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8 London theatre shows to add sparkle to your New Year

A trip to a West End theatre is a treat for all the family. Here are eight magnificent shows to put on your radar

Johan Persson © Disney
07 January 2022
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his New Year, why not create extra-special memories with a trip to London’s Theatreland?

Whether you’re looking for a date night with a difference, a family treat that the kids will love, or want to share the magic with others for a present they’ll never forget, there are plenty of shows for all tastes and ages.

From classic musicals to brilliant book adaptations and Hollywood blockbusters brought to life, there’s something for everyone here – and each one is not to be missed.

Here are eight stunning shows to enjoy at some of London’s most iconic venues.

1. Disney’s Frozen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane)

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For the perfect frosty festive musical, join Elsa, Anna, Olaf and company for this Disney hit brought to delightful life on stage.

With heart-stopping performances, incredible special effects, jaw-dropping scenery and all the songs you know and love to whisk you straight to Arendelle, you’ll be in your family’s good books for treating them to this unmissable show. Book now

2. Back to the Future (Adelphi Theatre)

Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Great Scott! For a musical with a difference, this Eighties classic brought to all-singing, all-dancing, all-time-travelling life is a must-see – and not just for the onstage DeLorean, although that is pretty cool.

With incredible performances from Olly Dobson as Marty and Roger Bart as the unforgettable Doc, you can travel back in time to your own childhood with this fun-filled, action-packed adventure.

Adapted by the movie’s original creators, adults and children alike will love this nostalgia trip (orange gilet and double denim optional). Book now

3. The Drifters Girl (Garrick Theatre)

Johan Persson

This feelgood musical tells the incredible tale of Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

Starring the brilliant Beverley Knight as Treadwell, it charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first black female manager and how, through the highs of hit records and sell out tours and the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, she refused to give up on the group she loved. With a soundtrack of iconic songs, this makes a perfect couples night out or a gift for fans of the golden years of music. Book now

4. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella (Gillian Lynne Theatre)

Tristram Kenton

This clever, funny and contemporary take on the Cinderella story breathes fresh life into this tale as old as time, via wickedly funny performances, a brilliant script from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve; Promising Young Woman) and a score of show-stopping songs from king of musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber himself.

Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cinderella, the action takes place in Belleville, a fairy-tale come to life where the gorgeous townsfolk will stop at nothing to achieve perfection, and our heroine plays a lone, disdainful rebel, desperate to escape.

Adults and teens alike will love this fresh take on a fairytale classic. Book now

5. Life Of Pi (Wyndham’s Theatre)

Johan Persson

Enjoy a literary adventure live on this with this critically-acclaimed production based on the award-winning bestseller Life of Pi.

Telling the story of 16-year-old Pi, stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger after a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific, the mesmerising performances, incredible sets and breathtaking puppetry of this hit adaptation makes for an onstage epic you’ll never forget. Book now

6. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical (Lyric Theatre)

Craig Sugden

For a night of incredible songs and the stirring biopic of a musical hero who changed the world, look no further than this incredible staging of Bob Marley’s inspiring personal story, work and legacy.

A wall of speakers lines the stage, setting the tone for a show that brings to life the music and impact of Marley via his incredible catalogue of hits and a stellar cast – not least the lead performances of Arinzé Kene and Michael Duke as Marley.

Perfect for adults and teens, this rousing production will have you singing along in your seat. Book now

7 Pretty Woman (Savoy Theatre)

Helen Maybanks

Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other… and themselves. Experience the moments you love from the movie – and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way – in this dazzlingly joyous theatrical take on a love story for the ages.

Aimie Atkinson brings power and depth to the role of Vivian Ward, while Danny Mac plays businessman Edward Lewis brilliantly in the smash-hit musical.

Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart. Book now

8. Moulin Rouge! (Piccadilly Theatre)

Matthew Murphy

Perfect for a grown-up date night (or for teens, who will love this pop-musical mash-up), this most romantic of musicals welcomes you into the glitzy, decadent world of Satine, Christian and the cast of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in this electrifying stage spectacular.

Packed with chart hits and rock classics – and enough pyrotechnics and trapezes to shake a top hat and cane at – this is a high-impact stage experience that’s not to be missed. Book now

For more information, show ideas and to book your tickets visit londontheatre.co.uk