4 exciting shows for something different to see in the West End
Make your 2019 as theatrical as possible. The West End is full of shows that you’ve loved for years, but will also be home to a variety of new shows sure to provide a different theatrical experience to one you’ve ever had before. Book your tickets for these shows and we’re sure you’ll be shouting their praises all year long!
Try something different this year
A heartwarming musical
The West End is full of feel-good musicals that are able to tug at your heartstrings. Playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre since 2006, Wicked has become a firm favourite for plenty of theatregoers. With over seven and a half million people entering the doors of Wicked productions across the world, the tale of Elphaba and Glinda is certain to entertain audiences in the West End all year long.
However, if you’re looking for a new show to see, Come From Away is sure to take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Making its official opening in February 2019, Come From Away is based on the true stories of those who were stranded in the small Canadian town of Gander after the 9/11 attacks in New York. When 38 international planes were diverted to Gander, the town was suddenly swamped with 7,000 new people to care for. Rather than turning away, the new “come from aways” were welcomed right into the heart of the community, with the show reinforcing the compassion and kindness in humanity.
A powerful soundtrack
Producing memorable performances night after night, there are soundtracks of West End musicals that stay with audience members forever. One musical with a rousing soundtrack is Les Misérables. Now translated into 22 languages with performances across the world, theatregoers still flock to the 33 year old production in the West End to hear crowd pleasing anthems including “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “One Day More”.
Newer productions in the West End also champion an exquisite soundtrack, sending audiences into fits of laughter and tears of sadness, none more so than Waitress. Starring Lucie Jones as Jenna, a down-on-her-luck waitress, follow her as she tries to start a new life for herself away from waiting on people. With a cast including Dreamgirls Marisha Wallace and Eugenius’ Laura Baldwin, you’ll want to hear the powerful soundtrack written by Grammy Award-nominated Sara Bareilles come to life.
A comedy play
West End shows often act as a form of escapism for theatregoers, sending audience members to another world. Productions created by the Mischief Theatre Company have been at the front of making audiences forget about reality and concentrate on entertaining an auditorium by providing a laugh a minute. Whether it’s attending The Play That Goes Wrong or The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, both of these productions are Olivier award nominated plays that are loved by children of all ages from 6-106!
If you’re looking for cutting takes on society that will make you smile throughout a show, then make sure you see Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studios. A love letter to a British educational era gone by, join Tobias, the new German language assistant who has just arrived in the UK. While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it.
Switch up the funny commentary you hear in the West End and make sure you visit the classroom at Education, Education, Education, a show that will leave you gasping for air after laughing too much!
If you’re looking for even more comedic shows to entertain you, why not head to these off-West End productions. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, Noises Off makes its triumphant return to the Lyric Hammersmith almost 40 years after it was first performed, or a trip to an African barbershop at The Barbershop Chronicles.
A dance-filled production
Plenty of West End productions are filled with world-class choreography, showing the limits of a variety of dance styles including tap, ballet, hip-hop and jazz. As well as this, dance routines are often performed in an homage to legendary performers, such as the moonwalking Michael Jackson in Thriller! Live. Full of the pop sensation’s greatest hits, the musical charts the life and career of Michael Jackson and his family, with iconic dance routines to songs including “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal”.
But, if you’re looking to see choreography inspired by styles from around the world, there’s no show better than Heartbeat of Home. From the producers of Riverdance, this is a dance extravaganza set to be sultry and sophisticated. With performers and audience members encouraged to embark upon a musical journey, feel at home in the heart of the West End later this year.
Don’t stick to the same routine when booking a West End show and try out some different moves in front of your friends by being a master of your own choreography.
If you’re wanting to see people you recognise from the television, head to Sadler’s Wells later in the year to see Neil and Katya Jones in action at Somnium – A Dancer’s Dream.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for a trip to the theatre, then read our guide of shows that are transferring from theatres across the country to the West End.