For many people January is one giant deflated balloon following the excitement of the run up to Christmas, the main event itself and of course New Year's Eve. Resolutions are made, you return to the gym and begin to slowly wean yourself off Quality Streets whilst outside looks like a graveyard of rotting Christmas trees. The weather is cold and rainy, and you can't even brighten up the room in your festive sweater. Time to despair? Think again.
Just as you worried you'd have nothing to look forward to, enter Dr Theatre to fix your January Blues and get 2016 off to a flying start. Maybe you made it your resolution to see more theatre this year, and if so, you're in luck. Whilst the Christmas lights have certainly been taken down, the bright lights of the West End are still sparkling brightly – and we have a wide range of exceptional offers across some of the hottest shows in London to kick start your 2016 and set you off on the right track:
This explosive musical is the perfect antidote to a wet January, and continues to dazzle audiences at the purpose built theatre at King's Cross Station. After winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, this latin-fused show made the trip across the pond where it ran for a sell out season at the Southwark Playhouse. The show won a string of five star reviews and returned in a larger and brighter production that continued to uplift and inspire audiences. Set in the centre of Washington Heights, Uptown in New York City, the musical follows a tight-knit community who struggle with everyday problems and are fighting to pay the bills. Whilst life is certainly a struggle, the streets are jumping to the irresistible rhythms of love, passion, hopes and dreams.
If your resolution is to start a new sport...
Last year's runaway hit musical based on the popular film of the same name was praised by critics and made it onto many of the top show lists of 2015. For those of you who haven't yet seen London's newest home-grown musical, January is a perfect opportunity to be entertained, inspired and moved by this powerful story of two cultures coming together, set to a lively and authentic score by Howard Goodall.
Featuring spectacular choreography, colourful costumes and fast humour, this show will give you the extra uplift you may need to get through the worst of the dark evenings. Don't miss your chance to see one of London's most unique musicals and who knows – you may be inspired to take up the beautiful game yourself...
This long-running international sensation is our show of the month and continues to play to packed houses in London's West End and on Broadway. The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical back in 2005, and since then has continued to pick up awards all over the world. Featuring feel-good anthems such as “Big Girls Don't Cry”, “Beggin'”, “Oh, What a Night!”, and “Sherrie”, this musical is bound to put a smile on your face and have you on your feet, clapping along.
Whilst the songs are well known, the story of how these unlikely Jersey guys came together to form one of the world's biggest bands is less well known. Told through song, dance and lots of laughter, this heartbreaking story tells what happens behind the music, and how dreams and ambition can sometimes take more than just hard work.
The English National Opera (ENO) is one of the world's most prolific opera companies and performs at the stunning London Coliseum. Their productions are performed primarily in English and feature stunning live orchestras and breathtaking set and costume design. Their operas attract some of the most famous singers from around the globe, and the eclectic programming means that there really is something for every taste. This January we have special offers on classic productions such as Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado which uses Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly innovative staging to bring this hilarious story to life. If you're looking for something a bit more modern, why not try Philip Glass's Akhnaten which explores the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh, and forms the last of his trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten). Now that will impress your friends, and have you feeling suitably cultured for at least the first couple of weeks...
Let's face it, there are some hit shows that have been around for longer than you can remember. There are some musicals in the West End that prove so popular, they manage to clock up impressive runs of 20, 30 and even 60+ years! Just like Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, these shows achieve legendary status, and whilst they may certainly be on the tourist map, they somehow go under the radar for Londoners or those familiar with the city.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting original has been running at the Her Majesty's Theatre for 29 years, and October 2016 will see the show turn an impressive 30 years old. Whilst the musical has been reproduced all over the world, the London production remains the original, and prompts numerous return visits for fans of the show. With songs such as “All I Ask Of You”, “Think of Me”, and “The Music of the Night”, it's not hard to see why the show has been so successful and has become a cultural phenomenon.
As the West End's longest running play, Agatha Christie's thriller is part of the foundations of the West End. Anyone who may have seen the BBC adaptation of 'And Then There Were None' over Christmas will have re-familiarised themselves with Christie's fantastic skill for developing a murder mystery plot. Full of eccentric characters, twists and turns and genuine intrigue – why not make 2016 the year you finally see this iconic drama? We even have a no booking fee offer on tickets so there's no excuse to become an amateur sleuth this January.
Mr Foote's Other Leg
This hilarious play is without a doubt one of the funniest comedies currently running in the West End. Based on Ian Kelly's book about the infamous actor-manager Samuel Foote, the play received excellent reviews when it premièred at the Hampstead Theatre and transferred to the Haymarket Theatre Royal where much of the action is set. Simon Russell Beale stars in the title role along with a hilarious supporting cast that will have you belly laughing in the aisles. You'll have to be quick as the show ends its limited season on 23 January, but make sure you take advantage of our fantastic special offer which can see you saving 54% on tickets.
Whatever your resolutions may be, make sure that 'see more theatre' is high up on your list!