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Top London Shows - January 2014

Top London Shows The festive season in the West End is always a hugely exciting time and Christmas 2013 was no exception. This year theatre lovers from all over the world made a beeline to a fascinating selection of shows. Here’s our first top 12 chart for 2014, led by a Shakespeare classic and with one of the spookiest plays for decades scooping up twelfth place, completely out of the blue. What’s your next West End show? Our customers rate all of these highly...

1. Henry V
Henry V Last month’s number two best-loved show in London and the final play in the marvellous, best-selling Michael Grandage season, Henry V closes mid-February and is almost sold out. We only have a handful of tickets available so if you want to sample the Bard at his very best, you’ll need to get your act together before it’s too late. Violent and thrilling, it’s British history with plenty of drama, flavour and verve.
Henry V Tickets
2. Mojo
Mojo Last month’s number one, Mojo also closes soon, in early February. If you’re a fan of gangster tales you’ll love this very special Olivier Award-winning show which scooped an award for Best New Comedy when it first took to the stage in 1996. Violent, murderous, raw and very funny indeed, it examines the violent goings on at Soho's Atlantic Club in 1958. It’s not to be missed… but hurry!
Mojo Tickets
3. The Lion King
The Lion King Last month’s number five in our chart, The Lion King rules again as thousands of parents took their children to enjoy one of the most popular kids’ musicals of all time. Adored by grown-ups too, it’s a thrilling story with amazing sets and costumes, sing-along show tunes, an extremely loveable hero and a happy ending. As popular as ever, we expect to see it featuring regularly in our 2014 chart.
The Lion King Tickets
4. Jeeves and Wooster
Jeeves and Wooster Last month’s number three, the hilarious Stephen Mangan takes to the stage to play the leading role as the bumbling, loveable, good natured buffoon Bertie Wooster, whose entire life is series of self-made disasters. With Matthew McFadyen as Jeeves, funny isn’t the word for it. This is the best in classic British humour, an exceptionally silly tale. We love it, and so do our customers.
Jeeves and Wooster Tickets
5. Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train This fabulous play ends late February 2014 after a stellar run and amazing reviews. Last month’s number three in our chart, it’s inspired by Patricia Highsmith's fine novel and Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of it. Expect a nightmare of blackmail, torment and guilt as the hapless Guy loses his career, his wife and his sanity. To kill or not to kill? Book now to find out!
Strangers on a Train Tickets
6. The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Last month’s number six, The Nutcracker continued to delight audiences over the festive period, the perfect Christmas treat for anyone who loves ballet in all its elegance and splendour. Meet the lovely Clara, her magical Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in a tale that’s rich in Tchaikovsky's deliciously pretty music.
The Nutcracker Tickets
7. Twelve Angry Men
Twelve Angry Men Last month’s number 11, Twelve Angry Men is closing on 1st March so get your skates on! If you love a good courtroom drama this is one of the best, inspired by the double Oscar-winning 1957 film. It’s an extremely tense story of the trial of a young man who, while he appears as guilty as sin at first, soon raises considerable doubts. Did he do it? Book now before it’s too late and find out for yourself.
Twelve Angry Men Tickets
8. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You It looks like this rock-fuelled fun-fest will continue to thrill audiences for at least another year, so here’s to a splendid, fun-packed 2014. Last month’s number seven, it was in and out of our top 12 throughout 2013 and looks set to do the same in 2014. Maybe it’s Queen’s music. Maybe it’s the plot, the fantastic sets, the breath-taking costumes or the characters. Whatever it is, it’s definitely a kind of magic.
We Will Rock You Tickets
9. Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera Last month’s number eight, the Phantom took the West End Christmas season by storm yet again. This must be the classic to end all classics, a show we just can’t get enough of. If you haven’t seen it yet why not treat yourself this month? And watch out for the chandelier scene. It’s genuinely remarkable, testament to a show that’s delighted millions of us so far and shows no sign of slowing.
Phantom of the Opera Tickets
10. Thriller – Live
Thriller – Live Michael Jackson’s music also continues to thrill fans of the great man and this show proved a monster hit yet again for December. Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight. Don’t blame it on the good times. Blame it on the boogie… this is a show that has audiences dancing in their seats as Jackson hit after Jackson hit raises cheers and applause. Absolutely fantastic.
Thriller – Live Tickets
11. Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical Matilda is a very clever little girl. But her parents are awful. Thousands of kids laughed their socks off at the antics of the naughty Matilda over Christmas, a real treat for any child who adores a good story and loves seeing the youngsters come out on top. A script by the Bafta-nominated writer Dennis Kelly plus wordplay and tunes by the hilarious Tim Minchin make this a classic of its time.
Matilda The Musical Tickets
12. The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black One for the grown-ups, The Woman in Black is enough to give strong men nightmares. Supremely spooky, it’s a horrid tale of haunting starring the young solicitor Arthur Kipps. When Kipps visits the creepy Eel Marsh House to arrange the affairs of his dead client, he keeps seeing a mysterious woman swathed in black. But nobody will admit she exists, let alone tell him who she is. What’s going on? Over to you...
The Woman in Black Tickets

You’ve got to love the West End. It’s notoriously difficult to predict what’s going to be a hit and what isn’t, and this Christmas none of the shows we promoted hit the top 12. Who knows what surprises January will bring? Only one thing is certain – London’s theatreland will continue to deliver a stream of irresistible, top quality, seriously entertaining comedies, tragedies, musicals and plays, and millions of us will continue to fall head over heels with them. Here’s to an exciting 2014!