Review of Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre. When a popular show transfers from an ‘Off-West End’ theatre to a mainstream West End theatre, expectations are always high and questions surround the production; Will it pull in a big enough audience? Will the intimacy of a small space be lost in a big theatre? Will the cast project the original sentiment across the bigger auditorium? And so on. Proving to be a hit with audiences at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Maria Friedman’s … [Read more...]
Book Tickets for Musicals in London 2022 - 2023
Book Tickets for London Musicals 2022 - 2023
Here is our guide to some of the best shows in London's West End, including long-running musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Disney's The Lion King to new shows, such as Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman.
What are some of the most popular London musicals?
There are a variety of popular London musicals that cater to a range of interests and preferences. For example, the long-running musical Les Misérables continues to be a popular choice for theatre-goers, while newer musicals such as Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have also been well-received. Other popular musicals currently playing in London include The Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, and The Phantom of the Opera.
What are the origins of London musicals?
The origins of London musicals can be traced back to the city's rich history of theatre and music. The first professional theatre in London was the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which opened in 1663. This theatre was home to many of the city's most popular musicals, including The Beggar's Opera (1728), The Maid of the Mill (1765), and The Beggar's Opera (1728).
How have London musicals evolved over time?
The history of London musicals is a long and rich one, dating back to the early days of the city's theatre scene. The first musicals in London were probably those that were performed in the city's inns and taverns, which were popular entertainment venues in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These early musicals were often quite bawdy and featured crude humor and sexually suggestive lyrics. As the city's theatre scene grew and developed, so did its musicals.
How expensive are London musicals?
There is no definitive answer to this question as the cost of London musicals can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. The price of a ticket will usually depend on the popularity of the show, the venue, the time of year and the day of the week. For example, a musical that is playing at a popular West End theatre is likely to be more expensive than one playing at a smaller venue.
London West End Shows
A trip to the theatre used to be a very upper-class activity in days gone by, but now, it really is for everyone and West End theatres regularly entertain a fully-inclusive audience from all walks of life. Making available heavily discounted or free tickets for such events as Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre (GILT), have become an annual occurrence, not only affording entire families and those on the ‘working class’ end of the spectrum an opportunity to enjoy a top-quality theatrical … [Read more...]
In just under a weeks time Wicked the smash hit musical which tells the hidden story of the Wizard of Oz, will celebrate it's 6th year of residency at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and judging by the packed theatre on a Wednesday evening performance, this is a show that is not yet short of steam. Stephen Shwartz's Wicked, in short, tells the story of Frank Baum's classic the Wizard of Oz, but pans the camera slightly off frame. It follows the story of two unlikely friends Glinda and Elphaba who … [Read more...]
At the time of the interview, Russell was performing in Chicago at the Garrick Theatre. He says about the musical: “The writing is incredible. There is nothing like it out there for showing off the talents of the band and performers on a bare stage. It’s thrilling.” Russell trained at Warwick University and the Royal Academy of Music where he performed as Anthony in Sweeney Todd. In 2005 he was one of the finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2's International Voice of Musical Theatre … [Read more...]
When the RSC-staged musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s Matilda played in Stratford earlier this year, it was widely acclaimed by both audience and critic alike. News of its West End transfer to the Cambridge Theatre was enthusiastically received and the London audience eagerly anticipated its arrival. Well, now it’s here and it more than lives up to the hype. Roald Dahl’s book about the ill-treated child prodigy who discovers she has ‘super-powers’ and can move objects with her eyes is one that … [Read more...]
Jasna was born and brought up in Germany, as the only child to her Croatian parents. When she was about 17 years old, she saw Barbra Streisand in the film Yentl and decided she wanted to be just like her. After singing in front of the mirror for only a few weeks, this talented young lady won a singing competition and has since appeared in numerous musicals all over Europe. Jasna Ivir made her West End debut in The Phantom of the Opera as the youngest ever Carlotta at only 26 years … [Read more...]
At the time of the interview Amra-Faye was about to reprise her role of Velma Kelly in the musical Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre London. Joining her will be Christie Brinkley who will be performing as Roxie Hart. Both have just completed a highly successful run on Broadway in the same roles. Amra-Faye has achieved international success as an actress and cabaret artist since first starring at Sun City’s Extravaganza Theatre in South Africa. As well as her native country she has also … [Read more...]