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8 London Shows To See This April

30 March 2017 by Emily Moulder
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Spring has officially sprung and the West End is buzzing with lots of great shows to see this month. If you’re not sure what to set a TodayTix alert for, here’s our guide to some fantastic theatre you can see in London this April.

The Philanthropist


Trafalgar Studios, 3 April – 22 July

Featuring a collection of TV talents, The Philanthropist is a ‘bourgeois comedy’, following characters whose priorities may be slightly out of sync with the rest of the world. In the play, not only has the Prime Minister and his cabinet been assassinated, but England’s most celebrated writers are being picked off one by one! In the bubble of university life however, the characters wrestle with sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. Starring Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), model and actress Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner).

This Joint is Jumpin’

Photo Credit: This Join is Jumpin'
Photo Credit: This Join is Jumpin’

The Other Palace Studio, 4 April – 15 April

In a whirlwind celebration of the iconic Fats Waller’s life and music, don’t miss This Join Is Jumpin’. Michael Mwenso and The Shakes are joined by hoofers Michela Lerman and Joseph Wiggan perform classic hits like “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Black and Blue”, “Honeysuckle Rose”.

Whisper House

Photo Credit: The Whisper House
Photo Credit: Whisper House

The Other Palace – 6 April – 27 May

From the Tony Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening and American Psycho, experience the chilling atmosphere of Whisper House. Starring Simon Lipkin, Niamh Perry and Dianne Pilkington, Whisper House features a thrillingly original rock score with an eerie and unforgettable tale about learning to embrace the unknown.


Photo Credit: Carousel/ENO
Photo Credit: Carousel/ENO

London Coliseum, 7 April – 13 May

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel brings the London Coliseum life with a semi-staged version, starring opera singers Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. Years after getting mixed up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Billy vows to restore pride to his family in the this timeless musical about family and forgiveness.

The Braille Legacy 


Charing Cross Theatre, 10 April – 24 June

The Braille Legacy tells the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, the young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as everyone else. His aspirations lead to him improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. By sheer determination and courage, he stumbles upon something revolutionary: a simple idea, a genius invention and a legacy that lives on today.

Angels In America: Part 1 – Millennium Approaches/Part 2 – Perestroika

Photo Credit: National Theatre
Photo Credit: National Theatre

National Theatre (Lyttelton Theatre), 11 April – 19 August

Tony Kushner’s iconic two-part play, Angels In America, comes to the National Theatre. Prior Walter is living with AIDS in 1980s New York and as he struggles with his new reality, he is visited by an Angel claiming he is a prophet. Meanwhile, lawyers struggle with morality, drug-addicted wives grapple with loveless marriages and boyfriends face up to their weaknesses. This incredible play also features an all-star cast: Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey!

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Photo Credit: Shitfaced Shakespeare
Photo Credit: Sh*t-faced Shakespeare

Leicester Square Theatre, 11 April – 16 September

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare is the hilarious show where one of Shakespeare’s stories is performed with one slight difference – one of the cast members is incredibly drunk. One cast member is selected at random and given four hours to drink before taking to the stage. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other… What could go wrong?

Audra McDonald

Photo Credit:m Audra MacDonald
Photo Credit: Audra McDonald

Leicester Square Theatre, 12 April – 15 April

The winner of more Tony Awards than she can count, Audra McDonald, will perform with host & pianist Seth Rudetsky and her husband Will Swenson at the Leicester Square Theatre. The evening will be a mix of personal stories, backstage memories as well as Broadway classics – don’t miss your chance to see this powerhouse star in London!

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