Our top 10 West End shows for the senior members in your family
Tickets to West End shows make a wonderful present for anyone, so why not treat your senior relatives to a great day out in Theatreland. With a wide choice of shows available, there’s bound to be something that’s perfect for you and your family. So book your tickets to some of London’s most popular West End shows and give your loved ones the experience of a lifetime.
West End shows for senior audience members
Only Fools and Horses
Who didn’t love gathering the family around the television to watch Only Fools and Horses? Well, take a trip back to 1989 and buckle up in the Reliant Robin as Only Fools and Horses: The Musical parks its way into the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Join the Trotters as they get up to even more dodgy dealings down Peckham Market, with an original score that’s full of comedy and cockney charm! Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, the son of the show’s creator John Sullivan, you’d be a plonker to miss out the stage adaptation of this hit television show.
The Phantom of the Opera
Fall for “The Music of the Night” at The Phantom of the Opera. The show tells the story of the Phantom falling in love with Christine Daae, the new star at the Paris Opera House. But when a man from Christine’s past enters, the Phantom’s obsession with Christine grows and he abducts her into his secret lair. With a well-known soundtrack including “Think Of Me” and “All I Ask Of You”, The Phantom of the Opera has played a continuous run at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986. Enjoy this eerily beautiful love story where finding out what lurks underneath the mask is just the start of uncovering the real Phantom.
Join the revolution and hear the people sing at Les Miserables, the longest running musical in the West End. Set in post-revolutionary France, follow Jean Valjean as he attempts to start a new life for himself after being in a chain gang. From fighting on the barricade to a heartbreaking love triangle between Marius, Cosette and Eponine, see how songs including “On My Own” and “Master of the House” come to life in a show where characters sacrifice a great deal to survive. Don’t wait one day more to see Les Miserables.
Treat your elderly relatives with tickets to White Christmas, playing at the Dominion Theatre at the end of this year. Based on the 1950s movie of the same name that starred Bing Crosby, follow ex-military servicemen Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they raise money to save a ski lodge with a grand showcase. Set to dazzle audiences with its jewelled costumes as well as toe-tapping choreography, get into the Christmas spirit before you see the show and book your White Christmas tickets now.
Inspired by Tom Stoppard’s family history, Leopoldstadt will receive its world premiere at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Patrick Marber directs a play set in the old Jewish quarter of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, as a Jewish family reflect upon their religious identity in the twentieth century.
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong is a rip-roaring comedy perfect for younger and older audiences alike. Watch the disastrous Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to mount a production of “Murder at Haversham Manor”. They may be putting on a murder mystery, but where the props and actors disappear to becomes the bigger question. With the set falling the pieces around them, will they make it to curtain up? The Play That Goes Wrong is a mischevious production that’s guaranteed to get everyone laughing.
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
Written by the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, join the cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery as they try to solve the case of the missing jewel. When Minneapolis City Bank has been trusted with a priceless diamond, cases of mistaken identities and love triangles mean that nobody can be trusted with looking after the precious good. This comedy’s got plenty of slapstick moments, so don’t let the alarm bells of someone breaking into the bank ring for too long! Book your tickets now to this gem of comedic brilliance at the Criterion Theatre.
Treat your loved ones to a trip to The Mousetrap, the longest-running West End production. A stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery of the same name, five guests arrive at a country hotel when a policeman turns up, warning them that there’s a murderer about. The guests are examined until they find out who the killer is. Perfect for those who grew up reading Miss Marple and Murder on the Orient Express, The Mousetrap is an iconic piece of London theatre that must be seen to be believed. Want to know who the murderer is? You’ll have to watch it for yourself.
Witness for the Prosecution
Visit the court at London City Hall for Witness for the Prosecution. When Leonard Vole is charged with the murder of the wealthy Emily French, he takes to the stand to proclaim his innocence. Younger and senior members of the family can sit side by side in the jury seats to decide Leonard’s fate. So take your seats in the courtroom and decide whether Leonard Vole will walk free or face the hangman in Witness for the Prosecution.
A production that’s bound to send shivers down anyone’s spine, The Woman in Black may only have two cast members, but it’s old-fashioned acting that has the entire audience captivated by every move. Arthur Kipps is sent to settle Alice Drablow’s estate at Eel Marsh House but he quickly realises that he’s not alone. When he learns of the haunted tales lurking at the estate, the ghost story comes to life in the spooky atmosphere of the Fortune Theatre. Although written in 1983, it has everyone jumping out of their skin. Just don’t let The Woman in Black haunt your conscience.