Falling in Love with London's West End

Being in London means the West End is literally right there. There are so many amazing musicals and plays to see, so you just have to jump in! So far I’ve seen:

The Woman in Black 

Wicked

Matilda

The Mousetrap 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Caroline, or Change

Dreamgirls 

The Stranger (based on the novel L’etranger by Albert Camus).

The start of my West End theatre ticket collection.

The start of my West End theatre ticket collection.

The Woman in Black I’ve seen twice already! The first time I didn’t feel so well because I was suffering from jet leg. I just remembered that it was interesting. So I wanted to see it again properly. 

I’m so glad I did. Just… wow! It was so good! The whole play there are only 2 actors. Oh, well 3 actors I guess… maybe? Including someone… or something…

The play was tense and full of jumps, and gripping from the start. Maybe it’s because the theatre is very intimate, or because it’s a “play within a play” set in an old theatre, but I felt like I was in the story with the actors the whole time.

It was awesome!

The Fortune Theatre… is it haunted maybe?

The Fortune Theatre… is it haunted maybe?

Wicked and Matilda were both amazing, and quite thought provoking too. Great vocals and lots of fun, and the kids in Matilda were super talented!

Dreamgirls and Caroline, or Change were both excellent shows with a fabulous cast. Especially Moya Angela’s Effie. What a performance! She had the audience up on their feet cheering her on, agreeing with her, encouraging her - the atmosphere was electric!

This striking image greets you when you enter the theatre for Caroline, or Change

This striking image greets you when you enter the theatre for Caroline, or Change

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was the BEST show I have seen in a theatre. The actors were so good, and the staging was brilliant. An emotional and beautiful performance. I’ve read the novel as well, and the play really brought it to life.

The staging for Curious Incident is beautiful and so clever.

The staging for Curious Incident is beautiful and so clever.

The Mousetrap was really amusing and kept me guessing right to the end. It’s hard to believe it’s been running in the West End since 1952 - Agatha Cristie was a genius!

The fabulous stage curtain in St. Martin’s Theatre

The fabulous stage curtain in St. Martin’s Theatre

The St. Martin’s Theatre has been home to the The Mousetrap for 45 years!

The St. Martin’s Theatre has been home to the The Mousetrap for 45 years!

And finally,The Stranger, which was another really unique play. I’d like to see it again because it was a little difficult for me to follow having never read the novel, and also being a straight play. But the lead actor did fry an egg onstage and eat it… all in complete silence except for the sizzling oil in the pan. I won’t forget that anytime soon!

I still have tons of plays I want to see in my head. It will probably take a looooong time to see every show in London.

But that is also one of the amazing things about living here - how exciting!