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Top 10 Shows for Hen Parties

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Top 10 Shows for Hen Parties

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.

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. 

Here’s our Top 10 hen do theatre inspirations.

  1. Kinky Boots

“Leave expectation at the door” and fall head-over-heels for the colourful carnival that is Kinky Boots, playing until 5 January 2019 at the Adelphi Theatre. This American smash-hit musical has everything you could look for in an evening’s entertainment – effortlessly catchy tunes, spectacular dance sequences and an emotional punch to boot.

Featuring a score from Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this hilarious and moving musical, based on a true story, is a celebration of the friendships we can discover in the most unexpected of places, and the belief that you can “change the world when you change your mind”. Exploring the relationship between two father and son duos, as well as the ability to accept  those who are different, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning show will raise your spirits and have you dancing in the aisles.

Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who, on the passing of his father, reluctantly inherits his family’s Northampton shoe factory and returns home, giving up his new life in London. Charlie struggles to uphold his father’s legacy and save the factory from closure. Soon, however, help arrives in the most unexpected of forms… With a penchant for sturdy stilettos, Lola, the fabulous drag queen, could be exactly what Charlie needs.

You’ll be strutting your way out onto The Strand after an evening at Kinky Boots. It really is the hottest show in town, make sure to get your kink on before it closes!

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Kinky Boots

  1. Tina The Musical

It’s simply the best new musical in the West End! Celebrating the life and songs of Rock’n’Roll icon Tina Turner, this world premiere is a collaboration between Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd, Sister Act choreographer Anthony van Laast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set designer Mark Thompson and Tina Turner, the legend herself, who has worked with the creative team to produce this stand-out hit.

Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, the show charts the untold story of Tina’s rise to the top. Tina the Musical 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. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, she has won 11 Grammy Awards and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music history.

This is an unmissable theatrical tribute to one of the most iconic singers ever born. You have to get down to London’s Aldwych Theatre right now and see Tina the Musical, it’s an absolute must for a girl squad day out!

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Tina The Musical

  1. 42nd Street

42nd Street is a toe-tapping extravaganza performed by the West End’s biggest cast on the West End’s biggest stage. The outfits just keep getting shinier, the set more extravagant and the dance routines more awe-inspiring and, from 3rd September 2018, the much-loved stage and screen star Bonnie Langford will be performing in the role of Dorothy Brock. Entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this.

Featuring the classic songs “We’re In The Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off To Buffalo”, “I Only Have Eyes For You” and the title number, this lively production promises a magical day out. 42nd Street is the ultimate American Broadway dream. When Peggy Sawyer steps off the bus in New York City, fresh from small-town America, she books a role in Julian Marsh’s new production. Can Peggy ever step out of the chorus line and into the spotlight?

The show takes its final bow at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 5th January 2019 – don’t miss your last chance to be entranced by the dancing feet of 42nd Street’s 50-strong cast.

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42nd Street

  1. Mamma Mia

Got the ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ buzz? Why not experience more of the Mamma Mia! universe with tickets to the show in the West End? This feel-good hit will have you up on your feet, reliving the sound of the 1970s. Featuring the hit songs of Swedish pop sensation ABBA, this ultimate feel-good show has been seen by over 60 million people around the world, and played in over 40 countries, enthralling London crowds since opening in 1999. Showstoppers include, “Money, Money, Money”, “Dancing Queen”, “Super Trouper”, “Our Last Summer”, “The Winner Takes it All”, “Take A Chance On Me” and the title song.

Set on a Greek island, Mamma Mia! cleverly and humorously interweaves ABBA’s timeless songs with a story about love, friendship and identity, resulting in the sunniest show around! Sophie Sheridan has a dream of the perfect wedding, complete with a father by her side to walk her down the aisle. And, on the eve of her special day, this dream has even more resonance. 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!

Gather your dancing queens and get yourselves some tickets, there’s a reason over 60 million people around the world have seen the show!

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Mamma Mia

  1. Wicked

Celebrating its 12th year in the West End, Wicked will leave you spellbound! Nothing compares to seeing the show’s mesmerising visual effects, magnificent costumes and spectacular set design or hearing the powerful hits “Defying Gravity”, “The Wizard and I” and “No Good Deed” performed live.

