There are some great family musicals on at theatres in the West End, London this Summer. Why not take the kids down on the train and catch a show during the Summer holidays along with a few other tourist sights? Take a look at some of these fantastic options and treat your family to some tickets and an amazing day out!
Booking to 11th February 2024 – Lyceum Theatre, London
It’s The Circle of Life! Now in its 24th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, Disney’s The Lion King is a unique theatrical event seen by over 110 million people worldwide. As the sun rises on the plains of the Serengeti, watch in awe as giraffes, gazelles and birds bring the story of Simba to life in a spectacle unlike any other. Directed by Julie Taymor, this captivating reimagining of the beloved Disney animated feature won 6 Tony awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1997. Since then, the production has played in theatres all over the world, and embarked on multiple UK, US and international tours. With a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, and music and lyrics by Elton John, Tim Rice and Lebo M, the show has some of the most memorable songs in the Disney musical theatre canon, including Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.
Booking to 2nd June 2024 – Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
Defy Gravity! With music and lyrics by multi-Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and a book by Tony Award-nominee Winnie Holzman, Wicked is currently the 12th longest running show in West End history, having been seen at theApollo Victoria Theatre London by over eleven million people. Two-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello directs this “devilishly clever spin on The Wizard of Oz” (The Daily Telegraph), with musical staging by Tony-winner Wayne Cilento. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters, and reveals the magic that shaped the destinies of two unlikely friends on their remarkable journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. After the continuing success of the Broadway run, two US tours, two UK tours, and countless international productions, Wicked recently celebrated fifteen triumphant years at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. This essential West End musical is the winner of over 100 major international awards, including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy Award and ten theatregoer voted WhatsOnStage Awards (including three for ‘Best West End Show’).
Booking to 17th March 2024 – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Let it Go! FROZEN THE MUSICAL has arrived at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End with a sensational show that will give you chills. Starring all your favourite characters from the hit Disney film, FROZEN THE MUSICAL brings the magical world of Arendelle to London with a heart-warming performance that the whole family will adore. As well as all the cherished songs you know and love like ‘Let It Go’, you’ll get to hear even more toe-tappers written by Grammy® and Academy Award‐winning writers Kristen Anderson‐Lopez and Robert Lopez specifically for this production. This is your opportunity to enjoy the beloved Disney tale as you’ve never experienced it before.
20th August 2021 – 11th February 2024 – Adelphi Theatre, London
Great Scott! Olivier Award Winning musical BACK TO THE FUTURE is currently wowing audiences at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Adapting the iconic story BACK TO THE FUTURE for the stage are the movie’s creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. As well as original music by multi-Grammy Award winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, the show features timeless songs from the movie including The Power of Love, Johnny B Goode, and Back in Time. Directed by Tony® Award-winning director John Rando, the arrival of this plutonium-powered production means one thing’s for sure: musical theatre will never be the same again!
2nd June – 28th October 2023 – Dominion Theatre, London
It’s Grease Lightening! The world’s best-loved musical GREASE is returning to the West End’s Dominion Theatre in 2023 from the 2nd June until the 28th October only. Grittier and more glamorous than ever before. Having wowed audiences in 2022, the gritty, electrifying and ‘most dazzling version’ (Smooth FM) of the world’s best-loved musical will guest star Louise Redknapp as Teen Angel, Jason Donovan as Teen Angel, and Peter Andre as Vince Fontaine and Teen Angel in separate performances across the run*. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? Dan Partridge, Olivia Moore and Jocasta Almgill reprise their roles as Danny, Sandy and Rizzo, with more casting to be announced for this acclaimed production that’s bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want. GREASE THE MUSICAL is directed by the Leicester Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, and choreographed by the legendary Dame Arlene Phillips.
26th July – 27th August 2023 – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Good morning, Mr. SquarePants! THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is playing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of its upcoming UK tour! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and has become the hottest star on broadway? SpongeBob SquarePants! Starring Ru-Paul’s Drag Race legend Divina De Campo as Plankton, with Gareth Gates and Tom Read Wilson alternating the role of Squidward, and based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, with book by Kyle Jarrow and conceived by Tina Landau, features a tidal wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt. THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is a hilarious deep-sea pearl of a show that is set to make a splash with audiences young and old as the must-see musical of 2023.
23rd June – 3rd September 2023 – London Palladium
Somewhere Over the Rainbow! The Producer of the smash-hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presents a brand-new production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals; THE WIZARD OF OZ, is showing at the London Palladium. A sensational cast joins Dorothy and Toto this Summer at The London Palladium for an unforgettable adventure down the yellow brick road! Starring award-winning comedian and musical theatre star Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion, Dianne Pilkington as The Wicked Witch of The West, Louis Gaunt as The Scarecrow, Christina Bianco as Glinda The Good Witch, Diversity star Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man in his West End musical debut and The London Palladium legend Gary Wilmot as The Wizard and Professor Marvel. Featuring the iconic original score from the Oscar-winning MGM film including, Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See The Wizard with additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this spectacular production will be a magical experience for all the family. It promises to be a spectacular production for all of the family so follow the yellow brick road and join Dorothy and Toto on their adventure, over the rainbow, to the merry old land of Oz.