JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018
Tickets to a West End show make a great idea for date night. But with Valentine’s Day coming up, you might want to do something extra special. To help you out, here’s our pick of theatreland’s most romantic nights out.
- Beginning After a sell-out run at the National Theatre, this warts and all rom-com has transferred to the Ambassador’s Theatre. Following two strangers meeting after a party, Beginning is a realistic, but warm, look at 21st century dating.
- The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera is one of London’s longest running shows. Just as fiery and passionate after 32 years, it features some genuinely classic numbers – including the haunting The Music of the Night.
- Girl from the North Country A smash-hit at the Old Vic, The Girl From the North Country is also enjoying a West End transfer. Set during the Great Depression, and featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, it might not sound like the most romantic of shows. But the fantastic cast and on-stage band make for a wonderfully moving night out.
- Everybody’s Talking About Jamie This musical about a 16-year old drag queen was another one of 2017’s best- reviewed new shows. Based on a true story, it’s guaranteed to make you feel- good, and has some great songs by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie-Sells.
- Cirque Berserk Back for a fifth year, Cirque Berserk is one of the West End’s most thrilling shows. Featuring circus artistry and daredevil stunts, it’s sure to get hearts racing.
- Mamma Mia! What’s more romantic than a wedding? A wedding on a Greek island. Soundtracked by the classic songs of ABBA. One of theatreland’s funnest, sunniest shows, it’s not hard to see why it’s been an audience favourite for almost two decades.
- Aladdin Based on the Disney cartoon, Aladdin’s a great choice for grown-up 90s kids. With swashbuckling action and magical special effects, it’s a real crowd-pleaser. And, in A Whole New World, it also has one of the West End’s best love songs.
- Beauty and the Beast in Concert Another one for Disney-lovers. The live action adaptation of the fairytale was one of last year’s biggest movies. Especially for Valentine’s Day, the South Bank Centre will be presenting two very special screenings accompanied by a live orchestra.
- Motown: The Musical More classic love songs can be heard in Motown: The Musical – more than 50 of them, in fact. Telling the story behind the iconic record label, the show includes beloved pop tracks like My Girl, Please Mr Postman, and Stop! In the Name of Love.
- Kinky Boots In the market for something a little bit kinkier? The West End’s other drag queen musical, Kinky Boots, is as sweet as it is fabulous, with a score by 80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and some truly impressive footwear.