Sunday shows in the West End: 22 productions you need to see
Leap out of bed with excitement for Sunday and see a West End show. Although many productions don’t perform on a Sunday, there are a few London theatres which open their doors to audiences on both days of the weekend. So, whether it’s a musical classic or a production that’s running for a limited engagement, make your Sunday’s brighter with a trip to the theatre.
Sunday shows in the West End
The Lion King
Having wowed audiences at the Lyceum Theatre since 1999, The Lion King continues to whisk audiences away to a theatrical Serengeti in the heart of London. Join Simba as he grows from a young, naïve lion cub to King of the Pride Lands in a Disney musical staple featuring songs including ‘Shadowland’ and ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight?’. With expert puppetry bringing the African wildlife to the stage, you’ll want every Sunday to be filled with adventure.
Adapted by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a fictional tale of a little girl with a thirst for knowledge continues to excite audiences at the Cambridge Theatre. As the schoolgirl defies expectations and school rules to change her life, she’s met by Miss Trunchbull who won’t let anything get past her. But, as Matilda works with her teacher Miss Honey and schoolfriends, will Matilda be able to stage a revolution? As original songs including ‘Revolting Children’ and ‘When I Grow Up’, you’ll want to see Matilda; a musical where it pays to be just a little bit naughty…
School of Rock
As Dewey Finn finds himself in a newly-found role as a substitute teacher, will he be able to inspire the children? Through unconventional means, Finn is able to teach the children lessons of empathy and teamwork, but it’s through a gut-busting, heart-pumping rock band blowing the minds of the musical prodigies. Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, School of Rock is a feel-good production that’s fun for all the family.
In a concert-revue celebrating 45 years of Michael Jackson’s hits, Thriller Live has entertained audiences at the Lyric Theatre since 2009. As the production looks into his early life, career with the Jackson 5 and eventual superstardom as a solo artist, feel the King of Pop’s presence in the West End in a production with hits including ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’. No MJ show would be complete without a moonwalk and a dazzling single glove, but it’s up to you to see Thriller Live to find out when it’s worn.
Get in the mood for Thriller Live and take a look at our favourite songs by Michael Jackson.
The Play That Goes Wrong
After winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best new comedy, Mischief Theatre have solidified themselves as a leading performing company in London. But, their original West End show The Play That Goes Wrong still makes audiences laugh in the aisles! Having celebrated over 2,000 performances, get ready to watch Murder at Haversham Manor presented by an amateur dramatics company, but as the title suggests, will they make it to curtain up?
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
Howl with laughter at The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, offering audiences the chance to see a masterclass in comic timing, satire and slapstick. When Minneapolis City Bank is left with an expensive diamond in their possession, who will end up keeping the jewel for themselves? As people’s identities are questioned and alibis are tested, will the culprit get away? It’s up to you to solve the mystery for yourself.
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Join the six wives of Henry VIII as you’ve never heard them before, with weekend performances on Saturday and Sunday. Each taking to the microphone to tell audiences of their stories lost in the historical canon, it’s a 75-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power that packs a punch! If you’re looking for a historical show that combines hilarity, energy and education, you’ll want to see Six, recently nominated for five Olivier Awards.
Witness for the Prosecution
End your Sunday with a ticket to the courtroom at Witness for the Prosecution. As Leonard Vole is called to the stand to testify, will his name be cleared or will he be convicted of murder? As the case progresses, his wife, Romaine is called to the stand, but her testimony shocks the jury and those in court. Try and crack this Agatha Christie case and keep the secrets of this murder-mystery, inviting audiences jury-side since 2017.
Last performed over a decade ago, Orpheus Descending returns to London at the Menier Chocolate Factory. As Lady looks at what it means to be part of a community, join her in a emotional journey as she begins to find herself. Hattie Morahan and Seth Numrich star in the off-West End revival of a lesser-known Tennessee Williams play.
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The Great Gatsby
Attend the most fabulous party at Gatsby’s Drugstore and step into The Great Gatsby. As the twenties roar and the drinks flow all night, experience the soul-lifting 1920s mood and watch the F Scott Fitzgerald novel unfold around you.
