Valentine’s Day Guide to London Theatre
While many of us continue to wallow in post-holiday blues, Valentine’s Day creeps round the corner, and before you know it, it’s time to organise a romantic trip to the theatre! Every year, the fateful day sees couples frantically attempting to compile the perfect romantic evening. To get ahead of the game and help you choose the perfect treat for your loved one, we have chosen five of our favourite shows that are guaranteed to get you in the good books.
The Smash-Hit Musical – Les Misérables
Being in the West End for over 30 years, Les Miserables is still going strong and continues to be the world’s most popular musical. Guaranteed to set your partner’s heart a flutter, Boublil and Schonberg’s classic musical features a heart-wrenching score that includes songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home”. At the heart of the story of the French Revolution is the beautiful romance between Cosette and Marius, who are torn apart as the barricades are built. Les Misérables promises to give you a night you will never forget.
Where: Sondheim Theatre
You may also like: Wicked
The Sing-a-Long Spectacular – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has proved a smash-hit success in the West End since 2018. Featuring all the hits from Turner’s back catalogue, the musical follows the trailblazing singer’s tumultuous journey to superstardom, from a childhood in Tennessee, through her troubled marriage to Ike, and beyond. Guaranteed to get both you and your partner on your feet singing and dancing, Tina the Musical is an excellent choice for music-loving couples.
Where: Aldwych Theatre
You may also like: Ain’t Too Proud
The Romantic One – The Phantom of the Opera
First opening at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera has been running in the West End for over 30 years. With a sumptuous score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including “Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You” and “The Phantom of the Opera”, this musical is the perfect choice for any romantic theatre-lover. Telling the heartbreaking story of the Phantom’s unrequited love for beautiful soprano Christine, this passionate, deceitful and downright dashing story is a classic for a reason! Set in an elegant theatre, The Phantom of the Opera is the perfect Valentine’s Day ticket guaranteed to appeal to real romantics.
Where: His Majesty’s Theatre
You may also like: The King and I
The Show-Stopper – Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Moulin Rouge! The Musical has proved a smash-hit success in the West End after transferring over from Broadway. Featuring bombastic set design that spills into the auditorium, incredible choreography and costumes and remixed pop hits from the last few decades, the show is based on Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular film. With romance, tragedy and music to get you moving, Moulin Rouge! is an excellent choice for those looking to add a bit of glitz and glamour to their evening.
Where: Piccadilly Theatre
You may also like: Cabaret
The Fun Night Out – Mamma Mia!
For those looking for a fun, easy-going night at the theatre, Mamma Mia! is the perfect choice. Featuring a score of well-known ABBA songs, including “Voulez-Vous”, “Does Your Mother Know” and “Take a Chance”, amongst many more, this toe-tapping musical is guaranteed to have you dancing in your seats, also inviting you to join the party at the end! As Sky and Sophie prepare to get married, Sophie has invited three potential fathers to her Greek island home in order to discover a bit more about her family heritage. But when her mother, Donna, sees all of the men, she is thrown by her feelings for Sam. A heart-warming story of love and family, Mamma Mia! promises an entertaining evening.
Where: Novello Theatre
You may also like: Guys and Dolls