You need to be in that room and it comes as no surprise that this worldwide phenomenon continues to fill the Apollo Victoria Theatre to the brim.

The alternate story behind ‘The Wizard of Oz’ originally cast its spell over audiences on Broadway in 2003 and has since won over 90 international awards. Wicked continues its incredible success and has gained a huge fan base, with nearly 8 million people experiencing this enchanting tale in London alone.

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 – Elphaba ascending just before the interval is an image you will stay with you for years after.

Wicked is one of the most engaging theatrical experiences of all time, it will overwhelm your senses, challenge your notion of good and evil and glue you to your seat, promising to be a show you and your pals will never forget!

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Wicked

  1. Dreamgirls

Inspired by R&B music acts of 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history and charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago called ‘The Dreams’. They learn the hard lesson that show business is just as tough as it is fabulous. On the way up under the guidance of manager Curtis Taylor Jr, all of their dreams appear to be coming true – that is until loyalties are betrayed, lovers are lost and family feuds are ignited. Everyone has their eye on the prize, and will stop at nothing to get it.

Dreamgirls is famous for its impressive riffs as the show features one of the most challenging and impressive songs ever written, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Ending the first half of the production, Effie White’s rendition of this sensational tune solidifies the show’s place as one of our bucket list musicals. This is your last chance to see this dreamy show before it closes 5 January 2019 – don’t delay, book today!

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Dreamgirls

  1. Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical tells the story of the renowned record producer Berry Gordy’s professional relationships with artists such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Comprising of over 50 Motown tracks from Gordy’s back-catalogue, including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown The Musical is a celebration of an unmatched era in music.

The show begins in 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium where some of the world’s biggest recording stars are gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. Told in flashback, the production charts the life of Gordy who, with just his determination and a small loan from his family, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul.

As Gordy’s fame begins to grow, his record label develops and he discovers and launches the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation. It’ll provide the perfect tunes to get your blood pumping.

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Motown

  1. The Great Gatsby

It’s the roaring twenties – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. Jay Gatsby has invited you to one of his infamous parties at his Drugstore and that’s not a request you want to turn down.

This is your chance to attend the most fabulous party. Drawn from F Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age novel, this immersive experience throws you into the deep end of the cocktail pool – music is playing, dancers are swinging and scandal is brewing! The famous story of Gatsby’s over-indulgence plays out in a unique theatrical performance.

Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you. Dressing up for the occasion is strongly encouraged – it’s a great excuse to rock that flapper dress you’ve always wanted to show off. Guests are encourage to walk around, mingle and have a drink. It’s the feel of a night out, plus a load of added drama – perfect!

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The Great Gatsby

  1. Heathers The Musical

Mean Girls, but darker – Actor, singer, author and YouTube sensation Carrie Hope Fletcher stars as Veronica in this American black comedy. Following a stand-out run at the Other Palace, the show is playing from 3rd September 2018 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the West End.

Based on the cult classic 1988 film, Heathers the Musical is about three teenage girls, Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara, who are the most ‘popular’ girls in school and their new recruit, Veronica Sawyer. The Heathers are feared and hated and Veronica soon has enough, wishing to return to her old life and “nerdy” friends. Encouraged by rebellious new student Jason ‘J.D.’ Dean, what follows is a bloody, comedic tale of teenage angst set to a memorable score that fans of both Fletcher and the much-loved ‘80s classic really don’t want to miss.

So, grab a croquet mallet and prepare for a show packed full of femme fatales and high school drama.

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Heathers The Musical

  1. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

A new musical for today: Based on true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brave, reckless and unconventional tale about finding yourself and being who you want to be.

Filled with catchy new songs from writer Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling, this hearty production opened to rave five-star reviews at the West End’s Apollo Theatre following the show’s sell-out run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

Inspired by the BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the powerful story of a boy with a secret passion for drag. Jamie New lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and he doesn’t quite fit in. Supported by his incredible mother Margaret, Jamie overcomes the prejudice that he faces and decides to make his dreams come true. Nobody can tell Jamie that he can’t, and soon his drag persona Mimi Me takes centre stage.

We can guarantee that you WILL be talking about Jamie and his inspirational story long after the curtain falls, so gather your fellow superstars and join in on the hype.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie