Theatreland today continues to show award-winning drama, comedy, musical and family shows, including both new scripts and revivals. Many shows in the West End have stood the test of time with Agatha Christie’s murder mystery The Mousetrap, being the longest running with their opening back in 1952. Other long stayers include a spine tingling The Woman in Black, feel good musical The Jersey Boys, one for the girls Mamma Mia! and family favourite Disney’s The Lion King.
Exciting shows due to start their runs at the end of May include another Disney epic story, Aladdin is the tale of boy meets girl and falls in love, to find out more you can read our interview with the Genie on pages 2-3 of this issue. This Summer also heralds the opening of one of the most anticipated plays in recent times; the very first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th Harry Potter story, 19 years on. It is an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and opens at the Palace Theatre in July, in preview from end of May. It is one play presented in two parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.
Musicals are always a popular choice for a night out in the West End, and there is a fantastic choice of award winning shows including Beautiful; The Carol King Musical, the hits of The Kinks in Sunny Afternoon, the glorious fun of Kinky Boots and some great revivals such as Mrs Henderson Presents; the story of the Windmill Theatre, Show Boat, and last but not least, Funny Girl starring talented musical actress Sheridan Smith.
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