9 feel-good West End shows for a hen party
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 hen parties.
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Theatre for hen parties
Tina The Musical
Celebrating the life and songs of legendary performer Tina Turner, see the world premiere of Tina: The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, with Tina Turner who has worked as part of the creative team to produce this Olivier Award-nominated show. 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”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, “The Best”, and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”.
From modest beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock defied the bounds of her age, gender and race 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.
Be spellbound by the magic at Wicked, dazzling audiences at the Apollo Victoria since 2006. At the heart of the story is the skin colour of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the discrimination she faces because of it. A powerful story about defying other people’s expectations, see what happens when Elphaba meets people she’d never usually face, in a production that pits good and evil against each other. Make sure your hen party doesn’t last for “One Short Day” and book your tickets to see Wicked.
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
Louise Redknapp, 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.
On Your Feet
Get your hen party ready and do the conga at On Your Feet, a musical that’s filled with Gloria Estefan’s greatest hits including “Conga”, “Mi Tierra” and “1-2-3”. Charting the couple’s journey from Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and to later superstardom, experience the Latin sounds for the first time, as Cuban rhythms and American pop collide to form a tour-de-force. Make sure that the “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” this summer with tickets to see On Your Feet.