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Top London Shows - November 2013

The Lion King This month’s chart features a satisfyingly varied collection of classics and newcomers. It’s goodbye to Top Hat, which has thrilled the crowds since 2011, and hello to Strangers on a Train, a creepy tale of manipulation, misunderstanding, mayhem and murder. Will Shakespeare’s legendary work features twice in our chart courtesy of the Michael Grandage season. And the popular children’s classics The Lion King, Wicked, Matilda the Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have all scored high over the school holidays.

1. The Lion King
The Lion King Number four in our chart last month, our very popular ‘no booking fee’ offer caused a storm during the October half-term holidays. It looks like children are just as deeply in love with the antics of Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, Nala, Mufasa and their friends as they ever were, after an impressive fourteen year run in the West End.
The Lion King Tickets
2. Henry V
Henry V The last of the Michael Grandage Season, this critically acclaimed production of one of the Bard’s greatest ever plays is up from last month’s number five, testament to the extraordinary acting skills of the delicious Jude Law, a gentleman, scholar and extremely talented chap. What will the remarkable Mr Grandage get involved with next? Watch this space...
Henry V Tickets
3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream It’s Michael Grandage again, this time at number three with another wonderful Shakespeare classic. The second last of his epic season, it’s still drawing huge crowds. Starring David Walliams as Bottom and Sheridan Smith as Titania, this is a real theatreland treat for anyone who adores Will Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tickets
4. Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical Four prestigious Tony Awards makes this stage version of Roald Dahl’s wonderfully rebellious children’s classic a real winner, storming into our chart out of nowhere. Written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, it’s a fun feast of silliness loved by kids of all ages, from six to sixty and more.
Matilda the Musical Tickets
5. Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train A brand new show opening on 2nd November, we’ve had a dramatic flurry of early interest in the production through our special flash sale, which runs until 3rd November. If you want to claim more than 35% off the regular ticket price, click this way! You’re in for a superbly rough ride at the Gielgud Theatre, starring Laurence Fox and Jack Huston.
Strangers on a Train Tickets
6. Wicked
Wicked In and out of our chart like a jack-in-the-box and back out of nowhere at number six, Wicked continues to thrill young West End audiences. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, it’s based on the splendid 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Great fun.
Wicked Tickets
7. Les Miserables
Les Miserables At number nine in our chart last month, Les Mis is as popular as ever. Based on the classic French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862 and still believed to be one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, it’s quite simply unforgettable. More than 60 million of us have loved it so far, and its appeal shows no sign of slowing.
Les Miserables Tickets
8. Top Hat
Top Hat Down from number three to this month’s eight, a fitting swansong, if you missed Top Hat you’re too late. It’s now closed. On stage since summer 2011 it had an excellent run, based on the 1935 film of the same name with music and lyrics by the legendary Irving Berlin and additional orchestrations by Chris Walker. Farewell to a truly amazing show.
Top Hat Tickets
9. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You At number six last month, this fab musical drops three places to nine in our chart. Galileo Figaro, Killer Queen, Brit, Pop, Scaramouche, Meat, Khashoggi and the rest of the cast await you for a fun-filled rock extravaganza courtesy of funny man Ben Elton and the wonderful band Queen, telling the tall tale of a group of Bohemians struggling to restore freedom of expression.
We Will Rock You Tickets
10. Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera An absolute classic seen and loved by an astounding 130 million or more of us, The Phantom of the Opera lives on. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, with additions from Richard Stilgoe, make this a production every theatre lover on the planet should see at least once in their lives.
Phantom of the Opera Tickets
11. Jeeves and Wooster
Jeeves and Wooster Welcome to an hilarious show, starring the equally hilarious Stephen Mangan as the foolish aristocrat Bertie Wooster and the very funny Matthew Macfadyen as his long-suffering valet, Jeeves. The world premiere of this new stage play, called ‘Perfect Nonsense’, opened on Wednesday 30th October and promises to be a real hoot.
Jeeves and Wooster Tickets
12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The second Roald Dahl masterpiece in our chart this month, theatregoers are flocking to see the stage production of the great man’s hilarious 1964 children's book. Kids adore the adventures of young Charlie Bucket, set inside Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory, complete with crowds of tiny Oompa Loompas.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tickets

Christmas is on the horizon, always a busy time in London’s glittering theatreland, and we’re expecting dramatic changes in next month’s chart as a result. If you fancy treating yourself or your loved ones to something very special this festive season, we’ll be making some equally special offers. Whatever your age, budget or taste, there’s something amazing going on in the West End this Christmas. We hope to see you there!