The first half-term of the year is here. Take a look at what family-friendly shows are on in Theatreland this week!
Aladdin – Disney’s New Musical
Disney’s Aladdin, already a hit musical on Broadway, takes London theatre audiences into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breath-taking spectacle. It tells the well-known story of a savvy street urchin who finds himself caught up in the nefarious plans of an evil magician, falls for a stunning princess and befriends a wonderfully funny lamp-dwelling magical being.
Disney’s The Lion King
Julie Taymor’s spectacular adaptation of Disney’s award-winning film uses masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magical. When the young lion prince Simba is born, his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Unimpressed with his future prospects, Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, the Lion King Mufasa, becoming king in the process.
Half A Sixpence
Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed hit musical transfers to the West End. Set at the turn of the last century, Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant, surprisingly inherits a vast fortune. But will Arthur abandon his roots – and childhood companion Ann Pornick – or will he learn that to live the right life, you need to make the right choices?
Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly, music & lyrics by Tim Minchin. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda is the record-breaking musical masterpiece from the RSC. Matilda The Musical is the story of Matilda Wormwood, a child with an incredible talent for learning. Despite being hampered by unscrupulous, uncaring parents who care neither for their daughter or for education, she excels intellectually and even discovers a rather unique talent.
The Pirates Of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial raucous comedy opera The Pirates Of Penzance is revived by renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh at the London Coliseum. Following a merry band of swashbuckling pirates who act with the utmost honour, and the efforts of a hapless bunch of policemen attempting to catch them, Gilbert and Sullivan’s farcical, sharp and witty opera is beloved for its brilliant humour.
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery. As the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds with everything that can go wrong doing just that.
School Of Rock The Musical
A guitar-thrashing, drum-rolling, rip-roaring celebration of the power of rock, School Of Rock – The Musical tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star struggling to make ends meet. Posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, Finn discovers his students’ musical talents, and opts to enlist his fifth-graders in a quest to conquer The Battle Of The Bands.
Stomp is a unique, award-winning show which has thrilled audiences all over the world. It combines elements of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion to turn the clutter of urban life into the source of infectious rhythm and wonder. Eight resourceful performers hammer out a feel-good rhythm using everything from matchboxes to wooden poles and rubbish bins to the kitchen sink.
Now celebrating ten spellbinding years in the West End, this magical musical tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.