Musical theatre, my guilty pleasure...

As an Ex Agent I often get asked by clients to not only book theatre tickets but to give them my honest recommendations for Musicals in London.

I freely admit that I'm no lover of Musicals. Well when I say musicals what I mean is the Lloyd Webber produced concoctions, though I did thoroughly enjoy Bombay Dreams all those years ago. Phantom of the Opera is one of my particular pet hates, I really loathed and felt extremely angry that this show even existed, it was so bad.

Enough of the bad shows, here are some of my favourites:

Les Miserables - a majestic, all encompassing
Chicago - great fun, wonderful songs and dancing. A fun entertaining night out
Singin' In the Rain - currently at the Palace Theatre in a Chichester Theatre production that has transferred starring the amazing Adam Cooper and Scarlett Strallen (an ex Client of mine)
Wicked - a breathtaking production with memorable songs
Matilda The Musical - Simply a must see show that has received a record number of Olivier Award nominations this year (My daughter was named after the book so this show has a special place in my heart)
Blood Brothers - still going after many years presiding over the West End. It's a heartbreaking story with strong emotive songs, I've seen it about 5 times and was never bored.
Mamma Mia - one of my personal favourites for a completely escapist night out with girlfriends. Non Abba friends need not apply
Sweeney Todd - an intelligent haunting musical with great songs
Ragtime - opening at the Open Air Theatre Regents Park will definitely be worth catching. I saw the original production which stayed with me so please do book tickets for this!
Billy Elliott - Award winning and still so relevant, make sure this is on your list.

So here you have it, my favourites currently on in London. Make it your mission this year to see some theatre, supporting the arts makes you feel good by having a glamorous night out. Follow this with an after show dinner at Joe Allen's restaurant in Exeter Street, WC2 to complete the theatrical experience. This is where all the Luvvies hang out after shows you'll be surprised at how many famous faces you'll be able to spot in the dining room. The food is pretty good, the service flamboyant whilst the Pianist provides the entertainment! Go on, go immerse yourself in theatre land.