Theatre is not just for the weekend! Matinee shows in London can take place every day of the week. Matinee theatre is great for theatregoers who want to see the latest openings but also want to keep their evenings free, or are looking a way to spend an afternoon. Most West End shows in London will have matinee shows, so if you’re wanting a concert experience at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, or to spend an afternoon crying at Dear Evan Hansen, you can do it at a weekday matinee. Browse our list of West End shows with a weekday matinee and see a weekday matinee whenever it suits you. If you’re looking for a Sunday matinee, why not check out our Sunday shows guide.
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Beverley Knight returns to the West End in the world premiere of The Drifters Girl. The Drifters Girl tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on the career of Faye Treadwell, the world's first African-American female music manager, The Drifters Girl musical explores her life and career while managing The Drifters, a 1950s American doo-wop and soul vocal group. First formed as a backing group, The Drifters were established in 1953 to accompany Clyde McPhatter. The Drifters became a global music phenomenon thanks to Faye and George Treadwell, with number one hits in the 1950s including 'Money Honey', 'Honey Love', 'Adorable' and 'There Goes My Baby'. The Drifters line-up has changed regularly, with over 60 members throughout its active years including Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore. However, one woman was at the heart of the band for over 30 years; Faye Treadwell. Charting their hit records and sell-out tours to audiences around the world, as well as legal battles facing the band, The Drifters Girl is set to share the full story about the American vocalists and the woman who helped their careers. Beverley Knight plays Faye Treadwell, The Drifters' manager. Hailed as the Queen of British soul, Knight has established herself as a West End leading lady, starring as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Felicia Farrell in Memphis the Musical and Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. Tickets to The Drifters Girl are available now. Book your The Drifters Girl tickets on London Theatre today.
The international hit musical Mamma Mia! continues to run in London's West End at the Novello Theatre where it has been delighting audiences for 20 years after originally opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1999. Mamma Mia! tickets are available on London Theatre now. Set on a Greek island paradise, the Mamma Mia! musical tells the story of the newly engaged Sophie who is determined to find out the identity of her father and invite them to her wedding. Without telling her mother Donna, she writes to the three possible candidates and they all arrive just in time to see her walk down the aisle. The only question is, which one of the three very different men is it? As one of the world's most successful and recognisable musical titles, it leaves audiences on their feet night after night and has now been seen by over 54 million people around the world. Featuring a host of hit ABBA songs including “Money Money Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Does Your Mother Know,” and “The Winner Takes it All,” this irresistibly funny musical comedy follows an original story of love, friendship and the search for identity accompanied by a score of some of the most recognisable and uplifting pop music ever written. Mamma Mia! London began previews on 23rd March 1999, with an official opening on 6th April 1999. Mamma Mia! returns at the Novello Theatre from 25 August. The Mamma Mia! running time at the Novello Theatre in the West End is 2 hours 35 minutes, including an interval. Don't miss your chance to see the original London production featuring an incredibly talented cast of performers and musicians who bring this colourful and exciting story to life. Fans of the 2008 movie musical will be delighted to see the show in its original form, so escape to this idyllic island paradise and enjoy the West End's greatest party, and you'll be thanking ABBA for the music. Tickets to Mamma Mia! are available now. Book your Mamma Mia! tickets on London Theatre today. Important COVID Entry Requirements Mask You are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue. Proof of vaccine and/or test You are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance. Health check When you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken. Covid safety This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests. This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines. Mamma Mia! Songlist "Overture/Prologue" - Sophie "Honey, Honey" - Sophie, Ali, & Lisa "Money, Money, Money" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Pepper, & Ensemble "Thank You for the Music" - Sophie, Sam, Harry, & Bill "Mamma Mia" - Donna & Ensemble "Chiquitita" - Donna, Tanya & Rosie "Dancing Queen" - Donna, Tanya & Rosie "Lay All Your Love on Me" - Sky, Sophie, & Male Ensemble "Super Trouper" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie & Female Ensemble "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" - Female Ensemble "The Name of the Game" - Sophie & Bill "Voulez-Vous" - Ensemble "Entr'acte" - Orchestra "Under Attack" - Sophie & Ensemble "One of Us" - Donna "SOS" - Donna & Sam "Does Your Mother Know" - Tanya, Pepper & Ensemble "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - Sam "Our Last Summer" - Harry & Donna "Slipping Through My Fingers" - Donna & Sophie "The Winner Takes It All" - Donna "Take a Chance on Me" - Rosie & Bill "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - Sam, Donna & Company "I Have a Dream" - Sophie
