London’s West End is celebrated for its grand old theatres and world-class shows. There really is something for everyone on stage here, whether you’re a fan of musicals, comedies or classics. But with all those competing billboards and impressive facades, how do you choose which to see? In this guide, we round up the best shows in London right now and provide summaries to make your decision easier.
Where: Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz brings to life a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum, originally published as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We know Dorothy’s story well, but it is only one side of a more complex tale and Wicked is here to enlighten its audience.
The musical tells the incredible story of an unlikely friendship between two young women, before an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz changes their lives forever. Ultimately, their adventures in Oz see them fulfil their destinies as characters we already recognise: Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked is much loved for its unusual narrative and the way it lets audiences in on a secret. The Wizard of Oz is an old tale we thought we already knew, but this punchy musical tells us otherwise. Millions of people have secured tickets for themselves to find out the untold story.
Wicked is considered a modern classic of the West End and has won various awards during its time in London. The show has now been running here for 11 years, which is a testament to its popularity amongst audiences of all ages.
If you have secured tickets for Wicked and are looking for a pre-theatre dinner in London, there are some great restaurants near Apollo theatre. One of the very best is M Restaurant Victoria Street.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Where: Palace Theatre
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eagerly anticipated next chapter in J.K Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series. The story begins nineteen years after the events of the last instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and has been produced only for stage. This makes the show a must-see for fans of the franchise, so tickets are rather difficult to come by!
The story centres on Harry Potter’s youngest son Albus, who must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. Past and present fuse ominously, with both father and son learning that sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
There’s a lot here for everyone, whether you’re a fan of the existing stories or not. The show has won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards and the production is fantastic, with visuals that do indeed make the stage and cast appear magical. The play is told in two parts, so its audience must attend consecutive shows to see the whole story unfold.
If you choose to see both parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in one day, there is a two-hour gap between shows. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that Victoria restaurants have to offer for pre-theatre dinner London.
School of Rock Musical
Where: New London Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes have turned this much-loved 2003 Hollywood comedy into a musical, with the cast performing to sell out audiences for a whole year now. Fans of the original film and lovers of rock music have been particularly delighted by this hit new show, but it’s great fun for everyone thanks to its comedic storyline and cast of talented young actor-musicians. School of Rock makes for a wonderful family theatre trip, children and adults alike loving the musical for its reams of attitude and a score that still has you humming days after the curtain falls.
Where to dine in London before going to the theatre?
Once you’ve decided which show to see, make your trip truly special by enjoying a sit-down meal before you take your seats. If you are looking for Victoria restaurants or restaurants near Apollo theatre, look no further than M Victoria Street who offer a special pre-theatre dinner menu. Book today at