MUSICALS & PERFORMANCES
The Phantom of the Opera’s make-up takes two hours to apply and 30 minutes to remove T: Telephone number. Station: including Underground (’Tube‘), railway and Docklands Light Railway. References at the end of listings (A1; B5 etc.) refer to coordinates on the map on p. 80-81. Check for complete listings. TKTS booth has discounted tickets for West End shows (Leicester Square Gardens, WC2H 0AP)
This Broadway and West End hit has a stellar cast led by director Casey Nicholaw. Expect tunes such as A Whole New World with lyrics by Tim Rice, and a magic carpet. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£141.75. www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844- 482 5151. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Alice’s Adventures Underground
Following a run in 2015, the immersive show based on Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic was nominated for an Olivier Award – and it’s returning to beneath Waterloo Station. Please check for times and prices. www.alice-underground.com. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. F8. Station: Waterloo.
An American in Paris
Originally a jazz number written in 1928 by the American composer George Gershwin and then an Oscar-winning film of the same name in 1951, this follows an American World War II veteran who falls for a woman in a bar in 1940s Paris. But will she marry him, or his friend? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tickets £19.50-£125. www.an americaninparisthemusical.co.uk. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845-200 7982. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
From 23 May: Miranda Hart stars as the mean manager of an orphanage in this popular story about a little girl called Annie (p. 44). 7.30pm (not 30 May). Tickets £43.80-£137.50. www.piccadilly theatre.org. Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Musical about the early life and career of the award-winning singer-songwriter. Mon & WedSat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. www.beautifulmusical.co.uk. Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. E8. Station: Covent Garden/Holborn/ Charing Cross.
The Book of Mormon
This controversial and hilarious satire, from the writers of TV’s South Park, follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints. It is the winner of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £34.75£202.25. www.bookofmormonlondon.com. Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. E7. Station: Leicester Square/ Piccadilly Circus.
Glee TV star Amber Riley plays Effie White in this musical about the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£145. www.savoytheatre.org. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844871 7687. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
10-13 May: What happens when you disturb a celebrity pharaoh’s tomb? All will be revealed in Egyptian Extravaganza, an interactive show by Soha Khan, a Saudi Arabian theatre producer, in the Colab Factory near Borough. Travel back in time to 1920s Egypt, when archaeologists discovered King Tut’s tomb, and experience the impact the find had on the West on everything from fashion and film to music and dance. This is one show that’s not to be missed! Please check for times and prices. www.colabfactory.co.uk. Colab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU. T: 07724- 633985. F10. Station: London Bridge/Borough.
Footloose: The Musical
15-20 May: Based on the 1984 film, Footloose follows city boy Ren as he moves to a small American town where dancing is banned. Lo and behold, he gets the whole town dancing to Holding Out for a Hero, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and Footloose. The show stars Gareth Gates ( Les Misérables, Legally Blonde). 7.30pm. Tickets £18.75-£48.15. www.atgtickets.com. Richmond Theatre, The Green, TW9 1QJ. T: 0844-871 7651. Off map. Station: Richmond.
Directed by Mark Bramble, this romantic comedy follows an authoritarian director as he stages a musical during the Great Depression. Clare Halse ( Gypsy) stars as Peggy, a small-town girl with big dreams who’s stuck in a chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady Dorothy Brock (Sheena Easton) gets injured, Peggy has a shot at stardom. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£125. www.42ndstreetmusical. co.uk. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. D8.
Station: Covent Garden.
Take That superstar Gary Barlow has teamed up with his friend Tim Firth – the writer of the film Calendar Girls – to create this musical, which, like the film, is inspired by a true story. It follows a group of Yorkshire women who posed nude for a Women’s Institute charity calendar. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £29.50-£69.50. www.phoenixtheatrelondon.co.uk. Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843316 1082. E7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Half a Sixpence
Catch Cameron Mackintosh’s musical theatre version of HG Wells’s novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, which follows Arthur Kipps, an orphan draper’s assistant who unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as the beautiful Helen Walsingham gives Arthur a makeover. Both women love him – but which of them should he listen to? Mon-Tue & Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£127.25. www.halfasixpence.co.uk. Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. T: 0844- 482 5140. E8. Station: Leicester Square.
