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Top London Shows - April 2013

The Audience This month’s top twelve West End shows gives an accurate picture of what our customers loved best last month, picking out April’s winners from an impressive stable of fine stage shows including children’s and adult musicals, serious plays and quirky comedies. We’ve calculated our chart based on ticket sales during March and this month’s top players are guaranteed to delight! If you were thinking about visiting London’s glittering theatreland for a treat this spring, there’s all sorts of top class entertainment on the cards.

1. The Audience
The Audience This superb play is number one again this month for the second month running and now completely SOLD OUT, the downside of being one of the top shows for so long! A few lucky theatregoers are still loving Dame Helen Mirren’s superb representation of Queen Elizabeth the Second, which closes 15th June.
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2. Top Hat
Top Hat Up from its number four position in March 2013, Irving Berlin’s delightful musical Top Hat has moved in the right direction. The show was extended last month to April 2014 at the Aldwych Theatre and we experienced an immediate surge in sales, highlighting just how popular Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ astonishing dance routines still are almost eighty years on. Plenty of tickets still available.
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3. The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon opened on 26th February and it’s new in at number three in our chart. The show is Broadway’s biggest recent musical smash, set to repeat the pattern in London with huge audiences flocking to the Price of Wales theatre. Straight from the creators of South Park, it won nine Tony Awards in 2011 and the soundtrack is the best-selling cast album in four decades. A few seats remaining in April-May, good availability for June onwards.
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4. The Judas Kiss
The Judas Kiss David Hare’s epic drama of unconditional love and betrayal, starring the charming Rupert Everett as the great man Oscar Wilde himself, slips down from two to number four in our chart this month. Rave reviews and Everett’s 2013 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor mean the closing of the play on 6th April and it’s 100% SOLD OUT, leaving a lot of people wishing they’d booked early!
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5. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You Up from number seven, We Will Rock You is obviously a firm favourite… a total audience of more than five million can’t be wrong. Ben Elton’s tongue-in-cheek script keeps on attracting plenty of West End attention. With a 2010 Olivier award for ‘most popular show under its belt, you have until October this year to fill your boots with some of the hottest rock on the planet! Good availability.
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6. Les Miserables
Les Miserables Up from number 12 in March, Les Mis is a show that never stops giving. The film of the same name is a hit and all the extra attention is driving thousands of people to enjoy the intimacy and vibrancy of the long-playing stage show. Join 55 million others and we might even see Les Miserables at number one next month. Good availability.
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7. The Lion King
The Lion King Roll up, roll up… the Lion King is up one position from last month’s number eight, still drawing kids of every age and obviously a very popular Half Term and Easter holiday treat. If your kids haven’t seen it yet, why not plan a theatreland adventure for the next school holidays? There are still plenty of tickets available.
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8. The Phantom of The Opera
The Phantom of The Opera Stunning stage sets, an unforgettable storyline and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting score make The Phantom of the Opera one of the West End’s most popular ever shows. Watch out for the chandelier scene… and the way the boat floats across the ‘water’ on stage is absolutely amazing! The show has stormed our chart from nowhere to take the number eight place. Good availability.
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9. Peter and Alice
Peter and Alice As expected this long-awaited play has hit the ground running, although slightly less popular than we expected despite numerous TV and media interviews with the lovely Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw. Subtle and intelligent, charming and imaginative, it’s catching the imagination of grown-up Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland fans right across the country. Excellent reviews, too. Sadly it’s SOLD OUT!
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10. Let It Be
Let It Be The Beatles’ greatest hits musical enters our April chart like a bolt of lightning out of nowhere to the number ten spot. If you love the fab four’s music you’ll be dancing in your seats in a cracking celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary featuring 20+ of their best loved hits. Good availability.
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11. Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot A masterpiece of feel-good fun with a big heart, Billy Elliot celebrated its 8th West End anniversary in March, on stage since 27th March 2005 and still going strong, entering our chart at number eleven. At the Victoria Palace theatre until 21st December this year, if you haven’t seen it yet it’s time to get your skates on – we still have good availability.
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12. Thriller Live
Thriller Live Number nine last month and down three places for April, Thriller Live continues to attract thousands of Michael Jackson fans, who flock to the West End from every corner of the world to pay tribute to the artist’s seriously funky song writing and dancing talent. On stage ‘til September this year… with good ticket availability.
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What’s your favourite West End show? Vote with your feet and buy your tickets here – we’ll look forward to finding out what you think about the best of theatreland in April 2013.