London’s theatre scene is always buzzing and whatever the month you visit, you can be sure there’ll be a fantastic mix of new shows, the latest plays and some old family favourites to choose from.
As part of the process of planning your stay at one of The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection venues, it’s a good idea to book theatre tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. London’s West End is renowned for being the hub of all things theatre in the UK and it has an impressive collection of things to watch but, don’t limit yourself only to performances in the theatre district. There are lots of other plays and shows going on outside of the West End which are well worth checking out.
We’ve gathered together our top recommendations for this month’s best plays and shows so whether you’re a young couple in search of comedy, would like to take in a musical or need something that’s suitable for all the family, you’re sure to find something that appeals.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross
Musical comedy The Girls has recently opened in London to huge acclaim. Based on the 2003 film Calendar Girls, the show tells the true story of a group of WI women from Yorkshire who pose for a nude calendar. It has been created by award-winning Tim Frith and Take That’s Gary Barlow and is already winning over audiences – performances do fill up so reserve your tickets in advance.
School of Rock
New London Theatre, Drury Lane
School of Rock is based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black and tells the story of rock music lover, Dewey Finn who lies his way into becoming a supply teacher at a rather posh private school. Things go awry when Finn breaks away from normal teachings and starts a class band to help children appreciate rock music. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes, School of Rock is musical fun for the whole family.
Angels in America
National Theatre, Southbank
Angels in America is set in mid-1980s America, a time where the AIDs crisis was hitting hard and the conservative Reagan administration was in full swing. It explores how New Yorkers deal with life and death, sex and love, Heaven and Hell. It stars Spiderman’s Andrew Garfield and promises to have you gripped from start to finish.
Half a Sixpence
Noel Coward Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane
Explore the life of Arthur Kipps, an orphaned draper’s assistant who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, propelling him instantly into high society. With two women at his feet he must choose between his childhood sweetheart and a new, beautiful acquaintance. The story follows Kipps in his new life and the choices he must make. This version of Half a Sixpence is written by Julian Fellowes, writer of Downton Abbey.
Many of The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection accommodation options are nearby to some of London’s best shows, putting you in a prime location for experiencing the best of the theatre scene.