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Going to the West End has been one of my favourite things to do ever since I first saw Kiss Me Kate back in 2001 on a trip with my dancing friends, which feels like ages ago now.

Since then I have loved going back year and after and immersing myself into the wonderful world of Theatre and the incredible shows that London has to offer. 

Obviously in recent years I've took trips to my more local theatres but there's still nothing like taking a trip down to London, especially if it also includes wondering around the city too.

So when the guys at TheatreTickets.UK got into contact with me to say they'd like to work with me in creating asked me to list the '10 Top Shows I'd Like To See In London's West End' it was pretty much a good excuse to browse into what was on and realise that I haven't seen a show in a while and need to revisit London very soon! 

Photographer Deen van Meer 
1. ALADDIN
Adapting classic Disney films have become a bit of a trend in the West End in recent shows and who doesn't want to see how they bring the magic to life? Aladdin is the next one to be ticked off that list and arriving from Broadway with raving reviews it has a lot to live up here in London's West End.

It comes with the classic soundtrack (and it's sounding awesome, I gave it a listen on Apple Music whilst writing this post for inspiration!) The creative team have a lot of experience bringing Disney classics to life so I think the show will be in pretty safe hands. With stunning sets from designer Bob Crowley who did amazingly with Mary Poppins and over 350 costumes for you to see the characters brought to life. It's definitely not one to miss whilst it's on the West End. You can read more information about Aladdin on it's official site HERE


2. DREAMGIRLS
I remember the first time I watched the Dreamgirls film and was introduced to the incredible vocals of Jennifer Hudson, that girl has a voice! It's been 35 years since the original Broadway production, so I'm pretty happy to know that it'll be coming to the Savoy Theatre in November, I've already told my mum we're going to watch it in January. I can feel the goosebumps already!

The story transports you into the iconic time in American music history and the charts the journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams' and their journey is not like anybody else. The soundtrack is like no other, favourites like 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'Listen' and 'One Night Only' will give you goosebumps! I've got really excited on the news that Glee's Amber Riley will play Effie White, her vocals will fit that role perfectly! OH EM GEE!



 3. JERSEY BOYS
Jersey Boys follows the story of the band Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons as they started off in their hometown of New Jersey with a sound like no other. You'll find out what their relationships were like off stage and will be able to enjoy some of their biggest hits, December 1963 (Oh What A Night) which is still one of my favourite songs to dance to at any event.

It's a musical that I've wanted to see for ages with my mum who's a fan of their music and style. It's definitely musical that will have me dancing in my seat in the theatre.



4. LES MISERABLES
The growing popularity of Les Miserables over the past couple of years thanks to the feature film release has been unreal and with the help of a YouTuber, Carrie Hope Fletcher who performed in the cast for a couple of years I feel like it's still a musical you can enjoy without the surrounding hype. I saw this musical 3/4 years ago now and was disappointed, only because I was sat so far away from the stage that I felt none of the emotion from the story and struggled to keep with the storyline. It's a musical I have always wanted to retry and hopefully enjoy it on a second trial run.

Les Miserables has been seen  by 70 million people in around 44 countries and in 22 different languages around the globe, isanse right? It's set in 19th Century France that tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redepmtion and as it's musical website suggests, 'a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit'.

My favourite songs in this musical include "I Dreamed A Dream", "Little Fall Of Rain" and "On My Own" to name a few. You wont' be disappointed by their vocals, character and energy!



5. MATILDA
So since there's been a boom in the amount of Disney films which have been adapted for the stage it's now time for a new kid on the block to start adapting and amazing us in the West End, and that's for sure going to be Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl is without a doubt one of the most well known children's author of my time and his stories are still loved by children as they were when they were first released. Matilda is one of my favourite books of his so I was definitely curious when I heard that the Royal Shakespeare Company had teamed up with Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin to produce the show (if not a bit nervous to what to expect). It has been loved ever since and is a musical I am still in need of seeing!

The much loved characters are still very much in this performance and now is seen by audiences in Australia, on Broadway and whilst it tours around the USA as well as here in the UK in our London's west end. The scenery will inspire and amaze you, as well as some really talented young performers. I have loved the soundtrack since I first listened to it and can guarantee that 'When I Grow Up' will be stuck in your head for days afterwards.


6. MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL
Motown The Musical is a new kid on the scene and if your a fan of the classic Motown songs then this musical is for you!

The musical focuses on the story of Berry Gordy and after borrowing $800 from his family founded the Motown records. This includes launching the careers of artists we all know from going to family gatherings (you'd be lying if you haven't heard of one of these people in your lifetime!) Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 along with many more.

The musical features 50 classic Motown hits for you to sing and dance along with! I would love to
watch this musical with my mum, I have so many lovely memories of hearing these songs as I grew up.


7. RENT
I can't even express to you how excited I was about this show when I saw it feature on the TheatreTickets.UK website. If you read my Musical Theatre tag then you'll know that Rent is up there as my favourite musical of all time. I've never actually seen it which sucks and now I know that it is on in London at the end of the year I've already put it in Jordan's phone to get us some tickets for Christmas.

It follows the story of a group of young artists struggling to survive in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. RENT has the most unforgettable soundtrack that will have you dancing, singing your heart out and also will bring you to tears. It touches on topics of aids and sexuality, it's very rare this musical comes around so you'd be silly to miss it.



8. SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL
London's west end has had a void of something loud since the departure of 'We Will Rock You' from the Dominican Theatre (which I still miss!) so hearing that School of Rock was to become a musical it felt like someone was finally taking the step to raise some noise around London.

Based on the film which starred Jack Black, you'll follow Dewey Finn, as a failed, wannabe rockstar who decides to earn some extra money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious school. You'll see Dewey Finn turn this class from straight A grade students into a mind-blowing rock band. I feel like this musical is going to be bags of fun and it's music has been created by West End legend Andrew Lloyd Webber!


9. WICKED
Wicked is a musical I could see on repeat and never get bored of. I feel like most of this post has mentioned my love for musical soundtracks, no regrets! Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire's acclaimed 1995 novel, 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West', re-imagined back in the Land of Oz. This story creates a parallel universe, an exciting flip on the familar story written by L.Frank Bum. You'll meet the to be Wicked Witch of The West Elphaba in her younger years at Shiz University and when she strikes an unfamilar friendship with Glinda there's a story to unfold.

Their exciting adventures will see them fulful their destines as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked is now the 8th longest running show in the West End, has songs that will put goosebumps all over your arms by Academy Award Winner Stephen Schwartz. It's a world I want to be transported to over and over again.

10. WOMAN IN BLACK
Sometimes it's good to take yourself to watch something which isn't within your comfort zone and is completely different and that's exactly what Woman in Black is for me. Susan Hill's acclaimed horror story (which is a great book btw) comes alive in Stephen Mallatratt's stage adaptation. It's now celebrating 27 years in the West End, which shows that the production continues to grab it's audience in the atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror to it's audience.

I love horror stories and films so I'd really like to see this!

Are there any shows in the West End show you'd like to go and see? let me know in the comments below.

TheatreTickets.UK is a fabulous website full of all the show's you can see in London's West End with suitable prices AND offers too! I would definitely go and check it out. 


thanks for reading,
This post has been written in sponsored collaboration with TheatreTicketsUK, however the post is all my own writing.