West End shows to brighten up your Blue Monday
21st January 2019 officially marks “Blue Monday”, often regarded as one of the saddest days of the year. Fight the blues with a trip to the West End and book tickets to one of the funniest productions that Theatreland has to offer. Leave your sides splitting with laughter as you watch one of these smash-hit comedies that are guaranteed to leave a smile on your face and feeling good.
West End comedies to beat Blue Monday
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
With the word “Comedy” in the title, you’re definitely in for a good time at The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, captivating audiences at the Criterion Theatre from 2016. Set in Minneapolis, it’s a play set in a city bank, which has recently been trusted with a precious diamond. However, the people that work at the bank may not be the most trusting people to look after such an expensive commodity. With mistaken identities and plenty of hidden agendas, see the people of Minneapolis try to bag the jewel in a town where everyone’s a crook. In a show that’s a giggle a minute, you’ll want to see The Comedy About a Bank Robbery if you’re looking for a laugh this Blue Monday.
Only Fools and Horses The Musical
Sure to set the West End ablaze when the show makes its world premiere in February 2019, Only Fools and Horses The Musical will bring the east end of London to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In the show, see Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad and the rest of the Trotters in a musical celebration of the beloved BBC series that had millions of people glued to the television screens from 1981 to 2003. Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, the son of original writer John Sullivan, you’ll want to wear your flat cap and take a trip to the West End to see Only Fools and Horses The Musical; Mandela House won’t be the same anymore!
The Book of Mormon
Winner of four Olivier Awards including best new musical, The Book of Mormon has grown to become a West End sensation and is still one of the hottest tickets in town after opening in 2013. Toeing the lines of what musical theatre can get away with, it’s a rip-roaring comedy that will leave you stunned and shocked at what is said on stage. As two Elders are sent on a mission to Uganda, it’s their job to spread the word of the latter Day Saints to the Ugandan locals. Falling in love with the religion and those in the village, the Elders learn a great deal about themselves in a show packed with hilarity and joy! Written by the creators behind South Park, The Book of Mormon is the show to see if you want to witness something fresh and exciting to curb your Blue Monday blues.
The Play That Goes Wrong
One of the best new comedies in recent times, The Play That Goes Wrong is a play where things go so wrong that it’s so right! First performed in a small pub theatre in Islington, it’s gone on to great heights having transferred to Broadway and Australia but there’s nothing quite like seeing the original West End production. When a group of amateur thespians set out to perform their annual play, we meet the cast members as they are getting everything ready. But as the title suggests, it’s not an easy path to curtain up. When accident-prone actors fall into trouble and aren’t supported by a set where parts are always disappearing, it’s a wonder if they’ll ever make it to opening the show! See the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society star in The Play That Goes Wrong, a West End masterclass in comic timing and vivacious energy.
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