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Top London Shows - October 2013

A Midsummer Night’s DreamIt’s that time of the month again, when we take a look back at September’s ticket sales to create our top 12 shows. Many of these excellent plays and musicals have featured numerous times in our top twelve over the last year, which just goes to prove the remarkable staying power of top quality productions. 2013 has been a great year for classics in the making. What will 2014 bring? Watch this space!

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Blistering straight in at number one, it’s David Walliams as Bottom in the second to last production in the wonderful Michael Grandage Season. Walliams takes the stage with Olivier and BAFTA award winner Sheridan Smith, who plays Titania in one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tickets
2. Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon Miss Saigon hits our October chart at number two after breaking all box office records for the highest number of West End theatre ticket sales in one day. The Independent reported an astonishing £4.1 million in ticket sales for the first day, with £2 million taken in the first two hours. And yes… it really is that good. Try it and see.
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3. Top Hat
Top Hat Top Hat, down from our number one last month, has been in the top three shows since April this year and has held a strong position in our top twelve since January. One of the best dance musicals of all time and the winner of 3 Oliviers, it brings the sizzling tap-dancing magic of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to the London stage, as fresh as ever. Fantastic!
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4. The Lion King
The Lion King The Lion King sat at number three last month, partly because of our special ‘no booking fee’ offer which ended mid-September. The kids have gone back to school but this magical musical tale about coming of age is set to stick around our chart until Christmas, when it takes its rightful place as one of theatreland’s favourite seasonal children’s treats.
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5. Henry V
Henry V Henry V is the final play in the Michael Grandage season, which a great many theatregoers will miss terribly when it ends. A true Shakespeare classic, the gorgeous sets and costumes are designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin and a cast that includes the amazing Jude Law. Not to be missed!
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6. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You We Will Rock You appeared at number two in last month’s chart, sliding a little this month. The music of superstar band Queen plus the humour of Ben Elton combine into an irresistible mix of comedy and rock that saw the musical win an Olivier award in 2010 for most popular show. It’ll have you in Bohemian rhapsodies… pun intended.
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7. Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! rushes into the chart at number seven following our 48 hour flash sale in early September. More than 54 million theatregoers can’t be wrong, and by all accounts it’s a tremendous feel-good factor of a stage show. The magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, sung to an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, floats just about everyone’s boat. What about you?
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8. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht opened on 25th September and takes its rightful place at number eight this month, subsequent to our review and the fact that we’ve been selling tickets on special offer, at up to 26% off. If you’d like to sample this amazing play for less, the offer’s still open at the splendid Duchess theatre.
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9. Les Miserables
Les Miserables Les Miserables was last month’s number five, falling back to nine this month in the face of some seriously good quality competition. But it’s still hanging on in there, the world’s longest running musical, shown in more than 42 countries, winner of more than 100 awards and seen by more than 65 million people. An outstanding performance.
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10. Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing Dirty Dancing was inspired by the iconic 1987 film of the same name. It’s packed solid with energy and drama, a clever commentary about standing up for what is right even when circumstances make it very difficult. When two very different worlds collide, love still manages to conquer all. A beautiful little piece of stage perfection.
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11. The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard The Bodyguard has already achieved classic musical status. At number seven last month, it has dropped to number eleven in this month’s chart. Your venue? The Adelphi theatre, where you’ll fall in love all over again with the best-selling soundtrack album of all time and relive the passion and drama of the unforgettable smash hit 1992 movie. Epic!
The Bodyguard Tickets
12. Private Lives
Private Lives Private Lives closed on 21st September and maintained a high level of ticket sales right until the last minute. We’ll miss it! Last month’s number six, it went out in a blaze of glory Noel Coward would have been proud of, a genuinely explosive production that proved the great man could still thrill, provoke and delight audiences forty years after his death.
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What’s hot on the heels of the top performers for this month? Watch out for Let It Be, The Ladykillers, Chimerica, Phantom of the Opera, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Jersey Boys, all of which sold like hot cakes last month. And don’t forget our special offer on The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a play that’s already causing a stir in theatreland. Click this way for a fantastic evening’s entertainment for less, courtesy of us. You’re welcome!