Mrs J’s Advent Gift Guide Day Nineteen – The Theatre Show

Welcome to day Nineteen. I hate to break it to you, but if you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping yet and don’t want to pay for next day delivery charges then time is rapidly running out. In an attempt to help you avoid actually going into any shops, today’s post is focused around the gift of a Theatre show.  With so many shows now in the West End when choosing a show it all comes down to personal preference.  My tip would be that if you are buying a show as a gift for someone else and not an experience for you, then don’t buy what you would like to see but buy what the person you are giving the gift to would enjoy.  Below are a few shows that I have personally seen and a few that I would like to see (hint hint).

Woman in Black

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Woman In Black is one of the oldest running plays in London, celebrating 25 years.  I first saw The Woman in black 5 years ago and didn’t know what to expect. I knew that this wasn’t a musical and I was worried that it would be too hard to follow. I also knew that the show was meant to be ‘scary’, this I found hard to believe. but I was gripped from the start. With a Narrator telling the story and the dark atmosphere set,  it was hard not to become fully immersed into the story.  The play is based around a junior solicitor Arthur Kipps who after attending the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow the sole occupier of a mysterious house, sees a Woman in Black and later in life recounts his experience at the house.  To book tickets to see Woman In Black and be scared click here.

Wicked

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Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  We all know that in The Wizard of Oz Dorothy’s house kills the Wicked Witch of the West.  Wicked is the story preceding The Wizard of Oz.  The tale of the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) and the Good Witch (Glinda) and their friendship growing up through sorcery school.  I went to Wicked with my cousin when it first came out and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Although The Wizard of Oz is a children’s tale the theatre show Wicked is for any age (and you don’t need children to go). To buy tickets for Wicked click here

Thriller

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Thriller Live is the feel good musical show celebrating the life and work of Michael Jackson, one of the world’s greatest entertainers.  This is a show only for people who like Michael Jackson, and the perfect girls night out.  With live performances and brilliant dance routines you will be up on your feet and dancing.  Get yourself a wine or a cocktail and get moving to the sounds of Beat it, Billie Jean, ABC, Thriller and many more! To treat yourself in the new year to an amazing night get tickets here.

The Lion King

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Disney’s award winning show the Lion King has been seen by over 75 million people worldwide.  The story is of Simba the Lion Cub and his destiny to be King. The set creation, atmosphere and colours along with some well known songs are phenomenal.  The Lion King is a show that is so moving that you forget that it is in fact a Disney story.  My one piece of advice is that The Lion King is quite a long show running for 2 hours and 30 minutes, so make sure that you are well fed and watered before taking your seat.  If you only go to see one theatre show in your life it really should be The Lion King.  To buy tickets for The Lion King click here.

Matilda

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Matilda is a classic story written by Roald Dahl, the tale of a girl with magical powers. If you read Roald Dahl as a child, or are reading it now to your own children then this musical will be a perfect fit. The play really shows what imagination as a child can achieve, and with a cast of talented children me and Mr J were really wowed.  To live and experience the magic yourself, click here.

Cats

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Cats the musical is back in The London Palladium for 12 weeks only, starring Nicole Scherzinger. One show that has been added to my 2015 bucket list! Based on Cat poems written by T.S.Elliot and created into a musical hit by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Cats first evolved as a concert and flourished into a musical after the discovery of the unpublished poem of ‘Grizabella – The Glamour Cat’. T.S.Elliot never published the story of Grizabella as he felt it was  to sad to be in a Children’s book.  Sir Andrew Llyod Webber took this poem and used it to create the character of Grizabella in Cats. To buy tickets to Cats click here.

Mrs J xx

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