Gone are the days when the London West End was only for theatre aficionados – instead, the city now attracts all ages and interests with its huge number of musicals and plays. However, if you’re not clued in on your theatre, then it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve come up with a brief overview of some shows that can be perfect if you’re heading on a London city break as a couple and want something special that you’ll always remember.
Phantom of the Opera
Everyone has heard of Phantom of the Opera, but do you really know what it’s about? While it might be hard to guess from the name it’s actually a moving love story set in the city of love – Paris, based on the famous French novel by Gaston Leroux. The story starts with the Phantom hiding underneath Paris Opera House where has become enamoured with the opera house’s protégée, Christine Daaé. However, as with any great love story, Christine’s hand is also sought by childhood friend, Viscount Raoul de Chagny. Who will win out on Christine’s love? With an unforgettable soundtrack from Andrew Lloyd Webber, the theme song and scores of All I Ask For You are sure to be in your head forever. The story will grip you from the start, while the special effects and elaborate scenery only adds to the spectacle.
Wicked is a bit less serious than Phantom of the Opera – but with no less of a gripping plot! Wicked acts as the prequel to the Wizard of Oz story and shows just how the Wicked Witch of the West became…wicked! Elphaba is born slightly different to everyone else at Shiz University – she’s green! However, Elphaba aces all her classes and quickly falls in love with Fiyero – much to the disappointment of Glinda, her best friend (who is a bit like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde!). The two later conflict and Elphaba must seek her own path in life. The set-up at the Apollo Victoria Theatre is fantastic and there’s humour throughout the show. This is ideal for couples who enjoy a bit of humour amongst their love story!
With over 2hours of hit after hit, the hit show is a great showcase of the King of Pop’s work. Any Michael Jackson fan will sure to love hearing the music played by a live band and with the unique vocals of the cast and his iconic dance moves, you’ll be unable to stay seated and not sing along.
The Woman in Black
Is your loved one always reading a good thriller novel? Or wanting to see the latest horror blockbuster as soon as it hits the cinemas? If so, then why not go see The Woman in Black. While this has been made famous as the Daniel Radcliffe movie in 2012, the play has been in the West End for over 20years now. While your loved one might sit comfortably in a cinema watching such a movie, it’s a bit of a different experience when watching what reviews have claimed to be the most terrifying play ever! From a psychology perspective too it’s an ideal play to go see during a couples break as those heightened emotions during a horror scene can be mistakenly attributed to the person you’re with – meaning you think your hearts beating so fast because of your feelings for them (not fear we hope…).
In the Heights
A Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights might be relatively unknown among British audiences, but it has become a smash in Broadway since it first appeared in 2008. In the Heights is a very alternative musical with the genre being more rap and salsa than classical theatre arias. It tells the story in Washington Heights of young Usnavi and Vanessa over a period of just three days (you can already take from this some similarities to Romeo & Juliet). The score and lyrics will keep you entertained while the choreography is something any dancers will appreciate. If you and your loved one like a more upbeat tone and love to dance, then this is perfect for your break in London.