With weekend city breaks becoming increasingly popular, which better city to visit than London?

London offers everything from famous sights to delectable shopping to internationally acclaimed stage shows. The shows in particular attract huge crowds; the London West End has always been a hotbed of theatrical excellence and, with many exciting new shows opening this year, the time has never been better to take one in. Here are a few must see titles for the upcoming year:

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Opens 12th March 2013

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Based on the book of the same name, written by Mark Haddon, this play sold out at the National Theatre and will open on the West End in March. It is the story of a young boy called Christopher with Aspergers Syndrome who is found at the beginning of the play standing next to his neighbours’ dead dog. The plot follows his struggle to clear his name and discover who really murdered the dog. Suitable for teenage audiences, this moving play will engage audiences from the start.

 

The Book of Mormon

Opening 21st March 2013

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This controversial musical was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, aka the minds behind South Park. The play hints early on that it isn’t going to be a mild mannered walk on eggshells. Already a massive hit on Broadway,The Book of Mormon promises hilarious antics and catchy tunes as two Mormon missionaries are sent to convert others to their religion. This is one to leave the little kids at home for!

 

Les Misérables

Running since 2004: last bookings on the 31st October 2013

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A long running favourite, Les Mis is always a winner with the West End crowds. Now there is sure to be even more interest in the stage show with the film version having been released in late 2012. With the crowds flocking to the cinema, it is likely that they will also be heading to the theatre to compare an original classic and its screen adaptation. If you haven’t seen the theatre production, now is a great time to check it out!

 

Peter and Alice

Opens 25th March 2013

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Part of the Michael Grandage Company’s Noël Coward season, starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw; Peter and Alice is a new play written by John Logan (author of ‘Red’). It recounts a meeting in 1932 at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition between Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Dench) and Peter Llewellyn Davies (Whishaw), who were the original inspirations behind Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, and it follows their extraordinary lives as they unfold on the stage.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Opens 25th June 2013

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Already a film favourite, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has done the opposite to Les Mis and brought a screen production to the stage. Directed by Sam Mendes, this version will surely once again enchant audiences young and old with its adaptation of Dahl’s classical tale. Featuring brilliant songs and colourful sets, it will bring Charlie Bucket’s adventure through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory to life.

If any of these take your fancy, you can book tickets online via The Theatre People. There are also many great cheap hotels in central London if you have to travel and fancy spending a few days exploring the city. With plenty of shows to choose from and plenty of places to explore, get booking now and catch your favourites!

Are there any west end shows you want to see this year?

This post was written by Jenny Duck. Jenny is a recent English Literature and German graduate with a passion for writing. She likes blogging about literature, film, music and travel. She writes for Hotelopia.com.