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West End shows to see for date night

Thinking up new date night ideas can be slightly difficult - Why not see a West End show? Check out this guide to the best musicals to see with your date.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

Have you ever wondered, just like Tina Turner did, what's love got to do with it? When it comes to a typical night out in London, dinner and drinks are usually the go-to plan. But why not take it up a notch and feel the love in the air by adding a West End show to the mix? Treat your date to the dazzling lights of theatre and create a truly memorable evening.

No matter if you're planning a surprise date or celebrating a special occasion, the West End has a show that will make your night absolutely unforgettable. Want to hear your wedding song performed in the amazing Moulin Rouge: The Musical? Or witness a heartwarming love story in Crazy For You? Plan a romantic date night that you'll cherish forever and let the magic of the West End sweep you off your feet.

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Mamma Mia!

Somewhere in the crowd there's you... and your date! Get swept away to a sunny Greek island, or the Novello Theatre, by watching a musical masterpiece that has been loved by over 65-million people! Featuring a jukebox of ABBA classics, Mamma Mia! has been idealised by so many for a reason - including a range of swoon-worthy new relationships.

This fun-loving production follows Sophie as she invites three of her mothers past lovers to her wedding, all of which could be her father. As the men each begin to turn up to her paradisiac home, Sophie tries to uncover the truth, attempting to figure out the ultimate secret. Along the joyous journey new relationships form, nostalgia ensues, and slow burn feelings brew. All of that, paired with some of the best pop songs ever created, and you've got an unforgettable date night that will have you singing "Dancing Queen" all the way home.

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Who cares if this is the first time in forever that you’re planning a West End date night? Love is an open door at Frozen, the heartwarming musical that’s wowing audiences of all ages. Sure, the 2013 Disney film may appear as though it’s tailored to a younger demographic, but it’s the new must-see musical for grown-ups too. There’s an unbelievable ice bridge that beggars belief, and a dress change that rivals the designer outfits in London Fashion Week. Escape the real world for a few hours and become a big kid again at Frozen.

Frozen is the first musical to open at a newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which is now complete with a new bar. Toast to your West End date night with a frozen cocktail (or two!) and say cheers to the coolest show in town.

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Crazy For You

Prepare to be whisked away by this heartwarming tale of love, packed full of beloved Gershwin songs. Crazy For You showcases a beautiful story of one man as he falls head over heels in love with a theatre owner's daughter. He does what anyone does when they want to win someone over - he stages a huge musical, of course!

Bobby Child, a New York banker, dreams of becoming a dancer. But, when his mother sends him to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a theatre’s mortgage, he is captivated by the owners daughter, Polly Baker. Featuring glamorous choreography, toe-tapping tunes, and an irresistible love story, this charming show is a musical about a musical - what more could you want?

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Back to the Future: The Musical

When did you first feel the power of love? For Back to the Future’s Marty McFly, it was in 1955, 30 years before he was actually born. Taken back in time in a DeLorean, thanks to mad scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty has to make sure his parents fall for one another so that he can get back to the present day.

If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future movies, you won’t have your heart broken by the stage adaptation. While a new generation of audiences are going crazy for Back to the Future, it’s the ideal show for a nostalgic date night in London too. There’s Back to the Future hits like “Johnny B. Goode”, and the story is co-created by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, who worked on the original films. We wish we could time travel to all the coolest times in history. But you can get as close to that with Back to the Future tickets.

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

How wonderful life is… with a planned date night to see Moulin Rouge! The Musical in the West End. Twenty years since the film premiered, the lavish story of young, lovesick poet Christian and chanteuse Satine finds a London home, and you’ll fall in love with every element of this show. From sultry and sophisticated costumes to the extravagant set, including the iconic French windmill, you and your partner will be left feeling as if you’ve stepped into the Parisian cabaret. In case you’re looking for new songs to serenade your date with, there’s over 70 to pick from in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Dance in your seat to all the crowdpleasers including "Proud Mary", “River Deep Mountain High," and "Better Be Good To Me", at the same time as learning about how Tina Turner handled the limelight. This electrifying stage production shows the queen of Rock and Roll like never before, telling how she shot to fame in the mid-1950's.

Tina herself worked with the critically acclaimed creative crew to ensure her story was bought to life. Whilst the music legend went through some difficult hardship, this musical showcases the true determination she had. If you want to learn about one of the greatest icons of all time, whilst feeling like you're at one of her concerts, you've come to the right place. Tina - The Tina Turner Musical is simply the best.

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The Lion King

You'll definitely feel the love tonight if you go to see this multi-award winning musical. Disney's The Lion King has been encapsulating audiences since 1999, with it's amazing puppetry, spectacular imagery, and infamous story about Simba, a young lion cub on a life-altering journey as the heir of Pride Rock.

Featuring all the classic songs from the 1994 animated film, including "Hakuna Matata", "I Just Can't Wait to be King", and "Circle of Life", this production still performs to sold-out theatres - sometimes eight times a week! Experience a piece of theatre magic on date night and feel the peace the evening brings.

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