I love a trip to the theatre. It’s one of those day trips that suits any occasion and season. Whether you have friends visiting, a partner’s upcoming birthday, or when it’s Christmas thus pantomime season; there’s endless excuses to pay your local theatre a visit.
Living in Surrey there’s two main theatres I usually go to (Wimbledon and Woking) asides from the West End that’s just a short train ride away. Every now and then I like to keep an eye online of what performances are touring near my area or have offers on, and recently there’s been quite a few that have caught my eye. So for today’s blog post I wanted to share a list of my favourite theatre shows currently showing in London (for those city folks) as well as some smaller performances in Surrey that I have on my list. Let me know if you’ve seen any of them and whether there’s any I’ve left out that you recommend.
The Book of Mormon
After many, and I mean many fantastic reviews, The Book of Mormon was top on my list of performances I just had to see. So when my boyfriend surprised me with tickets for us on my birthday I felt like the most excited kid. The Book of Mormon is written by the creators of South Park, but don’t let that put you off if like me you find that series ultimately torture to watch. This performance has got to be the most engaging and funniest theatre shows I’ve ever seen. The story follows two young Mormon missionaries that arrive in Uganda to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints to the locals. Now word of warning, the humour isn’t just close to the mark, it’s running through it whilst on fire. But it is very well done and definitely worth a watch.
The Phantom of the Opera
I’ve seen this performance twice, once in the West End and the other in Las Vegas, and both times I couldn’t get enough. Now I’m not a huge opera fan but Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is something else. This musical will entice you through every act and leave you on the edge of your seat as you’re eagerly awaiting the Phantom’s next appearance with his beloved Christine. Whether you’re 13 or 93 you will not leave this show disappointed.
School of Rock
If you love the film then you’ll love it even more on stage. The actor who plays Dewey Finn does Jack Black complete justice in my opinion, and for a cast that’s predominantly children, they’re equally as incredible at playing their parts and instruments.
New Wimbledon Theatre
Summer Holiday (18-22 Sep)
I’ve booked tickets to watch Summer Holiday next month and am very excited. This show is based on the hit 1960’s film starring Cliff Richard which I must admit I’ve never seen. So why have I bought tickets? Honestly, I just loved the storyline. It seems very summery and fun, and for £19 (plus an evening out with a good friend) you can’t really go wrong. The story follows a young lad called Don on a boys trip around Europe – on a London bus (totally random). During their venture the boys of course find romance and continue their travels with a girl band that includes a young pop star who is running away from home.
Blood Brothers (29 Oct-3 Nov)
Blood Brothers has been around ever since I can remember but I’ve somehow still not seen it, therefore this recommendation is more from my sister. Blood Brothers tells the captivating tale of twins who were separated at birth, leading them to grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Dirty Dancing (19-24 Nov)
Dirty Dancing is my all time favourite classic. It’s an absolute summer feel good featuring romance, drama and of course dirty dancing. I must admit though, from those I’ve spoken to that have also seen the theatrical adaptation it can be very hit and miss, but I’d say that’s completely down to how much you can sway away from the original Johnny and Baby. Like I said the film is one of my favourites, but I still loved it on stage as it’s really fun and lifting.
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
War Horse (6-18 Aug)
War Horse is such a beautiful yet dramatic film that I’ve heard wonderful things about on it’s on-stage debut. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this tale is set at the outbreak of World War One and follows a young boy’s horse named Joey that is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Joey is soon caught up in the front line, but fate takes him on an extraordinary journey.
Jersey Boys (16-27 Oct)
Oh boy, stop everything you’re doing now and just book Jersey Boys. Alongside The Book of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys is my all-time favourite musical. I first saw it in Las Vegas and fell completely in awe with the script and music. I had no idea how many of the songs I would actually recognise ’till the night, but turns out I knew every single one which means I obviously sung along and danced in my seat throughout the entire performance. I’ve even bought tickets to watch it again in Woking. Jersey Boys is the real-life story of four boys (including Frankie Valli) from the rough side of town, who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. Absolutely incredible.