London is the home to the West End – the heart of timeless theatre, featuring classic musicals, fantastic dramas and cutting edge contemporary shows featuring the rising stars of the stage. From family pantomimes to timeless plays from the Bard himself, if you want to see great theatre – London is the place to see it. Within easy reach of the Amsterdam Hotel, you can catch some of the top shows on stage this year.
Beauty and the Beast – New Vic
While it might be yet another version of the classic fairy tale, chances are, you’ve never seen anything like this before. This surreal and subversive take on the story of love follows an All-American beauty queen, and a natural born “freak”. Dramatic and containing some highly graphic scenes, this might not be one for the kids – but certainly a grown up take on a timeless tale that will leave you remembering it long after the curtain falls.
Emil and the Detectives – National Theatre
This classic children’s story comes to the National Theatre and makes for a wonderful alternative to pantomimes and musicals. Filled with adventure and fantasy, the play follows the young boy Emil, when he is robbed on a train and left to fend for himself in the big city. With drama, childhood terrors and delights combined, this is a story that will thrill audiences of all ages.
Peter Pan – Richmond Theatre
Of course, if you do want a traditional panto with all the trimmings, you can’t go wrong with Peter Pan – the classic fairy tale of the boy who never grew up. Following in the footsteps of all great pantos, this one has a hilarious celebrity cast, an evil villain and a lots of sparkle and magic. With a barrel-full of laughs and silly jokes, confetti storms and audience participation, this is a great show to enjoy if you are visiting London over the festive season.
Mojo – Harold Pinter Theatre
If you want to catch something refreshingly different and contemporary, the Harold Pinter theatre will never disappoint. This season, the sell-out run of Mojo continues, featuring Bond actor, Ben Whishaw amongst a star cast. The dramatic tale of Soho gangsters in 1950s London, it’s well worth seeing for the costumes alone. Guaranteed to impress any theatre lover, it’s best to get a ticket now before they are all snatched up!
The Light Princess –National Theatre
Another fairy tale brought to the stage – though this one is based on a little known Scottish legend, now transformed into theatre by the iconic musician Tori Amos. With breath taking costumes, memorable music and spell binding performances, this show has won the hearts and minds of audiences – catch it while it is still showing!
London is packed to the brim with exciting theatre, and there is something for every taste out there. With world-leading theatre productions within easy distance of the Amsterdam Hotel, there’s no reason to miss out on the top shows!