Top London Shows - December 2013
Wow! This time around we’ve seen quite a shake up from last month, and from our usual top 12 in general. It’s all-change time in theatreland with a bunch of new shows sweeping into our chart and plenty of thrills on the cards for the festive season. There’s something for every taste, from classic ballet to crazy comedy, murder, mayhem, romance… you name it, it’s in our chart. Which means you’re in for a very merry Christmas indeed!
This show opened in late October to jolly good reviews, with Ben Whishaw, Rupert Grint and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle in starring roles. It’s a major revival of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, which sold out in 1996 and won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. The story reveals the violent and murderous activities of gangsters at Soho's Atlantic Club back in 1958, and it’s scarily good stuff.
This, the final play in the Michael Grandage season, Shakespeare’s classic opened on 23rd November and it’s number two in our November chart, a feast of historical entertainment starring Jude Law. Can the king of England bring about victory against France? It’s bloody and satisfyingly horrific, a splendid play for Christmas.
Henry V Tickets
This show, which opened its doors on 30th October, has enjoyed fantastic reviews, shooting from number 11 in our chart for November to third place this time around. The world premiere of a new play covering the antics of the famously silly comedy duo, it stars comedian Stephen Mangan and the actor Matthew McFadyen. And by all accounts it’s quite simply hilarious!
Jeeves and Wooster Tickets
Billed by many as ‘the next big thing’ in the West End, Strangers on a Train opened 2nd November and hit number five in last month’s chart.A tale of intrigue and deceit, it’s a fresh new adaptation of one the greatest screen thrillers ever, guaranteed to chill. You can expect a top-notch cast plus direction by Broadway's highly respected Robert Allan Ackerman.
Strangers On A Train Tickets
Number one in our chart last month, The Lion King continues to deliver a wonderful experience to children and grown-ups, with brilliant costumes, well-loved tunes, delightful characters and a storyline that’ll have you crying and laughing in equal measure. Also playing in Liverpool and Edinburgh, it’s the perfect way to introduce youngsters to the joy of the stage.
The Lion King Tickets
It’s lovely to see a classic ballet hit our chart for Christmas, with the English National Ballet taking the stage for this well-loved Edwardian tale of Clara, her magical Nutcracker doll and the amazing magician Drosselmeyer. Tchaikovsky's score, including the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers, makes this a show a must for Christmas.
The Nutcracker - English National Ballet Tickets
At number 9 last month, this show has popped in and out of our chart all year, a potent combination of Queen’s music and Ben Elton’s comedy. Will the rebels overturn a worldwide ban on musical instruments, defeat the horrible Killer Queen and get planet Earth rocking again? It’s your mission to find out...
We Will Rock You Tickets
We held an exclusive 48 hour sale at the beginning of the month which has helped this remarkable Lloyd Webber show, number 10 last month, shoot up to number eight for December. Millions and millions of theatre fans have adored it so far, and if you haven’t seen it yet there’s a huge treat in store. Get ready for some seriously exciting drama!
Phantom of the Opera Tickets
Gangster connections, bad debt, prison, high emotions… they all took their toll on The Four Seasons, as explained by each band member in highly entertaining detail with beautiful songs to match. The show is moving from the Prince Edward Theatre to the Piccadilly Theatre in mid-March 2014, testament to its ongoing popularity.
Jersey Boys Tickets
The Beatles never fail to delight, still one of the planet’s best-loved and most recognised bands. With a heap of classics sung to perfection by a group of extremely talented musicians, it’s a clever homage to the fab four and it’s as popular as ever. Another must for a merry theatreland Christmas, reliving The Beatles' meteoric rise from Liverpool's Cavern Club to international stardom.
Let It Be Tickets
This show only opened on 7th November but it has already steamed into our chart at number eleven on a wave of particularly fine acting, starring Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn. Expect nail-biting tension as a jury decides the fate of a young killer in a case which turns out to be as far from open and shut as you can imagine. Shocking, tense and totally worthy of the twice Oscar-nominated 1957 movie.
Twelve Angry Men Tickets
The story of the hapless Francis Henshall, this fab play is still going strong, helped along by our special mid-November flash sale with tickets on sale at more than 35% off. It’s an extremely funny, wonderfully silly, laugh-a-minute show starring the brilliant Owain Arthur as Francis, a man whose greed gets the better of him to hilarious effect.
One Man, Two Guvnors Tickets
What’s in store for 2014? This month’s chart proves just how unpredictable things are. We might see The Nutcracker at number one, or Strangers on a Train, or something completely different. That’s the joy of the West End – it’s always packed with surprises. If you’re planning to take in a show this month, pop over to our site for some of the best ticket bargains in town, all with excellent seat availability for every budget.