Spooky shows to see in the West End this Halloween
Something wicked this way comes! Behind the bright lights of London’s shows, theatre ghosts and spooky spectaculars are transforming the West End into a Halloween lover’s paradise. There’s no tricks to be found here though, just plenty of West End treats!
From the witches of Oz in Wicked, the visions in Blithe Spirit, and the creatures in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Halloween in the West End guarantees a hair-raising theatrical night out. For an added Halloween flair, dress up for the theatre in a Halloween costume that’s inspired by your favourite show.
Witches, check. Flying monkeys, check. Magic spells, tick. If you want to see a bewitching Halloween musical, then look to the Western skies just like Elphaba in Wicked at check Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked follows promising young witch Elphaba as she’s paired up with sugary-sweet Glinda at Shiz University. As they journey to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it becomes apparent that walking down the yellow brick road is a path to being tricked.
WIcked is stuffed with musical theatre treats like “Defying Gravity” and “No Good Deed,” and over 10 million theatregoers have been spellbound by Wicked in London since the musical opened in 2006. Plan a trip to Oz this October for an unforgettable Halloween.
Could you discover the identity of the Woman in Black? It’s a worrying thought that plagues lawyer Arthur Kipps in this ghost story drama, which sees Arthur recount his ordeal to an actor as a form of exorcism to leave his ghosts behind. Even though The Woman in Black opened at London’s Fortune Theatre over 30 years ago, the scary thriller continues to have audiences jumping in their seats. The Woman in Black may be a slow burn, but it’s also a masterclass in spooky storytelling. The braver theatregoers among you will want to sit in the aisle… if you dare.
Feel the magic in your fingertips and in the air at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth Harry Potter story in the Hogwarts Wizarding World. Nineteen years after Harry, Ron, and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most-awarded play in theatre history, and is a theatrical treat for any Hogwarts fan. Now you can be on your way to Platform 9 ¾ in the West End, via the Palace Theatre. All witches and wizards are welcome.
See if you can solve the original Agatha Christie whodunnit — The Mousetrap. The play follows a group of holiday makers who are called in for police questioning. While they’re on holiday, a woman’s corpse has been found outside in the snow just metres away. One by one, they’re deemed innocent. But with guests becoming more suspicious of one another, tensions reach boiling point. Could there be another victim? Will more tragedy ensue?
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap’s storyline is kept under wraps, with cast members and audiences sworn to secrecy since its London opening in 1952. So the only way you’ll uncover who the murderer is by seeing The Mousetrap in all its glory at St. Martin’s Theatre.
Jennifer Saunders plays barmy clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, but she’s not conjuring the presence of any wanted guests. Instead, a dinner party goes awry pretty quickly when she makes contact with the dead, and an ex-wife of host Charles Condomine is sitting round the dinner table. Séances don’t come any more chaotic than this one.
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit has been haunting the minds of West End theatregoers for decades; recent revivals have starred Angela Lansbury and Alison Steadman. And now it’s the turn of Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, whose hilarious take will have you wishing you could head to the afterlife.
Would you be able to save the universe? That’s what one boy has to do, as he’s taken back in time to his 12th birthday in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Joined by his friend, the pair muster all their courage to fight for survival and ultimate glory. The Ocean at the End of the Lane may not scream “Halloween,” but its creepy Stranger Things aesthetic is bound to have audiences on tenterhooks.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s hit fantasy novel, and performances at the National Theatre secured three Olivier nominations. If you’re looking for mystery, magic and wonder, then you’ll have to go to the Duke of York’s Theatre, located coincidentally at the end of St. Martin’s Lane. Fortunately, there’s no ocean in the West End.