After a busy day exploring London, what better way to relax than enjoying a great show – and London’s legendary West End offers lots of choices. Perhaps you prefer one of the perennial favorites like Les Miserables, Harry Potter, and the Cursed Child or Tina Turner – the Tina Turner Musical but if you prefer to try something new during your stay at any of the hotels in North West London, there are lots of new shows being launched this Spring. We take a look at some of the best.
Fancy a love story? Then head for Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, where a new production of Romeo and Juliet is about to open. Alternatively at the Harold Pinter Theatre, attention switches to the delights of Regency England with a sparkling plot by Jane Austen. The only problem is that she died before she could finish The Watsons. Yet these are lively characters who want to finish their story – watch and decide for yourself whether you agree with the ending.
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit arrives at the Duke of York Theatre. This lively tale of a disruptive spirit of a dead wife creating havoc within her husband’s home never fails to raise a smile.
Fans of crime novels will enjoy City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre as it involves a fictional detective attempting to solve a murder mystery while his creator is distracted by his own love life. Set in a 1940’s film noir style, it involves a hard-bitten private eye.
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Musicals are always popular and among the newcomers to the West End is Prince of Egypt and Pretty Women. Prince of Egypt is sure to be popular with theatergoers as it is based on the Dreamworks animated motion picture of the same name. With catchy tunes like All I Ever Wanted and When You Believe, it is a musical that leaves you humming the tunes as you depart the theatre.
If you are staying at Best Western Palm Hotel Cricklewood, you are not far away from one of the more unusual spring productions the Orfeus: a House Music Opera which is being performed at the Young Vic. Set in the near future, it gives the traditional Greek myth a very different setting and emphasis. In this production, Pluto is a fascist ruler of an empire and Orfeus is his son. Orfeus has to learn to accept his true nature in order to save the poet Euridice from his father.
Two productions returning to the London stage for strictly limited runs are the ever-popular Hairspray and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Booking is recommended, as these are set to be sell-out performances.