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Gift Guide: Buy the best West End theatre tickets for Christmas

Gift Guide: Buy the best West End theatre tickets for Christmas

Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas

February 16, 2022 19:51

Struggling to decide what to buy someone for Christmas? Theatre tickets for London shows make the best gifts at Christmastime. See a classic show that's run in London for decades, or check out a new show that's going to open in 2022. There's guaranteed to be a show to suit that certain someone you've got in mind.

Here's our gift guide for the best West End tickets for Christmas in 2021. Check out our recommendations for the best theatre tickets to give everyone on your list this year.

West End shows that make great theatre gifts

Tickets to West End shows are wonderful gifts for friends and family at Christmas. Instead of spending money on a piece of clothing or a gadget they won't use, give your loved ones the gift of live entertainment this Christmas. Make memories at the theatre together, and book your West End theatre tickets for Christmas now. We've rounded up some West End shows that would make great gifts at Christmastime.

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& Juliet

Jukebox musicals are their own art form, take Mamma Mia! and Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical as two examples. & Juliet goes one step further, remixing the biggest pop hits of recent decades written by Max Martin into one high-energy musical. Even though the songs aren't original, the story definitely is. It's inspired by Romeo & Juliet, asking what would happen if Juliet didn't take her own life. Instead, the female-centric story sees Juliet travel to Paris in search of love and discovering more about herself in the process. Think "O, Romeo, Romeo" but in rap form for a taste of this contemporary musical.

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Back to the Future 

Are you on Santa's "Johnny B. Goode" list? Rev up your DeLorean, as it's time to travel back to the future at the Adelphi Theatre! The hit sci-fi film is now a West End musical, and you can join Marty McFly and Doc Brown on their epic time-travel adventure. The Back to the Future musical is co-created by Back to the Future film writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Together, they've packed in all the film's recognisable moments, now with a musical twist. What are you waiting for? Get ready to feel the power of love with Back to the Future tickets. 

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Come From Away 

Irene Sankoff and David Hein visited Gander in 2011. They'd heard about the stories of a truly global community that formed there immediately after 9/11, as the town welcomed 7,000 air passengers who were diverted out of American airspace. Floored by the compassion and unbelievable events, the pair created Come From Away, a heartfelt musical to honour the positivity and kindness of strangers. Since opening in 2019, Come From Away has gained a legion of West End fans, who keep returning to the Rock — a colloquial term for the Newfoundland island. Come From Away has also won five Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and you can find out more about Come From Away here. Head on over to the Phoenix Theatre and find out how everyone can be a "come from away."

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Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy reprises his Olivier-nominated turn as the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac, returning to the West End next spring. Edmond Rostand's play has been updated thanks to Martin Crimp's adaptation — Cyrano de Bergerac now has a hip-hop flair, with verse now spoken in raps. When Cyrano de Bergerac was at the Playhouse Theatre in 2019, our critic said: "Lloyd and his diverse company are so totally committed to it that resistance becomes futile, and you go with the flow." If you missed Cyrano de Bergerac first time round, or you know a James McAvoy fan, make sure you catch it at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

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Dirty Dancing - The Classic Show On Stage

Nobody puts Christmas theatre tickets in the corner! Plan the time of your life in 2022 with tickets to see Dirty Dancing at the Dominion Theatre. Join holidaymaker 'Baby' and dance teacher Johnny during their whirlwind summer romance at Kellermans — watermelons are included. If you've watched the Dirty Dancing film dozens of times or know the film's soundtrack inside out, don't miss Dirty Dancing on stage.

Book Dirty Dancing - The Classic Show On Stage tickets now. 

Jersey Boys

You probably know all the words to the Four Seasons' greatest hits such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like A Man". But do you know much about their rise to fame? Achieving musical superstardom wasn't always as harmonious as their music, and the streets they walked down weren't always paved with gold. Join Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they deal with the struggles of new-found popularity on their ultimate journey to becoming one of the greatest bands of all time. In our Jersey Boys review, "you can't fault the sheer entertainment value of this show. Oh what a night indeed."

