As an ex-Londoner, with a background in the arts, I can’t help but still keep a close eye on this city’s exciting theatrical scene.
The scope and diversity of artistic output in the buzzing capital of England is huge and not being surrounded by this sort of culture and creativity is one of the top reasons why I miss living in London.
My recent visit back there however, got me something of my theatrical fix and made me want to share with you my list of the top 5 shows to see in London now – the ones I’d be booking tickets too if I could!
So go on, get yourself some seats to these super productions while you still can.
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The Book of Mormon
One of the most controversial, but also one of the funniest musicals out there, The Book of Mormon is a must on the list of shows to see in London now.
Everyone I know who has been to see this production thinks it is absolutely hilarious and not as cheesy or cheap as you might expect.
Currently showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Book of Mormon was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the makers of South Park. T
his might give you some idea about the tone of the show, but it’s worth bearing in mind it’s no way near as harsh or cutting as their famous TV show.
Perhaps not one for the family however, this is certainly a great production to see with a group of friends.
Like the hit film The Queen, writer Peter Morgan, again brilliantly blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction in his play The Audience.
Based on the imaginary goings-on that happen in the real-life meetings every week between the British Prime Minister and Monarch, this play charts the history of the 8 Prime Minister that have come and gone through Queens Elizabeth’s reign.
After a 2013 production starring Helen Mirren, The Audience is back in London in 2015.
This is your chance to catch this great show if you haven’t already.
A newly updated script to include the recent May general election in Britain makes this play a very current and interesting presentation of political culture.
The Lion King
Now its in 16th year on the West End, and one of the longest standing productions there, the Lion King is still one of the best shows to see in London now.
When, I first saw at the age of 15, it had not long opened, and even then it blew me away with its incredible costumes and musical score. For someone who isn’t a fan of musical theatre, this is quite a feat!
A great one for the kids, especially those that enjoy the film and know the characters already, the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre is a triumph of a production!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I’m yet to actually see this show, but it’s one that I desperately want to.
After reading the incredible novel by Mark Haddon that it is based on, who couldn’t help but fall in love with the brilliantly enlightening story.
Told by the character of a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, the story presents its readers with a very different perspective on life, one that is intelligently and engagingly put together.
The winner of multiple Olivier awards, it will be very exciting to see this production continuing in London at the Gielgud Theatre.
The set, in particular, looks fantastic in the way that it transports its audience between different levels of reality and truth.
Into the Hoods:REMIXED
I first saw ZooNation and their great show, Into the Hoods, when they were performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival around 8 years ago.
I was also performing that year with a show from my University and the whole group of us from Leeds were enchanted with this production’s incredible energy, fun and dynamism.
A great show for the whole family, this newly remixed production brings more of the company’s incredible dance moves and physical storytelling techniques into a fresh form.
Fast-paced, lively and highly entertaining, this really is a winner even for those who are new to dance or not a big fan of it.
Tickets for all of the top shows to see in London now, can be bought through LondonTheatreDirect.com, who are the best source of online discounted tickets when it comes to the city‘s artistic goings-on. Their booking process is easy, simple and secure, meaning you can guarantee the seats for the show you want from the comfort of your own home.