Great shows that anyone and everyone can enjoy
Enjoying status as the hub of the UK’s theatre scene, the West End plays host to productions catering for all audiences and tastes under the sun. To let people in London and beyond know when plays and musicals are on, theatre ticket provider Ticket.com provide a comprehensive listings service, detailing when they’re out, when tickets are available and reviews from people who’ve seen them. March, like any other time of year, has a number of great shows that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Here is a selection of the best on show this month:
The Lion King: Lyceum Theatre, bookings until September 30th 2012
Unsurprisingly, this musical adaptation of the 1994 smash-hit animated film has proved to be supremely popular, with just about every theatre critic of note giving it the thumbs up. As in the film, the story centres on young cub Simba, who is destined to become king, but faces a few challenges along the way. An enormous cast, engaging plot and joyous soundtrack from no less than Sir Elton John makes this a family-friendly treat. To see the Lion King tickets are available throughout the month, but you need to book quickly as they’re selling fast.
We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre, bookings until October 20th 2012
A celebration of much-loved rock band Queen, this Ben Elton-penned musical has delighted fans all over for the past few years. The story takes place in a futuristic dystopia where everyone’s thoughts and tastes are identical, with only warrior Galileo to help save them. Featuring many of Queen’s greatest hits, this box-office smash’s decade-long status as a West End mainstay hasn’t diminished its popularity. We Will Rock You tickets are still available at the Dominion’s box office.
The Ladykillers, Gielgud Theatre, bookings until April 14th 2012
With a star-studded cast including TV comedy stars Peter Capaldi and Ben Miller, this remake of the classic Ealing comedy makes its West End bow. Adapted by Father Ted co-writer Graham Linehan, the story follows a sweet old lady who does battle with a bungling gang of criminals who pose as musicians to get on her good side. After police get wind of the gang’s heist plans, the old lady is left to fight them with the help of no-one but her pet parrot. As it’s the first screening, tickets are being snapped up rapidly, so be quick if you’re interested.
The Madness of George III, Apollo Theatre, bookings until March 31st 2012
This Alan Bennett-penned comedy’s presence at the Apollo Theatre is a rare treat indeed: its’ enormous cast means that it’s too expensive to do extended runs on the stage. The plot concerns King George and his attempts to fight off scheming politicians and members of his own family, while simultaneously trying to prove that he’s not as mad as people make him out to be. To enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this production, you need to book quickly.