Our top picks of 2019: West End shows we’ve been loving this year

By | Posted on 11-Dec-2019

Our top picks of 2019: West End shows we’ve been loving this year

As another year of exciting, groundbreaking theatre comes to an end, we’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months in the West End. We’ve asked those at Encore Tickets to share the shows they’ve enjoyed in 2019, as well as our top 10 countdown of the best shows of the year, as reviewed by you! So, if you’re wanting to see a show in the final weeks of the year, or you’re looking for a show to kickstart your New Year plans, let us inspire you!

Our favourite West End shows this year

What you need to see in London

Theatre tickets

“If you want a feel-good West End show, then & Juliet is the one for you! It’s got something for everyone, taking an old story we’ve seen done to death and putting a brand new twist on it, with the songs we all love to sing in the shower (whether we admit to it or not). The concept is so ridiculous, but somehow it works! It’s got everything you need in a West End show: full-out choreography, huge set pieces, fabulous costumes, a sassy leading lady, and to top it all off, it’s filled to the brim with pop bangers from the likes of Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and Ariana Grande.” – Stephen, Product Marketing Co-Ordinator

“Singling out one show as my favourite of the year is close to impossible, as there were so many I thoroughly enjoyed. But as the festive season approaches, I was dazzled by White Christmas! The show is a real treat for fans of classic musicals; a lavish production with iconic songs, stunning sets and costumes, and plenty of tap dance, all contributing to that ‘wow-effect’. The actors are on the top of their game and certainly have chemistry between them. Throughout the performance, I simply couldn’t wipe the smile off my face (or stop my feet tapping along); White Christmas is pure joy and escapism at its best, irresistibly putting one in the holiday spirit.” – Teri, Digital Content Assistant

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac is a brilliant adaptation of the play by Edmond Rostand. Jamie Lloyd manages to transpose the essence of the play into a minimalist and modern set, while keeping what makes Cyrano so good: the words and wits. Do not go and expect a classical play with actors in costumes, as it is not the case. Instead, follow the words and the words only, to imagine a set coming to life. A surprising approach to a classic, but an approach that works in the end.” – Jerome, Digital Acquisition Manager

“Since it was first announced last year that Waitress was coming to London, I knew I had to see this musical. But, as I watched the tender story about a woman who seeks a better life unfold, I found myself falling in love with theatre all over again, with plenty of the original songs in Waitress including ‘She Used To Be Mine’ and ‘Bad Idea’ being some of my most-listened songs of the year! Having seen it three times this year, I’ve laughed out loud, cried and wished I could visit Joe’s Diner for a slice of blueberry pie in what’s simply a heartwarming, life-affirming musical to lift your spirits.” – Sophie, Digital Copywriter

Come From Away

Come From Away is a rare gem of a musical, infectious as it was improbable. It may be referred to as the ‘9/11 musical’ by some, but they couldn’t be further from the truth as this show focusses on the compassion of a small Canadian town tasked with sheltering thousands of stranded plane passengers, showcasing the very best of humanity. It’s uplifting, heartbreaking and hilarious all at once, while everybody who passes through the Phoenix Theatre’s doors will leave with different references from their own lives to think about.” – Will, Lead Editor