See these feel-good shows in London to cure your winter blues
We’re already half-way through January and that special, festive feeling has officially gone. The excitement of the new year is starting to wear off. And we still have a ways to go in winter. So how are you going to survive the short days and long nights? By going to the theatre of course.
You don’t have to spend time indoors for days on end. London’s West End is jam-packed with comedy shows like The Play That Goes Wrong and Back to the Future: The Musical that will have you laughing for hours. Or if you’re looking for a musical pick-me-up, there’s cheery shows such as Mamma Mia! and & Juliet to have you dancing in the aisles. Whatever you choose to see this winter, escape impending blues with an evening at the theatre.
My, my, how can you resist Mamma Mia! in London? The sunny musical sees Sophie invite her three potential fathers to her Greek island to discover her real dad before her wedding day. Mamma Mia! is set to ABBA hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and it’s the theatre pick-me-up you need for the long, winter nights. Want to imagine you’re in a tropical paradise instead of rainy London this January? Take a chance on Mamma Mia!
Mistakes happen on stage. But sometimes things going wrong turns into moments where you have to be there. That’s what happens to the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, an amateur dramatics group who stage their annual play in The Play That Goes Wrong. These thespians can’t catch a break — missing sets, costumes, and cast members mean they hobble their way to curtain up. If you’re struggling to find something to smile at, we prescribe The Play That Goes Wrong as the theatrical tonic you need.
Forget Dry January. Head to The Choir of Man for a riotous musical concert at everyone’s favourite place, the pub! Imagine your local drinking establishment transformed into a music wonderland, and listen to intoxicating reinventions of chart-topping hits by Adele, Sia, and Avicii. The Choir of Man is a testament to communities up and down the country, so don’t be alone this January. Take your seat at the Arts Theatre to experience The Choir of Man for yourself.
If you’re looking for inspiration to kickstart the year in a positive way, you’ll find it at Come From Away. The Olivier Award-winning musical tells the real-life courageous stories of 7,000 air passengers who found themselves in Newfoundland, thousands of miles away from home. Even though they were in a new land, travellers, pilots, and Gander locals formed an international community based on resilience and hope. You’ll cry tears of joy at Come From Away.
Looking for a “Larger Than Life” musical this January? Turn that frown upside down at & Juliet, the Romeo and Juliet remix where Juliet gets to tell her story. Party like it’s 1599 in this kaleidoscopic production, which is full of upbeat pop tracks by Britney Spears, Katy Perry, the Backstreet Boys, and Celine Dion. Step into a festival of dreams at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
When Back to the Future first burst onto our screens, the film immediately put a smile on our faces. Decades later, we’re feeling the same emotions at the Back to the Future musical. See Marty McFly and Doc Brown zoom through time in a kitted-out DeLorean, and then try get back to reality again. Sadly, nobody can time-travel quite like these two, but you can go into a new world with new winter blues at Back to the Future, playing at the Adelphi Theatre.