Saturday, December 22, 2018

4 International West End Shows You Must Experience

For lovers of theatre, the West End in London, England is a fantastic place to visit and one of the most important cultural and historical areas of the capital. Known as “Theatreland” by many, the West End always has a handful of wonderful shows to experience which can be a great day out either as a date night, with a group of friends or with the family as there are often child-friendly performances and musicals on show. There are many incredible international West End shows that are highly worth catching, including the following.

1. School Of Rock

Based on the brilliant 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock is a fun musical with music by iconic English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book by Julian Fellowes. It follows Dewey Finn who is a wannabe rock star without a job who poses as a supply teacher at a prep school. He forms a band out of the talented group of musicians in a bid to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest. In addition to the hilarious comedy, this show also features some remarkably talented children which adds to its magic and charm.

2. Les Misérables 

Les Misérables is the longest running show in the West End, and it is easy to see why. Dating back to 1985, this fabulous production based on the 1862 novel of the same name is a must-see for any lover of theater and musicals. It follows the story of a French peasant who seeks redemption for serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

3. Matilda The Musical

Roald Dahl’s popular children's novel gets reworked by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics from Australian comedian/musician Tim Minchin. The funny and charming tale follows 5-year-old Matilda who discovers that she has the gift of telekinesis which she uses to overcome her difficult life and help her teacher to reclaim her life. This multi-award winning shows a good option if you are visiting the capital with family and you should easily be able to find London cheap theatre tickets online.

4. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

Based on the best-selling British novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, this highly successful play adapted by Simon Stephens tied the record for winning the most Olivier awards during its premiere run. The story is about a teenage boy with Aspergers who investigates the death of a neighbor’s dog. It is a touching, funny and moving production and a great re-imagining of one of the great modern British classic novels.

If you are visiting London and you are a fan of theater, musicals, and culture, then you cannot go wrong with any of these wonderful international productions. The West End is a cultural hub in the capital and a pilgrimage for anyone with interest in theater. Find tickets to any of these shows, and you are sure to have an incredible time and enjoy the magic of Theatreland.


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