West End shows suitable for teenagers this half term
Don’t make teenagers sit inside and do homework throughout the half term. Make sure you’ve planned time together for a spectacular day out and spoil them with a trip to the West End. Win brownie points and go to see a show that will make them feel grown-up and impress all their school friends.
West End shows and events for teenagers
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Follow Evan Hansen in a story where he grows with those around him, forming deep connections with his friends and a deeper understanding of the wider world, in this deeply personal and contemporary musical.
Be More Chill
Telling the fictional story of New Jersey highschooler Jeremy Heere, Be More Chill is the perfect show for teenagers this half term! Join Jeremy as he learns more about himself with the help of a supercomputer pill, guiding his every movement. It’s set to be an uplifting, energetic musical where Jeremy will realise that it’s better to just be himself!
Dance and jive with your 17-year-old dancing queen at Mamma Mia, an ABBA fuelled jukebox musical which will leave you dreaming of sunnier days on a Greek island. In the days leading up to Sophie Sheridan walking down the aisle, it’s clear that she wants one more thing; to find out who her father is. Inviting the three potential men without her mother being made aware, Sophie tries to uncover the truth to her unique family situation once for all. See your favourite ABBA songs performed live on stage including “Take a Chance on Me” and “Slipping Through My Fingers” and be the winner who takes it all by booking your Mamma Mia tickets now for the half term.
One of the West End’s longest-running musicals, Wicked is the greenest sight to behold in Theatreland. Hear songs including “The Wizard and I” and “As Long As You’re Mine” performed at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in this spellbinding show. Paired together at Shiz University, Elphaba and Glinda become unexpected friends, who are an unstoppable force. When faced with dilemmas involving Fiyero, Nessarose and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, see how Glinda and Elphaba earned their titles as the good witch and wicked witches of the Land of Oz. Fall in love with the magic of theatre together at Wicked, a show with flying monkeys and dragons that’s set to add a spark to your half term plans.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Get in on what the coolest West End theatregoers are talking about at Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Set in a Sheffield high school, Jamie New has dreams of attending the school prom in a dress. Facing stigma from people around him, he’s supported by his mother Margaret, as well as school friends and a little help from a drag queen named Hugo to make his wishes become a reality and strut into the school prom. Starring Bianca Del Rio and Preeya Kalidas, a half term performance of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will make you and your teenagers cry with laughter.
Give your teenager a history lesson they won’t forget at Six. Turning the wives of Henry VIII into pop princesses, hear the six wives tell their Tudor stories as they try and make it clear that they were treated the worst. With witty historical lyrics, you’ll want to get into Re-formation at the Arts Theatre to see this Olivier Award-nominated production in the West End for the Tudor twist that you need to see this half term!
The Book of Mormon
See one of the West End’s most scandalous shows and break any taboo topics at The Book of Mormon, packing religion, society and plenty of jokes in a two and a half hour long musical theatre extravaganza. Sent on a mission, Elder Price dreams of serving in Orlando. Instead, he’s sent to Uganda with Elder Cunningham, a naïve young Mormon who is worlds apart from Price’s stature. Together, the pair attempt to spread the word of Jesus Christ to uncooperative ears, however they keep persevering to encourage more people to join the church of Latter Day Saints. With songs including “I Believe”, “Two by Two” and “Joseph Smith American Moses”, you’ll be hollering and whooping together at this show that’s seen loving audiences at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper, making it a great choice for teenagers this half term! Set in a city bank in 1950s Minneapolis, the bank has been entrusted with a precious diamond, but only one person will be able to claim the jewel for themselves. In their efforts to secure the goods, there’s mistaken identities and hidden agendas, but who’ll be successful? There’s only one way to solve this bank robbery…
The Grammy Award-winning artist and Waitress composer Sara Bareilles and the Tony Award-winning Gavin Creel reprise their Broadway performances as Jenna and Dr. Pomatter respectively at the Adelphi Theatre. From failed relationships, unexpected romances and plenty of pie, there’s lots to sink your teeth into in this production, so you’ll want to book your Waitress tickets.
9 to 5
If you’re looking for an empowering musical that will uplift teenagers and that’s jam-packed with girl power, then pour yourself a cup of ambition and see 9 to 5! Based on the hit film starring Dolly Parton, join the colleagues at Consolidated Industries Jr. as they teach their boss a lesson, using whatever means possible. It’s hilarious, heartwarming and filled with shocking moments to keep any teenager entertained this half term.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Walk down the streets of the West End to the Piccadilly Theatre to see Pretty Woman: The Musical, making its West End premiere. Based on the 1990s romcom, Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac will play Vivian and Edward, an unsuspecting pair whose relationship becomes stronger when Edward invites Vivian to escort him around the city. With a script by Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J. F. Lawton and music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, it’s guaranteed to be one of the hottest shows in town, so make sure you’ve got your Pretty Woman: The Musical tickets.
For even more family-friendly shows in the West End this half term, check out our guide here.