9 energetic, action-packed plays and theatre experiences in the West End
Inject energy into your next West End trip with these fast-paced plays. Whether it’s non-stop movement on stage or tension building up to a pivotal moment, you’ll want to see these action-packed productions, suitable for audiences young and old.
Action-packed plays in the West End
Touching The Void
Based on the real-life story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates climbing the Andes, join the intrepid explorers in the stage adaptation of Touching the Void. Filled with action-packed adventures, see the pair fight for their lives on the mountains, as they’re left with minimal supplies and one of them facing a decapitated limb. Will the pair be able to make it to base camp and return to civilisation? After a world premiere at Bristol Old Vic, Touching the Void is guaranteed to bring high-octane energy to London.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Before the curtain rises, plenty of action happens at The Play That Goes Wrong, continuing to delight audiences at the Duchess Theatre. As the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society make the final preparations of their annual productions, see how the amateur thespians are able to make it to curtain up when everything bad seems to go their way. From falling props, crumbling sets to walkabout actors, The Play That Goes Wrong is a masterclass in comic timing, farce and a perfect example of British humour.
The Girl on the Train
Samantha Womack plays Rachel Watson in the West End transfer of The Girl on the Train. Playing for four weeks before it departs, join Rachel on her daily commutes, staring into the distance at a seemingly perfect couple. But, as she begins to wonder where one individual has got to, Rachel inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a missing persons investigations. Relationships, alibis and boundaries are tested in this production, where the train tracks aren’t always as smooth as they seem.
Agatha Christie’s murder mystery continues to intrigue West End audiences over 60 years since it was first performed. As five guests arrive at a country hotel to find out they’re trapped with a killer in their midst, it’s up to them to find out who the murderer is. With theatregoers sworn to secrecy about the killer’s identity, it’s up to you to solve the case and see The Mousetrap, a legendary piece of theatre history in the heart of central London.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Putting a festive spin on a timeless classic, Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to London, staged at the Alexandra Palace for 2019. See J.M. Barrie’s children’s tale as never presented before, with Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and the Lost Boys battling technical hitches. Will the cast make it to Neverland and defeat Captain Hook, or will they be stuck by the second star to the right? Presented by Mischief Theatre Company, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as the actors seem to get their fairy wings in a twist!
The Great Gatsby
Attend the most fabulous, action-packed party at The Great Gatsby, playing at a purpose-built location in London. In an immersive, theatrical experience, join Jay Gatsby, Daisy and your favourite characters from the seminal classic as the story is brought to life with audience members at the heart of the action. With the sounds of the roaring twenties echoing around the rooms, as well as free-flowing alcohol, you’ll want to slip on your fanciest outfit and head to the party that’s got everyone talking.
A runaway success at the National Theatre, a West End transfer and touring productions around the world, War Horse returns to London at the newly-built Wembley venue. Bringing Michael Morpurgo’s literary classic to the stage, join Albert in World War One as he travels to France to rescue his horse, Joey. A dangerous journey across trenches and crossing the English Channel, join the pair as they try to make it to safety.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Set in 1958 at Minneapolis City Bank, the colleagues have been left with a diamond in their possession, but can anyone be trusted? As identities are mistaken, people fall in love with one another and plenty of hidden agendas to contend with, trying to keep track of the jewel’s whereabouts proves tricky. Asserting Mischief Theatre’s dominance in the West End, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery continues to have audiences bound in fits of laughter.
Queen of the Mist
Join Anita Edson Taylor on her inspirational solo voyage over Niagara Falls in a barrel at Queen of the Mist. Detailing real-life events that took place at the turn of the twentieth century, see what happened when an elderly woman decide to set out on an unprecedented expedition over an iconic landmark.