Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and what better place to spend it than in the vibrant city of London? There are plenty of museums, top restaurants and sights to enjoy, but one of London’s most popular attractions is its West End. Treating your partner to tickets to a top musical is one of the best date ideas out there, and we’ve listed our very favourite West End shows.
A box office smash, Les Miserables has been seen by more than 60 million people around the globe, in 42 countries and in 21 different languages. Set in 19th century France, this powerful tale of broken dreams, passion, sacrifice and unrequited love was recently turned into a hugely successful movie, but nothing beats seeing this incredible production on the stage. Les Miserables features the well-loved songs, I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, Bring Him Home and On My Own, and there won’t be a dry eye in the house by the end.
The Lion King
One of the most popular musicals in the West End, The Lion King brings Disney’s classic film to life and boasts an impressive cast of 25 species of animal, insect, fish and birds, which are portrayed by actors and puppets. Following the young lion cub Simba on his life journey to become King of Pride Rock, the show features music the music of Elton Jon and lyrics by Tim Rice, as well as the Academy Award-nominated song, Circle of Life. And if the music doesn’t blow you away, the incredible costumes, colours and special effects certainly will. This one’s not just for the kids!
We Will Rock You
Queen are one of the best loved British rock bands of all town, and music lovers definitely won’t be disappointed in We Will Rock You. Featuring music by Ben Elton, this lively musical is set in a future that has seen music banned, and it’s up to Galileo to save the day. A must for any Queen fan, the musical has already been seen by more than 5 million people across the globe and includes 32 Queen hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, I Want to Break Free, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, It’s a Kind of Magic and many, many more. You can also live like a rock star in some of London’s top accommodation, so visit secretescapes.com for more details.
Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical is now in its 27th year, and it’s still as spectacular as ever! Playing more than 10,000 shows since its debut in 1986, the musical tells the tale of the much-feared phantom who terrorises the Parisian Opera in his bid to make Christine the leading lady. A truly fantastic tale, complemented perfectly by stunning scenery and breath-taking special effects.
Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s celebrated novel, and this prequel to The Wizard of Oz is now a global phenomenon, telling the incredible story of the Witches of Oz. Throughout this award-winning musical you’ll learn how one came to be called ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’, enjoying some excellent toe-tapping songs along the way.