See female-led West End musicals for Women’s History Month
Some holidays take place at different times of year around the world. However, March is the month to celebrate the global power of womanhood. Mother’s Day in the UK usually takes place in March and International Women’s Day happens on 8 March. Throughout March and all year round, make it your mission to see as many shows as possible that put women’s stories on the map.
Whether it’s seeing a show with an all-female cast like Six, or witnessing the joys of womanly friendship and sisterhood in Sister Act, Frozen, and Wicked, these female-led stories deserve to be encouraged, championed, and celebrated. See inspirational female characters and catch a great show in the West End for Women’s History Month.
There’s no way you can miss Six in the West End. The pop musical fuses contemporary music styles with historical events — specifically the lives of Henry VIII’s wives — to create a feminist retelling of Tudor history that puts women at the centre of the story. Catherine of Aragon sings about the Church of England with a Beyoncé flair. Jane Seymour channels Adele in a heartfelt ballad. Catherine Parr reclaims her narrative in sensational style. By the end of the 80-minute musical, Tudor her-story will never be the same. Discover more about the SIX wives before seeing Six in London.
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For over 15 years, West End audiences have flocked to the Apollo Victoria Theatre for a slice of theatre magic, courtesy of Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked. The two witches harness their powers in Oz as young women. But as they grow older, one decides to find the goodness in everyone, while the other becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. While Elphaba and Glinda may seem like polar opposites, they’re actually close friends, and their tight-knit bond makes their complicated relationship struggle even more. See Elphaba take to the western skies and Glinda fly in a bubble in Wicked.
Sadly, Tina Turner doesn’t perform on stage night after night in London. But Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has a concert atmosphere to rival the O2 Arena. Relive the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s life in this powerful show which details her shining moments in the public eye, as well as her harrowing upbringing and a lifetime of relationship abuse.
Tina Turner’s legendary music status is solidified in this musical, too; there’s hit after hit which you’ll want to sing along to. And Tina Turner served as a creative consultant for the musical, a surefire way to know that Tina’s jukebox musical will go down as simply the best musical. See the original production at London’s Aldwych Theatre.
Show me love, show me life, show me independent, badass female characters onstage. William Shakespeare’s fated protagonist, Juliet, is now a hardened heroine who lives to tell the Romeo and Juliet tale. Instead, she travels to Paris and finds herself in a whirlwind journey of self-discovery. Even though it sounds cliche, Juliet will be stronger than yesterday. Plus, the & Juliet score is Spotify streaming-worthy too — there are songs by female music icons like Ariana Grande, P!nk, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and more.
Hallelujah! Our prayers are answered! Raise your voice with The Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith at Sister Act this summer. The West End’s star-studded convent will be led by the British Queen of Soul, Beverley Knight, as disco diva-turned-nun Deloris van Cartier. A bevy of world-renowned stars and up-and-coming talent will star in Sister Act, too, including Keala Settle, Jennifer Saunders and Hairspray star Lizzie Bea. Be a part of the congregation and go to church at Sister Act!
Put an ABBA song on in a bar, and dozens of women will probably sing along as they channel their inner dancing queen. ABBA music changed the future of pop, and now, their songs are immortalised forevermore in Mamma Mia!, a jukebox musical which celebrates women at all stages of their life.
There’s Sophie Sheridan, a young bride-to-be who invites her three potential fathers to her Greek island to solve her paternal dilemma. Her mother, Donna Sheridan, invites her friends, Rosie and Tanya, to celebrate Sophie’s nuptials, and the trio reunite for a dynamic singsong. Mamma Mia! Is the ultimate feel-good musical for women.