West End this week: The Sound of Music, Cirque du Soleil and Les Miserables

By | Posted on 05-May-2020

West End this week: The Sound of Music, Cirque du Soleil and Les Miserables

As well as reading all about shows inspired by WWII events across the globe, 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. So, why not get involved with the celebrations in a theatre-related way? Here’s the films, television shows and music we’ll be listening to during the week.

West End: What to watch and listen to

Films we’re watching

Looking for a World War Two related musical to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place.

If you’re planning a family-friendly movie that’s suitable for all ages, don’t be a “Lonely Goatherd” and watch The Sound of Music? The film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical stars Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, with songs including “Do-Re-Mi” and “Edelweiss”.

But, this isn’t the only World War Two themed musical Rodgers and Hammerstein created. Enjoy the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of South Pacific. A French plantation owner and a Navy nurse fall in love in unexpected circumstances in this twentieth-century classic, with songs including “Younger than Springtime” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”.

What we’re streaming online

Missing the fun of the fair while in lockdown? Prepare for Cirque du Soleil to take your breath away, as they share filmed performances of death-defying acts on their YouTube channel. Once you’ve watched a performance, why not test your circus skills to see if you could become a member of the troupe?

What we’re watching on television

First performed at the Old Vic, Emma Rice’s adaptation of Wise Children celebrated the best of showbusiness and family relationships with a hint of Shakespeare. Later staged as part of a national tour, enjoy a filmed performance of Wise Children, recorded at York Theatre Royal in 2019. Get ready to experience the very best of theatre in your home.

What music we’re listening to

There’s plenty of characters wishing they were home in musicals. Whether it’s Jean Valjean singing “Bring Him Home” in Les Miserables, Belle and Dorothy wanting to go “Home” or joining the Madness and heading to “Our House”, you’ll want to stay indoors while listening to these songs all about being at home.

Photo credit: Johan Persson (The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2013 production)