The West End in London is synonymous with hit musicals and plays and has thousands of people flocking its theatres every year. Whether you are looking for comedy, tragedy, sing alongs or something for the family, the West End has it all, and with many discount hotels in West End London, you can enjoy the delights of the theatre night after night.
If you want Comedy:
Now showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Book of Mormon has become a huge success on the West End due to its religious satirical themes, hilarious content and having been created by the creators of the smash-hit tv series South Park, there is little wonder at its success. The story is of two young Mormon men who travel to Uganda to spread the teachings of the Book of Mormon, however, due to their naivety and lack of life experience, they cannot engage with the local people who are more concerned with poverty, famine and AIDS. The lack of understanding and naivety makes way for some hilarious scenarios as well as allowing some thought to the underlying serious themes; it is funny, clever and will bring a smile to your face.
If you want to Sing Along:
Jersery Boys follows the rise of the amazing pop sensations that took the world by storm. Playing at the Piccadilly Theatre, it features all of the classic hits sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons such as “ Can’t take my eyes off you”, “December 1963 (oh What a Night),” “Walk like a Man,” “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It shows how four ordinary boys from New Jersey, who were no strangers to a prison cell, found an extraordinary sound which propelled them to fame, selling over 100 million records, to scale the Top 100 Billboard, to finally being immortalised in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is an incredible journey of laughter, sadness and success and it will have you singing along and dancing in your seats.
If you want one for all the Family:
The story of a mysterious man who opens his chocolate factory to five lucky winners of golden tickets has delighted children for decades. Award-winning director Sam Mendes has brought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life on the stage and, through music, colour, lights and flamboyance, offers a once in a lifetime look into Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. The story of Charlie Bucket’s adventure into the depths of the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory has been skillfully set to music by Marc Shaiman, who brought us the toe-tapping delights of Hairspray, and it will not fail to capture the imagination of the new generation, especially with the Oompa-Loompas, a garden filled with chocolate and an army of squirrels.
If you want to watch a Classic:
Situated in Her Majesty’s Theatre lives The Phantom of the Opera; a masked figure that strikes fear into the hearts of all thespians. Opened in 1986, this Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacle has seen many famous names take on this prestigious role, including Michael Crawford and Alfie Boe, and has graced over 140 million people with its music. Its stage presence is astounding and its special effects are captivating; from the giant chandelier to its incredible costumes and misty canal underneath the Paris Opera House. The story of the Phantom and his love for the meek Christine Daaé has touched many peoples lives in over 151 countries, and it continues to do so 29 years later.
Played in over 43 countries, seen by over 70 million people over 30 years, Les Miserables is an astounding musical based on the incredible novel by Victor Hugo. Based in 19th century France, it tells the story of Jean Valjean and his need to break free of his criminal label and so after breaking his parole, he begins his life again; however, Javert refuses to let that happen and chases him throughout the years, even when Valjean attempts to right his wrongs by taking care of a factory worker’s little girl, Cosette, when she is orphaned. It is a story of passion, determination, courage, strength, love and loss and, with songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” and “Bring Him Home” it will capture your heart and leave you with incredible lasting memories.
Long before there was Dorothy, there were the witches; Glinda and Ephaba, one who was beautiful and extremely popular and one with green skin who was pushed out for being different. Wicked is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz and tells the story of how the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the East came to be. Starting as enemies but gradually becoming best friends, Glinda and Elphaba are complete opposites but both have a desires for power, Glinda’s used to help people whereas Elphaba’s is misunderstood for evil. This musical has become a sensation around the world, with many people relating to both Glinda and Elphaba’s trials and tribulations and the incredible musical numbers including “Popular,” “For Good” and the astounding hit “Defying Gravity.” It has won many prestigious awards and continues to be a firm favourite with musical lovers around the world.
Theatres have been a popular haunt for hundreds of years; from the Globe in Elizabethan times right up to the present day. The variety that is on offer at the West End today is astounding, whether you want a musical or a play that will make you laugh, cry or frighten you out of your wits, it can all be found here and, with a plethora of discount hotels in West End London, there is no excuse to not visit.