7 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. Combine this with a visit to one of London’s hottest attractions and you’ll know that you and your teenage kids will have a great day lined up.
West End shows and events for teenagers
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 Layton Williams and Rita Simons, 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 Play That Goes Wrong
The only mischief you’ll want your teenager to see this half term is the Mischief Theatre Company’s first ever West End show; The Play That Goes Wrong. When the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are preparing for their opening performance of their murder mystery, it’ll become clear quite quickly that the only mystery is whether the show will happen! With props disappearing out of thin air and performers going walkabout, the “Murder at Haversham Manor” looks as though it’s going to crumble into the abyss. The only way you’ll know if the murder mystery is actually performed is if you go to see the show. So, let off some steam and enjoy a hilarious night out in the West End at The Play That Goes Wrong.
For even more family-friendly shows in the West End this half term, check out our guide here.