5 Shows To Watch In The West End This Year

London’s West End is a theatre lover’s paradise, offering a plethora of incredible shows that bring dreams to life and showcase world-class performers. With so many London theatre shows to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which one to head down to; we can’t make them all now, can we?

Well, that’s why we’re here to help you discover the best shows in London in 2023, from dazzling costumes to show-stopping performances, we’ve witnessed it all – the tears, laughter, cheers, and even the urge to sing along (within reason, of course, we have to respect the performance too). So, whether you’re a seasoned theatre buff or a curious newcomer, join us on a journey through the five must-see shows of the West End.

Get ready to be amazed, entertained, and maybe even a little surprised. Put on your fanciest outfit, grab a drink, and indulge in the classic cocktail of singing, dancing, and drama; all live on stage. Without further ado, let’s start planning your West End trip, shall we?


When: Tuesday 25th April – Friday 25th August 2023

Where: Victoria Palace Theatre in London

Hamilton is a play that should need no introduction. An extraordinary theatrical journey, the show tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant who became a pivotal figure in America’s history. With a fusion of musical genres ranging from hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and the timeless allure of Broadway, this production masterfully weaves together the vibrant sounds of America’s past with the contemporary spirit of the nation today.

With Lin-Manuel Miranda at the helm, serving as the creative force behind the book, music, and lyrics, Hamilton exudes sheer brilliance. Under the direction of Thomas Kail and featuring choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, this theatrical masterpiece takes flight, soaring to new heights. Plus, the musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire add an enchanting layer of depth and emotion, enhancing every moment on stage. A collective that together with the cast has earnt the show 11 Tony awards, including Best Musical.

Prepare to be captivated, enthralled, and transported through time as Hamilton unveils the captivating tale of one man’s extraordinary journey in shaping the destiny of a nation. Don’t miss your chance to witness this theatrical phenomenon whilst it’s on at London’s West End this summer!

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

When: Tuesday 29th November – Saturday 15th July 2023

Where: Aldwych Theatre in London

Following her recent, untimely death, there’s never been a better time to go and celebrate the sensational life of Tina at The Tina Turner Musical, currently in its final couple of months, at Aldwych Theatre.

Starting from a modest background in Nutbush, Tennessee, and defying all odds, Tina Turner triumphantly rose to become the revered Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Breaking through barriers was not enough for her; she completely rewrote them. The Aldwych Theatre this year hosts an explosive homage to this global icon, chronicling her extraordinary life and career while showcasing her unforgettable hits and capturing her electrifying essence.

Kristina Love delivers an enchanting portrayal of the legendary late Tina, commanding the stage with her commanding vocals and captivating presence. Penned by Katori Hall, a renowned playwright who has been honoured with both Olivier Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, and helmed by the internationally acclaimed director Phyllida Lloyd, this musical tribute transcends Tina Turner’s immense talent and delves into her unyielding resilience and unwavering strength as a woman. For enthusiasts and those seeking an inspiring and entertaining night, it is an absolute must-see. Secure your tickets now and turn your evening into an unforgettable experience – it’s simply the best!

A Strange Loop

When:  Saturday 17th June – Saturday 9th September 2023

Where: Barbican Centre in London

Don’t miss the chance to witness the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Broadway sensation, “A Strange Loop,” live on stage at the Barbican this June! This limited-season production, which has won every ‘Best Musical’ award and the Pulitzer Prize, is an absolute must-see for all theatre enthusiasts.

In Michael R. Jackson’s extraordinary masterpiece, expect to be taken on a journey of heart-wrenching and humorous moments as a young black artist grapples with his desires, identity, and conflicting instincts. Through the dynamic performances of an exceptional ensemble cast, the artist’s inner thoughts are brought to life, shedding light on the challenges of breaking free from self-imposed perceptions.

Prepare to be captivated by “A Strange Loop” as it engages your emotions and keeps you entertained with its clever wit. This thought-provoking and boundary-pushing production is not to be missed!

Brokeback Mountain

When: Wednesday 10th May – Tuesday 8th August 2023

Where: Soho Place London

Experience the unforgettable and captivating tale of forbidden love and the sacrifices it demands in Brokeback Mountain. This groundbreaking theatrical adaptation by Ashley Robinson, featuring enchanting songs by Dan Gillespie Sells, marks the world premiere of this beloved story. Drawing inspiration from Annie Proulx’s acclaimed short story, this production soars to new heights with its mesmerizing score and compelling performances. Follow the journey of two courageous cowboys as they navigate their love in a society unprepared for its existence, and brace yourself for the profound consequences that unfold.

With a remarkable ensemble of talent, including the West End debut performances of Mike Faist as Jack and Lucas Hedges as Ennis, “Brokeback Mountain” promises an unmissable theatrical experience that will resonate long after the final bow. From the breathtaking melodies to the raw emotions on display, this show serves as a testament to the indomitable power of live theatre. Don’t let this opportunity slip away—secure your tickets now by visiting their website and witness this extraordinary production firsthand.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When: 27 April 2023 – 12 August 2023

Where: Shakespeares Globe in London

Prepare yourself for a captivating adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in The West End this summer! This delightful and intoxicating comedy, with a touch of disruption, promises to entertain and enchant everyone in attendance, as even mother nature lends a hand to create a truly magical ambience.

Helming the production is Elle While, the esteemed Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre, known for her impressive direction in previous works like The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019), As You Like It, and Hamlet (2018). Additionally, the mischievous character of Puck will be brought to life by none other than Michelle Terry, the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe herself!

So, why wait any longer? Join the celebration this summer and immerse yourself in a world filled with love, mischief, and enchantment. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be showcased from April 27th to August 12th, 2023 at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Don’t miss this chance to witness the grandeur of this theatrical masterpiece!

© Copyright 2023 Antonia, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tidylife
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