London Theatre Month, April 2014

London Theatre Month: Your Guide To This May's Best Deals

Feature by Glenn Rice

Glorious May, when sap rises, flowers burst into bloom, sleeves get shorter, days get longer and the whole world looks like it’s just been sent back from the cleaners. There’s any number of reasons to give thanks for May, but for us stage-loving souls the best one is that it’s London Theatre Month.

This four-week fiesta celebrates the finest productions in the West End with offer prices on seats that bring London’s best shows within reach of everyone. Plus, we're running Twitter takeovers featuring Q & As with your favourite stars @Theatre_People, as well as exclusive competitions.

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Aptly enough for the onset of summer, the West End is teeming with fresh green shoots and hardy perennials. With London Theatre Month ticket offers of up to 50% off face value, there’s a veritable bouquet of blooming great shows just begging to be snatched up into your basket.

Among the new plays on the block you’ll find Let The Right One In, a brilliant, haunting tale of a misfit boy who befriends a vampire. Similarly fresh are Other Desert Cities, a compelling seriocomic story of a wealthy artistic family with a dark secret, and Twelve Angry Men, a definitive jury-room drama made even more enthralling by its roster of star names including Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey, William Gaminara and Robert Vaughn.

There’s still more starpower in Fatal Attraction, the bunny-boiling screen thriller now brought to the stage starring Natasha McElhone, Mark Bazeley and Sex & The City’s Kristin Davis, and we’re even offering big discounts on live orchestral screenings of J.J. Abrams’ fantastic Star Trek movies.

Seats for all these shows, plus a further raft of musicals and long-running classics, are being made available at exclusive London Theatre Month offer prices throughout the whole of May. Read on for more information, offer details and links to some of our favourites. 

Let The Right One In Apollo Theatre

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s innovative horror novel about bullied, misfit boy Oskar and his intense friendship with a strange girl, Eli, was a huge success in Sweden. After two hit film versions, what more can a stage adaptation bring to the table? Answer: a lot. At least as good as the original Swedish movie, writer Jack Thorne’s play digs deeper into character. The staging honours the film but introduces many beguiling new, purely theatrical elements, and an already excellent production is made special by Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn in two of the year’s best performances. Scary, yes, but tender and truthful. Save over 40% when you purchase tickets during London Theatre Month.

Once Phoenix Theatre

A superstar in her native Croatia and Europe, Zrinka Cvitešić won a 2014 Olivier Award for her performance as Girl in Once. She’s joined in the cast by the excellent Arthur Darvill as Guy, fresh from a year in the New York production of the show and appearing here for a limited time only. Set in a Dublin street and bar, this play-with-music traces the will-they-won’t-they romance of an Irish busker and a Czech songwriter with understatement and subtlety. Its unique staging invites you into the action and makes you feel as though you know the characters personally. Add an Oscar-winning score, and the promise that you’ll save over 30% on great seats for Once during London Theatre Month seems twice as appealing.

Wicked VIP ticket Apollo Victoria Theatre

You can see the West End’s witchiest musical in swanky style during London Theatre Month. The gravity-defying ladies of Oz, namely Ms Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West and Ms Glinda the Good, will seem even more luminous and inspiring once you’ve partaken of your complimentary prosecco and light refreshments in the Apollo Victoria’s Ambassador Lounge on arrival at the theatre, and dropped off your titfer at the VIP cloakroom. It’s all perfectly posh, and it all comes bundled with a top price ticket for Wicked at just £65 – only in London Theatre Month.

Twelve Angry MenGarrick Theatre

It’s 1958, and in a New York jury room, twelve men deliberate the fate of a Puerto Rican boy accused of stabbing his father to death. Eleven say he’s guilty; one says 'maybe not'. As a storm builds outside, so the inner lives of these dozen disparate men are exposed and the tension between them ratchets up to an explosive climax. Reginald Rose’s classic, super-tight movie script is a perfect fit for the stage, and acting heavyweights Conti, Vaughn, Gaminara and Fahey bring humour, pathos and dynamism in spades. Save over 40% on Upper Circle seats during London Theatre Month.

Star Trek / Star Trek: Into Darkness In Concert Royal Albert Hall

J.J. Abrams’ brace of grandly entertaining space operas gave the shopworn Star Trek franchise just the (re)boot up the warp drive it needed. With superb young actors doing justice to the roles of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the Enterprise crew, both films are big on action and comedy, and won over newbies as well as the Trek faithful. But hang on. These are films, and this is TheatrePeople, right? Indeed it is, and the addition to these screenings of the performance of Michael Giacchino's scores by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus transports them safely into the live arena. Circle seats are reduced from £27.50 to £17.50 during London Theatre Month, so book up, beam down and save over 35%.

Mamma Mia! Novello Theatre

As we hurtle headlong into the 21st Century, the balance of future world domination seems to teeter precariously between two superpowers: the Chinese and Mamma Mia! – The Musical. Well, maybe that's overstating it a bit, but not by much. The music of Abba is all but irresistible to humans. Strap it to an escapist, deliriously feelgood storyline about a mother and daughter whooping it up on a sunkissed Greek island, and it takes over the planet completely. 54 million people worldwide have enjoyed Mamma Mia! to date, and with a 29% reduction on seat prices during London Theatre Month, this May's a good time for you to join them.

As well as these model examples of the dramatic arts at their peak, you can take advantage of further great London Theatre Month ticket offers on shows including Thriller Live, Billy Elliot, The Commitments, Fatal Attraction and Other Desert Cities. Click the links for more info and to book, and get ready for a very merry month of May.