Inspired by true events, this is a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit. The fun musical follows a shoe factory which reinvigorates its business after its new owner decides to produce knee-high boots for drag queens. Music and lyrics are by Grammy and Tony Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £39.50-£125. www.kinkybootsthemusical. co.uk. Adelphi Theatre, 409- 412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
From 30 May: Based on Federico Fellini’s 1954 Italian classic – which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film – this stage adaptation is directed by Sally Cookson ( The Play That Goes Wrong, Top Hat). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£39.50. www.theotherpalace.co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. F7. Station: Victoria.
The world’s longest-running musical, adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is set in postRevolutionary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £28.75-£143.75. www.lesmis.com. Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844- 482 5160. D8. Station: Leicester Square/ Piccadilly Circus.
Disney’s The Lion King
Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney film with ingenious costumes and inventive puppetry (p. 52). Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £71.50-£179.50. www.thelionking. co.uk. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
A tribute to ABBA, with a feel-good story set on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. www.mamma-mia.com. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844- 482 5115. E8. Station: Covent Garden/ Temple.
Matilda the Musical
Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a girl with magic powers. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £20£122.50. www.matildathemusical.com. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844- 412 4652. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Motown the Musical
Musical based on the story of Motown Records, which launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. By the end of the night you’ll be Dancing in the Street. Check for times and prices. www.shaftesbury theatre.com. Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn.
The Phantom of the Opera
Long-running Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24.80-£128.50. www.thephantomoftheopera.com. Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844- 412 2707. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
School of Rock: The Musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, based on the film of the same name, was a hit on Broadway. It follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £15-£95. www.schoolofrockthemusical.com. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF. T: 020-7452 3000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
TV’s The Darling Buds of May writer Richard Harris wrote the original play after being inspired by his wife’s dance class in a north London church hall. Funny and heart-warming, it follows a group of beginner dancers entering a charity gala. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24-£102. www.vaudeville-theatre.co.uk. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. T: 0330-333 4814. E8. Station: Charing Cross/Covent Garden.
An award-winning fusion of theatre, dance, comedy and rhythmic percussion, using everything from newspapers to bins. You will leave with your toes tapping and your adrenaline pumping. Mon & Thur-Sat 8pm; Thur & Sat-Sun 3pm; Sun 6pm; occasional Weds. Tickets £26-£57.50. www.stomplondon.co.uk. Ambassadors Theatre, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 020-7395 5405. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
Songs and dance celebrate Michael Jackson. You’ll leave on such a high you’ll zombie dance back to your hotel. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £42-£88.00. www.thriller live.com. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0844- 482 9674. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
The brilliant back story of the witches of Oz with the hit tunes Defying Gravity and Popular. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £21.75-£125. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844871 3001. F7. Station: Victoria. A world première of the true, inspirational story of Louis Braille, a blind boy who improved the lives of millions. Blind people in Paris in the 19th century were victims of discrimination. A bright young mind with a mad dream, Louis arrives at the Royal Institute of Blind Youth, craving independence. But he finds that people aren’t always what they seem. By sheer determination and courage, he stumbles upon a simple yet revolutionary idea. Two hundred years ago, Louis changed the world by inventing the tactile system of communication: the Braille alphabet. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 3pm. Tickets £17.50-£39.50. Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NL. T: 0844- 493 0650. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
To 27 May: Hailed as James Shirley’s tragic masterpiece, The Cardinal (1641) was one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre. With remarkably lucid and fast-paced dialogue, it is the story of a religious monster and his pursuit of power. 3.30pm & 8pm. Tickets £16-£20. www.southwarkplayhouse. co.uk. Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD. T: 020-7407 0234. Off map. Station: Elephant and Castle.
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
A funny play about six incompetent crooks, from The Play That Goes Wrong team. Tue, Thur & Fri 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tickets £20-£49.50. www.thecomedyaboutabankrobbery.com. The Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, W1V 9LB. T: 0844-815 6131. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
From 30 May: Mary, a rogue and faker, is set on winning back her former home before land that belongs to all disappears in the Industrial Revolution. Anne-Marie Duff takes the lead (p. 44). Check for times. Tickets £15-£50. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 0207452 3000. E8. Station: Waterloo.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about a boy with learning difficulties who investigates a local mystery. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £29.50-£125. www.curiousonstage.com. Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR. T: 0844- 482 5130. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/ Leicester Square.
Don Juan in Soho
David Tennant stars in this West End premiere, directed by Patrick Marber. Based on Molière’s tragicomedy Don Juan, this update transports the action to contemporary Soho and follows the adventures of its cruel, debauched protagonist (p. 44). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10£75. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844- 482 5120. E7. Station: Leicester Square.