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris is a bucket list for many. Instead of a trip to continental Europe, plan a can-can-cantastic time for friends and family as an incredible Christmas gift at Moulin Rouge! The Musical in London. Inspired by the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film, fall in love with Christian and Satine at Moulin Rouge! The Musical in a pop-fuelled musical packed with over 70 tracks. If you're looking for a sparkling theatre trip that twinkles brighter than a Christmas tree, head to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

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The Book of Mormon

Say hello to the smiliest Elders in town at The Book of Mormon, the hit religious comedy that's wowed and shocked audiences since 2013. The Book of Mormon follows Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, two young missionaries who embark on their journey to spread their faith — in Uganda. Making the tribes see the light isn't easy; these Mormons are robbed and isolated in a new world. All it takes is a little imagination and speaking to the locals to start converting the community. Find out more about The Book of Mormon here, then be the first to see a newly-rewritten The Book of Mormon in the West End.

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The Mousetrap

Enjoy a part of theatre history, and indeed the fabric of British theatre with The Mousetrap tickets. Continuously performed in London since 1952, this long-running play is still as fresh as ever, with audiences rushing to see this modern classic. The Agatha Christie mystery sees a group of hotel guests interrogated when knowledge of a murderer on the loose is found out. The Mousetrap is the longest-running show anywhere in the world, with David Raven earning a world record after playing Major Metcalf for 4,575 performances. But, with audiences asked to keep the murderer's identity a secret, the only way to discover the truth is to see The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theatre.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

If you were sent back in time, could you save the world? That's what a 12-year-old has to do in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the Neil Gaiman fantasy which is now sending audiences into a fantastical world via the Duke of York's Theatre. It's a spellbindingly spooky play that manages to combine storytelling with plenty of heart. In our The Ocean at the End of the Lane review, we called the play: "a coming-of-age tale that will appeal to all ages... showing how stories can make sense of our reality." The play is only running to May 2022, so you'll want to book tickets now.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

See the show that started it all off for Mischief Theatre's West End domination, The Play That Goes Wrong. Hailed as a play with "ceaseless energy [and] wildly caricatured yet minutely detailed comedy performances", it really is a masterclass in comic timing. The play-within-a-play sees an amateur dramatic troupe prepare for curtain up, but Lady Luck isn't on their side for the final preparations. With sets breaking, cast going awry and props missing, will the play ever get on its feet? The Play That Goes Wrong really is the rags-to-riches West End story, going from entertaining 60 theatregoers a night to thousands a week. Spend a day laughing at the Duchess Theatre with The Play That Goes Wrong tickets.

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The Shark is Broken

Jaws is often considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. Shooting Jaws was anything but pleasant though. Take a look behind the camera in The Shark is Broken, giving audiences an insight into what really happened when creating Jaws. The three-person play follows Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss filming onboard the Orca. What was meant to be a simple shoot transpired into hours spent at sea; now you can join them on the boat for a thrilling play like no other. The Shark is Broken is co-written by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw, son of Jaws actor Robert Shaw. Playing a final extension period to February, you'll need to see The Shark is Broken now, so make it snappy!

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical 

Looking for simply the best Christmas present? Book Tina: The Tina Turner Musical tickets. The hit jukebox musical celebrates Tina Turner's stratospheric career, which has seen her called the Queen of Rock and Roll. It's not all happy in Tina though — the musical delves into her life away from the cameras and recording studios. If you know a Tina Turner fan, give them the experience of a lifetime.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the greatest novels of all time. Treat someone who knows the story inside out with tickets to see the West End premiere of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2022. Rafe Spall plays defense lawyer Atticus Finch in the small-town American story, newly adapted by Aaron Sorkin. To twist a line from the novel, it's a sin to not buy To Kill a Mockingbird tickets this Christmas. 

Book To Kill a Mockingbird tickets now.


What do Elphaba and Santa Claus have in common? They both fly through the sky! Unfortunately, Elphaba doesn't give little boys and girls Christmas presents, but why not book Wicked tickets to see Elphaba defy gravity? The bewitching musical tells of Elphaba and Glinda's journeys to become the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. If you're a musical theatre fan, you'll probably know a lot of the songs anyway. Hear them sung live by the Wicked West End cast this Christmas.

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