Top 10 West End Shows To See Post Lockdown

July 29, 2020
Whilst theatres are going to take a lot longer to reopen and get back to normal than anything else, the 2021 West End line up keeps getting better and better. I thought I'd share my personal top 10 shows I'm dying to see next year in the hopes that they can all go ahead as planned, or as soon as possible. With so much on offer, the West End provides audiences with some of the best form of entertainment possible.

10. Hamilton

Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in a hip-hop / R&B, mixed with pop, style. The musical talks about the personal, political, and social struggles of living in colonial America.

I was never desperate to see Hamilton pre lockdown, but after seeing the filmed production on Disney +, I think it's about time I saw it live. I've been listening the the cast recording more and more each day and it really is spectacular. The music is so well written and I think I'd love the production even more seeing live in person.

9. & Juliet

& Juliet is the fun-loving new musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? Soaring with pop anthems including …”Baby One More Time”, “Everybody” (Backstreet’s Back), “Love Me Like You Do” and “Roar”, & Juliet is one of the best new musicals out there.

I've seen & Juliet 5 times already, once on the West End and 4 times at its debut venue Manchester Opera House, but it's one of those shows I can never get sick of. It really is the brand new feel-good musical which will put a smile on your face right from the first note. It's incredible from start to finish and I can't imagine how amazing the first performance of this show will be post lockdown.
8. Come From Away

Come From Away tells the true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them all after the September 11 attacks.

Come From Away is the show that everyone has been raving about and I just haven't seen it yet. I've not even listened to much of the cast recording either, apart from the odd couple of songs so it's a show I really need to look in to more. It has amazing reviews so I'm sure I'll get round to seeing it at some point.

7. Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman centres around a Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.

This is another show that I don't know too much about, but the songs I do know I absolutely love and I've heard some great things overall. 'Luckiest Girl In The World' is one of my favourite musical theatre songs at the moment and the production looks amazing from what I've seen.

6. Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge tells the story of Christian, a young composer, who falls in love with cabaret actress Satine, who is the star of the Moulin Rouge

I've been listening to the Moulin Rouge score quite a lot during lockdown as Aaron Tveit is one of my favourite theatre performers and it's another show I've heard so many great things about. The set is one of the most incredible things I've seen and I do love a jukebox musical. I'm very excited for this one!

5. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is the story of Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, as they are faced with the prospect of a new nanny. They are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins as embark on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert.

Mary Poppins was the very first musical I ever saw when I saw about 6 years old but I don't remember that much about it as it was almost 12 years ago. The West End has an incredible cast and I'd love to revisit this show as an adult.

4. Back To The Future

Back to the Future The Musical is based on the American science fiction/comedy film of the same name, and tells the story of Marty McFly who accidentally travels back to 1955 in a time travelling deloreon invented by his friend Doc Brown, and jeopardizes his own future existence by interfering with his parents first meeting.

I'm not going to talk too much about this one as I think everyone knows by now that I adore this show after seeing it 3 times during its short run in Manchester earlier this year. It really is spectacular and I'm so excited for more people to see it.

3. Frozen

Frozen is the timeless tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As Elsa struggles to find her voice and control her powers, Anna embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family back together.

I've been excited for this show since it was announced but after the cast reveal a couple of weeks ago, it's shot up my list of my must-see musicals. I've secured my ticket for previews and am already planning to see it as part of my week of shows for my birthday next summer, because yes, I like to plan a year in advance. 

2. Cinderella

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella is a stage musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Emerald Fennell that is set to have its world premiere in the West End in 2021. 

Since this a brand new show, no one really knows too much about it. It's based of a story we all know and love, but these tales can go in so many different directions. I'm so excited to see where this brand new production takes this classic story and I'm looking forward to seeing the very first performance in March next year.

1. The Prince of Egypt

Based on the 1998 film of the same name, The Prince of Egypt follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt.

If you know me you'll know I've been dying to see this show as soon as it was announced. I had plans to see it this Easter which of course couldn't go ahead but the show is now booking from November 2020 through to September 2021! I've been listening to the West End cast recording non-stop throughout lockdown so this is definitely at the top of my list!

So that was my top 10 West End shows I'd love to see post lockdown. I'm lucky enough to have a few of these booked already and I'm hopeful that 2021 is going to be a great year for theatre.

Mia x

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