Every year we look at the theatre in London and help you decide where to place your hard earned money. Theatre is expensive but it's also a truly magnificent experience (for the right price). In this guide we'll be putting forward the shows we know and love and we think that you or your chosen gifting buddies will enjoy too.
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Based on the hit film which saw a stalker spunk on a dress, The Bodyguard returns to the west end stage with superb vocals from Beverley Knight. Her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" has in some cases been likened to that of the US DIVA Whitney Houston which is high praise and while Bev's US accent leaves a bit to be desired, when she sings... it's beautiful. Watch out for Rachel John too, when Bev and Rachel get together for "Run to You", you better hold on to your seat it's a competition of vocal superiority which is spellbinding.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Another film turned musical. School of Rock recently opened on the West End to rave reviews and it's no wonder with one of our favourite names behind this one. Andrew Lloyd Webber brings a fun, young and unconventional story to the stage with a book and lyrics ready to help you rock out.
Light hearted and a joy for the entire family. This is one music lesson not to be missed.
It;s a classic and while you won't be able to see it over the Christmas period, here's a date for your diary that you just can't miss. I've not seen 42nd Street since I was a bright eyed eight year old on a family holiday in New York. The lights of Broadway shone bright but the lights of the West End are now calling this hit revival to the theatre royal Drury Lane. Book in advance and be one of the first to see this in March 2017.
WICKED THE HIT MUSICAL
It makes it into our list each and every year. Wicked the Hit Musical is one of the all time greats and it deserves the praise it gets. Great story telling expanding on an already legendary tale and music that will lift you up and bring you to tears. Defy Gravity for the first time or once again to see in the New Year or just promise to go again in 2017. You owe this to yourself.
2016 has claimed a shed load of great artists but none as legendary as David Bowie. For us he will always be the Goblin King but for others his music will remain the life blood of their music collection for the rest of their lives. Lazarus starring Michael C Hall (Dexter) ends in January 2017 but continues a legacy left behind by the man who fell to earth. Etherial and unforgettable, Lazarus offers up a legends work to an all new audience.
Another revival with an unexpected leading lady. GLEE Star Amber Riley gets ready to grow up with a role that has challenged some of the greats of soul and jazz music. It's a story that took on the mainstream when Beyonce took a starring role in the feature film but DREAMGIRLS has come home to the stage at the Savoy theatre.
A jaw-dropping caberet sensation becomes a fixture in London's Iconic Leicester Square. Acrobatics, music and some tom foolery, LA SOIRÉE is a night of entertainment that mixes old and new along with a ton of fit talented bodies, contorting their way through challenging acts that will amaze.
If you're planning to head to the gym in January, this is what you need. This list has something for everyone, take a look on youtube, take a look on the official websites, there's a lot to discover in theatre land right now and only you know what floats your boat so take the plunge and help the arts.