London is a fantastic city for theatre lovers, and this year there are lots of great shows for you to enjoy. The following selections don’t just entertain, but will provide plenty of food for thought during your London theatre-going experience too.
Caroline, or Change
Playhouse Theatre / Until 6th April 2019
This musical has only recently debuted in London’s West End. Written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, Sharon D Clarke plays the titular Caroline, a black maid working for a white, Jewish family in Louisiana during the 1960s. The play details Caroline’s feelings of being trapped in her own life, and her attempts at coping with the stifling social conditions of the era. The play draws on Kushner’s own memories of childhood, and stays away from any clichéd attempts at providing a neat and tidy end to Caroline’s story. Yet amid the drama, there is a joyfulness to the writing and an intensity to the performances. Ideal for guests at The Chilworth Hotel Paddington looking for something a little different to see on stage this month.
Victoria Palace Theatre / Until 27th April 2019
One of the most popular shows on the London stage right now, Hamilton has won rave reviews since it first arrived in London. Having previously dazzled audiences on Broadway, the story focuses on the tale of Alexander Hamilton, and it explores several narrative strands which will resonate with modern viewers. The play is largely concerned with the idea of legacy, and how what we do now may be perceived by those who follow. This is timely and entertaining viewing for visitors staying at a Paddington hotel who are eager to indulge in thought-provoking theatre.
Queen’s Theatre / Until 29th June 2019
One of the most famous stage shows in the world, this musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel centres on various characters during the French revolution. Whilst the setting is far from contemporary, many of the issues covered will cause you to pause and consider them in the context of our own society. If you’re looking for an evening of tried and tested London theatre, then be sure to head here after trying the best afternoon tea in London!
Witness for the Prosecution
London County Hall / Until 1st September 2019
Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is adapted here in impressive style, and the unique courtroom backdrop provides a new way to see this classic, thought-provoking show of crime and mistaken identity.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre / 28th September 2019
This feel-good show has plenty of heart, but also tackles social issues pertinent to society, such as the search for self-acceptance and the need to be ourselves. If you’re on the lookout for a night of theatre which will empower, entertain and yet still make you think, then this is a great choice while you’re staying in London.