MUSICALS & PERFORMANCES
This Broadway and West End hit has a stellar cast led by director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw ( The Book of Mormon). Expect tunes such as A Whole New World and Friend Like Me with lyrics by Tim Rice and a real magic carpet. Just how do they do that? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £48£150. 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
From 15 Apr: Following a limited 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 The Vaults beneath Waterloo Station (below). Check for times and prices. www.alice-underground.com. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. T: 0844-248 1125. 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 musical 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? MonSat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tickets £17.50-£115. www.anamericaninparisthemusical.co.uk. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845-200 7982. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Musical about the early life and career of the award-winning singer-songwriter. Mon & Wed-Sat 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 satire follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Winner of four Olivier Awards. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £37.25-£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.savoy theatre.org. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Footloose: The Musical
21-22 Apr: Based on the 1984 film, Footloose follows city boy Ren (Gareth Gates from Les Misérables and Legally Blonde) as he moves to a 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 (p. 48). 7.30pm. Tickets £15£53.90. www.atgtickets.com. New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 Broadway, SW19 1QG. T: 0844-871 7646. Off map. Station: Wimbledon.
Romantic comedy following an authoritarian director as he stages a musical extravaganza during the Great Depression. Clare Halse ( Gypsy) stars as a small-town girl stuck in a chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady (Sheena Easton) gets injured, Peggy has a shot at stardom. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; 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 bare all for a 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: 0843-316 1082. E7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Half a Sixpence
Cameron Mackintosh’s musical theatre version of HG Wells’s novel, Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, follows an orphan who inherits a fortune. 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.
Fun musical based on a true story about a shoe factory which reinvigorates its business after its new owner decides to produce knee-high boots for drag queens (p. 16). With music by Cyndi Lauper. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £22.50-£125. www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk. Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
The world’s longest-running musical, adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is set in post-revolutionary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £27.90-£139.40. 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. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £42.50-£127.70. www.thelionking.co.uk. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
A tribute to the popular music of ABBA, with a feelgood story set on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. www.mammamia.com. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. E8. Station: Covent Garden/Temple.
Matilda the Musical
Fantastic show 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 £25-£122.50. www.matildathemusical.com. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412 4652. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Motown the Musical
Feel-good musical based on the story of Motown Records, which launched the careers of Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £19.50-£175. 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 was a hit on Broadway and is a smash here, too. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £15-£129.50. www.schoolofrockthemusical.com. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF. T: 020-7452 3000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Funny and heart-warming musical following a group of novice dancers entering a charity gala. Check for times. Tickets £24-£102. www.vaudevilletheatre.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. 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.
Non-stop songs and dance celebrate Michael Jackson’s career. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £32-£90.50. www.thriller live.com. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0844-482 9674. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
The Wedding Reception
Enjoy a three-course dinner while watching a hilarious improvised show about a wedding. Check for dates. 7.30pm-10pm. Tickets £38-£43. www.interactivetheatre.com.au. Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen St, WC2B 5BX. T: 0845-154 4145. D8. Station: Holborn.
Wicked the Musical
The brilliant back story of the witches of Oz with the hit tunes Popular and Defying Gravity. MonSat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £19.50£125. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844-871 3001. F7. Station: Victoria.