Sunday shows coming soon
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
In June 2019, the West End will wear a coat of many colours once again, as Joseph returns to the London Palladium. Over 20 years since it was first performed at the venue, Jason Donovan returns to star as the Pharaoh in a brand new revival, with Sheridan Smith as the Narrator. Based on the biblical tale as told in the Book of Genesis, follow Joseph sold into slavery and later liberated in a sung-through musical including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’. If you’re looking for a nostalgic musical, you’ll want to see Joseph.
From Jason Donovan to Lee Mead, vote for your favourite Joseph with us.
On Your Feet
A jukebox musical filled with the songs of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, follow the pair’s journey to musical icons with tickets to On Your Feet! Rooted in America, see how the Estefans became worldwide hits, even when their personal lives weren’t as glossy. Songs including ‘Conga’, ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’ and the title song are sure to get the Coliseum audiences up and dancing along, so don’t miss out on this West End premiere.
Take a listen to some of the songs in On Your Feet! and vote for your favourite Gloria Estefan song with us.
Performed in Russian, join the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg at Three Sisters. Written by Chekhov, the play tells of three sisters as they live in a small Russian town. Forced to flee Moscow, will the Prozorovs be able to enter elite Russian culture again? A cast of 19 will take to the Vaudeville Theatre to revive a Russian classic, performing in the play’s native language.
Where is Peter Rabbit?
The tales of Beatrix Potter come to life once more in the West End at Where is Peter Rabbit? Returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, meet Jemima Puddle-Duck and watch out for Mr. McGregor’s in a cuddly production for all ages.
Magicians from around the world will come together to perform in The Illusionists, dazzling audiences at the Shaftesbury Theatre this summer. Throughout a two-hour spectacle, be wowed by the magic tricks of seven performers, who’ll bring death-defying stunts and sleight of hand card tricks to the West End. Suitable for audience members of all ages, you’ll leave the theatre wondering how they did it? But, getting the tickets isn’t a magic trick! You’ll have to book them now!
Dinosaur World Live
Roaring to the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, join prehistoric creatures at Dinosaur World Live at a Sunday performance this summer. As you work your way through uncharted territories, see puppet dinosaurs up close and personal, including Triceratops, Microraptors and T-Rex’s! With meet-and-greet opportunties available for all audience members after the show, don’t miss out on a Jurassically-good time at the theatre.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Featuring a menagerie of over 75 animal puppets, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a round-up of books by Eric Carle brought to the stage. During the hour-long production, see stories such as Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar as told on stage in a kid-friendly production.
J.M Barrie’s childhood classic is adapted for the stage at Peter Pan, set to mystify and wow all ages at one of London’s newest theatres. Transferring from the National Theatre, join Peter, Wendy and the rest of the Lost Boys in Neverland, as the real world and make-believe become one.
Heartbeat of Home
From the company behind Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home returns to the West End later this year. Fusing dance styles from around the world, as well as hip-hop, Afro-Cuban and Latin music, feel the pulsating, energetic rhythms around the auditorium. A music and dance extravaganza that simply cannot be missed, experience a world of performance on a Sunday at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Magic Goes Wrong
As part of Mischief Theatre’s Vaudeville residency, Magic Goes Wrong is the second production to be performed, created with legendary magicians Penn and Teller. As a group of magicians prepare a charity event, will they be able to dazzle the audience or will their tricks be fumbled? Pulling unexpected jokes and illusions out of their sleeves, end your week with excitement and see death-defying magic tricks live on stage!
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Mischief Theatre storm London’s theatre scene with gusto at Alexandra Palace this Christmas, with the return of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Aiming to fly to Neverland, join Peter Pan and Wendy Darling as they head towards the second star to the right and straight on till morning. With the help of the Lost Boys, will they be able to survive or will Captain Hook make them walk the plank? Weaving a festive, comedic spin on J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic, see Peter Pan as you’ve never seen before.
Michael Ball dons the iconic Edna Turnblad frock once again at the 2020 revival of Hairspray, coming to the London Coliseum. Set in 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad is a young woman whose recent casting to the Corny Collins show is overshadowed by her views on integration. Combining classroom politics with wider issues, listen to feel-good musical songs including “You Can’t Stop the Beat” at Hairspray.