Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ top 5 West End shows of 2016

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays by Helen McWilliams

West End theatre visits are such a vital part of my theatrical calendar and I have firm favourites that I like to see over and over – it’s always fantastic to see the new shows and other revivals too of course! However, my year would not be complete without a spot of Masquerade and Chiquitita! Here’s the best of what I’ve been watching this year… Follow links to book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots and Mamma Mia! via the Mates ticket shop. 

1. How The Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Duke of York’s Theatre) – this was recommended to me and ended up snagging the Best West End Show award at Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards earlier this month. Gillian Wright was the stand-out performer for me, but the whole cast were spot on when it came to portraying a classic farce on stage. It provided my friend and I with a much needed belly laugh or two, it was a pity we had left it late in the run to see it as I would have gone again.

2. Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre) – As a regular theatregoer, you may find it surprising that I had not