A hen party in the West End: 10 feel-good West End shows everyone will love
Whether you’re looking for a feel-good matinee performance to pep you up for a night out or the theatre is the highlight of your night leading on from dinner and drinks, get your girl squad ready to experience one of London’s epic West End musicals ideal for a hen party. If you’re looking to book tickets for a large group, then read our advice that’s packed with tips and tricks for making your group booking as stress-free as possible.
Theatre for a hen party
Magic Mike Live!
No West End show is more seductive than Magic Mike Live. Based on the 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum, step inside Club Domina and experience a night at Magic Mike’s famous nightclub. Staged inside an intimate theatre that’s been renovated for the production, watch a dancing and acrobatic spectacular and make a hen party stand out.
Tina The Musical
Celebrating the life and songs of legendary performer Tina Turner, see Tina: The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Charting the untold story of Tina’s rise to the top, the show features timeless classics like “River Deep Mountain High”, “A Fool In Love”, “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, see her modest beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to become global superstar Tina Turner. Catch this unmissable theatrical tribute to one of the most iconic singers ever born, if you’re looking for a girly trip to the theatre that still packs a punch.
Experience hit songs of Swedish pop sensation ABBA at Mamma Mia, the ultimate feel-good show that has just celebrated 20 years in the West End. When Sophie Sheridan has a dream of the perfect wedding, she wants her father to walk her down the aisle. But, there’s a problem – Sophie has no idea who her father is! Finding her mother’s old diaries, Sophie discovers that there are three men who could be her father and, after inviting them to the wedding, chaos ensues! With songs including “The Winner Takes it All”, “Our Last Summer” and “Dancing Queen”, make sure your hen has the time of her life at Mamma Mia.
Whipping up a storm at the Adelphi Theatre in 2019, Waitress is one of the newest sweet surprises in the West End. With music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, the musical story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and pie maker who seeks a new start to her life. Let the treats Waitress has in store warm your heart and leave you salivating over the smell of Sweet Victory pie for a hen party you’ll never forget.
The Great Gatsby
Take a trip to the Roaring Twenties and step into F Scott Fitzgerald’s popular novel at The Great Gatsby. In Gatsby’s drugstore, join Jay, Daisy and all your favourite characters in a show where over-indulgence and hedonism is celebration. This immersive experience throws you into the deep end of the cocktail pool – music is playing, dancers are swinging and scandal is brewing! So, slip on your dancing shoes and wear a flapper dress in a show where drama, conversation and celebrations all combine.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Based on true events, head to the Apollo Theatre to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie today. Inspired by the BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, join Jamie and his supportive mother Margaret as he takes baby steps to becoming a drag queen, wearing a dress to his high school prom. Talk about Jamie and his inspirational story and gather your fellow hen party superstars to the West End.
You’ve heard of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, but what happens when the story takes a different turn. Rather than committing at the end of the play, what would have occurred if Juliet if she took centre stage? Miriam Teak-Lee leads the cast in the title role, as the female protagonist travels to Paris to find herself. Featuring a soundtrack of commercial hits by The Weeknd, Britney Spears and Ellie Goulding, it’s the perfect show to put your hen at the centre of their own evening.
Returning to the West End in 2020, Michael Ball will reprise his Olivier Award-winning performance as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. When Tracy Turnblad successfully auditions for a coveted dancing role on The Corny Collins Show, she’s not welcomed with open arms due to her views on segregation, championing people of different races being granted the opportunity to dance alongside one another. Falling in love with Link Larkin and convincing her friend Penny Pingleton to join her along every step of the way, will Tracy Turnblad be able to impress the public and walk away as the most popular dancer? See musical theatre anthems including “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and enjoy the glitziest hen party in town at Hairspray.
9 to 5
Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley star in 9 to 5, championing girl power in the office and what happens when females are in charge. As three working women dream of plotting ways to kill their boss, what will happen to the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” that’s the president of their company? When the president returns, who will have the confidence to succeed and see their planned office changes through? Infused with the country sounds and sights of Dolly Parton, you’ll want to see 9 to 5 and make a hen party livin’ at this musical.
Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders is a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella story with an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight!