Get tickets to West End shows for Father's Day
Celebrate the paternal figures in your life with a visit to a West End show. See Back to the Future: The Musical, The Choir of Man, and more.
On Sunday 18 June, it’s time to celebrate those rad dads as we mark Father’s Day 2023. If you’re looking for something memorable to do with your father on or around this special day, then why not treat him to a London show? The West End is teeming with fantastic plays and musicals that feature amazing dads — and which would be perfect for a bonding family outing.
Whether your dad loves sci-fi adventures, outrageous comedies or epic historical tales, there’ll be something in the West End to suit him, plus shows that are ideal for young audiences if more junior members of the family are coming along. Here’s our guide to some of the best Father’s Day shows that you can book for now.
Great Scott! The iconic 1980s movie has blasted through time and that famous DeLorean is now a London stage star. Back to the Future couldn’t be more perfect for Father’s Day, since the whole show revolves around the relationship between Marty McFly and his dad George.
If Marty, who has accidentally travelled back to the 50s, can teach his father how to woo his mother (yes, it’s slightly awkward) and stand up to bully Biff, then George can change the entire family’s fate. This exhilarating musical also features jaw-dropping special effects and a propulsive rock score. It’s 1.21 gigawatts of pure entertainment.
Book Back to the Future: The Musical tickets on London Theatre.
Another classic movie has become a stage musical — and it all revolves around a father’s love for his kids. When out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard loses custody of his children following a contentious divorce, he finds a way to secretly spend time with them: by transforming himself into their beloved Scottish nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire.
Gabriel Vick succeeds the film’s star, the great Robin Williams, as the cross-dressing Daniel, who, through disguising himself as someone else, actually becomes a better father. There are plenty of hijinks here as well as the heart-warming moments: an ideal family theatre trip for Father’s Day.
Book Mrs. Doubtfire tickets on London Theatre.
Or perhaps you’d rather take your dad to the pub for a pint? Well, you can do just that – and also treat him to some fantastic theatre thanks to The Choir of Man. This hugely popular show is back in the West End, and it’s a lock-in (with a working bar!) that serves up both drinks and entertainment.
Welcome to The Jungle, and come meet the regulars. They share their stories via rip-roaring covers of familiar songs – everything from Adele and Sia to Paul Simon and Queen – and even bring some audience members up on stage to join in the fun. So, tell your dad that this round is on you.
Book The Choir of Man tickets on London Theatre.
“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” Who could forget the incredible bond between Mufasa and son Simba in Disney’s beloved animated movie? It’s the great Mufasa who teaches his eager cub important life lessons like the delicate balance of the Pride Lands, and that the great kings never leave us — they look down on us from the stars.
The award-winning family musical brings their world to life through astonishing puppetry and stagecraft, plus you and your dad can enjoy all those brilliant songs from the film, like “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” and “Hakuna Matata.” You’ll definitely be feeling the Father’s Day love.
Book The Lion King tickets on London Theatre.
If you’re looking for an outrageously funny theatre trip this Father’s Day, then The Book of Mormon is it. This is still the most shocking and side-splitting musical in town — which is hardly surprising, since it was created by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with catchy songs from Avenue Q and Frozen’s Robert Lopez.
Follow mismatched Mormon missionaries Elder Price and Elder Cunningham as they embark on a doomed converting trip to Uganda and come up against the local warlord. Taking potshots at a variety of satirical targets, this show is a riot — but also a sweet paean to the bond that can form between two very different people. It’s a Father’s Day theatre trip with a difference.
Book The Book of Mormon tickets on London Theatre.
The Boy Who Lived is all grown up, and he has children of his own heading off to Hogwarts. However, Harry’s relationship with son Albus is a fraught one when this blockbuster tale begins, and it takes time — and a new battle against evil forces – for them to truly understand one another.
If you and your dad loved reading the Harry Potter books together, then make sure you head to this magical continuation of the story on stage. There’s nothing quite like seeing spells actually being cast right in front of you, and all your favourite characters are back. It’s the ultimate Father’s Day adventure.
Book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets on London Theatre.
OK, so the title might suggest this is more of an outing for mums, but bear with us. Mamma Mia! is very much about the dads too, with bride-to-be Sophie desperate to find her father before her wedding day — and ending up with three extremely different possibilities in architect Sam, explorer Bill and banker Harry.
Plus who doesn’t love ABBA? The infectious songs of this joyful jukebox musical — from “Money, Money, Money” and “I Have a Dream” to “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Waterloo” – will have the whole family on their feet. Celebrate your inner dancing queen this Father’s Day.
Book Mamma Mia! tickets on London Theatre.
Another titanic father figure in theatre is Jean Valjean. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, this stirring musical tackles everything from crime and justice to a blood-spattered revolution, and at its heart is the convict who tries to reinvent himself, while being hunted by a dogged policeman.
But Valjean risks everything to protect his adopted daughter, Cosette, and then to save the man she loves, Marius. The exquisite song “Bring Him Home” is a heart-rending expression of fatherly love. Bring your dad to this West End triumph and you can hear the people sing on Father’s Day.
Book Les Misérables tickets on London Theatre.
Photo credit: Mamma Mia! (Photo courtesy of production)
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