8 Shows to See in London for the Easter Holiday
Looking for the perfect theatre outing during the Easter holidays? We’ve got you covered, with top tips for all the best family-friendly fare, plus the must-see shows to catch this Easter break.
Lay all your love on this feel-good hit, which just celebrated 20 years in the West End. Featuring the indelible songs of ABBA, travel to a Greek island where soon-to-be-wed Sophie hunts through mum Donna’s diary to find her father. If you enjoyed the recent movie sequel, check out the show that began it all – guaranteed to give your family’s dancing queens (and kings!) the time of their lives.
Small town waitress Jenna dreams of escape, and her gift for baking – passed down by her mother – might be the answer, thanks to a lucrative upcoming competition. The luminous Katharine McPhee is only playing Jenna until June, so get your tickets booked quickly to catch her in this treat of a musical. Plus see the rest of the funny and warm-hearted supporting cast, including Marisha Wallace, David Hunter and “30 Rock’s” Jack McBrayer.
This spellbinding show, telling the ‘untold’ tale of the witches of Oz, is West End magic at its best: astonishing costumes and special effects, plus the all-important thrilling story, score, and company. Its combination of fantastical adventures and resonant themes means there’s plenty for both older and younger viewers.
Royally good fun, this must-see new musical phenomenon has taken London by storm. Henry VIII’s wives reclaim their story from the “Divorced, beheaded…” mantra we all know from school, with a series of empowering, pop-tastic numbers – herstory at its most kickass, and in a newcomer-friendly concert format. Plus, at just 75 minutes, it’s perfect paired with a family meal out.
Fiddler on the Roof
Rediscover this classic show – with songs like “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Tradition” – in a dynamic revival by Trevor Nunn. Andy Nyman stars as the beleagured Jewish father trying to arrange marriages for his defiant daughters, who all have their own ideas about the husbands, and lives, they want to have. Nunn’s gripping production features relatable family drama, as well as spectacular song-and-dance sequences.
School of Rock
Based on the Jack Black film, wannabe musician Dewey finds a new band in the talented pupils of Horace Green school – and sparks a rock ‘n’ roll rebellion. Featuring a book by “Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes and songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical’s big draw is the kids’ astonishing live musical performances. Sure to fire up everyone’s inner rock god!
Rip It Up
If “Strictly Come Dancing” gets your family gathered round the TV, this is the perfect stage equivalent. Featuring a “boy band” of Aston Merrygold (JLS), Jay McGuiness (The Wanted), Harry Judd (McFly) and Olympic gymnastics champ Louis Smith, the fab four – plus a teeming cast of dancers and musicians – take you back to the Swinging Sixties, complete with cameos from the likes of Lulu.
Tim Minchin channels the mischievous spirit of Roald Dahl in this beloved British musical about a little girl with a big brain – and magic powers. The ideal theatre outing for younger viewers, but there’s plenty for all to enjoy, thanks to a witty script, innovative staging, soaring songs like “When I Grow Up,” plus a beautiful tribute to courage, love, storytelling and the imagination.