Get tickets to these West End shows this winter
It’s getting dark earlier, the temperature is dropping, and some supermarkets are even stocking mince pies – yes, it’s definitely almost winter! It can be a bleak time of year, but fear not: London theatre is coming to the rescue. There’s no better place to be than in a theatre right now, full of warmth, colour, brilliant music, and engrossing stories that whisk you away from reality.
You can jet off to warmer climes at a musical like Mamma Mia! or time-travel with Back to the Future. You could go for an irresistible comedy, a spectacular West End musical, or a fully immersive experience. Or you could decide that the cold doesn’t bother you anyway and really embrace the season with a show like Frozen. Here’s our definitive guide to all of London theatre’s best winter warmers.
Whatever the weather inside, it’s hot, hot, hot in this glamorous Parisian club, full of sultry dancers and steamy romance. Based on the iconic Baz Luhrmann film, this extravagant musical follows bohemian composer Christian, who falls for star performer Satine – but their benefactor, the Duke, wants her for himself. Will love conquer all? Find out by entering the Moulin Rouge.
Book Moulin Rouge! The Musical tickets on London Theatre.
Escape the chill by journeying to the African Pridelands, where lion cub Simba must learn to outwit his plotting uncle and embrace his destiny with the help of his friends. This award-winning version of the beloved Disney film features indelible songs like “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata,” plus jaw-dropping puppetry that continues to delight family audiences.
Book The Lion King tickets on London Theatre.
Another great source of winter warmers is the West End’s comedies – and this still-shocking long-running musical is among the most raucous. Following a pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries on their visit to Uganda, The Book of Mormon is not only a laugh-out-loud satire from South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but also a genuinely sweet story about unlikely friendships.
Book The Book of Mormon tickets on London Theatre.
Looking for 1.21 gigawatts of pure entertainment? You’ll find exactly that at this Olivier-winning stage musical version of the sci-fi comedy film. Back to the Future: The Musical pairs catchy rock-pop songs with astonishing special effects – including a flying DeLorean. Can Marty McFly solve his family’s problems and time-travel back home before it’s too late? Great Scott, this show will have you gripped.
Book Back to the Future: The Musical tickets on London Theatre.
Some people, like Elsa, actually thrive in the cold weather – they just conjure up an ice palace and a new frock and style it out. Winter lovers will love this sumptuous adaptation of the Disney phenomenon about two princesses and a magical secret. All your favourite songs from the film are there, including “Let It Go,” plus some new ones composed specially for the stage.
Book Frozen tickets on London Theatre.
Conversely, if you just can’t get through these long months without a sunshine hit, then sail away to the fantasy Greek island where everyone parties and sings ABBA. Sophie is about to get married, but she doesn’t know who her father is – so she invites three of her mother Donna’s exes to her wedding. Chaos ensues, plus a celebration of family, friendships, and fun in the sun.
Book Mamma Mia! tickets on London Theatre.
Six is one of the hottest shows in town, so why not add this right royal smash to your list of theatrical winter warmers? The wives of Henry VIII compete to see which Queen had it worst, each in their own pop diva style. But along the way, they discover a new strength in sisterhood. With infectiously catchy tunes and inspiring girl power, winter is no match for Six.
Book Six tickets on London Theatre.
Photo credit: Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks (Photo by Johan Persson)
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