Visitors to London can be assured a fantastic evening of entertainment when planning a trip to the West End, with some of the finest productions in the world gracing the stages of this iconic locale.
Anyone heading to the bright lights of the English capital might not be aware of the best places to find this exemplary theatre, and they might not realise just which are some of the hottest shows in town right now.
However, travellers can rest assured that we’ll not leave them in the lurch. So, here we offer a taster of some of the best shows that are currently being performed in London’s exciting West End:
Based on the much-loved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse tells the story of young farm boy Albert and Joey – his beloved horse that is sold to the British Army at the outbreak of World War One.
Coming under fire on the front line and being caught and captured by the enemy, Joey finds himself lost in no man’s land, while at the same time, Albert cannot forget his beloved childhood companion and sets out on epic journey to find him.
A record-breaking production that has wowed crowds across the West End for the last eight years, War Horse is a stunning piece of theatre that visitors will undoubtedly enjoy.
Where is it on: National Theatre – Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
A winner of five Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon and was adapted for stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.
The play focuses on the adventures of 15-year-old Christopher, a precocious young man that shies away from social interaction but has an extraordinary mind that might just piece together the details of how Mrs Shears’ dead dog came to be speared with a garden fork at seven minutes after midnight on a dark and foreboding night.
Where is it on: Gielgud Theatre – Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 6AR
The Phantom of the Opera
One of the best-selling musicals and stage shows of all time, the Phantom of the Opera is a tale of love, passion and ultimately betrayal, as the dandies of the Paris opera prepare to face the beauty and wrath of the Phantom.
Sure to wow the crowds, the musical score of Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most recognisable in the whole of theatre, with such acclaimed numbers as The Music of the Night, The Phantom of the Opera and Angel of Music.
Based on the novel by by French writer Gaston Leroux, the stage show offers a glimpse into the theatrical stylings of the 19th century, while telling a compelling story that will leave audiences gasping and tapping their toes.
Where is it on: Her Majesty’s Theatre – 57 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4QL
The Woman in Black
A wholly uncomfortable and disturbing production, the Woman in Black is a gothic horror tour de force and is guaranteed to thrill and scare in equal measure.
Using a subtle sense of terror that pervades every aspect of the performance, the play is tense and exciting and is now entering its third decade on stage – it obviously strikes a chord with all those lucky enough to see it.
Exploring the mysterious sightings of a woman dressed all in black in spooky Eel Marsh House by solicitor Arthur Kipps, no-one else admits that she is there – but he’s sure his sightings were real!
Where is it on: Fortune Theatre – Russell Street, London WC2B 5HH
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in the West End, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap offers the chance for theatre-lovers to experience a classic ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery from one of the world’s most acclaimed authors.
A truly record-breaking run of more than 26,000 performances has seen the Mousetrap collect a huge range of Guinness World Records over the years – including David Raven named as the world’s ‘Most Durable Actor’ after completing 4,575 performances as Major Metcalf, as well as the late Nancy Seabrooke who spent a record-breaking 15 years as an understudy.
It stands to reason that a play of such remarkable longevity must be doing something to win over audiences, so why not head to London’s busy West End and find out for yourself.
Where is it on: St Martin’s Theatre – West Street, London WC2H 9NZ