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Photo credit: Six the Musical, Dear Evan Hansen and Heathers (Photos courtesy of productions)

West End shows suitable for teenagers

Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas

March 10, 2022 10:49

Seeing live theatre offers life-changing experiences for people of all ages. Anyone can enjoy West End theatre, and what better time to start seeing theatre than as a teenager? Many West End shows present a different way of storytelling and offer lessons in a new way for young minds. An important message may make better sense through song rather than through a stern telling off. Or maybe teenagers will watch a show at a young age and revisit it on many occasions, kickstarting a lifelong love of theatre. Stop your teenager being glued to their phone, and plan a West End theatre trip that even the trendiest teenagers will love. 

There are plenty of West End shows suitable for teenagers. Some West End musicals are set in high schools, like Dear Evan Hansen, Heathers, and Grease. Many West End shows offer lessons in history like Six and Come From Away

Discover the best West End shows for teenagers in London, and book theatre tickets now.

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Wicked is filled with life lessons for teenagers. First, it's important to accept and listen to people who may be different to you. That couldn't be clearer in Wicked, as Elphaba and Glinda are paired together as roommates. They're each other's worst nightmare, but when they learn more about one another, they quickly realise they can change each other's lives. Also, Wicked teaches that it's okay to not feel okay. Elphaba learns to live with people who can't look her in the eyes, but she begins to feel comfortable with her individuality; even if she doesn't always use it for "good."

Since Wicked premiered in London in 2006, the enchanting musical has captivated generations of teenagers. There's plenty to capture teenagers' imaginations, like exciting dance routines, colourful characters, and flying monkeys, yes, flying monkeys are real in Oz! Dare to defy gravity in the West End with Wicked tickets.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Change your outlook on life with the power of musical theatre at Dear Evan Hansen. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Evan Hansen, an awkward teenager, is at the centre of his musical. He's trying to fit in with his peers, but struggles to make friends. That's until a letter he writes go viral. Evan finally finds a chance to be the centre of attention, but at what cost? 

Dear Evan Hansen is a musical that's all about life and the way we live it. Many of the characters are of high school age, so teenagers will definitely relate to the stories and similar struggles. Dear Evan Hansen also features original music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the pair behind La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Today's going to be a good day once you book Dear Evan Hansen tickets.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

Forget scrolling through funny TikTok videos on repeat. Laugh at the silliness and mayhem in The Play That Goes Wrong. Mischief Theatre's first and longest-running comedy play sees a company of actors hobble their way through disastrous rehearsals and prepare to open a show. The show must go on for these actors, even if it looks unlikely! If you know teenagers that enjoy being on stage, why not treat those teens to see a comedy like The Play That Goes Wrong and laugh about previous theatre experiences?

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This isn't your normal Cinderella story. There are no traditional fairytale feels in this musical. Instead, there's a determined punk-rock princess who charts her own path, even if nobody else agrees with her actions. And who better to play the coolest Cinderella in town than vlogger/author/actress Carrie Hope FletcherPromising Young Woman creator Emerald Fennell weaves a few shocking moments in the musical too — this Cinderella says a few expletives.

There's something for everyone to enjoy in Cinderella, but teenagers will love this show and the music. Cinderella features an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and you can even make TikTok dance trends with the Cinderella music before seeing the show. Find your happy ever after at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and join Cinderella at the ball. 

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Teenagers fall in and out of love at high school. But for Grease teens Danny and Sandy, their summer fling becomes a real relationship when they meet again at Rydell High. Grease epitomised the teenage culture of the 1950s: spending hours with friends, high school cliques, and heading to the diner. Teenagers might not go to the sock hop anymore, but the basic high school experience is still the same.

The upcoming Grease musical is modernised for a younger audience, complete with new routines, new costumes, and new takes on what it means to be a teenager. Peter Andre also stars in Grease in the West End as Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel. The grown-ups just might feel like they're a teenagers again. Grease is the word, and Grease tickets are available now.

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& Juliet

Teenagers may be sick of learning all about William Shakespeare in their English lessons. So rip up the textbooks and inject new life into William Shakespeare for teenagers and see & Juliet& Juliet asks what would happen if Juliet didn't join Romeo in death and instead took control of her own life. Juliet travels to Paris in search of a party, but finds herself falling in love — again.

Get ready to dance throughout & Juliet, too. There are pop anthems by music legends like Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Britney Spears, and you can listen to all the & Juliet songs now. Get the party started at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Heathers the Musical

The teenage characters in Heathers the Musical may not be ideal role models. The Heathers clique rules over Westerberg High with an iron fist, and newcomer Veronica Sawyer uses any means possible to get rid of her enemies. During the musical, characters realise the errors of their ways and try to rectify their mistakes. The cult 1980s film Heathers is now a hit West End musical, and Heathers the Musical invites teenagers to step into the candy store.

Since 2018, Heathers the Musical has built up a loyal fanbase made up in large part by teenagers. In fact, Heathers the Musical is in its fourth West End engagement — the show is currently in a homecoming season at The Other Palace. Get ready to have big fun at Heathers the Musical.

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Six the Musical

Are you ready to "Get Down" with the Six queens? Treat your teenagers to an unforgettable history lesson at Six the Musical. This Tudor-themed show puts Henry VIII's six wives in the spotlight, and they all take to the mic to share their stories of heartbreak, romance, and unexpected consequences.

Six the Musical is an accurate retelling of Tudor history while throwing in contemporary nods with Adele- and Beyonce-inspired melodies. Gabriella Slade's eye-catching Six the Musical costumes could definitely be a part of London Fashion eek too. It also clocks in at 80 minutes too, perfect for teenagers with a short attention span. If all you wanna do is see a fun show, go to Six the Musical in London.

Book Six the Musical tickets on London Theatre.

Photo credit: Six the Musical, Dear Evan Hansen and Heathers (Photos courtesy of productions)

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