8 feel-good West End shows to leave you with a spring in your step
It may be blustery outside, but with the temperatures rising and sunnier days on the horizon, get out and explore the very best of London’s theatre scene with tickets to a West End show. Find yourself laughing out loud at a comedic play such as The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, or a feel-good musical like The Book of Mormon that will definitely put a smile on your face this Spring.
West End shows that are feel-good
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
DEAR EVAN HANSEN arrives in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in November 2019. A profound, new musical about life and the way we live it, DEAR EVAN HANSEN has an original score by the Academy Award-winning songwriters of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. With a score including “Waving Through a Window and “You Will Be Found”, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is an uplifting musical that has struck a powerful chord with critics everywhere and audiences of all generations. The Washington Post calls it “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”
Only Fools and Horses The Musical
The beloved 1980s sitcom set in Peckham parks itself in central London at Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, with stories of the Trotters and their friends told on the West End stage for the first time. Boasting an original script by Paul Whitehouse (who plays Grandad) and Jim Sullivan, the son of original writer John Sullivan, see Delboy, Rodney and even more of your favourite characters from the show get up to plenty more mischief. If you enjoyed watching the sitcom when it was first broadcast or childhood memories are flooded with sitting around the television to watch the weekly episodes, you’ll love Only Fools and Horses: The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The Book of Mormon
Continuing to make audiences roar with laughter at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Book of Mormon is the ultimate feel-good musical in the West End. Featuring an original book, music and lyrics by the creators behind Avenue Q and South Park, there’s plenty of good fun to be had at this show, packed with jokes that tie current affairs and the musical’s storyline seamlessly. When two Elders are sent on a mission to Uganda to convert the locals to the way of the Latter Day Saints, they think it’ll be a walk in the park. But, as they begin to learn the way of life in a land foreign to them, it’s clear the Elders have a lot of work to do. Winning best new musical at the Olivier Awards, The Book of Mormon has cemented its place in the West End as a must-see show.
The Play That Goes Wrong
An Olivier Award-winning comedy play, The Play That Goes Wrong ensured that Mischief Theatre would have an unrivalled presence in the West End. Set backstage at an amateur dramatic society’s production, follow the cast of “Murder of Haversham Manor” as they make last-minute preparations before curtain up. But as the title suggests, not everything goes according to plan for the theatre company, with parts of the set falling around them and even cast members seemingly going astray. Will the accident-prone actors make it to curtain up? Only time will tell at The Play That Goes Wrong, now starring a brand new cast.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
The second production by Mischief Theatre to be staged in the West End, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is a rollicking hoot that’s been sending audiences into fits of laughter since 2016. This fast and fabulous comedic play is set at a city bank in Minneapolis during the 1950s, with identities unknown and plenty of hidden agendas kept under wraps. With characters trying to get their hands on the jewel that’s currently in possession of the bank, who will strike it lucky and who’ll be known as a crook forevermore? Join Mischief Theatre’s escapades at the Criterion Theatre at The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.
With Mischief Theatre about to start a 12-month residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, read all about the esteemed theatre company and their brand new shows with our complete guide.
Come From Away
Nominated for nine Olivier Awards over seven categories, it’s clear that critics and audiences alike agree that Come From Away is a feel-good show sure to leave a lasting impression. Based on real-life stories of 7,000 individuals stranded in Newfoundland in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, follow the compassionate tales of Canadians who opened their hearts and their doors, as well as new relationships that formed between the travelling passengers. This sung-through show blends contemporary sounds, the melodies of Irish folk and musical theatre showstoppers to create a one-of-a-kind musical that will make you want to be an islander!
School of Rock
Craig Gallivan leads the cast of School of Rock as Dewey Finn, a down on his luck performer turned substitute teacher who poses as his flatmate, Ned Schneebly. At first, he’s unimpressed by his class, who show aptitude in academic subjects but not much attitude to be a rock star. After seeing the kids shine in a music class, he realises he can turn his students into a rock band to compete in a local competition. Throughout the musical, you’ll see the kids of Horace Green perform instruments live on stage and hear original songs based from the 2003 film including “Stick it to the Man”. Guaranteed to leave you dancing in the aisles and strumming your air guitar, you’ll want to see School of Rock, currently a musical theatre sensation at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Rip it Up
The Strictly stars of yesteryear take to the stage in Rip it Up, a musical celebration of the 1960s that’s filled with dance, visuals and chart-topping songs from the decade. Throughout the production, you’ll be transported back to the era, as the cast dance to tracks by The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and even more in jam-packed dance routines. Not missing a beat throughout the show, you’ll be up on your feet dancing along to the performance and wishing you could get on stage! A perfect way to end a feel-good day in the West End, you’ll want to head to the Garrick Theatre to see Rip it Up.
Rip it Up tickets are available now.