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Top London Shows - March 2013

The Audience This month’s top ten West End shows list contains a handful of sparkling newcomers to our chart, but they’re not all new shows. Which just goes to prove the resilience and long term popularity of some of the city’s best-loved productions.

We’ve calculated our chart based on February’s ticket sales, so enjoy the ride and take your pick of the top twelve in town as voted by you, our customers. Whether you adore dance, like your funny bones tickled, would die for a great stage drama or just enjoy a rocking good musical, there’s something very special for you in the capital right now.

1. The Audience
The Audience Last month’s number two, Dame Helen Mirren plays the queen in this classy production which imagines the private conversations between Queen Elizabeth 2nd and her Prime Ministers, throughout her reign. The show opened on February 13th and knocked The Judas Kiss right off the top spot to take the number one crown.
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2. The Judas Kiss
The Judas Kiss Taking a step down from the number one position, Rupert Everett’s passionate and critically acclaimed portrayal of the relationship between the ill-fated Oscar Wilde and his lover Bosie is at number two. Booking until 6th April 2013, there’s only a month to go so bag your tickets now before they go!
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3. Peter and Alice
Peter and Alice Up from number four last month in anticipation of its opening night, Peter and Alice finally takes to the stage on March 9th at the splendid Noel Coward theatre. Starring the wonderful Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw and directed by the highly respected Michael Grandage, it’s already set to become a huge West End hit.
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4. Top Hat
Top Hat Down from number three last month, Irving Berlin’s timeless classic Top Hat’s recent extension to April 2014 keeps it high in our chart at number four. Head to the delightful Aldwych Theatre for a show that’s been thrilling audiences since its 1935 silver screen debut and shows no signs of slowing the pace.
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5. The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps climbs our chart to take a number five position this month, a dramatic hike from number 12. No surprise when it’s such a runaway success and has been since it first opened in 2006 to considerable critical acclaim. Some shows just keep on giving… and this is one of them! Four actors, comedy mayhem, a timeless hit.
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6. Spamalot
Spamalot Last month’s number 10, Spamalot’s fortunes have revived this month with a number six position, proving the popularity of Pythonesque humour yet again. Guaranteed to make you ‘always look on the bright side of life’, it’s a triumph of silly lyrics by Eric Idle plus killer rabbits, knights, grand ladies and Tony Award-winning fun.
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7. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You Still at number seven, this mega musical has been seen and loved by more than five million rock fans and it’s still packing the house at the Dominion Theatre. It’s been on stage in London’s theatreland since 2002 and it’s currently available until October this year… but watch out for another extension!
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8. The Lion King
The Lion King This lovely children’s show inches up the chart again, achieving a number eight position this month, up one place. It’s no surprise - Disney’s ever-popular tale is a masterpiece in breath-taking costume, unforgettable tunes and characters kids of every age fall head over heels in love with. On stage for 13 years, it makes a wonderful Easter treat!
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9. Thriller Live
Thriller Live Back in our chart again, Thriller Live’s masterful portrayal of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits is as popular as ever. Booking until September 2013, this is its fourth year in the West End and its impact shows no signs of slowing. Get your dancing gear round this one and get funky!
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10. Wicked
Wicked New to our top 12 chart, Wicked takes tenth place this time around. Weaving the spellbinding story of the original witches of Oz, from their childhood as sorcery students onwards, this precursor to The Wizard of Oz has been delighting audiences since 2006 with its spellbinding costumes, amazing scenery, cool special effects and memorable tunes.
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11. La Boheme - English National Opera
La Boheme - English National Opera Another new comer to our chart, La Boheme is booking from 4th May. Its position in our chart indicates it’s going to be a smash hit of an opera, with tickets already hot property. You’ll adore this ever-popular story by Puccini, following four star-crossed lovers Rodolfo and Mimì, Marcello and Musetta.
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12. Les Miserables
Les Miserables Good old Les Mis is enjoying a stellar revival right now, in part due to the release of the film of the same name. If you’ve seen the movie, the stage show will knock your socks off! 55 million people have seen the show since 2004 and it’s as hot as ever. Will it climb our chart next month? Pop back and see.
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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 entertainment theatreland has to offer!