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The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
The Lion King is a hugely popular London musical set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, to the evocative rhythms of Africa.
The show brings the characters from the animated Disney film to life with imaginative costumes and amazing special effects. The Lion King has 25 species of animal, insect, fish and bird in its cast, represented by actors and puppets. You’ll be astonished by the herds of full-size zebras and giraffes majestically filling the stage!
The Lion King features the music of Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, including the Academy Award-nominated song Circle Of Life.
This uplifting adventure follows a fearless young lion cub called Simba as he learns about life on his journey to become King of the lions. It’s a great show that’s perfect for the whole family.
The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
See Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved, award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
Now in its 27th record-breaking year, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
The legendary musical opened on 9 October 1986 and has played more than 10,000 performances.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
“Remains the most exciting musical in London” – Daily Mail
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
Wicked is a dazzling, smash-hit musical about the early life of the legendary witches from L Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This fantastic prequel is based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, which re-imagines the stories and characters created by Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Wicked tells the incredible, previously untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Experience this unforgettable, award-winning musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the land of Oz…
Acclaimed as “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” by the London Evening Standard, the London production of the global musical phenomenon has now been seen by more than five million theatregoers since its West End premiere in 2006. There are currently productions of Wicked running around the world and it has won 90 international awards. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello.
Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
Mamma Mia! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
Writer Catherine Johnson’s tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling of ABBA’s songs propels this musical tale of love, laughter and friendship. You’ll find your feet tapping along to familiar hits such as:
- Souper Trouper
- Dancing Queen
- Knowing Me, Knowing You
- Thank You For The Music
More than 10m people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show.
Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre
See Michael Jackson’s hits performed live on stage with spectacular dance routines and special effects at Thriller – Live in London’s West End. The show was running before Michael Jackson’s death and it remains a stunning musical tribute to the undisputed King of Pop.
Thriller – Live is a musical tribute to Michael Jackson’s career, from his time in the Jackson 5 to the present day. Enjoy two hours of non-stop hits including Beat It, Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, Thriller and many more. The show traces Michael Jackson’s life through his music. The finale is a full recreation of the Thriller video, complete with zombies.
Watch dazzling dance routines courtesy of the show’s director and choreographer, Gary Lloyd. Gary has worked with top artists like Leona Lewis, Will Young, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Pink and Robbie Williams. There’s also choreography by MTV multi-award winner, LaVelle Smith Jnr, who has worked with Michael and Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Destiny’s Child and Beyonce.
2008 marked the 25th anniversary of the Thriller album and Michael Jackson’s 50th birthday. The star died suddenly on 25 June 2009.
About Michael Jackson
Born on 29 August 1958, the seventh child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut at the age of 11. He began his solo career in 1971. He went on to sell more than 750 million records and have 13 No 1 singles – more than any other male artist.
Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with 100 million copies sold to date.
Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Billy Elliot: The Musical is the acclaimed adaptation of Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning film, with music by Elton John.
Billy is brought up by his father in a Northern mining town where boys are expected to box, not dance, let alone have dreams of attending the Royal Ballet School. After he joins a ballet class, his inspirational dance teacher spots real talent and encourages Billy to apply to the Royal Ballet. This inspirational story follows Billy in his triumph over adversity and his fight to prove his doubters wrong by going all the way.
The original film, nominated for three Oscars and 13 Bafta awards, captured the hearts of people around the world. Reuniting the original creative team behind the film, the musical is directed by Stephen Daldry, with lyrics by Lee Hall. The music was composed by legendary British singer-songwriter Sir Elton John. The musical opened in London in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards. It won four, including Best New Musical.
In New York, Billy Elliot won 10 Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards, including (in each case) best musical.
Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a global stage sensation. Seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”, Les Misérables is the show of shows and is now a major motion picture.
The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
This comedy musical follows the plight of a pair of teenage Mormon missionaries sent to convert a village in a dangerous part of Uganda.
The brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, this smash-hit Broadway musical has won high praise from US critics as well as an incredible nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Two young Mormon missionaries are sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures – which only one of them knows very well – but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than about religion.
Suitable for audiences aged 18 and over, The Book of Mormon contains explicit language.
The Commitments at the Palace Theatre
- First The Commitments was a best-selling novel; then an international smash-hit movie that spawned a chart-topping band. Now Roddy Doyle’s classic story of a motley bunch of Irish kids who find salvation through soul music comes to London’s West End. This new musical take on The Commitments story has been adapted from the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Doyle himself.
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle-aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
See the new musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, live in London’s West End.
Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Mr Willy Wonka comes to life in a musical directed by by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas all feature in this spectacular musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
Mr Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents. In order to choose who enters the factory, Mr Wonka devises a plan to hide five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars.
The search for the five golden tickets is fast and furious. The story follows Charlie Bucket, the unsuspecting hero, who defies all odds in claiming the fifth and final ticket. A poor but virtuous boy, Charlie lives in a tiny house with his parents, Mr and Mrs Bucket, and all four of his grandparents. The golden ticket sends Charlie and his grandpa Joe on a spectacular adventure, beyond either of their wildest imaginations.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).
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