The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon was written by the creators of the cult TV hit South Park, The Book of Mormon has been playing in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013. It has fully established itself as one of London’s most popular musicals and one of the hottest tickets in town. Heralded "the best musical of the century" by the New York Times when it opened on Broadway in 2011, Mormon arrived in London to instant success, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

The show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. It features hilarious songs like “Hello”, “All American Prophet”, “I Believe” and “I Am Africa”.

Choreography for The Book of Mormon is by Casey Nicholaw, who co-directs the show with Parker. Nicholaw is renowned in musical theatre and his work is currently also on display in the West End production of Aladdin. He is known for his high energy production numbers and unique skill at staging musical comedy.

Les Miserable

Les Miserable is the West End's longest-running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, continues to run at the Queen's Theatre, having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004.

Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh's original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Adapted from the original epic novel by Victor Hugo, the musical is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells a powerful and moving story of unrequited love, sacrifice, passion, redemption and revolutionary spirit.

Les Misérables has won a multitude of awards around the globe, and was recently honoured with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award. It has ran on Broadway in three separate productions, and has enjoyed numerous UK tours. An Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of the show was released in cinemas in 2012 starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and has continued to broaden the appeal of the show.

Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular original production, and one of the West End's most exciting and powerful musicals.

Lion King

Lion King is an extra ordinary musical set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King is unlike anything ever before seen in musical theatre, and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative and highly creative world that brings the flora, fauna and animals of Africa to live, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

Thousands continue to pack the Lyceum Theatre every week with their Lion King tickets to celebrate and revel in the majestic storytelling that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

The production currently stars New Zealander Nicholas Afoa who makes his West End debut in the role of Simba.

The Ferryman

The Ferryman unfolds over a single day and night, it is a leisurely, dense drama, played in three acts (with one interval and an extended pause) across over three hours. But though it takes its time, it doesn't feel long; on the contrary, like a good TV boxed set drama, you want to keep watching, as we meet the Carney family in 1981 Armagh preparing for that year's harvest festival. But the past is coming back to haunt them, when the body of patriarch Quinn's missing brother turns up after 10 years. Quinn's reclusive wife has retreated into herself, while the brother's wife Caitlin and her son have moved in with them.
Sam Mendes' alternately boisterous and reflective production is teaming with life (plus a death or two), and has the bonus of a real baby, bunny rabbit and even a live goose. That gives it a stunning sense of verisimilitude; but the cracking dialogue and the richly detailed and finely etched performances of the entire cast, led by film actor Paddy Considine in his confident but unassuming stage debut as Quinn, make you feel like you are living inside the play, not just watching it.

Thriller

Thriller is now in its tenth year of celebrating the life of the King of Pop in the West End, Thriller Live brings Michael Jackson’s greatest hits to live on stage at the Lyric Theatre.
The show features all your favourite MJ hits spanning his entire career – including "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There, Show You The Way To Go", "Can You Feel It", "Rock With You", "She's Out Of My Life", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Earth Song" and “Thriller” - performed by an energetic cast accompanied by eye-popping multi-media effects and spectacular choreography.
Thriller Live features choreography from award-winning director Gary Lloyd, who has previously worked with the likes of Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud, with additional choreograpy from LAVelle Smith Jnr.
Over the course of his 40 year career, Michael Jackson sold over 750 million records around the globe, including the best-selling album of all-time, Thriller. Famed for his iconic look and distinctive dance moves, Michael Jackson inspired a generation of artists and musicians, including: Beyonce, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, Kanye West and Jay Z.
Please Note: Contains constant use of flashing LED screen and some strobe lighting.
Book your Thriller Live tickets, playing at The Lyric Theatre today.

Chicago

Chicago is typical a glitzy, Broadway USA story with a touch of grit. Two wannabe performers, Roxie and Velma, who see their names up in lights are both arrested for murder, and call on a superstar lawyer to get them off the charges. On a bare bones set (the band are placed at the back of the stage leaving little room for much else), with just a few lights doing the work, the production doesn’t capture the spectacle the show could be.
It’s also a show about sex, and the first half lets you know it. The second act has more depth, but by that point you’ve lost any empathy with the characters.
Making his musical debut as Billy Flynn, there’s no doubt Cuba Gooding Jnr. can act. He reels in the laughs as the slick lawyer. The band are a highlight of the show to be honest, in the sense that the score is Chicago’s star.