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
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.
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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theatre. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.The critically acclaimed production is the most awarded new play in theatre history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play. The production has also won 25 major US awards with six Tony Awards including Best Play and is now running at the Palace Theatre in London's West End.The production features a cast of over forty, and is one play presented in two Parts intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is set "nineteen years later". The production is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett. It features set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and went on to become to one of the most-coveted productions in West End history, winning a record nine Olivier Awards from a record-breaking 11 nominations. Award wins included best new play, best director for Tiffany, best actor, actress and actor in supporting roles, and set, costume, sound and lighting design. In conjunction with the play's premiere, the script was published and sold over 2 million copies in the first two days of release in North America, and over 800,000 copies in its first week in the UK.The play subsequently transferred to Broadway, where it won six Tony Awards including best play, and productions are now running in Melbourne and San Francisco, with Canadian and German productions set for 2020.Why is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in two Parts?Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a fitting eighth story to the Harry Potter franchise, and thus is an epic story. In order to tell the story in full, it is told across two Parts, and audiences are meant to see the two Parts together. Audiences can either watch both Parts in one day - an afternoon performance of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two; or across consecutive evenings - Part One on a Thursday evening and Part Two on a Friday evening. When you book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets with LondonTheatre.co.uk, you will be buying tickets to both Parts together, either for two performances in one day, or across two nights. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review round-upReviews of the production were unanimously positive when the play first opened in the West End. Here is a selection of quotes from London theatre critics:[It] is a work that will thrill new audiences as well as regular theatregoers alike -- some 50% of the audience is reported to be first-timers -- and could inspire and encourage a whole new generation to make theatre part of their lives. Mark Shenton for LondonTheatre.co.uk (read the full review)"It's a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze. For any Potterhead who can get their hands on a ticket, it will no doubt be a fantastic experience..." Jack Shepherd for the Independent"This is a production that thrills at the aura of possibility lurking in the Victorian splendour of the theatre itself, a bygone age of smoke and mirrors." Dominic Cavendish for The TelegraphHarry Potter and the Cursed Child trailer<iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M6wEiYdCuTs" width="100%"To book official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets, use the widget on this page, or book a combined ticket & hotel package. Tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are available now. Book your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets on London Theatre today.
Adapted from the incomparable children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company that continues to delight audiences in the West End. Matilda the Musical tickets are available on London Theatre. Matilda The Musical tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. After opening at the RSC's home in Stratford upon Avon, the musical transferred to the West End where it was greeted with a set of excellent reviews, with critics praising not only the charm of the score and book, but also the ingenious staging by director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Peter Darling. Since opening at the Cambridge Theatre in November 2011, the hit show has gone on to win over 50 major international awards, including 12 for Best Musical. Featuring a smart and witty original score by Tim Minchin, alongside an exciting book by Dennis Kelly, the Matilda musical adaptation is one of the most successful British musicals of modern times, and entertains audiences both old and young. The show went on to win seven Olivier Awards in 2012, marking the biggest overall win of any London musical. As well as winning the award for Best New Musical, the four young actresses who originated and shared the title role took home the collective award for Best Actress in a Musical. The show later transferred to Broadway, where it won five Tony Awards, and has since entertained audiences in Australia and across the United States. Featuring exceptional scenic design, fantastic choreography and staging and an incredible cast of young performers, Matilda the Musical will inspire audiences of all ages. The timeless story of a small girl's determination to challenge those above her for the greater good, combined with Roald Dahl's signature wit and naughtiness, makes this an unforgettable West End musical. Tickets to Matilda the Musical are available now. Book your Matilda the Musical tickets on London Theatre today.
International sensation The Choir of Man brings 80 minutes of unadulterated escapism and pure fun to London's West End. The Choir of Man tickets are available on London Theatre now.The Choir of Man is a great night at your local pub brought to glorious musical life on stage. Nine talented performers deliver reinventions of your favorite chart-topping classics, with songs by Adele, Guns'N'Roses, Sia and Paul Simon among the disparate numbers, all brought to roaring life in this new musical. Fresh harmonies mean you'll hear classics songs like you've never heard them before, mixed with meditations on community and resilience delivered in-between rip roaring musical numbers. It's like no pub concert you've ever seen before. The show's set also includes a working bar. The Choir of Man London audiences are welcome on stage to grab a pint and meet the boys before the show begins. A few lucky audience members might even be pulled up on stage during the show to experience a number up close. Wherever you are sitting, the musical's tap dancing and exuberant stomping is choreography like nothing you've experienced on the West End. The Choir of Man musical recently played the Playhouse Square Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, reopening the theatre to live performance with a sold-out run meet with rave reviews. Following its West End debut, the show will return to the US for a tour criss-crossing Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and many other cities besides. This instant classic is the creation of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, who also partnered on the crowd-pleasing musicals Noise Boys and Gobsmacked. The incredible choreography is by Freddie Huddleston, who has worked on Sky 1's Got To Dance and Lip Sync Battle UK among many other credits. Tickets to The Choir of Man are available now. Book your The Choir of Man tickets on London Theatre today