London’s West End theatre shows triumphed again at this year’s Olivier awards, and many of the shows are right here in Covent Garden, so hot foot it to the theatres to see some of these absolutely fantastic award-winning shows.
The runaway success story of Harry Potter continues as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picked up a record- breaking nine Olivier awards including awards for both back and front of stage making this show the Olivier’s most decorated ever. Celebrating its first birthday in June this is one of the hottest tickets in town so if you can beg, steal or borrow a ticket you definitely should. JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany have created a bewitching theatrical tale of wizardry as they introduce us to a grown up Harry and his school-age children. It is currently showing at the Palace Theatre, the story runs over two consecutive nights or the same day matinee and evening performance.
Moving on swiftly to comedy, the winner of the Best New Comedy Olivier award is the gloriously funny National Theatre production – Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – the uplifting and moving story of six Catholic choir girls from Oban, let loose in Edinburgh for one day only. From the creator of Billy Elliot (Lee Hall) the show features the songs of ELO and Our Ladies is a glorious anthem to friendship, youth and growing up disgracefully. Prepare yourself for 24 hours of holy chaos, which will include singing, hilarity, swearing and Sambuca. It’s funny, heart-breaking and raucously rude, and you owe it to yourself to go and see it. Currently booking from 9 May at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
A musical that is guaranteed to have you standing in the aisles and applauding is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical. They celebrate a very well-deserved Outstanding Achievement in Music. The story follows Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star struggling to make ends meet. Posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school he soon discovers his students’ musical talents, and enlists them in a quest to conquer The Battle of the Bands. Appealing to old and young alike this guitar-thrashing, drum-rolling musical is definitely one not to be missed, you will be astounded at how immensely talented these children are as they rock the New London Theatre every night.
Don’t miss the sensational soul musical Dreamgirls which has been blowing audiences away since it opened last November. Lead vocalist Amber Riley has, not surprisingly, been recognised as best actress in a musical and her colleague Adam J Bernard as best supporting actor in a musical, both bring a fantastic energy to their performances. The story,set in the 1960s, follows an aspiring singing trio called The Dreams on their turbulent journey to the top of show business, learning valuable lessons along the way and belting out some real powerhouse songs such as And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, I Am Changing and Listen. As soon as the curtain rises you will be transfixed by the power of the music and the terrific dancing. There is never a dull moment. Showing now at the Savoy Theatre.
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