No trip to London would be complete without seeing a show or two in the West End. With Hollywood stars, Tony award winners and family favourites such as the Lion King and Wicked, theatre fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking something to see. If you’re travelling as a couple, family or group, London hotel packages take the planning out of your trip and mean you can enjoy a luxurious stay while also taking in a musical or play.
Thriller (Lyric Theatre)
Now in its eighth year, Thriller Live charts the musical legacy of Michael Jackson, from his early days in the Jackson Five right through to his eventual solo career. Performed by a troupe of singers and dancers, Thriller Live brings the music of Michael Jackson to life on Shaftsbury Avenue with more than 20 songs, all backed by a live band. Almost a million people have been dazzled by the impressive costumes and raise-the-roof performances since the show opened in 2009. It’s one not to be missed!
Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre)
Take a ride on a magic carpet with Aladdin, beautiful Princess Jasmine, the Genie and the evil sorcerer, Jafar. Fresh from its success on Broadway in New York, Aladdin is Disney’s newest musical and opened to roaring success at the Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Street just a few months ago. A real showstopper packed with classic songs, extraordinary set designs and a host of new British stars, if you loved The Lion King, you’ll love Aladdin.
Harry Potter: Boy. Wizard. Hero (Hampstead Theatre)
A show with a difference, Harry Potter: Boy. Wizard. Hero. is a totally immersive experience taking fans behind the scenes of the hit books. Led by Harry’s assistant, Fleurble Laffalott, this one-hour experience delves deep into the magical world of Hogwarts and introduces guests to some of the school’s professors. There are a few surprises along the way, with potions, a Quidditch match and transfiguration all popping up when least expected. This is a perfect way to spend an afternoon after a visit to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross.
The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre)
If your theatre tastes run more to suspense and intrigue, The Woman in Black has been keeping theatregoers on the edge of their seats for 25 years. Playing at Fortune Theatre, critics call this a masterpiece thanks its bold blend of drama, tension and superb stagecraft. A spine-chiller, The Woman in Black is suitable for ages 8 and up.
The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre)
It’s been a smash hit for years, but if you haven’t yet seen The Book of Mormon, why not tick it off your bucket list. From the minds that gave the 90s and the noughties South Park, The Book of Mormon has won every theatre award going, picked up a Grammy and has no less than 4 Olivier Awards in its trophy cabinet. Hysterically funny, it follows two hapless Mormon boys as they embark on a charity mission to Uganda – with laugh out loud consequences. So funny it’s known as the musical of the century, this comedy is suitable for all ages but parents with younger children are advised that some scenes do contain explicit language.