The top 10 West End shows to put a spring in your step
It may be blustery and cold outside, but get ready to put a spring in your step with these feel-good West End shows. 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.
Feel-good West End shows to see
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
DEAR EVAN HANSEN arrived 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.
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!
9 to 5
Bored of your 9 to 5 daily routine? Tumble outta’ bed and head to the Savoy Theatre this Spring to see 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre. The feel-good show sees three headstrong women plot revengeful schemes to get rid of their egotistical boss once and for all, making their workplace brighter and injecting huge doses of fun to office life! With toe-tapping hits by Dolly Parton, get ready to ache with laughter at 9 to 5.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
It’s the show that’s on everyone’s lips. See what the West End’s talking about with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the British musical that’s packed with life, love and plenty of laughter. It’s based on a BBC documentary following Jamie, a 16 year old boy in Sheffield who stands out from the crowd. Determined to wear a dress to his high school prom, he’s supported by his friends and family to help his dreams come true. Since opening at the Apollo Theatre, stars including Bianca Del Rio and Michelle Visage have performed in the show, so you won’t want to miss this uplifting show.
Be More Chill
After wowing Broadway crowds, audiences are going wild for the London transfer of Be More Chill at The Other Palace. Join Jeremy Heere, a New Jersey high schooler who is desperate to fit in with his peers. Taking drastic measures, he swallows a supercomputer pill to control his behaviour, altering how he acts. But, will it work? Or is it better to just be yourself? Get ready for a hilarious science-fiction musical like no other with Be More Chill tickets.
David Mitchell makes his glorious West End debut as William Shakespeare in Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre. It’s based on the BBC sitcom of the same name, where Shakespeare’s finding inspiration for another literary hit. But, can he retain his prestige as one of the greatest writers that’s ever lived? With plenty of Bard puns and comic performances by Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse and Mark Heap, take a trip to Shakespearean England with a twist.