Theatre tickets that make the perfect West End gift for anyone
Struggling to find the perfect gift? Why not give a West End gift to your family or friends with our guide to some of the hottest shows around. The West End has a wide variety of shows that make a thoughtful present for a loved one. From West End classics including Les Misérables to more recent openings such as Come From Away, the West End is a cultural hotspot with audiences coming from around the world to check out the latest shows. Enjoy a night of live entertainment and book your theatre tickets now.
Shows that will make a great West End gift
Shows for theatre lovers
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. It 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.”
Opening at the Adelphi Theatre in 2019, treat your friends and family to something sweet at Waitress. When Jenna finds herself pregnant to her abusive husband, she decides that she wants to start afresh. A waitress and expert pie baker, she enters a local competition with a large cash prize to seize new beginnings. Wanting to leave her husband, the winnings would mean a great deal. But when she begins to fall for her gynaecologist, Jenna begins to learn even more about herself.
School of Rock
Join the cast of School of Rock as the kids at Horace Green get ready to compete in the Battle of the Bands. When Dewey Finn takes on the identity of his friend Ned Schneebly to be a substitute teacher at a local private school, he’s initially concerned that the children won’t be fun. Stumbling upon the kids while they’re in a music class, Dewey taps into the potential in front of him, forming a band out of the class. Complete with killer vocals and rocking drum solos, you’ll all be getting out your air guitar at School of Rock.
Theatre tickets that make the perfect West End gift for all the family
The Lion King
Sit back and enjoy the “Circle of Life” at The Lion King that has entertained audiences at the Lyceum Theatre since 1999. Bringing the Disney movie to life, follow Simba in his formative years as a tiny lion cub to becoming King of the Pride Lands. Going away from home, Simba finds himself at peril on numerous occasions, but nothing will stop him from becoming the king. You’ll find yourself singing along at old Disney classics including “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” which will transport you deep into the Serengeti.
Popular shows in the West End
The Book of Mormon
Written by the creators of South Park, you’ll be laughing throughout the whole of The Book of Mormon as it pushes the lyrical boundaries of musical theatre. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are sent on their mission to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints. Even though Elder Price dreams of being sent to Orlando, the pair are sent to Uganda and they face an entirely different culture, where nobody accepts their faith. In an area that’s rife with famine, poverty and AIDS, the religious words are spread but it’s a little bit different to how the Elders tell it. Winner of four Olivier Awards, The Book of Mormon is a satirical smash-hit.
The Phantom of the Opera
On at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, The Phantom of the Opera is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musicals. Christine Daae is the new soprano singer at Paris Opera House who is adored, but when the Phantom becomes infatuated with everything about Christine, he becomes possessive. When the Phantom wants Christine for herself after a previous figure from Christine’s life enters the scene, the Phantom drags Christine to his underground lair, believing that he is helping her. Musical theatre lovers from around the world enjoy The Phantom of the Opera for its lavish setting and gorgeous show tunes including “The Music of the Night” and the well-known title song. Find out what hides underneath the Phantom’s mask and spend a night at one of the world’s most loved musicals.
Set in the French Revolutionary era, Les Misérables is the longest running musical in the West End, enjoying a continuous run since 1985. The story centres on Jean Valjean as he begins a new life after serving time in a chain gang for stealing a loaf of bread. In a turbulent setting, Valjean is continually hunted down by Javert as he becomes obsessed with punishing Valjean for his crime. Meanwhile, young revolutionaries are fighting on the barricade to protect their liberties, with individuals sacrificing their life for their country. The musical has an iconic soundtrack including “In My Life” and “Stars”. One of the West End’s classics, it’s a show that makes the perfect West End gift.
Theatre openings for aficionados
Tom Stoppard returns to the West End in 2020 with his latest play, Leopoldstadt. Inspired by true stories from family generations gone by, follow a Jewish family as they recover and rediscover their religious identities in 20th century Europe.
What would have happened if Juliet had never taken her life? Join Shakespeare’s best-known female character on an unbelievable journey of self-discovery. Miriam Teak-Lee will play the titular character in a cast featuring Oliver Tompsett and Cassidy Janson, performing pop songs written by Max Martin including ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and ‘Baby One More Time’.
What happens when the writer loses the plot? Laura Wade’s play receives its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, completing an incomplete novel left by Jane Austen. Following a young woman who faces a decision between marriage or poverty, see what happens when contemporary playwrights are left to tie the strings of a centuries-old tale.
Still can’t decide which show to buy tickets for? Our list of shows is always updated so you can be sure you’ll find the greatest show for your family, your friends or even if you’re just treating yourself. Don’t miss out on an incredible night of live entertainment and book your tickets now.
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