2018 has been flying by! We're already into the month of May, so thought now would be a great time to look back on some of our most popular shows from the last month. How many have you had a chance to see? And what are you looking forward to?
Phoenix Theatre, booking until 6 October
The razzle-dazzle returned to the West End last month with class-act Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr along for the revenge-fuelled ride. A cult classic musical and a firm favourite among fans, it's no surprise to see the show on our top rankings for the month.
9. Summer Holiday
Audiences were keen to take a trip down memory lane with the new UK tour of the classic musical Summer Holiday, based on the 1960s Cliff Richard film featuring the song of the same name. Bobby Crush joins Quinn in the tour, which opens at the Liverpool Empire this May before driving around the UK. With summer on the way (hopefully!), it's definitely the time for some feel-good tunes!
Apollo Victoria London, booking until May 2019
Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's musical continues to be a firm favourite as it dances through its 12th year in the West End. The show currently stars Alice Fearn as Elphaba and Sophie Evans as Glinda, and it was announced today that David Witts will be joining as Fiyero in July.
London Coliseum, until 2 June
Audiences have been keen to get a piece of Chess ever since it was first announced late last year. And with a cast including Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson, you can see why punters got on board with the revival – the first time the show's been seen in the West End in over 30 years. Considering the presence of the ENO's orchestra and huge video projections, it definitely sounds like you get a lot of Bang(kok) for your buck!
6. Little Shop of Horrors
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, until 5 May
WhatsOnStage audiences were over the moon to discover that Little Shop was making its return to London – and the full cast announcement also went down a storm. With Busted star Matt Willis, Romantics Anonymous's Marc Antolin and One Man, Two Guvnors's Jemima Rooper joined by drag queen Vicky Vox (playing the most famous carnivorous plant in theatrical history Audrey II), you'll be green with envy if you miss out!
5. Aliens Love Underpants
Underbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, 9 April to 3 June
Back for its second month on our top ten, it seems audiences love this show as much as the aliens love the underpants! After his work on the acclaimed stage adaptation of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive, Adam Bampton-Smith of Big Wooden Horse brings Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's international bestselling children's novel to the stage. Expect madcap action, original music and underpants, of course.
Noël Coward Theatre, until 16 June
James Graham's stellar run in the West End seems endless, all the more exciting given that his previous show Ink, which starred Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle, announced its Broadway transfer earlier this week. At the moment his newest play Quiz, based on the famous 'coughing major' scandal from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, rules the roost down on St Martin's Lane.
3. Heathers the Musical
The Other Palace, 9 June to 4 August
Carrie Hope Fletcher is no stranger to our top-selling lists, and seeing her return to the stage in the full production of new musical Heathers (based on the cult classic '80s film of the same name) had fans clamouring for tickets. With The Other Palace firmly committed to championing new musicals, it's exciting to see a show kicking up a storm so early in its lifespan.
2. Love Actually in concert – with live orchestra
UK tour, December 2018
God only knows why you wouldn't want to book tickets to see Richard Curtis's Love Actually, projected onto the big screen and with live orchestral accompaniment. The perfect festive film and an all-star cast have made this a big hit among punters and, when presented in the grandest way possible, all you'll want for Christmas is the chance to see it.
1. An Ideal Husband
Vaudeville Theatre, until 14 July
Fans seem to have gone Wilde for the prospect of seeing family members Edward and Freddie Fox take to the stage together in the new production of An Ideal Husband, as part of Dominic Dromgoole's year-long celebration of all things Oscar W at the Vaudeville Theatre. Following the previous two shows, A Woman of No Importance and Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband has all the expected japes and satirical comedy to make for a laughter-fuelled night in the West End.
- Vaudeville Theatre
- Noel Coward Theatre
- Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Southbank Centre
- Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Bobby Crush
- David Witts
- Aliens Love Underpants
- Freddie Fox
- Sophie Evans
- Marc Antolin
- Paul Taylor Mills
- Other Palace
- Matt Willis
- Cuba Gooding Jr
- Killer Joe
- Heathers the Musical
- Summer Holiday UK tour
- Apollo Victoria London
- Adam Bampton-Smith
- Winnie Holzman
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