SHOWTIME September / October 2017
It’s not just us celebrating a milestone birthday – even Covent Garden’s Jubilee Market turned 30 back in August. But compared to some of the West End’s longest running plays and musicals, we’re mere youngsters. So this month, join us in celebrating the good times by bagging yourself tickets to some of Theatreland’s most long standing shows.
The longest running show in the world, The Mousetrap has been playing for 65 years in the West End. This essential whodunit mystery by Agatha Christie has been staged at St Martin’s Theatre since 1974.
‘Les Mis’ is now in its 32nd year, making it the longest running West End musical. This stirring production of Victor Hugo’s novel features classic songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘On My Own’.
3.The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s awardwinning Phantom has been thrilling audiences in the West End for 31 years. This captivating tale of a beauty and her beast is complemented by a lush score and impressive special effects.
4.The Woman in Black
Send a shiver down your spine with this gothic masterpiece. The Woman
in Black has had 28 years of scaring audiences silly, and if you’re not sure whether a play could ever give you a real fright – we suggest giving this one a go.
Calling all dancing queens. This story, set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, is all about love, family, and friendship. It also features pretty much all of ABBA’s biggest hits. When you’re up dancing at the end, you’ll understand why Mamma Mia! is now in its 18th year.
6.The Lion King
Also in its 18th year, Disney’s multi award winning musical uses life size animal puppetry to tell the story of Simba and his journey from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pridelands. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, you will totally be feeling the love tonight.
Stomp has been moving to its own, scrapyard-shaped beat for 15 years. Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and yes, even the kitchen sink are used to hammer out rhythms in this unique blend of percussion, acrobatics and pantomime.
This smash hit musical has held fans under its spell for 11 years now. A prequel to The Wizard of Oz, it tells the story of the green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and her early friendship with Glinda the Good Witch of the South.
Thriller Live is now in its 8th year of Moonwalking. A tribute to the King of Pop, the show features more than 30 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits and has the moves to match. Get your groove on to ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, and more
10.Matilda the Musical
Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents turns six this year. This witty adaptation, with music by Tim Minchin, is wickedly good fun. Perfect for ages 6 and up.