Top London Shows - April 2014
Wow… this is what happens when we have one of our ‘madness’ sales, like we did for March, with loads of show tickets discounted! It’s all change in our chart for April with plenty of new entries driven by low seat prices on some of the best musicals, plays and comedies in town. We Will Rock You closes at the end of May so you don’t have much time left to catch the rock musical of the century. But there are plenty more musical treats awaiting you…
Our exclusive flash sale, held between 21st and 23rd March, created a race for tickets for this wonderful play by Noel Coward, one of his best-loved and most popular. Starring three of Britain’s finest comic actors, Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner, it’s fresh in at number one from nowhere, an irreverent look at rank snobbery in the upper classes that’s absolutely perfect for lovers of clever, witty, wry British comedy.
Relative Values Tickets
Closing at the end of May, We Will Rock You is up from number three in last month’s chart. It’s an awesome musical studded with massive Queen hits, telling the story of a dystopian future where music is a big no-no. The production won an Olivier in 2010 for the most popular show and is still causing a stir all over the world with its wicked costumes, eye-popping sets and thought provoking plot.
We Will Rock You Tickets
Our mid-March flash sale caused a run on discounted tickets for this seriously claustrophobic and tense courtroom drama, originally a TV play, then an Oscar-nominated movie, now on the West End stage. Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn join a bunch of talented heavyweights to create a play exploring a court case that turns out to be as far from straightforward as it gets.
Twelve Angry Men Tickets
Our review of this splendid show inspired you to join the amazing Angela Lansbury for our second Noel Coward chart topper. The writer Charles Condomine wants to experience spiritualism at work for himself. So he invites his friends the Bradmans to join him and his wife for dinner and a séance, with the eccentric local clairvoyant Madame Arcati. They’re convinced she’s a fake… but is she? A beautifully sharp comedy, this is Coward at his wicked best.
Blithe Spirit Tickets
When a bunch of bored Irish kids decide to start a band, they find their salvation in soul music. Our late March 48 hour flash sale brought the stage version of Roddy Doyle’s fabulous book, The Commitments, storming into fifth place this month. Expect all the movie’s top musical hits performed to raw, soulful perfection. You’ll be singing in your seats as one of the best feel-good musicals of 2014 unfolds in all its glory. Epic!
The Commitments Tickets
Our 24 hour sale in early March saw Spamalot enter the chart again after a long absence. The show closes mid-March and we still have tickets available at up to 38% off. The winner of a Tony award for best musical in 2005, it has delighted audiences ever since with its superb mix of silliness and song, exactly what you’d expect from the very best of Monty Python. If you’re inclined to Always Look On the Bright Side of Life, this one’s for you. But hurry!
Will this breathtaking musical ever die? It doesn’t look like it. Love never dies, and The Phantom remains a regular entrant in our chart, sticking around to delight audiences from all over the world as other shows are born, briefly flare then die. Twenty seven years and counting makes this one of the planet’s favourite musical experiences, something Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber can be justifiably proud of. Simply irresistible.
Phantom of the Opera Tickets
Back in at number eight, The 39 Steps is a crazy, madcap production of a hugely popular spoof spy thriller where all the roles – more than 100 of them - are played by just three actors. Currently the West End’s longest running comedy, it’s a feast of lightning costume changes, silly hats and unbelievably clever scenes, all of which take place at top speed. You’ll fall out of the theatre breathless with laughter.
The 39 Steps Tickets
Our review of this very special musical, posted during March, inspired our customers to push The Full Monty to this month’s number nine. Sadly the show has been cancelled earlier than expected, to the shock and dismay of the cast. We’re pretty surprised too, since the people who bought tickets loved it so much. But that’s theatreland for you…
The Full Monty Tickets
Everyone knows the story of Michael Jackson’s remarkable life and death. So this show isn’t about the man, it’s about his music. As such it simply celebrates Jackson’s journey through the recent history of popular music, spanning three decades or more of soul, disco and funk excellence. The choreography is so spectacular it’s almost like having the great man himself on stage. Down from last month’s number eight, it features in our chart yet again.
Thriller – Live Tickets
7 Oliver Award nominations in March have revived this show’s fortunes in our chart, back in at number eleven. Grown-ups love it, kids love it, everyone adores the compelling, feel-good story of Charlie and his amazing adventures at Willie Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. Complete with chocolate flowers, plants waterfalls and the famous Oompa Loompas, all of Roald Dahl’s well-loved characters are still on stage at the Drury Lane theatre, and it’s showing no signs of slowing in popularity.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
A recent high-profile review on BBC Radio 4 has helped this fabulous show climb the ladder to number 12 in our chart. We’ve just posted a review, too – here’s a link. Simon Cowell is at the helm of this hilarious musical comedy, and apparently fully loves its relentless mickey-taking. Good man. The result is an anarchic, laugh a minute yet oddly touching portrayal of an ordinary girl’s search for fame.
I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical Tickets
What’s bubbling under? Matilda The Musical, last month’s number ten, is hovering just outside our top 12 shows for April 2014, as is Wicked. Jeeves and Wooster, nominated for an Olivier for best new comedy, is also one to watch. Our exclusive flash sale held 28th to 30th March gave ticket sales a boost, and we’re fully expecting the Oscar nomination to have a positive effect, shooting this hilarious production high into our chart for May. Watch this space.