10 West End Theatre shows to get tickets for this month
- Craig Angus
- 2 March 2018
Mel Brooks' classic comedy Young Frankenstein, the rousing musical Dreamgirls and much more
From a laugh a minute comedies to prescient political dramas, and from uplifting musicals to terrifying horrors, London's West End is full of terrific shows right now. This March, whether you're a local who fancies a well deserved evening out, or a visitor looking for entertainment, why not treat yourself to tickets? We've picked out 10 shows worth checking out – and some bargain deals too.
From the legendary comedic mind of Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs) comes the stage show of Young Frankenstein. It tells the story of Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Frankensteen), a highly respected brain surgeon from New York, who inherits a castle and laboratory from his great grandfather, Victor. Hilarity ensures.
Garrick Theatre, until Sat 29 Sep
Young Frankenstein tickets from £17.50
Transporting the audience to the revolutionary 1960s in America, Dreamgirls follows the journey of a young group from Chicago called The Dreams. They've got the talent and the ambition, but nothing's straightforward in the music business. Will other forces and circumstances conspire stop their rise? Dreamgirls features the songs 'One Night Only' and 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' and a 2006 film starred Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson.
Savoy Theatre, until Sat 22 Sep
Dreamgirls tickets from £15
The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter's classic play, his second full work, tells the story of piano player Stanley, who's the only resident in a neglected seaside boarding house run by Meg and Peter Bole. The arrival of two strange men disrupts what's already an odd routine. The acclaimed production stars Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, Passion Play, My Family), Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock) and Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Green Wing, Episodes).
Harold Pinter Theatre, until Sat 14 Apr
The Birthday Party tickets from £15
Based on the 2005 film starring Joel Egerton and Chiwetek Ejiofor, Geoff Deane and Tim Firth's uplifting tale has made a hugely successful transition to the stage, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Inspired by true events, it tells the tale of Charlie Price, who forms an unlikely partnership to try and save the family business.
Adelphi Theatre, until Sat 30 Jun
Kinky Boots tickets from £15
Harold and Maude
Given next to no attention after its release in 1971, the unique Harold and Maude became an unlikely cult favourite, an idiosyncratic love story that captured the heart of millions. Directed by Thom Southerland and starring Sheila Hancock, the black comedy about the relationship between a carefree septuagenarian and a depressed young man is now doing the same from the stage.
Charing Cross Theatre, until Sat 31 Mar
Harold and Maude tickets from £20
One of the most terrifying tales in history, the supernatural terror of The Exorcist still has the same impact almost 50 years since it was first told, first as a novel then a film. The Phoenix Theatre production stars the considerable voice talents of Sir Ian McKellen, it was adapted for the stage by Joel Pielmeier and was directed by Sean Mathias.
Phoenix Theatre, until Sat 10 Mar
The Exorcist tickets from £15
Who'd have thought when Major Charles Ingram first sat in the hot seat for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, that a scandal and court case would result? Even less likely a theatre production, but Quiz takes the tale of deception and spins it into a compelling stage show. Penned by the razor-sharp mind of James Graham (Ink, Labour of Love) this is a comedic, insightful production.
Noel Coward Theatre, until Sat 16 Jun
Quiz tickets from £20
The Best Man
After a UK tour, Gore Vidal's topical political drama about The White House is now in its first full run on London's West End. Starring Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently and The Professionals) stars as William Russell, in a story about a tense electoral battle. Maureen Lipman and Jack Shepherd are also in the cast.
Playhouse Theatre, until Sat 12 May
The Best Man tickets from £15
Ruthless! The Musical
The all-female cult classic tells the story of the prodigiously talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark, and her obsessive pursuit of fame. A tongue in cheek spoof of Broadway musicals like Gypsy and Mame, the production stars Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, and Oliver Award-winner Tracie Bennett.
The Arts Theatre London, until Sat 23 Jun
Ruthless! The Musical tickets from £15
Five Guys Named Moe
Claiming the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment back in 1991, Five Guys Named Moe is currently running at Marble Arch, featuring the classic songs of Louis Jordan, including 'Saturday Night Fish Fry', 'Choo Choo Ch'Boogie' and 'Early In The Morning'. It tells the story of Nomax, who has a bad case of the blues. All out of luck, the power of music gives him a lift.
Marble Arch Theatre, until Sat 24 Mar
Five Guys Named Moe tickets from £13