The best shows to see in the West End this Easter Sunday
Avoid spending your Easter Sunday cooped up on your sofa eating chocolate and head to the West End. Spring into Easter celebrations by giving the gift of theatre tickets and head to a matinee or evening performance of these ten productions. Whether it’s laughing at the madness unfold in The Play That Goes Wrong or a stage adaptation of your children’s favourite story in Matilda, find the show for you and your family this Easter.
Easter Sunday shows in the West End
The Lion King
Journey into the Serengeti at The Lion King, which has dazzled audiences with its roaring Disney magic to the Lyceum Theatre for 20 years. Follow Simba from lion cub to king of the pride lands as he takes on a personal adventure through the animal kingdom, in a story of friendship and courage. Based on the 1994 Disney film, the musical’s soundtrack features some of the greatest Disney songs including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”. Make sure you’ve got no worries this Easter with tickets to The Lion King.
See how Matilda Wormwood harnesses her telekinetic powers for good at Matilda, as Roald Dahl’s children’s book is adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. Bursting with knowledge, follow the one-of-a-kind child with her peers and her teacher, Miss Honey, who she grows fond to. As the schoolkids try to defeat Miss Trunchbull and her rotten ways, the children realise they’re going to have to be a little bit naughty to get what they want. Book your tickets for this multi Olivier Award-winning musical, and enjoy an Easter Sunday gift sweeter than Bruce Bogtrotter’s ginormous chocolate cake.
School of Rock
Spend your Easter weekend at School of Rock and rock out with Dewey Finn and the kids of Horace Green. When rejected rockstar Dewey stumbles into a substitute teacher job at an elite prep school, he wonders how he’s going to fit in. But, hearing his class in a music lesson, he realises he can form his own band and enter a local competition. See if the kids will be able to compete without their principal catching on in a musical with plenty of moral lessons inside and outside of the classroom.
Nominated for five Olivier Awards including best new musical, join Henry VIII’s six wives on stage at Six, where Tudor history and contemporary musical theatre is smashed into one. At the start of the show, you’ll be greeted by all six wives, later sharing their lives with the monarch. In a rousing production that’s sure to get you on your feet, hear the wives tell their stories through catchy original songs fused with the sounds of female popstars at Six this Easter Sunday.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Mischief Theatre Company made their presence known in the West End with The Play That Goes Wrong, winning an Olivier Award for best new comedy. When the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society prepare the final touches for their production of “Murder at Haversham Manor”, will the cast make it to curtain up? As the show carries on, see the company navigate falling sets, crumbling walls and disappearing cast members in a comedy play that’s a masterclass in comic timing. Make sure your Easter Sunday goes right with tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Don’t miss your chance to catch this smash-and-grab comedy caper this Easter. When the workers at Minneapolis City Bank are trusted with a precious, valuable diamond in their possession, who will end up with the jewel for themselves? Mistaken identities, police chases and hidden agendas all come into play at The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, presented by Mischief Theatre Company. Everyone may be a crook, but it’ll be a crime to miss out on seeing this West End play with your friends and family.
Witness for the Prosecution
Spend Easter on the jury of a court case at Witness for the Prosecution. When Leonard Vole is charged with murder, he’s sent to court to testify. Alibis tested and witnesses called, Leonard’s wife Romaine later takes to the stand, but can she be trusted? See if the case can be cracked and decide whether Leonard Vole is guilty or innocent at this stage adaption of an Agatha Christie classic whodunnit, an immersive courtroom drama staged at London County Hall.