“I can show you the world, shining, shimmering splendid…”
I was definitely transported to a whole new world a couple of weeks ago when one of my best buddies George took me to see the West End’s brand new musical, Aladdin – and shining, shimmering and splendid are three words that pretty much sum it up.
I got the tickets way back in December as a Christmas present – when Aladdin was still on Broadway and I didn’t even know that it had been made in to a musical. It was a lovely surprise because if I had known the producers of my all time favourite show, The Lion King, were bringing another Disney classic to the stage – I would have been first in the queue to see it.
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Fancy trying out top London shows before you pay to go and see them at the Theatre? At West End LIVE! you can, where hit shows are bought to an open air stage.
This annual festival, now in its 9th year, organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard took place at the end of June in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square.
Having a long list of shows I would like to see at the theatre I decided to grab the opportunity and check it out, and I wasn’t the only one – the square was packed with singing, dancing theatre lovers!
This free event happens each summer over one weekend and showcases the entertainment on offer in the heart of London, with performances from every West End musical. This year included Billy Elliot, Thriller, Matilda, Les Misérables , Jersey boys and The Lion King to name a few.
And that’s not all.. there is also live bands and interactive exhibitions from many of London’s top museums, galleries and cultural institutions. Plus, Glee’s Mr Schuester was there this year enjoying the shows and created a long line of screaming girls waiting to meet him.
West End LIVE is a fun, theatrical day out for all the family! Unfortunately for my bank balance the event has only made the list longer, after having a taste of these great shows I will be spending a lot of the foreseeable future at the theatre!