The top ten theatre productions inside London’s West End all provide the entertainment of a lifetime experiences. Whether or not you are familiar with the London theatre scene: you will enjoy all of the performances listed below, immensely. It is a sure bet. The top performances currently playing are listed for your convenience as well as the theatre where you may watch the respective show.
“The Lion King” is playing at the well-established Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ and naturally is first on our list of best shows. It is a long running show and many person who were at first hesitant in attending it; cannot imagine not attending the performance, again. In fact, the show is celebrating its fourteenth consecutive year at London’s high-stylized; Lyceum Theatre. Julie Taymor is responsible for the Lion King; adapting it from the animated film by Disney.
The backdrop is Africa’s Serengeti Plains. There are plenty of musical scores hard to forget; along with a bold set design and awesome lighting and sound effects. The storyline as well as the props tell the story of Simba, the Lion Prince and his journey. His ultimate destiny is to become King of the Pridelands. The production is award-winning and not to be missed by the London visitor or dedicated “patron of the London arts.”
Second on our list is the highly acclaimed play “Constellations” at the Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG. “Constellations” is a love story of great proportions. Actors: Hawkins and Spall are the theatrical couple who eclipse anything your ever saw as far as a love affair. The two meet simply enough: at a barbeque; however, they tend to meet in the same manner, time and time again: until they are taken to new dimensions with regard to their relationship. So not only is their love affair cosmic, it is full of profoundly moving types of encounters with each encounter a little bit different than the next: until absolute perfection is achieved. There are many funny scenes; and scenes where you will be drying your eyes on your sleeve as well: so simply do not miss it!
Third on the list is the highly regarded play: “War Horse” now showing at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PQ. Suffice it to say: “there are some strings being pulled” with regard to the charming theatre from film adaptation. The life sized puppets are what make all the difference: adding charm to a rather dreary period of history. The story is based during World War I. Joey, “the War Horse” belongs to the play’s main character Albert. Joey is sold and shipped away and Albert is thrown into fighting the conflict. He is eventually led to a land of isolation; where he decides to find his companion horse: Joey. This is perhaps one of the most delightful plays going today, especially if you have an equestrian type of bent.
“Matilda the Musical” comes in fourth on our list. It is currently playing at the Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU. Certainly, the play has some proud parents in the way of its creators; with regard to: Matilda. This is a play about growing-up: teaching us that growing up occurs forever. There is something painfully funny, if you will, in the execution of the acting, singing, dancing–overall choreography. It is a play about children; however, not for children but for us all. The play presents scenes where the characters are as dreadful as the play is charming: leading us to a full-scale, full-throttle side-splitting happy experience. You will not want to miss it: It is musical theatre with “a dash of excessive fun.”
“Billy Elliot the Musical” places fifth for us. It is showing at the Victoria Palace Theatre, 126 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA. This is a gritty; yet comfortable type of musical: easily finding its way into the theatre goer’s heart; if not his or her mind. It is staged against the backdrop of gritty-mining; and makes no apology for its distinction as to gender. Kaine Ward does a tremendous job as Billy–the motherless son of a miner. Billy seemingly has many sides to his personage and the play’s audience never strays from engaging all of them; along with Billy. The scenes are dramatic; rustic, raw and absorbing. The music by Elton John underscores the milieu you witness on stage. You just cannot help but laugh, cry and engross yourself in the imaginative elements of this well-executed production.
“Richard the Third” is sixth on our West End list. It is currently playing at: The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ. This is the story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester and his merciless quest for power. Richard believes he is entitled to the British Crown. In order to gain control he takes out several members which present threats to him. He plays a villain without apology and is perhaps as unkind as he is pleasingly composed: What else would you expect from a cut-throat of his magnitude? The play is one of Shakespeare’s best; and is a “must see” naturally if you are a fan of Shakespeare’s theatre.
Seventh, “Jersey Boys” the play is touted. It is currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS. Half a century ago, blue-collar dreamers went on to thriving rock n’ roll careers: This is the backdrop basis of the enduring play titled: “Jersey Boys” In fact, the band has way more success than ever imagined. The characters sing: yes, songs from that era (50s) that brings nostalgia to the show’s forefront with characters so true to form; you delight in the simplicity of it. And do not think the music gets in the way of the dialogue or the other way around either: The show is well-balanced with regard to both. Songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” will tear at those old familiar feelings of 50s’ nostalgia for some audience members; while other members of the audience will enjoy the rustic characterization of the blue-collar rooted singers who have made the big-time. It is a terribly showy and nostalgic musical experience. Do not miss a second of it.
“One Man Two Guvnors” comes around the corner eighth on our most preferred West End play list. It is “enjoying” a run at The Haymarket Theatre Royal located at 18 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HT. As the title suggests; this is about a man working between two superiors. It is a top-shelf play and there is a great deal of farce to Bean’s uproariously funny storyline. Some of the actors bring old-school acting ability and skills to the amusing play—which presents as all the better. The farcical elements as well as superb performances by its cast members make this a humorous play that is not to be missed by any London Town patron of the performance arts.
“Singin’ in the Rain”, plays at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY. It is the adaptation from the popular 1952 film version by Gene Kelly. It walks us back to the late twenties when no one seemed to have a care in the world; a world of flappers; aviators—shortly before Wall Street’s crumble. The play shows the persons of aeronautics; and stylish dancers living it up as if a crash on Wall Street was quite the impossibility. The dance routines as was the case in the original film version are choreographed to perfection. And the state of your financial affairs aside: a ticket to the play will have you thinking you made “quite the investment in truly outstanding entertainment.”
Tenth: We “tip our collective hats” to: “Loserville” playing at the Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH. The words that come to mind when witnessing the delightful play are: “Oh, what fun!” As you might expect, “Loserville” is a storyline about “geeks.” The nerds naturally beat out the “cool” types in this high school musical, positioned in the 70’s–well before text-messaging. It is crazily moving—that is with non-stop performing. You do not want to lose out, if you will, in not taking in this wonderfully delightful swift moving musical performance.