London is more than its museums and iconic buildings. You can’t visit London and ignore its cultural life. If you want a few guidelines, you can consider getting tickets for one or more of these five must-see London shows:
1. Billy Elliot The Musical
This show plays at Victoria Palace Theatre and it features Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson. Bolly is impersonated by Thomas Hazelby and a few other actors. This show depicts a story of hope and perseverance from an iconic period in history. The show is both a hilarious comedy and near-tragedy, so you’ll find yourself entertained and impressed at the same time.
2. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
This is the stage version of the well-known children’s book by Roald Dahl. Ingenious and full of colour, this show is a must-see for everyone who likes Jonathan Slinger. You can see it at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Aldwych.
3. War Horse
Hosted by the New London Theatre, in Covent Garden, this is one of the most daring West End shows. The amazing life-size puppets are brought to life by an army of experienced puppeteers, following the amazing choreography of Toby Sedgwick. The show is a great depiction of the futility of war and of the horrors it brings with it. This makes it extremely actual, as today’s world is dominated by stupid wars that don’t bring any good to the humankind.
4. Matilda The Musical
Hosted by the Cambridge Theatre in Leicester Square, Matilda the Musical is simply irresistible for kids of all ages, including those who are only children at heart. If you feel like having a good laughter while forgetting all your worries, this is the show you need to see while in London. It is refreshing and hilarious, full of memorable moments and of songs that are going to stay in your head long after the show has ended.
5. The Book Of Mormon
This show plays at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Leicester Square and it can be considered as the funniest show in town. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the authors of South Park, The Book of Mormon is a big-hearted affair that brings you back in time, into the spirit of Broadway’s golden age. The main characters are a bunch of well-intended idiots seeking to convert the entire world to Mormonism. This musical blockbuster is an explosion of dance and singing you can’t easily forget.
All these shows are in quite a big demand, so if you want to see any of them, it is strongly advisable to book your tickets long time in advance. Don’t ignore this dimension of your visit to London. You are going to get acquainted with the culture and the spirit of these places much better if you see a few shows and local cultural events. After all, a country is more than a bunch of roads, buildings, monuments and foods. It is also represented by its people and their spirit.