If you’re planning on treating your loved one to a night in the West End this Valentine’s Day (or want to slip some tickets in your card), we’ve got the ultimate list.
Whether they’re a seasoned theatre-goer or say they’d rather be somewhere else, these shows are bound to get them smiling and singing show tunes all the way home.
The One Who Says They Don’t Like Musicals – Book of Mormon
Written by the team behind South Park, Book of Mormon is potentially the most outrageous and offensive show currently on the West End. Which is probably why it’s been such a roaring success. Telling the story of two Mormon missionaries who are sent to convert a tribe in Uganda, it’s a toe-tapping, doorbell-ringing, laugh-out-loud smash, and has been converting musical naysayers since it opened on the West End in 2013. No one can resist it.
The Musical Aficionado – Come from away
If your partner is an outright musical nerd, treat them this Valentine’s Day to the hottest show in town, which has only just landed from Broadway. Come from away tells the remarkable true story of the 7000 airline passengers who were stranded on the small Canadian island of Newfoundland after the 9/11 attacks. It’s funny, moving and exceptionally well-written: expect plenty of awards coming its way soon. (It’s also only 100 minutes long – so you’ll still have time for a romantic dinner afterwards!)
The Comedy Fan – Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical
You won’t find a funnier night in the West End than Showstoppers. This award-winning team of actors and musicians improvise a brand new musical every night, live onstage. And the audience gets to choose the setting and title! Each show is entirely unique, and guaranteed to be side-splittingly funny. It’s the perfect gift for the gigglish girl or guy in your life.
The Softie – Les Misérables
With a hit TV adaptation and an impending change of venue, Les Misérables has been a hot news topic in the Arts world of late. But it’s far more than just a zeitgeist. It’s a downright classic, and can’t be beaten for emotional punch – it should probably have a “cry or get your money back” guarantee. Pack your tissues and be ready for a cuddle.
The Foodie – Waitress
Can’t decide whether to take your partner for a food or theatre experience? Why not have both? Have your pie and eat it too at this brand new musical about the lives and loves of three girls working at a diner. It celebrates the meaning and importance of food (there’s even a song called “What baking can do”) and has a brilliant score by Sarah Bareilles. You’ll both be donning aprons in no time.
The Old-School Groover – Motown
For any partner who thinks good music ended circa 1975, tickets to Motown will be your ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. The show follows the career of Berry Gordy, who launched the Motown Record Corporation in 1960 and started a musical revolution. Featuring music from Diana Ross and the Supremes, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, it’s a fabulous celebration of the music that defined a generation. Get your tickets soon – the show is set to close in April.
If You Want To Take Your Kids – Matilda
If your romantic evening outcomes with necessary small additions, look no further than Tim Minchin’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. It’s exquisitely written and brilliantly staged – guaranteed to enrapture both children and grown-ups.
The One With A Taste For The Melodramatic – Phantom of the Opera
If your loved one likes their musicals to be literally spectacular, you can’t really go wrong with Phantom. This classic show has been mesmerising audiences for 33 years, with its epic staging and haunting score. It’s a passionate, tragic story of love, music and obsession – bound to keep you both of the edges of your seats.
If You’re Taking A Fellow Singleton – Company
Sick of people asking you why you haven’t met Mr or Mrs Right? So is Bobbie, the protagonist of this critically acclaimed revival of Sondheim’s Company. In fact, the entire show is based around people telling her that she should be getting married. So you and your single buddies are sure to find consolation, as well as enjoying a superb night out.