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Where London - - Entertainment - Aladdin

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.

An­nie

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.

Dream­girls

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.

Egyp­tian Ex­trav­a­ganza

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.

42nd Street

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.

The Girls

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.

Kinky Boots

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.

La Strada

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.

Les Misérables

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.

Mamma Mia!

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.

Step­ping Out

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.

Stomp

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.

Thriller Live

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.

Wicked

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.

The Car­di­nal

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.

Com­mon

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.

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