Top London Shows - May 2015
During April our theatre-loving customers voted with their wallets to deliver a top 12 West End shows chart packed with brand new productions, plus a handful of favourites that just keep on coming back month after month, endlessly popular theatreland record breakers like The Lion King and Mamma Mia! If you're coming London-wards in the next month, here are the shows our customers loved best during April 2015.
New in at number one, the brand new, until recently secret Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick theatre hit the ground running with a splash during April, delighting theatregoers who insist on the best. Tickets for this, one of Shakespeare's best-loved classics, went on sale 17th April and we've been inundated by requests for it ever since, no surprise when it stars the legendary Judi Dench along with Kenneth Branagh himself. The perfect Shakespeare play for those who are new to The Bard's work and a bonus for seasoned fans.
The Winter's Tale Tickets
New in at number 2, this fascinating play stars Starring Nicole Kidman as the female scientist Rosalind Franklin, the woman who photographed the famous photo 51, a snap of the structure of DNA. She didn't get any credit for her discovery, which was hijacked by the famous Watson and Crick, the scientists who won the Nobel Prize for 'their' discovery of DNA's structure. Tickets went on sale 24th April and they've flown off our shelves ever since. A truly eye-opening story.
Photograph 51 Tickets
Last month's number three and hanging onto the same position this time around, we held a special Sunny Afternoon 'no booking fee' event throughout April. It's also available until mid May, and we're really pleased to see this essential jukebox musical in our chart once more. It deserves a place, being such a lively, bright and brilliant show jammed with unforgettable Kinks tunes and revealing the band's remarkable story. Put your dancing shoes on and walk this way...
Sunny Afternoon Tickets
Our special 'no booking fee' on one of the most hilarious and catastrophically, wonderfully silly comedies in the West End is having an impact on ticket sales for this play, too. All you have to do is walk past the theatre at throwing-out time to see crowds of people giggling and grinning, having had an epic comedy night out. If you like nothing better than having your funny bone tickled we're offering tickets with no booking fee until July 2015. Fill your boots!
The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets
It's Kenneth Branagh again, and this is another brilliant play in his new season, fresh in at number five with tickets going on sale 17th April. A hugely popular farce adapted by the talented Sean Foley from Francis Veber's French play Le Contrat, it first graced the stage in 2011, in Belfast, and is set to draw massive crowds. What's the story? Two men languish in two lonely hotel rooms with an adjoining door. One of them is a savage killer. One of them wants to die. What could possibly go wrong? Come along and see – it's fabulously funny.
The Painkiller Tickets
Back into our chart yet again and our show of the month in April, this epic jukebox musical tells the often-gritty tale of four young men who stormed the charts in the 1970s and carved themselves a place in the hearts of the soul-loving public right across the world. It's Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, and this is their story. Better still we're offering tickets with no booking fee until 21st May. If you fancy an exploration of the magical pop music world complete with masses of memorable chart hits, this one's for you.
Jersey Boys Tickets
Last month's number four, this gorgeous piece of touching musical fun is back in our chart this month at number seven. And it looks like it'll be back next month too, with a special 'no booking fee' offer available on specially selected performances when you book by 22nd May. The costumes will blow you away. The music will make your heart soar, no matter what your age or tastes. The sets are absolutely amazing. And the story will touch your heart. If you haven't seen it yet, book now.
The Lion King Tickets
Our generous flash sale on 22nd April saw tickets for this exceptional show go for as much as 35% off the face value, and we still have some left at up to 30% off. Felicity Kendal stars in a deliciously wicked Noel Coward comedy of bad manners, playing the awful, egotistical Judith Bliss, an ex-glittering star of the London stage, and her appalling family. You won't believe what happens when their hapless house guests fall victim to the family's madness – cue roars of laughter!
Hay Fever Tickets
Last month's number one in our chart, this charmingly quirky play hangs on in there at number nine this time around. This is testament to its enduring popularity, a production carefully adapted from Mark Haddon's best selling novel to deliver an thrilling, totally unforgettable theatrical experience examining the nature of the autistic spectrum through the experiences of a very special young man. An absolute delight of a play, as classy as a classy thing and definitely not to be missed.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tickets
Even if you were born decades after one of the greatest bands on earth split up, you'll probably know most of Abba's chart hits off by heart. We all do. They've made their wonderful way into the world's psyche, which is why this musical is back in our top twelve chart yet again. If you fancy seeing a compelling, fun, contemporary musical with a great, big generous heart we're currently selling Mamma Mia tickets at up to 31% off.
Mamma Mia! Tickets
Up one from last month's number 12 position, we're also running a 'no booking fee' offer on this hilariously funny play crafted by the creators of the smash hit US cartoon show South Park. This is a brilliant religious satire with music and lyrics by the legendary Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, set in deepest, darkest Africa where the life of the local Mormon missionaries is about as far from straightforward as it gets...
The Book of Mormon Tickets
With tickets on sale for as much as 20% off audiences are still flocking to experience the delightful Charlie Bucket and his granddad, who star in this enormously popular story by Roald Dahl. Perfect for children and equally well loved by grown-ups, the production is colourful, fascinating and hard to forget with eye-popping scenery and remarkable costumes. What a treat.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
With all these generous offers in store, why not take advantage and buy discounted tickets for your favourite shows? Right now we're offering special low prices and 'no booking fee' deals on a host of West End theatre tickets. We always have excellent availability. And, as a STAR member, you can trust us to provide excellent service too. What's not to like? Whether you're dead set on seeing every play in the new Kenneth Branagh season or you want to catch an old favourite this spring, we're your one-stop West End theatre tickets destination. See you soon.