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11 Perfect Girls Night Shows for Galentine’s Day

6 February 2019 by Anna Troiano
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Who needs a Valentine when you can spend the day with your gals?

Right now, the London theatre scene is brimming with shows perfect for a Galentine’s night out with the girls. Check out these empowering plays and musicals each with fierce women at the helm both on and offstage.

SIX
Right now there is no show on the West End more ideal for a girls night than “SIX,” the story of six actual queens who proved they were influential AF without the man in their lives holding them back. Follow the musical mavens through their “historemix” as they rewrite the patriarchal past with songs about their achievements as female rulers of Britain.

Rosalie Craig in “Company”

Company
Stephen Sondheim’s stirring musical comedy “Company” gets the female-forward treatment in this gender-bent production directed by another powerhouse woman, Marianne Elliott. Take a night out to revel in the brilliance of two leading ladies of theatre, Rosalie Craig and Patti Lupone, in this progressive spin on a musical masterpiece.

Home, I’m Darling
If your feminist friends are fans of the ’50s aesthetic, Laura Wade’s provocative new play fits the bill perfectly. The five-star West End show’s production design will satisfy your eyes while pricking your mind at the same time. Katherine Parkinson (“The IT Crowd”) stars in this heady play, delivering a thoughtful performance about pushing the “right to choose” so far that it reverts back on itself.

Sara Bareilles

Waitress
If you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your favourite group of close girlfriends, you will love this show featuring its own group of close girlfriends – the lovely ladies of “Waitress,” helping each other get through the day at an American diner. Enjoy your own mini sweet pies being sold in the aisles as you take in this musical written entirely by women with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and book by Jessie Nelson, based on the film by Adrienne Shelley.

Alys, Always
If you and your friends are the sort of women who seek out suspense, an evening at “Alys, Always” is certain to provide some drama and intrigue. In this psychological thriller at the Bridge Theatre, the heroine Frances lies her way into a coveted position among the social elite only to find out the hard way how easy it is to slide all the way back down.

Matilda the Musical
You’d be hard-pressed to find a show with a more empowering message than a girl who reads so much her mind becomes capable of magic. This hilarious and touching musical comedy based on the much-loved children’s novel by Roald Dahl will have you and your friends both in tears and in stitches, and you can even bond over the catchy tunes that will be stuck in your head long after.

All About Eve
This mind-bending thriller is a must-see whether your gaggle of gals is made up of twentysomething queens or mature theatregoers who’ve been friends for decades. Indeed, the suspense revolves around society’s obsession with women and aging, especially when it comes to celebrity. A duo of fierce leading women Gillian Anderson and Lily James star in this classic tale of jealousy and ambition.

9 to 5 the Musical
Spend Galentine’s Day with the spunky and cunning women of “9 to 5 the Musical” with original music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. After a long day at your respective offices dealing with irksome bosses, you and your girlfriends will enjoy a night out to see the rambunctious ladies of “9 to 5” stick it to the man – in this case, the literal man who terrorises their working lives.

My Name is Lucy Barton
The critically acclaimed play “My Name is Lucy Barton” is an astounding showcase of female talent, from Laura Linney’s masterful one-woman performance to Rona Munro’s “skillfully and faithfully adapted” script of Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling novel (Evening Standard). Given its moving examination of mother-daughter relationships among other poignant considerations in a woman’s life, this is a perfect play for some quality time with the female friends you love most.

Mamma Mia!
This feel-good staple of the West End is an obvious choice if you want a guaranteed joyful evening for you and your favourite “Dancing Queens.” The musical comedy favourite is wall-to-wall fun and cheer with the heartfelt relationship between a mother and daughter at its core. To top it off, you can enjoy live performances of all your favourite ABBA songs !

Songs for Nobodies
With this astonishing one-woman show starring Bernadette Robinson, you’ll have a ticket to see performances by five iconic songstresses for the price of one. Robinson has the astounding ability to transform her voice to sound like history’s fiercest female singers, including Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. Bring your girlfriends for a joyous night out and leave amazed.