You haven’t been to London if you haven’t seen at least one of its magnificent West End musicals. Shiny billboards across the streets and fluorescent lights announcing the main acts could be mesmerizing if you’re not sure what to choose. So for this new season, here are our top 5 West End Musicals of 2014.
This is a must see modern classic. The musical inspired by the nineties film, stars the young boy living in a miner’s village in the middle of the 1980’s miner strikes, that is fed up of going to boxing classes and decides he prefers ballet dancing. It is described in many places such as the Telegraph as “The greatest British musical ever”. Drama and comedy meet in this musical full of joy. A must see if you’re an Elton John fan as it features some of his songs.
You can watch Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Adress: Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Are you into irreverent humor? How about a musical created by the same people who invented South Park? If you don’t mind offensive puns and laughing out loud at politically incorrect remarks, this is definitely your musical. The plot revolves around two missionaries sent to Uganda. If you loved Avenue Q, you’ll adore the Book of Mormon.
You can watch The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Whales Theatre
Adress: Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
A generation has read the Roald Dahl classic story, others have watched the film and probably most of these who loved Matilda have done both. Interpreted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this masterpiece captures the essence of Dahl’s novel: Matilda, the gifted girl who decides experience trumps blood has been an instant success.
You can watch Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.
Adress: Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU
Richard Eyre’s Broadway hit arrives to the West End for one exclusive season for Londoners to enjoy. This musical romantic comedy is set in 1950’s America, where a new Superintendent arrives at the pyjama factory where Babe is the union rep. Their romance will be put at stake when the company refuses to give employees the raise they deserve.
You can watch the Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre, but you must hurry! IT’S ONLY ON UNTIL THE 13TH SEPTEMBER!
Adress: 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Another that combines laughter and tears, the Commitments is based on Roddy Doyle’s bestselling novel and has been adapted and produced by the same author to keep its similarities to the book. The Commitments tells us the soulful story of a band formed by young people on the dole or with dead end jobs who think Irish are the “niggers of Europe”. Their escape is their band, as they embrace the Atlantic soul classics.
You can watch The Commitments at the Palace Theatre.
Adress: 113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY
Which do you think has been the best West End Musical?
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