A bold new musical honours the Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley, whose indelible songs and rebellious spirit continue to inspire millions around the world. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets are available on Lonson Theatre now. Bob Marley's life story is an extraordinary one, and Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical provides both drama and celebratory stories in one. The artist began playing at a young age, inspired by a combination of Jamaican ska music and the R&B that he heard on US radio stations. With his group the Wailers, he became a reggae pioneer — and then a global star when Eric Clapton covered "I Shot the Sheriff," reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. That was followed by the huge success of "No Woman, No Cry." However, it wasn't all smooth sailing for Marley. He survived an attempt on his life, which led to him leaving Jamaica — although he later returned to perform at a concert attempting to broker political peace. His hit single "One Love" exemplifies that ethos, and will also feature in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical London production. Marley tragically died of cancer in 1981, departing with the wise words "Money can't buy life." Clint Dyer, deputy artistic director of the National Theatre, directs this exciting new show, which has a book by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and is led by Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley. Kene was Olivier Award nominated for his play Misty and his performance in Death of a Salesman, and played another iconic musician, Sam Cooke, in the play One Night in Miami. The Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical West End production has the blessing of Marley's family — and full access to his incomparable back catalogue. Tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical are available now. Book your Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets on London Theatre today.
Putting Mischief Theatre firmly on the map, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to leave audiences in fits of giggles at the Duchess Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Play That Goes Wrong plays follows a fictional troupe. Aiming to put on their annual show, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are in the middle of rehearsals for "Murder at Haversham Manor", a 1920s murder mystery. But, as the title suggests, it's not so easy for them. See the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! The Play That Goes Wrong play received its world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, entertaining just 60 theatregoers a night. Now, thousands of audience members are entertained by Mischief’s trademarks hijinks each week in The Play That Goes Wrong West End performances. It’s even premiered in Australia and on Broadway, so something must have gone right, right? It’s the world-renowned theatre company’s first show in a West End theatre. Since then, Mischief Theatre shows in London include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and Magic Goes Wrong. They've also brought their trademark improvisational skills to the West End in Mischief Movie Night performances. But, if you’re wanting to see the original ‘Goes Wrong’, then you’ve come to the right place. Tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong are available now. Book your The Play That Goes Wrong tickets on London Theatre today.
One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has terrified audiences at the Fortune Theatre in London since 1989. The Woman in Black tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black play tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kipps enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed. The Woman in Black first opened in Scarborough in 1987 before transferring to London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 1989. The Woman in Black London performances have run at the Fortune Theatre since August of that year, and is the West End’s second longest-running non-musical production, behind The Mousetrap. Hill’s novel has become a staple piece of literature on many school curriculums, with many classes experiencing the play to aid their studies. Despite the success of the book and the films, there is no substitute for seeing the spine-tingling horrors of The Woman in Black live, on-stage. This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable time in the performance. Recommended for ages 12+. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There may be large school groups present at performances. Tickets to The Woman in Black are available now. Book your The Woman in Black tickets on London Theatre today.
Wicked has taken the world of musical theatre by storm. Wicked's London production, which continues to run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End has now entered the ranks of London's long-running shows. Wicked tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Wicked musical lifts the curtain on one of the most popular stories of all time, to show an alternative reading of 'The Wizard of Oz' that challenges our preconceptions of what is 'good' and what is considered 'wicked'. The unlikely friendship of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz University leads to a powerful tale of love, acceptance and friendship that will speak to audiences of all ages and delight those familiar with the original wonderful story. Winner of over 100 international awards, the Wicked musical has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for almost two decades and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now the ninth longest-running West End musical of all time. Wicked began previews in London on 7 Sept. 2006, with an official opening on 27 Sept. 2006. The show celebrates its 15th anniversary on 28 Sept. 2021 and has been seen by over 10 million people. The Wicked musical is based on Gregory Maguire's novel, and the musical features a score by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Baker's Wife) and a book by Winnie Holzman. Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.The original Broadway production continues to play to packed houses, redefining modern musical theatre for an entire generation. Tickets to Wicked are available now. Book your Wicked tickets on London Theatre today. Pre Visit Requirements (ATG)MaskWe recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Health checkWhen you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.Wicked the Musical FilmFollowing the success of the stage production, it is only natural that fans have questioned whether a film version of the musical is on the cards. We spoke to the Producer of the show Marc Platt, and asked him when fans can expect to see Wicked on the big screen:"The process and development of the movie has begun in earnest and it will happen when the material is at a place where we feel, as the creators, that the adaptation of it will be as satisfying as a film as it is in a theatre. That could be tomorrow or it could be a year from now - I don't know the answer to that, it IS in the process, we have just set the bar really high. We're not shooting to a release date - we want the film to be unique and satisfying as the stage experience which is still terribly successful."Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights, will direct the Wicked film. Original book writer Winnie Holzman is also on board to write the screenplay, and Producers are making sure that all the vital elements come together to make it the best version of the film that it could possibly be.Book your Wicked musical tickets, playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Tickets for Wicked in the West End are available now.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is at the Aldwych Theatre. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical tickets are available on London Theatre now. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee. She shot to fame in the mid-1950s singing with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, originally under the name "Little Ann." She became Tina Turner in 1960 and began the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with hits such as "River Deep - Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits", selling-out tickets to shows in stadiums and arenas across the world. She has since spoken openly about being a victim of domestic abuse and split from Ike in 1976. She obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and currently lives in Küsnacht, Switzerland. Tina - The Tina Turner Musical* chronicles the life of the rock 'n' roll legend who brought us hit songs like "What's Love Got to Do With It", "Proud Mary", "The Best", "River Deep Mountain High" and "Better Be Good To Me". Find out more about Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in London. Adrienne Warren originated the role of Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. She made her Broadway debut in 2012 when she appeared in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Bring It On at the St James Theatre. She then went on to star in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which saw her nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Tina Turner's story was previously presented in the film 'What's Love Got to Do with It?' directed by Brian Gibson. Released in 1993 it starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner. The stage musical Soul Sister was devised by John Miller and Pete Brooks and produced by Bill Kenwright and John Miller. It ran at The Hackney Empire in 2012 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre where it was nominated for an Olivier Award. This new musical, however, is the first musical Turner is directly involved with. Tickets to Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are available now. Book your Tina: The Tina Turner Musical tickets on London Theatre today. Important COVID Entry RequirementsMaskYou are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.
The West End phenomenon Six the Musical continues to take London by storm. Six the Musical tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Six musical tells the story of the six wives of Henry VIII like you've never heard before. This Six musical spectacular brings the wives - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr - right into the 21st century with a score that includes power ballads, techno beats and absolute anthems for an unforgettable lesson in history and girl power. There’s plenty of incredibly catchy songs by writing team Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss including “Get Down,” “All You Wanna Do,” and “Haus of Holbein” — a techno-infused song based on the German painter. Following success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, the Six musical went from strength to strength with a transfer to London's West End, a UK tour and five Olivier award nominations in 2019 including Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical (for the complete cast of Aimie Atkinson, Alexia McIntosh, Millie O'Connell, Natalie Paris, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Jarneia Richard-Noel.) Six began London performances at the Arts Theatre in 2019. Since then, Six London shows have taken place at three West End venues: the Arts, the Lyric Theatre and now the Vaudeville Theatre. The Vaudeville Theatre is deemed the show’s “forever home.” The Six cast features an all-female company who play all six wives. The show is highly praised for celebrating its alternate cast; members of the company who play all the wives at a moment’s notice. Six also hosts singalong performances. Find out more about Six singalong performances on our show page. The Six London score is revered for each Queen's inspiration from modern pop superstars, such as Adele, Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, Jessie J and more. The musical includes an all-female band performing onstage. Tickets to Six the Musical are available now. Book your Six the Musical tickets on London Theatre today.