The top 10 shows you’ll fall in love with in the West End
Fall in love with what the West End has to offer this Valentine’s Day and beyond, with our top picks of the romantic, funny and feel-good productions to leave anyone smiling. Whether you’re seeing characters fall in love at Pretty Woman: The Musical, listening to heartfelt ballads in Carousel or gasping at the lush, romantic settings in The Phantom of the Opera, witness the greatest love stories ever told in the West End. Vote for the show you’re wanting to see in London at the bottom of this article and we’ll feature the top three in March’s edition of ‘The Edit’.
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Pretty Woman: The Musical
One of the greatest romantic comedy films of all time comes to the West End stage, guaranteed to be a sizzling, sensual musical. Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson will play Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical, as their blossoming romance sees them fall in love with one another in the heart of Los Angeles. With original music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, be transported to a romantic world like no other and walk down the streets of the West End to Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Sleepless: A Musical Romance
It’s not always easy when you fall in love, but you’ll do anything for that special someone. Following preview performances at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, see Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh the world premiere of Sleepless: A Musical Romance, where a love story starts through the airwaves. Based on the 1990s film Sleepless in Seattle, a widowed father becomes one of America’s most-wanted bachelors after a radio appearance, leaving a budding journalist lovestruck. With love in the airwaves, see if the pair can make a real connection in this sweet, dreamy musical.
We all know the heartwrenching story of how Romeo and Juliet fell for each other with fatal consequences, but what would have happened if Juliet took control of the story? In a radical, new musical featuring pop songs written by Max Martin, & Juliet turns the love story on its head, shaking up the West End in style. Fall in love with the main characters in William Shakespeare’s tragedy once again as Juliet goes on a journey to Paris in the hopes of finding herself. But, even with a rewrite, will the tale of star-crossed lovers ring true once more?
Romeo and Juliet
Fair Verona comes alive at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer, as Kimberley Sykes directs an enchanting, ethereal production of Romeo and Juliet, complete with twinkling lights. When Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet first lock eyes on one another, they immediately fall in love, much to the dismay of their feuding families. As they marry one another and seek a better life, their future destinies in rival houses leads all too quickly to devastating consequences. If you’ve never seen this Shakespeare love story told on stage, you’ll want to experience it this summer.
Sunday in the Park With George
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park With George to the Savoy Theatre. Inspired by Georges Seurat’s painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, Gyllenhaal will portray the French artist as he dedicates his life to his work, leaving his lover, Dot, to fall in love with a changed man. In the second act, audiences then meet Seurat’s great-grandson, reflecting on whether love and life can ever be picture-perfect.
The Phantom of the Opera
Millions of theatregoers from around the world have witnessed The Phantom of the Opera‘s haunting love story at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, the opulent Paris Opera House comes alive, especially when the new soprano Christine Daaé takes centre stage. But, there’s a disturbed character lurking around the Opera House; can anyone control the Phantom’s fits of rage? With iconic songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber including “All I Ask of You” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, get ready to fall in love with The Phantom of the Opera.
Visit a sunny Greek island at Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre, the feel-good musical packed with ABBA’s greatest hits that’s ran in the West End for over twenty years. Join Sophie as she prepares to marry Sky, dreaming that her father will walk her down the aisle. But, with three potential fathers, who will have the honour? Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, all three men come to the island for answers, with love bells ringing at every corner. So, get ready to be a “Dancing Queen” and see this upbeat love story come alive!
The Wedding Singer
Kevin Clifton returns to the stage in The Wedding Singer at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. He’ll play Robbie Hart, a wedding singer whose dreams of marrying the love of his life are dashed when he’s dumped at the aisle. Meeting a young woman named Julia, will Robbie be able to fall in love once more? Book your tickets now and get ready for the party of the year.
The multi-Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton returns to the West End to play Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre. It’s a Golden Age love story, where a matchmaker travels to New York in the hopes of finding ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder a partner. But, as she’s searching for the one, Dolly wonders whether she’s seeing the ‘one’ in the mirror. With music by Jerry Herman including “Elegance” and “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” be a part of the parade at Hello, Dolly!.
Rediscover the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Carousel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer, with charming songs such as “June is Bustin Out All Over” and the infamous “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. When carousel worker named Billy Bigelow meets local millworker Julie Jordan one evening, the pair unexpectedly fall in love. But, could they stay together, especially when the truth about Billy’s past is shared.