Carly-Ann Clements, March 2018
If you’re looking for world-class theatre, London’s where it’s at. But with so many shows to choose from, how do you know what to spend your money on? Here are five of the top shows to see in 2018.
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre
Nominated for a record-breaking 13 Olivier Awards this year, Hamilton has proved as popular with Brits as with Americans. The incredible sung-through rap musical tells the history of the lesser-known Founding Father of America, Alexander Hamilton – a man with incredible intellect, a fighting spirit, and an eye for the ladies. It follows his life story from arriving to America as an immigrant to his tragic end.
Written by Lin Manuel Miranda, it’s filled with clever rhymes, memorable motifs, and political commentary that will get you thinking. Tickets are currently sold out until August, but you can enter the daily ticket lottery on the app to try and get a seat for £10. Or, if you’re visiting London, why not stay at the Park Plaza hotel in Victoria and visit the theatre daily. You might be able to get your hands on day returns and as you’re staying in the area, you’ll have more opportunities to check in.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre
Another big musical based on a true story is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The original, glitzy show is about the eponymous Jamie – a 16-year-old boy living in Sheffield who has a big secret he wants to share with the world. It’s based on the BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 which showed the journey of a teenager who wanted to go to his prom in a dress.
The upbeat, positive and heart-warming musical has a stand-out score which will have you singing and dancing for weeks and a message that’ll make you feel like you can conquer the world.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre
If you’re looking for simply the best, look no further than Tina. Featuring all of Tina Turner’s biggest hits, the brand-new musical tells the story of the legendary singer’s rise to fame. From humble beginnings to being the biggest name in pop culture, it’s an astonishing story and one that is worth celebrating.
Will songs you’ll want to sing along to and a touching story of triumph, it’s perfect for hen-dos, birthday treats or even Father’s Day gifts.
The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre
Slapstick comedy is British entertainment at its finest. And Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong is farce at its best. Take your seat to enjoy the opening night of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s rendition of a 1920s murder mystery and watch as the am-dram production quite literally falls to pieces.
The Olivier Award-winning play has been wowing audiences in the West End for over three years now and it’s currently playing in 12 countries around the world. If that’s not a vote of confidence, we don’t know what is.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre
Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 cult film won the hearts of thousands. It made ballroom dancing popular again and we can thank it for bringing Strictly Come Dancing to our TVs on Saturday nights. Now, the romantic comedy has come to the stage – where it belongs.
Originally written to be a stage play, Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott Hastings, a championship ballroom dancer who follows his heart instead of the rules. While training for the biggest competition of his life, Scott doesn’t just find his true calling, he finds love, too.
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