For me, there is something synonymous about Christmas in London and seeing a musical. I’m not sure why, as until I moved to London earlier this year I’d only actually seen a handful of things on the West End and nothing was at Christmas, but regardless Christmas in London for me screams West End shows, good food and laughter.
With that in mind, and with the influx of amazing musicals showing at the moment, I thought I’d put together a little list of things to see on the West End this festive period – if you’re not able to get down in December, a lot of these shows will be showing well into 2017 and beyond.
- The Lion King – a classic but OH MY GOD if you haven’t seen it already then you really, really, really need to book tickets. I saw it when I was a lot younger and I’m desperate to see it again – it’s a real goosebumps throughout, sing along, emotional roller coaster of greatness.
- School of Rock – a new one that has just arrived to the West End in the last month (or so) this is literally one of the best things I’ve seen in the theatre for the longest time. I was worried, as the film is one of my favourites, that the play wouldn’t do it justice. It is an Andrew Lloyd-Webber adaptation of the film and therefore there are additional songs that aren’t in the movie however it worked SO well on stage. The kids are incredibly talented and play all their instruments live, they keep a lot of the script the same as the film and some of my favourite songs remained too. A definite must see for fans of the film or anyone who wants a feel good sing-a-long – I can’t wait to go again!
- Harry Potter & the Cursed Child – I haven’t actually seen this myself, and it’s top of my list of must see shows, but unfortunately it’s currently sold out until something ridiculous like 2018 however I’m including it on this list regardless in case you’re one of the lucky few who has managed to secure yourself a ticket or you grab one in the ticket lottery that the theatre sometimes holds. This follows on from the Harry Potter series as we see Harry’s youngest son entering Hogwarts and making an unlikely friendship.
- The Woman in Black – for anyone who wants something a little scarier to get the old adrenaline pumping, this is a sure fire way to do it. I saw this when I was about 14 and I’ve never been the same since – truly terrifying, it follows the story of creepy Eel Marsh House and the strange woman in black who is seen haunting its halls… but beware, I witnessed grown men screaming at this. It’s not for the faint hearted!
- Aladdin – another that I haven’t personally seen but one I am desperate too, Aladdin opened in the summer in Soho and has had rave reviews from everyone I have spoken to! Following the classing Disney story, the musical adaptation is one to see for sure this December.
While these are my top 5 picks, Joseph has also given a few suggestions – these include: Rent, A Christmas Carol, and Dreamgirls.
For anyone looking for well priced tickets, there are a few options! Some theatres around the West End will offer ticket lotteries, often these involve turning up to the theatre early in the morning on the day of the performance to see if you can get your hands on a pair. While this can be a great way of getting your hands on particularly sought after shows such as No Man’s Land or Harry Potter, for other shows it may not be worthwhile – especially if you’re travelling a great distance to get to London in the first place!
The ticket kiosk in the centre of Leicester Square is another great way of getting tickets on the day of the performance. These are on a first come first served basis and are not sold at much of a discount – it is also worth bearing in mind that the show you want to see may not be available, although they do usually have a great selection of popular shows available. Beware the other kiosks located around the West End – these are not the official kiosk no matter what the signs outside say! The only official kiosk is located right in the centre of the square, by the Odeon cinema.
Finally, another means of getting cheap tickets is downloading the Today Tix app on your phone. This has great offers available on last minute tickets and is well worth trying! In the summer, Joseph and I managed to catch Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones fame in the last week of Dr Faustus for £20 each – such a steal! You may find you have to compromise slightly on seats, but it’s worth it to see that show you’ve been looking forward to for so long.
It can also be worth checking out theatre break package deals – these will sometimes offer both tickets to the theatre and accommodation which can be tricky to find at this time of year in Central London, and occasionally will also include your travel down to London too.
Do you have any shows that you’re desperate to see either during the festive season or into 2017? Let me know in the comments below and as ever, make sure you’re following me on Bloglovin’ to ensure you don’t miss out on my latest Blogmas posts!
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