Saturday, January 18, 2020

What To See In London's West End

EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIEHeading across the pond in the next few months? Well have I got exiting news for you theatre fans. Now is the best time to see some of the finest plays and musicals this side of well....Broadway.As we speak, there are over forty plays and musicals playing in London.  The only question you have to ask yourself is, "Which ones do I see?"

Thankfully, you have come to the right place. Now while I have personally never been to London, I am very familiar with it's theatre scene. How you ask? Well it helps that a lot of it's shows have either played in New York before, or are playing here now. One of those shows, happens to be a personal favorite of mine.

Care to guess which one I'm talking about? Why it's none other than City of Angels, which won six 1990 Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. Since then, it has played London twice, both in 1994 and 2015. Not only that, but both also went on to win Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, and Best Musical Revival.

Now you see why it's coming back for a third time? Performances for this award winning musical are set to begin at the Garrick Theatre on March 5, 2020. Another show you might want to check out while you are over there is Pretty Woman The Musical. Now while the show had a short run on Broadway last year, I really enjoyed it. Was it the greatest thing that I had ever seen? No. But I was entertained, and sometimes that's all you need.

Now for those of you Disney fans out there, do I have some exciting news. Next month will mark the West End premier of The Prince of Egypt. Winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Song of the Year, the show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a book by Phillip LaZebink. Performances are scheduled to begin at the Dominion Theatre on February 5. Now what if musicals aren't your thing?

To be honest when I first moved here twenty-eight years ago, all I wanted to see was a big splashy musical. However in the last ten or eleven years,I have seen more plays than ever. One that stands out was the 2008 production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull starring Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas. This new production, which begins performances a the Playhouse Theatre on March 11, stars Emmy Award nominee Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).

One of Broadway's biggest hit's of the past decade is To Kill A Mockingbird. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, and adapted Academy and Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the show is scheduled to begin performances at the Gielgud Theatre on May 21.One of the funniest shows that I have seen in years is The Play That Goes Wrong.The show, which is now in it's sixth year at the Duchess Theatre, is a laugh out loud riot that you do not want to miss theatre fans. Now besides that shows that I wrote about, here is a list of others I suggest checking out during your visit to "Merry Old England."

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Les Miserables
School of Rock
Thriller Live 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Mousetrap
The Woman In Black

By the way, for those of you that want tickets to any of these shows that I talked about you are in luck. We sell it. In fact, we sell every play and musical in the West End. Not only that, but we sell tickets to all events in London including opera and ballet, as well as all sporting events including soccer as well as this Summer's Wimbledon. Who knew? Also don't forget that Applause is open seven days a week. 365 days a year. That means we are always here to help with all of your ticket needs. Until next time theatre fans.

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