8 West End Mums We Love
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite mothers currently on stage in the West End.
And what better way to say thanks to the mother figure in your life (and remind her why you’re her favourite) than a trip to the theatre?
“Mamma Mia!” – Donna
Bringing up a daughter and building a hotel from scratch on an idyllic Greek Island, Donna is an all-singing, all-dancing super mum. Now celebrating 20 years in the West End, “Mamma Mia!” is the perfect feel-good show with a touching mother/daughter story set to your favourite ABBA tunes!
“Come From Away” – Beverley Bass
As the first female captain of an American Airlines aircraft, Captain Beverley Bass was one of the pilots forced to divert her plane to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. West End favourite Rachel Tucker takes on the role of this hardworking, determined woman in the London production of this award-winning Broadway musical.
“Fiddler on the Roof” – Golde
As a mother of five daughters, Golde wants to ensure her children find good husbands to help them live an easier life than she and her husband. Despite her traditional values, she is secretly a sentimental woman who just wants to make a proper home for her family. Following a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, don’t miss the highly-anticipated West End transfer of this five-star musical.
“Waitress” – Jenna
After finding out she is expecting a baby, expert pie-maker Jenna starts saving up in the hope she can escape from her abusive husband and start a better life for her and her baby. But when her daughter is born, Jenna finally sees a new purpose as she now feels she has someone to live for. Katharine McPhee brings Jenna’s character to life in this ‘slice of five star musical pie’ at the Savoy Theatre.
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” – Margaret
Based on the true story of sixteen year old Jamie Campbell, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” features arguably one of the most heartfelt representations of family relationships and acceptance in the West End. Look out for the stunning song, ‘He’s My Boy’, which Margaret sings about her son. Don’t forget to enter the daily TodayTix Lottery for your chance to win £20 Front Row tickets!
“Admissions” – Sherri
Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) plays the character of Sherri in this ‘entirely gripping’ (The Sunday Times) award-winning comedy that explores issues of privilege and social power. As the Head of Admissions at a private school, Sherri’s professional ambitions collide with her personal values when her son fails to get a place at his university of choice. Book exclusive £25 front row tickets now!
“Les Miserables” – Fantine
Abandoned by her lover and left unable to take care of her daughter Cosette, Fantine is forced to leave her child in the care of the Thernardiers and finds work in a factory to pay for her upkeep. With the heartbreaking song “I Dreamed A Dream”, her ultimate downfall sees her being forced to turn to prostitution and selling her hair in order to support her child. Make sure you pack the tissues!
“Emilia” – Emilia
Shakespeare’s Globe’s “extraordinarily rousing new play” reveals the story of Emilia Bassano — the poet, mother and feminist who is thought to have inspired the ‘Dark Lady’ in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. With an all-female company and a powerful monologue about what it means to be a mother, this empowering play gives a voice to a forgotten female historical figure.
Whether your mum prefers an upbeat musical or a gripping drama, the West End is bursting with shows that will be sure to hit the sweet spot this Mother’s Day.