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 rain in Spain… stays mainly in the West End! New York’s Lincoln Center Theater 2018 production of My Fair Lady transfers to the London Coliseum. Grow accustomed to the Lerner and Loewe musical as it returns to the West End for the first time in over two decades. My Fair Lady tickets are available on London Theatre now. The My Fair Lady musical tells of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, who is turned into a lady with the help of phonetics professor Henry Higgins. While she’s being transformed, Eliza loses her accent — and her sense of self. In this revival, Eliza gains a new sense of agency, paving her own path. That’s down to director Bartlett Sher reinterpreting the My Fair Lady ending, and gaining approval from the estates and foundations of My Fair Lady creators Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play, Pygmalion. Adapting Pygmalion into the My Fair Lady musical became Lerner and Loewe’s runaway success; their musical repertoire includes Brigadoon, Camelot, and Gigi. Following a Broadway premiere in 1956, My Fair Lady London eventually came to its London setting in 1958, and has since been revived in the West End three times. This London revival will be the first in 21 years — Martine McCutcheon and Jonathan Pryce starred in My Fair Lady in 2001. This production of My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 2018. My Fair Lady ran on Broadway for 15 months, and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning a Tony for Best Costume Design. Now the show has a renewed energy, so you’ll need to grow accustomed to the musical once more. Tickets to My Fair Lady are available now. Book your My Fair Lady tickets on London Theatre.
We’re sailing back on the S. S. America, as Anything Goes returns to the Barbican in 2022. Anything Goes tickets are available on London Theatre now. Anything Goes is a musical set on a cruise liner heading from New York to London. It’s not all smooth sailing for those on board the S. S. American though. Sometimes destiny and the path to true love needs a bit of guidance, including a crew of singing and dancing sailors and disguises. Will stowaway Billy Crocker and heiress Hope Harcourt have their happy ending? "Anything Goes" on board this ship. The London musical revival of Anything Goes was first staged on Broadway in 2011, starring Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney. On Broadway, Anything Goes won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Anything Goes then played a summer run at the Barbican in 2021, and the show was extended numerous times due to audience demand. The 2022 Anything Goes London production stars Kerry Ellis as Reno Sweeney, and Bonnie Langford as Evangeline Harcourt. Denis Lawson will play Moonface Martin, and Simon Callow will play Elisha Whitney. Anything Goes features music by the iconic American composer and lyricist, Cole Porter. Songs in Anything Goes include “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “Friendship” and “You’re The Top”. Other notable songs by Cole Porter include “Too Darn Hot” from Kiss Me, Kate and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Tickets to Anything Goes are available now. Book your Anything Goes tickets on London Theatre today. Production photography of the 2021 Barbican cast.
The Book of Mormon is at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Book The Book of Mormon tickets on London Theatre. The Book of Mormon musical follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. It features hilarious songs like "Hello", "All American Prophet", "I Believe" and "I Am Africa". The Book of Mormon is by South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Book of Mormon development began in 2003 when Parker and Stone were noticed by Lopez in the audience of a performance of Avenue Q. They went for drinks and quickly conceived the idea of writing a musical based around Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The Book of Mormon opened in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013. The Book of Mormon arrived in London to instant success, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Find out more about The Book of Mormon in London. Tickets to The Book of Mormon are available now. Book your The Book of Mormon 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
Fra Fee and Amy Lennox welcome audiences to Cabaret. The Playhouse Theatre is transformed into the Kit Kat Club. Cabaret tickets are available on London Theatre now. This production offers an exciting chance to discover, or revisit, Kander and Ebb’s still hugely resonant musical. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s short stories and John Van Druten’s play, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s show is set in early 1930s Berlin, where American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets English cabaret singer Sally Bowles, a performer at the Kit Kat Club. But the rise of Nazism threatens this hedonistic Weimar Republic haven. Rebecca Frecknall, whose luminous production of Tennessee Willliams’s Summer and Smoke at the Almeida won an Olivier Award, directs the Cabaret London run, with Tom Scutt providing set and costume design, and choreography by Julia Cheng. This new Cabaret West End production promises to be a very special audience experience. The Playhouse is reconfigured to seat viewers in the round, creating more intimacy and immersing us in the action — and limiting capacity to just 550. The celebrated Cabaret musical opened on Broadway in November 1966, directed by Harold Prince, and has been a hit on both stage and screen, with Bob Fosse’s film version, starring Liza Minnelli, winning eight Oscars. Dame Judi Dench led the original West End version, and, in 1993, Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse production, starring Jane Horrocks and Alan Cumming, was greatly acclaimed. Cumming returned for the 2014 Broadway revival, which starred first Michelle Williams, then Emma Stone, and finally Sienna Miller. Cabaret’s enduring success is partly down to its indelible score, with songs like “Wilkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Meir Herr,” “Money,” and, or course, the great torch song “Maybe This Time.” The Cabaret London revival will also include a Prologue Company. The Prologue Company will entertain audiences before the Cabaret musical begins. Get ready to be welcomed into the Kit Kat Club in style. Tickets to Cabaret are available now. Book Cabaret tickets on London Theatre today. ## Pre Visit Requirements Mask We recommend that you wear a mask 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.
Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in a brand-new version of Cinderella with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cinderella tickets are available on London Theatre now. The revisionist take on the classic fairytale reimagines Cinderella as a punk princess. She has been cast out by her family and her town, and she and her prince cannot publicly admit their feelings for each other. Though Cinderella does make it to the ball, it's not a smooth pumpkin carriage ride — she contends with the male gaze and beauty standards along the way. Carrie Hope Fletcher is best known for her musical stage performances in Les Misérables as Fantine and Éponine, which she returned to in 2019 to appear in the all-star concert before returning to the full West End production at the Sondheim Theatre. Fletcher also originated the role of Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical in London. The Cinderella musical features an original book by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell. As well as writing Promising Young Woman, which won her an Academy Award, Fennell’s credits include leading the script of season two of BBC's Killing Eve, as well as appearing on screen in Netflix's The Crown, playing Camilla Parker Bowles. Cinderella also features a new score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel. It will be the second time the English composer has partnered with American lyricist — whose other musical work includes City of Angels and Disney's Hercules — since The Woman in White in 2004. Laurence Connor directs the Cinderella musical, with choreography by JoAnn Hunter, reuniting the creatives after they worked together on Lloyd Webber's musicals School of Rock and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Connor's other musical work includes Chess and Miss Saigon in the West End. Tickets to Cinderella are available now. Book Cinderella tickets on London Theatre today.
Omigod you guys! Legally Blonde is back in London. Join fashionista lawyer Elle Woods as she teaches audiences a lesson to remember — being true to yourself never goes out of style. Get ready to perfect your bend and snap at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Legally Blonde tickets are available on London Theatre now. Just like the Legally Blonde film, the Legally Blonde musical follows UCLA fashion merchandising major, Elle Woods. She’s a headstrong, popular woman, whose collegiate career is what dreams are made of. When her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, splits up with Elle to head east to Harvard Law School, she takes matters into her own hands. Leaving her Delta Nu sisters to enroll at Harvard Law too, Elle discovers there’s more to herself than hair dye, a good wardrobe, and friends. What, like being at Harvard Law is hard? Legally Blonde is based on the 2001 film of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods. The new Legally Blonde London production will be directed by Lucy Moss, who has previously made history as the youngest female Broadway director for Six. She's already proved herself on directing girl power musicals, so we’re excited to see what Moss has up her sleeve. Even though the Legally Blonde story stays faithful to the film, there's an original score, with music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe. When Legally Blonde premiered on Broadway in 2007, the musical gained a cult following thanks to songs like "What You Want," "Positive," and "Whipped Into Shape." The musical didn't win any Tony Awards though, and closed after 18 months on Broadway. When Legally Blonde opened in London, the musical enjoyed greater success, running for three years and winning three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Legally Blonde is the first production as part of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2022 season. The season is rounded off by 101 Dalmatians and Antigone. Tickets to Legally Blonde are available now. Book your Legally Blonde tickets on London Theatre today.