8 London Shows With Movie Versions To Watch This Month
It’s always exciting to hear that your favourite movie is being made into a musical, or discover the show you love actually has a movie version too.
Below are some of the best and brightest stage shows in London right now, that are also films. Once you’ve seen them on stage, you can go home, watch the film and play spot the difference!
1. School of Rock
When down-and-out rocker Dewey (originally played by Jack Black in the movie) gets a job at a fancy school, he decides to turn his students into rockers so they can compete in a battle of the bands. Andrew Lloyd-Webber‘s new musical adaptation of School of Rock shows that young performers can rock out just as hard as the grown ups!
2. Kinky Boots
Based on the true story of a struggling shoe factory in Northampton, the movie Kinky Boots was released in 2005 and inspired this hit musical, currently in the West End, Broadway, Australia and Sweden!
3. The Bodyguard
The incredible musical The Bodyguard is the stage adaptation of the iconic movie starring Whitney Houston. The Queen of UK Soul, Beverley Knight, has been bringing down the house in the role of superstar Rachel Marron, a singer in need of a bodyguard after her family is threatened. You can get tickets to see Beverley from the front row with our exclusive Front Row Lottery.
4. Phantom of the Opera
Although the classic musical’s story originally comes from a book, The Phantom of the Opera has a tonne of movie versions. So you can enjoy the incredible stage show, and then go back and discover the history of the show through cinema.
5. Les Misérables
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Based on Roald Dahl‘s beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fun-filled musical. If you’ve enjoyed the movie versions, one with the late Gene Wilder and another with Johnny Depp, a live version of this magical story will be right up your street. Don’t forget, you can get exclusive mobile Rush tickets through the TodayTix app!
7. Half A Sixpence
If you ever enjoyed the classic movie version of Half A Sixpence, starring Tommy Steele, you’ll be excited to have a chance to see this fun, family musical in London this year. Charlie Stemp plays Steele’s role, Arthur Kipps, a working-class man propelled into high society when he unexpectedly comes into a fortune.
8. The Woman In Black
The spookiest show in the West End, The Woman In Black, originates from Susan Hill‘s book but has also had movie versions. There’s a TV adaptation as well as the more recent film of the same name starring Daniel Radcliffe.