starring role of Grizabella.
London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 6th December 2014 to 28th February 2015
Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical based on TS Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' returns to London's West End for 12 weeks from the beginning of December 2014. One of the longest-running shows in West End - it played for 21 record-breaking years - Cats is a wonderful show about the Jellicle cats who meet on one special night of the year at the Jellicle Ball. Long term Associate Director of Cats Chrissie Cartwright recreates Trevor Nunn's original direction featuring Gillian Lynne's choreography and some wonderful and well loved songs including Memory which became a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1981 for Elaine Paige who originally played the role of one-time glamour cat Grizabella in the first West End production.
The smash hit US import would make a wonderful Christmas outing - just not for those easily offended.
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AS
Dates: 25th February 2013 to 10th January 2015
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 is a breath of fresh air on the West End theatre scene. Tickets for The Book of Mormon are on sale now and selling out fast but don't forget, 21 top-price tickets for each performance are sold through an on-the-day lottery at the theatre for just £20 each. 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.
Classic Kinks songs keep this musical upbeat, a ray of sunshine in the cold winter months.
Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Dates: 4th October 2014 to 23rd May 2015
Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the band and its rise to stardom. The exciting young cast includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies who had a hand in choosing the actor to play himself, George Maguire who plays Ray's brother Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp who takes on the role of the band's drummer Mick Avory. Set against the backdrop of social change in Britain - from the conservative 50s to the riotous 60s - this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands whose influence is still felt today. The show transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End following a critically acclaimed run at Hampstead Theatre earlier in the year - "a triumph for Ray Davies and Joe Penhall", wrote Susannah Clapp in The Guardian, "an irresistibly enjoyable and touching night out", said Charles Spencer in The Telegraph.
Intelligent musical about a notorious case of racial injustice in 1930's America.
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, South Bank, London, WC2H 0HH
Dates: 4th October 2014 to 21st February 2015
It's 1931, nine young black men aged between 12 and 19 are travelling on a train through Scottsboro, looking for a new life. Following a sold out run at the Young Vic last autumn, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End for a strictly limited run. Based on a true story, John Kander and Fred Ebb's provocative musical drama reveals what happened when nine young black men were falsely accused of rape by two white women. At the end of the journey, their lives have been changed forever. Already played to sold out houses in Philadelphia, San Diego and San Francisco, The Scottsboro Boys received 12 Tony nominations. "One of the most stunning pieces of theatre I have ever seen" says Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail reviewing the original Broadway production directed by Susan Stroman who now brings the production to London's West End this autumn.
Musical comedy set in the glamorous world of the film studios of Broadway in the 1940s.
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD
Dates: 5th December 2014 to 7th February 2015
A New York novelist is given the opportunity to adapt his detective character of his books into a big-screen hero in Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical, City Of Angels, revived by the Donmar's Josie Rourke as the theatre's 2014 Christmas production. The musical comedy is set in the glamorous world of the film studios of Broadway in the 1940s and chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. The Light Princess actress Rosalie Craig stars opposite fiancee Hadley Fraser who returns to the Donmar following his performance in Rourke's production of Coriolanus earlier this year. Craig is making her Donmar debut as Stine's wife Gabby alongside Les Miserables' Samantha Barks who plays Mallory Kingsley, the missing step-daughter of striking socialite, Alaura Kingsley, who turns up in her birthday suit in Stone's bed.
31st October 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Matilda The Musical
Memphis The Musical
Cats: The Musical
The Book of Mormon
The Scottsboro Boys
City Of Angels
Christmas in London
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Christmas Grottos in London
Christmas Trees in London
London Christmas Shows, Pantos & Attractions
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
New Year's Eve in London
Christmas Restaurant Booking in London
Christmas Hotels in London
- Christmas Lights in London
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