Valentine’s Day Guide to London Theatre
Whilst 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
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 Miserables promises to give you a night you will never forget.
Where: Queen’s Theatre
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The Sing-a-Long Spectacular
Motown the Musical has proved a smash-hit success in the West End after transferring over from Broadway. Featuring classic songs from artists such as The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Motown the Musical follows the well-known music movement’s founding father Berry Gordy. Encased in this rags-to-riches tale is the romance between Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, who found themselves drawn together through a love of fame, fortune, and most importantly, music. Guaranteed to get both you and your partner on your feet singing and dancing, Motown the Musical is an excellent choice for music-loving couples.
Where: Shaftesbury Theatre
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The Romantic One
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 heart-breaking 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: Her Majesty’s Theatre
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Continuing to play to packed-out audiences at London’s Savoy Theatre, Dreamgirls is the smash-hit musical that documents the rise to fame of girl-group trio The Dreamettes. Spotted at a talent night by used-car salesman Curtis Taylor, the girls are swept up into his management as he promises to make them the hottest girl group in history. Along the way, a romance between lead singer Effie and Curtis ensures a good bond within the group, until Effie is side-lined for the more beautiful Deena. A thrilling story of love, family and the downfalls of fame, Dreamgirls is the perfect choice for those looking to add a bit of glitz and glamour to their evening.
Where: Savoy Theatre
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The Fun Night Out
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
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