Book your Mum a Theatre Break
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 26th March this year, so still plenty of time to organise a beautiful fun-filled spring weekend away for the most important woman in your life – your Mum!
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Great shows for Mother and Daughters :
This year there’s a “new girl on the block” with Gary Barlow’s The Girls based on the film and subsequent West End play Calendar Girls about a group of maverick W.I. members who decide to produce a “risque” calendar in order to raise funds for the local hospital’s cancer unit.
The other “newbie” in the West End is the glittering Dreamgirls starring tv’s Glee actress Amber Riley as leading lady Effie White. It’s supposedly a ficticous story about the rise to stardom of a trio of black female singers in 1960s, but it has a lot of similarities to what happened in real life to mega girl group The Supremes. It features a great musical score including the show stopping “I’m Telling You I’m Not Leaving” which is guaranteed to raise the roof at every performance!
All ultimate girls night out party show Mamma Mia is still wowing audiences at the Novello theatre with a simple love story written around the smash-hit songs of Abba. Make sure your Mum is the dancing queen in this sunny, funny uplifting musical extravaganza of sing-out-loud songs.
Girl power, albeit with a green twist, is what multi-award winning show Wicked is all about. With the struggle of good and evil between two witches, it’s the colourful and magical prequel to The Wizard of Oz. The show is on at the Apollo Victoria which can be easily accessed from areas of London as well as having some great hotels close by such as the Rubens at the Palace which offers a fabulous Sunday carvery at the Old Master’s Restaurant as well as an a la carte menu in the sophisticated Library Restaurant.
Great shows for Sons and Mums
The grandaddy of all musicals The Phantom of the Opera continues to draw audiences from around the world to witness the stunning music and lavish stage sets of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful show to date. The show is on at Her Majesty’s theatre on the Haymarket which runs south between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Shower your Mum with love by booking her a pampering over night stay at the 5 star Le Merridien Piccadilly where you can enjoy their luxurious spa facilities (remind her to pack a swimming cozi) and Sunday lunch at the award winning Terrace Restaurant.
Multi-award winning Beautiful-The Carol King Musical has firmly established itself as one of London’s top show since opening at the Aldwych theatre a year ago. Packed to the gills with memorable hits like Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Locomotion and It Might As Well Rain Until September you will truly have a Beautiful evening watching this fabulous show.
You could combine your weekend with a Magic of London tour, Sunday lunch boat cruise or a Champagne flight on the Coca Cola London Eye. All these can be booked as an “extra” onto any theatre break (when you get to the “Your Booking Overview” page, scroll down to “Add Optional Extras“) or as a stand-alone weekend break.
Great shows for Families :
Make it a family occasion with the kids helping to celebrate how wonderful their Mum is.
Current ‘critics choice’ is the revival of jolly, blinky, blonky, blimey, ukalele strumming feel good musical Half a Sixpence which transfered to London after a sell-out run at the Chichester Festival theatre last year. Starring “one to watch” 22 year-old Charlie Stemp in the role of Arthur Kipps, which made Tommy Steele into a household name back in the 60s, he has an excellent cast supporting him in the big song and dance numbers which leave the audience wanting more flash, bang, wallop at every performance!
The whole family can enjoy this brilliant tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 with all their hits crammed packed into one fantastic show – Thriller-Live! at the Lyric theatre in the heart of London’s West End. With artists from all over the world singing and dancing on stage to all the Jackson brothers’ sensational songs it is truly a “thriller” of a show. The theatre is situated on Shaftebury Avenue right across the road from Ridley’s Believe or Not Museum and a bowling alley in the Trocodera Centre. Around the corner on Regent Street you will find Hamley’s – the world’s largest toy store. You don’t have to break the budget with room only options at the 3 star Travelodge Covent Garden putting you right in the epi-centre of London’s theatreland.
So no excuses! Treat you Mum to one of these fabulous Theatre Breaks this Mother’s Day