It’s been a bit of a tough week in London, but here are a few ideas on what to see and do if you are venturing out in the capital.
1. 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane: having opened for previews on Monday, audiences are already raving about this production directed by Mark Bramble and starring Tom Lister and Sheena Easton.
42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…
2. An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre: featuring classic songs by Ira and George Gershwin, this eagerly anticipated musical officially opened in the West End earlier this week.
An American in Paris tells the story of a young American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, the ‘City of Light’ becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love.
3. Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace: the enduring popularity of Princess Diana continues as Kensington Palace explores her life through the clothes that she wore from her young days as a debutante through her marriage to the Prince of Wales and her ongoing charity work to offer a new perspective of her life. On display until 2018, it is extremely popular so advance booking is recommended. Read Love London Love Culture’s thoughts here.
4. Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory: Trevor Nunn returns to the work of Rattigan following his successful production of Flare Path. This production stars Eve Best, Helen George, Anthony Head and Edward Bluemel. Discover what critics have been saying here.
5. School of Rock, New London Theatre: still wowing audiences at the New London Theatre, School of Rock is now booking its stay in the West End until January 2018. It has recently been nominated for three Olivier awards and won Best New Musical.