A busy time for London's West End theatres
The Lion King: Lyceum Theatre, bookings until September 30th 2012
Although most who've seen the film think it can't be topped, this musical adaptation comes tantalisingly close to doing so. With an astonishing soundtrack from pop legend Sir Elton John, the story of Simba and his often dangerous path to becoming King is every bit as enthralling as you would expect. The cast, soundtrack and sense of joy that comes with watching it makes it a must-see for families. Lion King tickets are being snapped up quickly, so it's best to book as soon as possible.
The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre, bookings until December 15th 2012
Adapted from the Susan Hill novel, this production follows an inventive 'play within a play' narrative. The story follows a solicitor who is mysteriously invited to a reclusive woman's funeral, only to be haunted by someone who he believes is her repeatedly. The solicitor's role is played out by an actor, while he acts as everyone he meets in the play within a play. Tickets for The Woman in Black are becoming scarce, so if you want to see this West End mainstay, book quickly.
Ghost the Musical: Piccadilly Theatre, bookings until October 13th 2012
Like the 1990's classic, Ghost the Musical tickets are selling at a phenomenal rate and it's hard not to see why. Set to a soundtrack by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, the story follows Sam and Molly. After being killed, Sam comes back as a ghost, doing his level best to ensure that Molly doesn't succumb to a similar fate. Unbelievably, tickets can still be bought to go see it, but it's important to buy as soon as you can.
The Madness of George III, Apollo Theatre, bookings until March 31st 2012
The fact that this play is on stage at all is something worth celebrating. Its' huge cast means that it's expensive to put on, and this is the first time in several years that the renowned comedy has made it onto a West End stage. Written by Alan Bennett, the story follows the story of the troubled monarch, who, despite his many achievements is constantly being tormented by parliament, doctors who believed that he was insane and even members of his own family. George's determination in the face of adversity makes this laugh riot something you should see, but the fact that it's rarely played out in front of a live audience means that, to get a ticket, you need to be prompt.