Whether you’re planning a romantic date night or looking for ‘days out near me’ that are full of fun and wonder, why not venture into London’s West End? Vibrant, bustling and packed with incredible shows to enjoy as a couple, this is the place to be for some first-class entertainment. The capital’s Theatreland is known globally for its sensational productions, so here’s how to choose the perfect show for your trip to the Big Smoke.
Select a Genre
From lively, action-packed musicals such as Disney’s Newsies to suspense-filled horrors like 2:22 A Ghost Story, the West End is alive with shows from a multitude of genres. The first step to choosing the ideal production is to think carefully about what you want to see on the big stage. Are you ready for an all-singing, all-dancing production that tells the plot through song, or would you prefer something a lot more intense, dark and gripping? Perhaps you’d enjoy a more interactive theatre experience, with Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City bringing Greek mythology to life like never before?
Read the Show Synopsis
When choosing the perfect show for your couples day out, always read the synopsis. This provides an overview of the plot and will help you to shortlist several productions. If you want to avoid a show where there will be lots of kids, you can take a look at the recommended age rating on the production or search for ‘family days out near me’ to see which kinds of shows and events people are likely to be taking their kids to.
Check Out Reviews
Long established shows as well as new releases tend to have their fair share of reviews. New reviews are often published with a change of cast too - especially if a production features a celebrity - so be sure to check out the buzz. Reviews will give you an even more detailed insight into what you can expect on the night and are a go-to for both seasoned theatre goers and those new to the West End. It’s worth reading reviews from both critics and audiences. Critics’ comments are more focused on things like the choreography, acting and plot line, while audience reviews often give a more general idea of the experience as a whole.
Think of the Occasion
When planning fun days out near me, always think of the occasion. If it’s your partner’s birthday, for example, and they’re a little bit obsessed with magic, then a West End magic and entertainment show such as Penn & Teller’s UK tour could be ideal. If you want to book a festive treat, however, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol could be the best way to kick off the holiday season.
Choose a show that’s right for you and enjoy a magical couple’s day out in the West End.