The top West End shows based on past decades and a historical event

By | Posted on 08-Jan-2019

The top West End shows based on past decades and a historical event

Decades and events gone by can often inspire and generate ideas for a production. Whether it’s the essence of the French Revolution in Les Misérables or championing girl power in Six, the West End is home to shows that are jam-packed with historical inspiration. In these shows, you’ll notice how every detail has been considered to ensure that everything about a historical event is authentic to celebrate an era gone by. Head to one of these shows based on true events so you can learn with live entertainment!

West End shows based on a historical event


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David Tennant returns to the West End later this year to star in CP Taylor’s Good, directed by the Olivier Award-winning Dominic Cooke. It’s based on the rise of Nazism in Germany, as a literary professor is swept up in what was a popular political movement. Playing for just 10 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre, you’ll want to book Good tickets now.

Les Misérables

Les Miserables

Having played in the West End for over thirty years, Les Misérables has entertained millions of theatregoers with the hard-hitting tale of Jean Valjean. After serving 17 years in a chain gang, audiences can follow the story of Valjean as he begins a new chapter in his life, trying to turn everything around while police inspector Javert continually tries to track him down. At the same time, see the young revolutionaries of France including Marius Pontmercy fight on the barricade, where political battles can be thwarted by romance and lust.

After the success of the 2012 film and the ongoing television series, the Victor Hugo novel has become the basis for one of the most successful productions to be performed around the world. See the ideals of the French Revolution come alive with a soundtrack including the rousing “One Day More” to the poignant “Castle on a Cloud” and don’t miss out on this West End legacy.


Cast members in Six

Turning the Tudor dynasty on its head, Six is a girl-power, all female show that puts Henry VIII’s six wives in the spotlight. Throughout the concert, meet the six wives as they tell you exactly what happened to them from their perspective. It’s a perfect show for audiences young and old who want to learn about the past, boasting catchy songs and a girlband sound that will stay in your head for a long time. Just make sure you don’t lose your head with these ladies!

Come From Away

Come From Away

Recent events can form the basis for some of the hottest productions to grace the West End. When 38 international aircraft are diverted to Gander airport after 9/11, the townspeople of a small Canadian welcome in 7,000 stranded people. In Come From Away, you’ll hear the real-life stories of some of those who found themselves in Canada, where compassion and kindness is at the heart of what happens after such a tragic historical event. Join the legion of fans around the world who have fallen for the stories of the “come from aways” when the show makes its West End premiere in early 2019.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

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Portraying the career of pop diva Tina Turner, audiences have been flocking to the Aldwych Theatre to see the musical legend brought to the West End stage in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. If you’re a huge Tina Turner fan or you only know a few of her songs, it’s the perfect musical for audiences young and old to learn about how a historical event in America impacted the musical starlet. As the show walks you through her career, you’ll hear some of her greatest hits including “Nutbush City Limits” and “Proud Mary” as this show makes it clear that Tina Turner is “Simply the Best”!