London’s West End is arguably the best location in the world for dramatic arts, and what better way to spend a weekend in London than checking into a hotel and enjoying an afternoon at the spa, followed by an evening at the theatre.
With all the spa hotels London has to offer, such as the Montcalm Hotel, you can guarantee you’ll have time to relax, unwind and enjoy a show, too! Here are five West End shows to watch out for in 2020.
- The Drifters Girl
Beverley Knight brings her new show, The Drifters Girl, to the Garrick Theatre. This West End spectacular will bring the true story of the first female, African American music manager, Faye Treadwell, to life. Faye fought for 30 years to promote and protect her group, the Drifters, and is portrayed by Beverley herself. Performances start October 2020.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
Staring Rhys Ifans as Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird is transferring to the West End after a successful Broadway run. Opening at the Gielgud Theatre in mid-May, the play recounts the story of Atticus, a lawyer tasked with defending a local, Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape, and his young daughter, Scout. With 2020 marking 60 years since this tale of racial injustice was first published, what better way to honour a story so significant?
- Pretty Woman: The Musical
Based on the 1990 rom-com, Pretty Woman: The Musical is another show flying across the pond to take over a West End stage. The show tells the story of Vivian, hired as an escort by wealthy businessman, Edward – but their relationship fast develops outside of their professional arrangement. Featuring hits from Bryan Adams, the musical is scheduled to run at the Piccadilly Theatre until January 2021.
- Life of Pi
After receiving critical acclaim upon opening in Sheffield in June 2019, Life of Pi is taking to the West End stage after being deemed ‘a worthy successor to War Horse’. Based on Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, the show will tell the tale of Pi, an Indian boy who survives a shipwreck, along with a Bengal tiger. Wyndham’s Theatre will be home to Pi from June 2020.
- The Doctor
Following a sold-out run at Islington’s Almeida Theatre, The Doctor is transferring to the Duke of York’s to wow West End audiences. Translated and adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi, this is a gripping tale about Ruth (Juliet Stevenson), a practitioner working to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Addressing gender and racial stereotypes, this is certainly a not-to-miss. The Doctor opens mid-April.
With such variety in West End dramatics, there’s a show to suit all interests. Don’t forget to take a look at afternoon tea London deals and the treatments available at the Montcalm spa to combine unforgettable experiences with a taste of London’s art and culture.