If you’ve been paying attention to this blog, then you will be well aware that I am an avid theatre goer. For me, nothing can quite compare to the experience of a West End theatre trip. I love to walk the streets of London and look at all of the different theatre marquees – the different styles and colours. It’s fascinating to watch the crowds of people bustling in and out, watching their old favourites or discovering new ones.
Sadly, it’s been far too long since my last visit to our capital for a very special theatre trip. So, when TheatreTickets.uk contacted me about writing a post about the West End shows i”d love to see, I thought it was a great opportunity to see what I’ve been missing (and what’s in need of a re-watch!).
So kindly take your seats as I lead you through the wonderful world of my West End Wish List.
When I started planning this post, the first show that popped into my head was “Dreamgirls”. I’d heard it was coming to the West End and I’ve been desperate to see it ever since. I’ve never actually seen the musical before, or even the film version, but I am familiar with a few of the songs. I absolutely love what I’ve heard so far.
I also heard that Amber Riley would be starring in this production as Effie. She plays Mercedes in “Glee” for those of you not familiar with the name. In “Glee” Riley sings a phenomenal version of the song “And I’m Telling You” from Dreamgirls, so I know she’ll be stellar in that role.
From the moment I heard that a stage version of Disney’s Aladdin was coming to England, I knew it would be one I’d love to see. Although Aladdin probably doesn’t feature in my top 10 Disney movies, it is still a cracking film. The characters are interesting, the songs are great – I’m sure it will make for a great live show. I know Disney have been a bit hit and miss with their musicals (I’m looking at you The Little Mermaid) but hopefully this will be more hit than miss.
I’ve been wanting to go and see “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” from the moment I heard there was going to be a stage version. Moogle has recently got into her Roald Dahl stories so I’d love to take her for a theatre trip. She’s never been to London and I’m sure she’d love the experience. From the brief clips and images I’ve seen of “Charlie” it looks stunning and I’m sure it would make a fantastic first West End experience for her.
Another show that I’d absolutely love to take Moogle to see is Matilda. She sang some of the songs in one of her Youth Theatre workshops so I know she’s already familiar with it. I’ve seen it once before a few years ago, but it was absolutely fabulous and I’d be more than happy watch it again. All of the children involved are ridiculously talented and I’m sure they would be a HUGE inspiration to Moogle as she continues her acting lessons.
Dirty Dancing is such a classic movie with iconic characters. I know almost nothing about the stage version, but I would hope it would be uplifting, full of good music and feature some stunning dance routines. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get to find out!
Only yesterday I was saying to my friend that I would love to go and see Phantom again one day. I saw it during a school trip when I was about 16 and it has remained one of my favourite musicals. I remember being completely mesmerised by the production – the costumes, the set, the music – it was all magical. I love how Phantom manages to be dramatic and beautiful and moving all at the same time. I’d love to go back one day to see if it lives up to my memories.
Yet another show that I’ve seen before but would love to see again. The Lion King is spectacular and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The puppetry is out of this world and of course the music builds on the fabulous soundtrack from the Disney movie. This is another one that I’d love to take Moogle to see but I think I’ll have to wait for a couple of years. With Bug being such a massive animal-lover there is no way I could go without her. She’d be blown away!
42nd Street is one of the few musicals that I know almost nothing about. Literally, I have no clue about the plot, the characters, the music, nothing. Having said that I do know it is one of the classic Hollywood musicals and they will always have a special place in my heart. I just adore the glitz and glamour. I’d be very interested to see how the showed transferred from screen to stage.
Just to prove that I do in fact go to watch non-musical theatre, the final show on my wish list is The Mousetrap. This is the longest running show IN THE WORLD which makes it crazy that I haven’t seen it yet. I absolutely love a good murder mystery, so I have no doubt that I’d love this too! It sounds gripping and I’m fascinated by the idea of a secret “twist” ending.
So that concludes my West End Wish List. Writing this post has made me realise there are so many exciting shows I want to see. I really hope I get to take a trip to London soon and tick a few of these shows off of my wish list.
TheatreTickets.uk is a great website which has tickets for all of the shows featured above and many, many more. The website has sections for different genres of theatre and includes a mixture of West End greats and newer additions. There’s also an offers section if you’re looking for a bit of a bargain. I’ll definitely be checking out this site the next time I’m planning a West End weekend.
Oh – and theatre tickets make excellent Christmas presents. Just saying *wink*
Are any of these shows on your “must watch” list? Or do you have any others you think I should add? Leave me a comment below with your suggestions.
Disclaimer: This post has been produced in sponsored collaboration with TheatreTickets.uk. All content and opinions are my own.