13 April 2024

What Is The Best Musical for a First Timer?

If you’ve never been to a musical before, you’ve so much to look forward to. From emotive lyrics and catchy beats to bright lights, stunning sets and fabulous costumes, the theatre is a place like no other. The buildings are a delight too, with many of London’s West End theatres dating back centuries. But which musicals are great for newbies? Here are some unmissable productions first-time musical theatre-goers.

Shrek The Musical 

If you’re looking for something that’s specifically tailored to a family day out, Shrek The Musical is a great way to introduce kids to the theatre. Showing at London’s Eventim Apollo from 19 July - 30 August 2024, it’s suitable for children aged three and above, and tells the story of everyone’s favourite ogre. This year’s new and improved production is complete with upbeat sing-along songs and plenty of one liners.

Keep a lookout for famous faces too, with Antony Lawrence playing Shrek and Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton playing the role of Princess Fiona. Hitting London for six weeks only, this is your chance to see what happens when freaks do fairytales. Family fun days don’t get much better, so be sure to grab your tickets today.

Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express will open at the specially designed Starlight Auditorium at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on 8 June 2024. It offers an uplifting, family-friendly introduction to musical theatre, with the cast performing on roller skates and impressing with disco-tastic dance moves and impressive stunts. You’ll also discover some of theatre’s best-loved songs including AC/DC, Make Up My Heart, Light at the End of the Tunnel and, of course, Starlight Express.

Two Strangers (Carry A Cake Across New York)

Following a smash-hit, sell-out run at Kiln Theatre, Two Strangers (Carry A Cake Across New York) is transferring to London’s Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus for a summer run. As a new British musical, this is a great choice for those who have never seen a West End musical before. Fun, upbeat and packed with twists and turns, the show follows the story of Dougal - a young and naive Brit flying to New York for his dad’s second wedding - and Robin, the sister of the bride and a native New Yorker, who does not have time to see the sights. This production is suitable for those aged 12 and over, and is great for those looking to discover modern musical theatre. 

Only Fools and Horses The Hit Musical

If you’re new to theatre but are looking for something familiar to ease you in gently, then how about Only Fools and Horses The Hit Musical? Based on the phenomenally popular TV show, it features all the favourites, from Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad, to Boycie, Marlene and Trigger. Packed with nostalgia, humour and catchy songs, it’s sure to leave you with that feel-good vibe. 

If you’re looking for family days out near me, don’t miss out on this year’s best shows. There are plenty of musicals to choose from, so take your pick and enjoy a fun adventure. Book your tickets with KX Tickets today.