London’s West End
One of my favorite things in the whole world, is going to the theatre! Specially, alone. There is nothing more magical than going to the theatre alone. You would probably think that I’m antisocial, but I swear that I am not. Going to the theatre alone means, disconnecting yourself completely from the outside world. You sit down, don’t talk to anyone for 2 and a half hours and you don’t use your cellphone, you just allow yourself to get immersed in the story and enjoy it profoundly.
So here I am, writing about something that is truly my passion, theatre. You will find out the plays that I’ve watched during my time in London, and some of my opinions about them. If you are trying to make a decision on which musical to buy tickets for, I hope this helps you decide! If you have further questions, don’t hesitate in sending me a message, I will gladly answer it!
Seven Dials, 32-34 Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
¤Music by: Tim Minchin
¤Book by: Dennis Kelly
¤Lyrics by: Tim Minchin
I’ve watched Matilda on Broadway a few years ago and it was a good play, but not outstanding! I’ve waited the whole show for things to fly with the magic of little Matilda, but nothing exciting happened on stage. It didn’t blow my mind, but I liked it anyways. The songs are good, I particularly love two of them: “Revolting Children” and “When I Grow Up”.
Having children onstage is the thing that I liked the most about this play. They are in a play, PLAYING, literally. And you can see them enjoying themselves so much, doing what they like the most, professionally, and it is such a luxury to watch.
Having said that, and already knowing the staging of the play, I wanted to watch it in London. And so I did. This time, I absolutely loved it. I already knew that things weren’t going to fly, so I focused on different things like the acting of the actors on stage, the lighting and scenery. JUST MARVELOUS!
It is a play for everyone, grownups, teenagers and kids! I highly recommend it for families looking for a play that will be enjoyed by all of the family members!
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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
¤Music by: George Gershwin
¤Book by: Craig Lucas
¤Lyrics by: Ira Greshwin
WOW! A love story full of kindness and passion. It is simply magical!
Beautiful songs, and the choreographies blew my mind away!
The scenes developed were gorgeous! So simple but yet full of passion and meaningful scenes and musical numbers!
I left the theatre speechless, wanting to find that same love story in real life!
I highly recommend this play, specially for couples and very romantic people!
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HALF A SIXPENCE
NOËL COWARD THEATRE
St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
¤Music by: David Heneker
¤Book by: Beverley Cross
¤Lyrics by: David Heneker
4th of May, my birthday! And my birthday tradition is: to go to the theatre! Half a Sixpence was the winner.
This play takes you to another period in time in a fascinating way, through a love story and crossroads!
Throughout the play, the energy was always high! The ensamble members were always in character and involved in the play! Their lead actor, Charlie Stemp, whom I consider the highlight of the play, did an amazing job leading his cast.
If you are looking for a musical about love, a different period in time, funny and with amazing music and choreographies, do not hesitate on booking tickets for Half a Sixpence! And just to give you a heads up, you will fall in love with the main actor😍
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SCHOOL OF ROCK
NEW LONDON THEATRE
166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
¤Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
¤Book by: Julian Fellowes
¤Lyrics by: Glenn Slater
It was my second time watching School of Rock! The first time I’ve seen it on Broadway and had the honor to see the marvelous Alex Brightman playing Dewey Finn.
I went with the idea that no one could be as good as Alex playing the lead role, but I was wrong! Gary Trainor did an outstanding performance! In my opinion, working with children is very difficult and it is essential that they have a great leading actor, which they did! The bond created between Gary Trainor and the children was marvelous, very true and fun.
Kids play instruments live! And, as I previously mentioned, watching kids enjoy themselves so much whilst on stage it is moving and fascinating!
I also contrasted the staging of the performance of London with the one in NYC! The one in London blew my mind away! Regardless that the theaters where very different: School of Rock UK has a more open theatre with a stage that allows rotation, and it was intelligently used! LoVed it!
If you want to have an amazing night with your family, friends or even a loved one, don’t miss out on School of Rock. You will want to jump off your seat and rock out with the School of Rock cast!
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APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE
17 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1LG
¤Music by: Stephen Schwartz
¤Book by: Winnie Holzman
¤Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz
Like magic? Like the color green? Go see Wicked!
Second time watching Wicked! What can I say? You don’t want to miss out on this one!
Songs are scarily amazing! Leading actresses, playing Elphaba and Glinda, are everything that is right in this world! They sing their hearts out and have the performances of their lives! Truly talented human beings!
Having said that, personally, I believed that the cast lacked a little bit, just because their leading actors were outstanding and maintaing a high energy during the whole play. I could perceive a difference in energies between the ensamble and the leading actresses.
I truly recommend this play!
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THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE
Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF
¤Music by: Harry Warren
¤Book by: Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
¤Lyrics by: Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer (“There’s a Sunny Side to Every Situation”)
There was not a single number that couldn’t blow my mind out! It was my favorite play from the ones that I’ve seen in London!
OUTSTANDING cast! Huge musical numbers! Every sing number was better than the one before!
Such a high energy from ALL of the cast members, that I was left speechless!
Every single person in the audience had their eyes wide open, not believing what they were witnessing.
I fell completely in love with the choreographies and the story told!
If you want to be blown away, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! One of the best plays I’ve ever seen!