You turn your back for a minute and suddenly it's Christmas! No wonder we've been so busy. It feels like the whole world is looking for great value West End theatre tickets right now, as countless thousands of theatre lovers flock to the capital for a seasonal treat. Here are the shows our customers bought the most tickets for during November, revealing what's hottest for the coming festive season. Jingle those bells!
Have you heard the glittering story of the legendary record label that changed the face of the music industry forever? Can you imagine life without Motown? Thanks to Berry Gordy and the incredibly talented singers and groups he signed up, it's here to stay. And this show is simply jam packed with deliciously soulful and funky soul tunes, rocking your Christmas world every step of the way.
The facts? School of Rock is a rock musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. The vibe? It's extraordinary. If you loved the film, starring Jack Black, you'll adore the stage version, a laugh a minute with Lloyd-Webber's signature songs studded throughout like jewels. You can't help but sing along - this great show will make your festive season seriously special.
School of Rock Tickets
She's naughty. She's cheeky. She gets up to all sorts of mischief. And so would you if your parents, teachers and every other grown-up you came across were as awful as Matilda's. Welcome to her world, a place where kids rule and adults come a very poor second. It's hilarious, it's wicked, and it's huge fun, all thanks to the irreverent pen of the legendary Roald Dahl, a hero of great children's literature.
Matilda The Musical Tickets
Kinky Boots is a fabulous Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It's based on the 2005 British film Kinky Boots by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, which was in turn inspired by a true story. What happens when the guy who inherits an ailing British shoe factory discovers a new and thrilling outlet for his new range of 'divine' footwear? Come along and see. It's brilliant.
Kinky Boots Tickets
Number three in our chart last time, the comedy just keeps on coming with this splendidly silly show. The word on the streets is people emerge from the theatre in tears of laughter, no surprise when this is one of the most popular new British farces for years and years. When a really bad amateur dramatics society tries to put on a play, everything goes horribly wrong... and it's totally hilarious.
The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets
The music? It's based on Jim Steinman’s iconic collaboration with Meat Loaf in 1977, lifted from all three of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell albums. Prepare yourself for a rock-fuelled romp of a post-apocalyptic romance. The show tells the stellar story of the rebellious Strat and beautiful Raven, the beloved daughter of the despotic Falco, all of whom would do absolutely anything for love.
Bat Out of Hell Tickets
Roald Dahl would be chuffed to bits with the stage success of two of his best loved children's stories. At number six in November, this time Charlie and his granddad join Mr Wonka in seventh place, delighting zillions of kids and their parents and delivering oodles of festive fun. It's mouthwatering stuff, complete with singing and dancing, simply awesome stage sets and fantastic costumes.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
At number four last time, Victor Hugo's masterpiece has been thrilling theatre lovers for years and years. The musical reveals the amazing story of one man's epic struggle to break away from his murky past and bring happiness to his beloved surrogate daughter, against the dramatic backdrop of post-Revolutionary France. Will the stars of the show achieve liberty, fraternity and equality?
Les Miserables Tickets
Fresh from the pen of the folk who gave us 'The Play That Goes Wrong', this crazy show delivers just as many laughs and is proving a huge comedy hit in the West End. If you fancy massaging your laughing gear this festive season, come along and enjoy one of the maddest, most chaotic bank robbery story on earth, a show that has audiences crying with laughter.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Tickets
After a glittering run, The Bodyguard finally closes its doors on 7th January. That leaves you just a few precious weeks to experience the compelling, heart warming story of the superstar soul songstress Rachel Marron, whose manager insists on hiring the former US Presidential bodyguard Frank Farmer to protect her. Romance, turmoil, despair, joy, it's all there in a potent love story to rival all love stories.
The Bodyguard Tickets
This dazzling comedy hit our number twelve slot last time, now it's up one place at number eleven. Thanks to the comedy talent of the folk who penned the hit cartoon South Park, it has proved one of the most enduring and popular funnies in the West End. What happens when a pair of hopelessly naïve American missionaries travel to a remote African village to convert the locals? Come and see.
The Book of Mormon Tickets
This show makes friends wherever it goes, a beautiful story with a beautiful set, lovely characters and a warm, furry heart. But there's plenty of drama too, as young Simba's long and difficult journey to become king of the pride overcomes a series of dramatic obstacles, including the evil Uncle Scar and his sniggering hyena gang. Can Simba, Timon and Pumbaa restore the precious Circle of Life?
The Lion King Tickets
Well, that's it for another magical year in theatreland. We've seen some awesome shows come and go, a flurry of new shows so good they've sold out day after day, and some fabulous West End classics returning for the first time in ages. All that remains is to wish all our lovely, loyal customers a wonderful winter break and a marvellous 2017. We'll be here, as usual, to fulfil all your theatre dreams.