These are our favourite London shows worth missing the sunshine for.
Nothing is better than sinking into the velvet seats of a theatre whilst enjoying a truly riveting show, shifting you to the edge of your seat.
However we can all agree that there’s nothing worse than trying to find out what shows are worth seeing, Scouring through endless reviews only to be more confused than when you had started out. Sometimes we even end up settling, spending money and taking a leap into the unknown abyss of some random play, just because we can’t bare to look any longer. Not to worry, we’ve rounded up the six best shows of the summer, so you don’t have to.
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium)
This classic biblical tale follows the life of Joseph after he is given a coat of many colours by his father. It has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, creating musical history, and actors such as Sheridan Smith starring as “Narrator” and Jason Donavon as “Pharaoh”. It also introduces Jac Yarrow as Joseph (Yarrow has just graduated and is definitely one to look out for). This is certainly not one to miss.
Where: London Palladium
When: Running until 8 September
This drama-comedy follows Jenna’s journey as she struggles to leave her abusive husband and, along with her best friends, find her own path and create her own joys. With a new all-star cast including Lucie Jones as “Jenna,” Ashley Roberts as “Dawn” and Blake Harrison as “Ogie”, and beautifully arranged music written by Sara Bareilles, this is a charming yet moving show completely unique from others on at the West End right now.
Where: Aldelphi Theatre
When: Currently booking until Saturday 7th of December
This well-known tale stars Matthew Croke as “Aladdin,” Trevor Dion Nicholas as “Genie” and Courtney Reed/Jade Ewen as “Princess Jasmine”. It is finally going into its final summer on the West End, after three successful years, and it is full of colour, fun and plenty of magic with breathtaking sets, incredible special effects and a real flying carpet.
Where: Prince Edward Theatre
When: Closing 24 August 2019
With powerful songs, immaculate choreography and one of a kind staging, this will keep you on the edge of your seat no matter how well you think you know the story.
Where: The Queens Theatre
When: New play running 18 December to April 2020
Come From Away
This follows the events that happened in the five days after 9/11, set in Gander, Newfoundland. It features 12 people, 13 chairs and two tables, making up the whole show’s simple but extremely effective set, cleverly directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine.
Where: Phoenix Theatre
When: Recently extended to 18 February 2020
The Book Of Mormon
The musical tells the story of two Salt Lake City Mormons sent as missionaries to Uganda. The darker things get, the funnier they get, with lyrics that will have you weeping with laughter in the aisles.
Where: The Prince Of Wales Theatre
When: Extended past Saturday 28th October 2019
Words: Kai Davies and Phoebe Grewal