There’s a big misnomer about the West End’s ‘Theatreland’. Many visitors are led to believe a night out at the theatre in London will cost them the proverbial arm and a leg. Well, it might do, but needn’t at all if they’re canny. The trick is to shop around and find out all the prices for different shows before you book. Here’s a guide to the ticket prices of some of London’s most popular shows…
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Drury Lane WC2B 5JF)
(Tickets from £17.50-£125/ Closes: 7th January 2017)
Acclaimed theatre and film director Sam Mendes’ musical stage adaptation of possibly Roald Dahl’s best loved children’s novel; full of energy, wicked humour and, yes, chocolate!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
(Gielgud Theatre,Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 6AR)
(Tickets from £17.75-£149.75)
Superb family stage version of Mark Haddon’s best-selling kid’s book about a highly intelligent boy (who may or not have Asperger’s syndrome) taking on the case of finding out who killed his neighbours’ dog.
(Duke of York’s Theatre,St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4BG)
(Tickets from £15-£85/ Closes 25thJune 2016)
One for both Elizabethan/ Jacobean theatre enthusiasts and fans of TV’s Game of Thrones (so surely among the hottest West End tickets), as GoT star Kit Harrington plays the eponymous hero whom sells his soul to Lucifer in this latest take on Christopher Marlowe’s classic play.
Funny Girl/ Dreamgirls
(Savoy Theatre,Savoy Court WC2R 0ET)
(Tickets for both from £15-£125)
A real musical double-whammyhere. When the critically acclaimed Sheridan Smith-starring Funny Girl (which some may remember on the big screen for an Oscar-winning turn from Barbra Streisand) closes on October 8th, it’ll be followedfrom November 19th by a West End revival of the Motown-influenced Dreamgirls (memorable for its 2006 cinematic adaptation starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé).
(Her Majesty’s Theatre,Haymarket SW1Y 4QL)
(Tickets from £14.75-£149.75)
The all-conquering French Revolution-set opera-eque blockbuster musical, with lavish sets, costumesand tunes. Really, how could you miss out seeing Les Mis at an affordable price – especially if you dine at our hotel’s West End London restaurant and bar first?
Mrs Henderson Presents
(Noel Coward Theatre,St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4AU)
(Tickets from £11.75-£116.75/ Closes 18thJune 2016)
Adapted from the original Oscar-nominated movie starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins about the genteel old lady who establishedThe Windmill, Soho’s first controversial venue to show women in the nude, this musical recreates the true story with songs thrown in – not far from where it actually happened!
Romeo and Juliet
(Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HH)
(Tickets from £17.10-£109.10/ Closes 13th August 2016)
Sure to prove a box-office bonanza, this adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s best loved play (comedy, romance and, of course, tragic drama) comes from the modern age’s greatest interpreter of the Bard, Kenneth Branagh,witha cast includingthe stellar Derek Jacobi, movie star Lily James and another Game of Thrones alumnus, Richard Madden.