Theatre Breaks for Valentine’s Day
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London’s Theatreland has a particularly romantic feel about it this year. With new shows Once and From Here to Eternity joining old shows Dirty Dancing and Mamma Mia. But a night out at the theatre is a romantic occassion what ever show you see and is perfect for a first date or for celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary.
Of course a London theatre break may not quite be the thing for a first date, but most couples should be able to find an excuse to spend a night in London (especially as St Valentine’s Day is on Friday this year). Nothing can be finer than to enjoy a show and then go for a romantic stroll through the West End, or along the banks of the River Thames or down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, before retiring to your hotel room via the bar for a nightcap.
Every year the Theatre Breaks Angel’s put together a “Romance Rating” for some of the West End’s most romantic musicals, so here are our suggestions for the perfect highlight to a Valentine Short Break in London in 2014
Like getting hit over the head by the Romantic Stick! Another adaptation from one of the classic romance movies, this one starred the one and only Whitney Houston. In the stage musical now on at the Adelphi Theatre, more Whitney Houston songs are added to help the story along and the part of the Diva who falls for her bodyguard is played by UK soul songstress Beverley Knight. Of course the show includes “I Will Always Love You” – just promise me you do not sing along!
The classic ABBA musical is still going strong in London. Beautifully mixing a romantic story line with a lot of laughs and what seems like the whole back-catalogue of ABBA hits. The story, if you have been in a cave for the last 15 years is about a girl who is getting married and wants her father to give her away. The only problem is that she does not know who her father is! So she invites all three contenders to the Greek Island where her and her mother live and were the wedding is just to take placeusical that is well worth a visit. Tonnes of fun and tonnes of energy!
The stage adaptation of the hit movie about an Irish musician who has lost his inspriration and is ready to quit until a dynamic young single mother from an immigrant family gives him renewed inspriration for his music and a love for life itself. The sound track is full of Irish whistfulness and is perfect for a Valentine date
Another musical inspired by a film. This time a classic from the 1950’s starring Burt Lancaster and Vivien Leigh. The lives and loves of the men on a US Army base are the subjects for Tim Rice’s new musical. But will the passion and rolling around in the surf survive the tragic events of Pearl Harbour? Starring Darius Campbell as Sergaent Warden.
No-one puts baby in a corner! Yes it is back. And you too can have the time of your life this 14 February. What more is to be said.
Two strangers meet and plot to kill an unwanted wife in exchange for the murder of a hated father! Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller is probably not the best show for a romantic break however good the performances of Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs and MyAnna Buring are!
Now how easy have I just made your Valentine’s Day this year?