Our UK travel partners are always coming up with great ideas for fun family travel activities and a visit to London is always high on their list. There are many fun things to do and see when you are on holiday in London with the whole family: paying a visit to Buckingham Palace, taking a stroll along the river of the Thames, or doing some shopping on Oxford Street, but if you want your London holiday to be truly memorable, we recommend that you see a show in one of the theaters in the West End. Book a room in one of many cheap hotels in London, and read below the list of the best must-see musicals of this season.
Are you a fan of Michael Jackson? If your answer is yes, you cannot miss this show at the Lyric on Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho. After the death of the famous American singer, this show has become a tribute to the memory of the man and his incredible music. With a cast of 80 singers, musicians and dancers, the show is truly a great success, thanks also to the big stage and excellent sound system of the Lyric theatre. The musical will be on until March 2014.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber has been running in Her Majesty’s Theatre for almost 10 years and it is still one of the most popular and successful musicals in London. The show was inspired by Gaston Leroux’s novel, and tells the story of a beautiful singer and a haunted composer who lives in the Opera House of Paris. The scenery and special effects are magical and absolutely breathtaking.
For a fun night at the theatre, where the audience gets the chance to dance and sing along with the main actors, don’t miss Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre in Covent Garden. Like in the famous Hollywood movie, Donna recalls memories of her happy past while her daughter Sophie dreams of her wedding, to the tune of 22 of the best known songs of ABBA. You can see this musical until April 2014.
Another musical version of a famous movie, Billy Elliot has been shown at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005. With beautiful songs by Elton John, and the choreography by Peter Darling, this show has been very successful, and even considered the greatest British musical of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The musical tells a story of Billy who is a young boy from a mining community who wants to become a dancer despite his family’s complaints, a touching and entertaining story for the whole family that you should not miss!
Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, tells the story of the Witches of Oz and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, years before meeting Dorothy. In the first part of this musical, the audience learns about the background of the witches in their old school, while the second part is set during the events from the Wizard of Oz, telling the back stories of the main characters. The musical is entertaining, but also full of political and social metaphors.
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