Top London Shows - October 2014
It's that time of the month again. Here's our best sellers chart for October 2014. This time we've seen a host of new entries as autumn finally kicks in, as well as a good few shows returning yet again to a chart position. Our special offers and flash sales always boost sales as bargain hunting theatregoers take advantage of cut price seats. But, as always, our chart directly reflects the most popular shows from the previous month. It's your chart... here's what you've decided you love best this time around!
We extended booking to Mid-May 2015 early in September, which shot this wonderful show to the top of our chart from last month's number two. The play delivers a thrilling insight into an adventure experienced by an autistic boy, the way he sees the world and how it affects his life. Based on Mark Haddon's brilliant best selling novel, it's a seven-time Olivier Award winner and a theatre classic in the making.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tickets
Despite a pretty bad review on our site, audiences love this spectacular musical. The evidence? It has moved up a few places from last month's number four to a second place position. The last ever show by Michael Flatley, it's a feast of visual splendour, remarkable choreography, heart-stopping drama and thundering, moving, compelling music to die for. If you adore the musical theatre genre, it's your next big night out.
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Tickets
Fresh in at number three, this well-loved show opened in mid-September and we held a special flash sale on September 18th, with cut price tickets at 34% off. Evita is also our show of the month for October, testament to its wide international appeal. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the story explores the amazing life and times of the Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of president Juan Perón, and it's both uplifting and heartbreaking. Wow.
You all know the famous song. It's the epitome of festive season tunes, and this show is a real Christmas classic. Irving Berlin’s musical reveals the story of a couple of ex-army mates who team up with two sisters, aiming to put on a show to save a remote Vermont ski lodge. Fun, misunderstandings and romance sit at its warm heart, complete with the legendary festive show tunes like Sisters, Blue Skies, and White Christmas... no wonder it's straight in at number four.
White Christmas Tickets
Mike Bartlett's critically acclaimed future history about the life of King Charles III has extended its run at Wyndham's Theatre, so you'll be able to enjoy the fun right up until January 2015. It only opened a week ago, which just goes to show what an excellent production it is. Exploring the personalities, consciences and democratic outlooks of the British monarchy, The Independent newspaper called it a ‘bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play’.
King Charles III Tickets
Last month's number three, The Lion King is still in the chart following our September-long 'no booking fee' offer. With the festive season suddenly on the horizon, we fully expect the show to stick around in our chart for the next few months. The perfect Christmas theatre treat for youngsters, it's just as poplar with grown-ups. No surprise when everyone appreciates the sensitivity and beauty of the story, great show tunes and absolutely fantastic costumes.
The Lion King Tickets
Love hurts. And this classic love story retains its appeal, fresh into our October chart at number seven. Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. the story is inspired by Puccini's famous opera Madame Butterfly. Telling a tragic story of doomed romance, it's set in 1970s Saigon, during the Vietnam War, where instead of an American lieutenant and Japanese girl the action involves an American GI and a Vietnamese barmaid. Lovely.
Miss Saigon Tickets
The ultimate feel-good musical, The Commitments brings Roddy Doyle's famously funny book and the smash hit movie back to life on the London stage. Now in its second year, the show cost millions and is still playing to a packed house every night. New in at this month's number eight, it's a rip-roaring production packed with epic soul tunes. It's totally irreverent, wonderfully poignant and very funny indeed.
The Commitments Tickets
It opened in early September. We held a flash sale mid-September with bargain tickets at up to 25% off. And it's still in our chart after taking 5th place last time. A cult comedy that audiences invariably find hilariously funny, it was a shining star in this year's Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the capital. Any self-respecting lover of hilarity and silliness will adore this show, a real giggle per minute. Don't miss it!
The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets
Last month's number 12 in our chart, Thriller Live is still hot at number ten. It just goes to show how Michael Jackson's amazing music never dies. This is a fast paced show packed with funky chart toppers everyone recognises, whether or not you're a keen Jackson fan. Expect a full-on blast of some of the best disco and soul music on the planet, performed to perfection, complete with such extraordinary choreography that the great man himself would be proud.
Thriller - Live Tickets
This charming tale of The Bard, his love life, his obsessions, his quirks and what happens when he encounters writer's block continues to delight audiences at the Noel Coward theatre. When the young playwright runs out of ideas and money, it takes a woman to inspire him to write one of his most famous and best-loved plays. Whether or not you've seen the award-winning movie, it's a delicious treat of a production.
Shakespeare in Love Tickets
Last month's number ten, Charlie's amazing adventure has dropped to number twelve this month. Will it shoot back up our chart for Christmas? Probably, since it's one of the best kids' musicals in town right now. Based on the children's novel of the same name by the wickedly funny Roald Dahl, it's on at the splendid Theatre Royal Drury Lane, starring the brilliant Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
What's bubbling under for next month? Sunny Afternoon, The Kinks musical, opens this Saturday and is tipped to be a huge hit. Oscar Wilde's classic The Importance Of Being Earnest is also a close contender, as popular as ever and just as acerbically funny as when it was first written. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, playing at the Savoy Theatre, looks like a winner. And the madly funny The Book of Mormon is on the way up again. Why not come back next month and see what's set to inspire theatreland audiences for November?