Top London Shows - February 2015
The world is back to normal after the festive season and the evenings are slowly but surely getting lighter. Spring is already in the air and throughout January our customers have been busy treating themselves to some of the funniest, most light-hearted and entertaining shows in town. Here's our top 12 show chart for January 2015, the best-loved shows during the past 30 days. If you're wondering which West End masterpiece to treat yourself to next, how about one of these?
Last month's number five in our chart, this show has been propelled to the top of our list for January. The chill, the dark, the nasty weather... it's much easier to forget how horrid it is outdoors when you're laughing in the aisles, giggling helplessly. This really is a very funny play, taking a thoroughly irreverent look at the chaos that ensues when a hopeless bunch of amateur dramatists come into a large sum of money.
The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets
If you like your theatre quirky, this one's about as eccentric as it gets. At number three last month, it has climbed one well-deserved place to number two for January, proof that this delightfully unusual and charming play has a very broad appeal. A book by Mark Haddon and a wonderful stage adaptation by the hugely talented Simon Stephens make it one for your diary.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tickets
Last month's number four, the fascinating story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has also hopped up one place and sits at number three. If you love nothing better than a top class, gritty jukebox musical, this is the perfect show for you. The tunes bring back all sorts of wonderful memories but even if you're far too young to remember the artists the first time around you'll adore their songs: soulful, compelling and just as sweet as ever.
Jersey Boys Tickets
Last month's number 11 in our chart, January saw the world famous phantom shoot back up to achieve the number four position this time around. Not only is there an unforgettable love story at the heart of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's brilliant fantasy, based on the 1909 book by the French author Gaston Leroux. There's also violence and despair, jealousy and malevolence. It's deliciously entertaining.
Phantom of the Opera Tickets
Seven Olivier nominations. The amazing Sam Mendez in charge. A superbly dark tale that appeals to children but also inspires grown ups. A book many of us grew up reading, written by Roald Dahl in 1964 and transformed into not just one but two brilliant movies. It's the delightful story of Charlie Bucket and it's up five places to this month's number five. If you haven't experienced it yet, it's time to buy tickets. See you there!
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
Have you ever heard anyone say they hate Abba tunes? If so, you're a rarity. Most of us adore the Swedish supergroup's chart hits... and theatregoers love this show even more. Straight into this month's chart at number six, fresh out of nowhere, why the sudden boost in the show's popularity? We have no idea but it's good to see this madly popular feel-good musical back.
Mamma Mia! Tickets
Having raised the roof night after night at the London Lyceum, The Lion King has been seen by literally millions of us and we're still flocking to experience it. Perhaps it's the delightful story of Pride Lands and the lions who live there. Maybe it's the wonderful music, created by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice. It might be the stage sets - a legend in their own lifetime - or the costumes, masterpieces of creative interpretation. Whatever the reason, we 're delighted to see it return to our chart.
The Lion King Tickets
The story of Ray Davies and The Kinks takes a small nosedive this month, from December's number two. It's another hugely popular feel-good jukebox musical, this time studded with smash hit Kinks songs. And our special No Booking Fee offer, which runs until 2nd April 2015, is helping keep this fantastic musical at the front of audience's minds. Fancy a bargain? Click this way...
Sunny Afternoon Tickets
A massive 100,000 new Cats tickets went on sale in early January, helping to shoot this Lloyd Webber classic back into our chart. Straight in at number nine, it's blindingly obvious this lovely West End show never really goes out of style. Now booking at the London Palladium until 25th April, we're expecting a rush in demand for tickets. Based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and produced to perfection by Cameron Mackintosh, it's one of Britain's very best.
A heady combination of hilariously bad language and remarkably good soul music makes The Commitments stage show just as popular as the famous 1991 feel-good movie. Roddy Doyle, the author of the original book, is a very funny man indeed and his humour shines through the stage show just as clearly. If you fancy a typically Irish, side-splitting yet poignant craic, you're in for a treat.
The Commitments Tickets
A beautiful musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, plus song lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. Wow. Giacomo Puccini's beautiful opera Madame Butterfly inspired this tale of doomed romance between a Vietnamese bar girl and the American lover who abandons her. 1970s Saigon and the horrors of the Vietnam War deliver the backdrop to an unforgettable romance, marvellously sad.
Miss Saigon Tickets
Our show of the month for February, you can save an impressive £12.50 off Stalls and Dress Circle seats for this lovely play that just keeps on giving. Adapted from the award winning film of the same name, it's the story of the young Will Shakespeare, whose writer's block leaves him desperate for inspiration. It finally arrives in the shapely form of the lovely Viola. Mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, endless backstage theatrics... brilliant!
Shakespeare In Love Tickets
And what's lurking beneath the surface of our chart this month? It's Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. If you're looking for a classy jukebox musical, this might just be it. It contains a feast of Carole's most famous tunes plus a host more musical masterpieces from legendary music industry luminaries including Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector. Go see it. And come back next month to check out which West End theatre shows were the hottest in February 2015.