Gift Guide: Give these theatrical gifts to the West End lovers in your life this holiday season
The holiday season is in full swing. As you’re buying presents for your nearest and dearest, it can be tricky to think of inspiration for the right present. Instead of spending money on things that will collect dust around the house and be forgotten, give the gift of theatre instead. Create memories with friends and family together this Christmas.
If you’re looking for theatre inspiration this Christmastime, we’re here to help with a theatre gift guide for London theatre in 2021. Browse through our top picks for theatre tickets this winter season, all chosen with theatre lovers in mind. From West End classics to the newest hits, there’s a show for everyone. Put theatre tickets under the tree this Christmas.
Getting a gift for teenagers who are plugged into their Spotify playlists? Tell them to stop listening to the same old Christmas songs this holiday season, and let them hear the biggest pop anthems at & Juliet instead. The upbeat musical is a twist on Romeo & Juliet and follows Juliet as she travels to Paris to discover even more about herself. Think Shakespeare with a 21st century remix at & Juliet in London.
Have a friend who is sci-fi mad? If you know someone who has watched the Back to the Future films on repeat, then let them see the DeLorean up close at the Back to the Future musical. Marty McFly and Doc Brown take over the West End in this zany musical, filled with all the fan-favourite moments. Buckle up for 1.21 gigawatts of action!
Show friends and family that punk princesses rule by taking them to see Cinderella. The brand new Cinderella musical reimagines the traditional fairytale — Cinderella’s now an independent woman who does what she wants. Carrie Hope Fletcher plays the title princess in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest West End musical, and there are hilarious, adult moments too, courtesy of a zinging script by Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell.
Looking for that special gift for your jet-setting friend? Don’t travel far away for your next get-together. Head to Canada, via the Phoenix Theatre, to see Come From Away. The inspirational musical tells of 7,000 stranded air passengers who were diverted to Newfoundland, and how the local community welcomed their unexpected guests with open arms. Leave a place at the dinner table for those you love, and place a Come From Away ticket under the tree for that friend you don’t see often.
Don’t let Frozen theatre tickets slip out of your hand. Visit Arendelle and step foot in the ice palace at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane this Christmas. If your kids, nieces or nephews (or yourself, no shame here) have watched Frozen on repeat, see the Disney princesses in real life in the West End. Or, if you’re planning the coolest date night around, sip on a cocktail at the brand new Theatre Royal Drury Lane bar and watch Frozen in style.
Know a Hogwarts-mad person? Mischief is managed successfully once you’ve secured Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets. There’s magic in every moment during Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the most awarded play in history and one of the most defining pop culture events of the decade. See the latest Harry Potter story told in its original, two-part form, at the Palace Theatre.
Convince the biggest bookworm to close their latest read and see live theatre instead. Introduce them to the West End with Life of Pi, based on the award-winning Life of Pi novel and film adaptation. Unfortunately, there’s no real-life Richard Parker on stage, but there are beautiful puppets which will leave anyone convinced they’re at the zoo.
Feel-good festivities aren’t reserved for 25 December. Plan a girls’ night out with theatre tickets to Mamma Mia!, the ABBA jukebox musical. The sunny musical follows bride-to-be Sophie as she invites her three potential dads to the Greek island where she lives. One of them will walk down the aisle. It won’t be who you expect. Have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!
Want to treat your partner with a getaway, but don’t want to leave the UK? There’s no need to hit the Eurostar anymore. You can can can imagine you’re in Paris at Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The hit musical, based on the award-winning film of the same name, tells the infamous love story of Christian and Satine, set to over 70 pop songs like “Chandelier,” “Lady Marmalade,” and of course “Come What May.”
Know a Bridgerton lover? Just want an elegant night out at the theatre? Combine the two with tickets to Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of), a novel take on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice to blow the cobwebs away, There are plenty of 1990s hits in there too, so get ready to sing (to yourself) and enjoy this classic story in a new light.
If you’ve got an older relative that solely listens to music released before 2000, treat them to The Drifters Girl tickets this Christmas. Discover more about the life and times of the Drifters in this new musical, starring the queen of British soul, Beverley Knight. The Drifters Girl is set to Drifters hits like “Save The Last Dance for Me” and “Stand By Me.”
Give Wicked tickets to the musical theatre lover in your life for Christmas, and secure seats to the most swankified musical in town. If you’re hyped about the new Wicked film, starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, see the original Wicked musical, which follows the two witches before they become the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.