To many people, a visit to England’s capital instinctively means a viewing of one of the famous West End shows. This summer is no exception to the blinding talent and extraordinary passion for the art of musicals and plays ever present within Britain’s theatre hotspot. Here are some highlights to wet your theatrical whistle:
This timeless classic is the longest running musical ever to have donned Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket. The original story comes from a written tale by French Author Gaston Leroux in the 1900’s and has seen many adaptations including a silent film in 1925 and a subsequent audio version in 1962. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of the tale opened in 1986 and has been going strong since. The theatre is frequently filled to capacity as audiences form around the world come to marvel at this piece of theatre gold. Not many of the original cast and crew remain on the production but all who are currently involved are more than capable of fulfilling their duties as well as the original stars. Due to the popularity of the show, it is always best to get your hands on some tickets online, www.Ticket.com generally have some great offers and you will never have to face the disappointment of a full house if you turn up at the box office a little late.
Protagonists Eddie and Micky are played perfectly by their actors who manage to encapsulate two differing sides to post 1960’s life in Liverpool. The story dictates that these two brothers were split at birth as the mother of the pair was too impoverished to keep them both. One stayed in the working class surroundings of his birth mother and the other was handed over to a member of the scouse bourgeoisie of the time. The pair are reunited later in life through pure serendipity and the story of the relationship between two brothers unravels. Currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road, Blood Brothers London is an unmissable piece of theatre.
Ghost the Musical is closely based on the 1990 movie feature of the same name. Writer of the original film, Bruce Joel Rubin was also involved in writing the book and music score for the stage adaptation. The original character members of the film are faithfully portrayed on stage by a group of skilled passionate actors. The love story between the main characters, Molly and the disembodied Sam is dexterously acted out without their love becoming too pretentious or cliché. Many theatre goers may find themselves a little overcome with emotion after seeing Ghost, most of which will have been caught unaware so be ready for an emotional rollercoaster as you are sucked into the intertwining story of love and heart break.