For theatre-lovers, there’s no better place in the world to see the best shows in amazing surroundings than London. Broadway might have a claim, but its history pales in comparison to that of London’s West End. You can’t see a show on Broadway in a theatre that people have been coming to for hundreds of years.
July is no slouch when it comes to great theatre in London, so let’s look into what’s on this month.
Les Misérables – The Queens Theatre
A classic tale moulded around the French revolution, Les Misérables has been enchanting audiences – and bringing them to tears – for decades now, and this run is no exception. The theatre is only a ten-minute Tube from The Chilworth Hotel Paddington, so you don’t have very far to travel at all.
The cast is a good one, peppered with known names and some fresh faces. Dean Chisnall takes on the main role of Jean Valjean, with Amara Okereke making a very good Cosette. The whole case has a good mixture of musical and acting pedigrees, with this run seeing significant critical praise.
If you’ve seen Les Misérables before, it’s a great version and still a joy. If you’re a novice to the trials and tribulations of the various characters, you’ll find a thoughtful, well-directed musical that’s sure to tug at your heart strings. Afterwards, retire to your Montcalm accommodation Paddington, London and try and come down from the buzz of witnessing a top musical theatre production.
Wicked – Apollo Victoria Theatre
An ongoing smash hit, Wicked has cemented its place as one of the modern classics of musical theatre.
The great story looks back in time to before the events of The Wizard of Oz, and at the relationship of a young Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. In that regard, it’s a prequel of sorts and is based on the book by Gregory Maguire. The Apollo Victoria theatre is no more than a 20-minute Tube from your Montcalm hotel and a great way to make the most of our luxury London hotels special offers.
Wicked follows the two young women as they meet in sorcery school and examines, through great musical numbers and flawless acting, the diverging paths of the two female protagonists.
The music is absolutely amazing, written by many-time Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz. It’ll be very hard to restrain yourself from an impromptu dance in the aisles but that type of thing does tend to be frowned upon, so try your hardest.
Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre
A winner of Tonys, Grammys and Olivier Awards, Dreamgirls is one of the quintessential theatre experiences. Originally premiering 35-years ago, Dreamgirls has gone on to become a smash hit theatre show and a very good film adaptation starring Beyoncé. The Savoy Theatre is just a 15-minute Tube journey away from The Chilworth Hotel Paddington, and Dreamgirls is well worth the short journey.
The Savoy Theatre is a beautiful venue for this glitzy, heartfelt story tracing the rise of three hard-working girls from Chicago. Working their way up the ladder of success, they find that there’s more to making it than just being talented.
It’s a big, fun, often emotional show and one you won’t want to miss.