Shops are full of chocolate eggs. Days are warming up. And the mornings are lighter. It must mean we’ve reached spring. With the Easter break just around the corner, we’ve picked a few of the London Easter shows we’re most excited about to help you with your theatregoing choices. You’re probably alright picking Easter Eggs on your own, aren’t you?
London Easter shows: West End musical
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (Dominion Theatre) – From 2 April
The West End’s biggest rock musical is revving its engine and ready to go this spring. Featuring songs by Jim Steinman, most of which were made famous by Meat Loaf, it’s a motorbike-riding, leather jacket-wearing, “turn the speaker up to 11” kind of show. Its story has elements of Peter Pan and Romeo And Juliet about it. Strat and Raven are teenagers from the opposite sides of a dystopian town. Can their love possibly survive? BOOK NOW
London Easter shows: Off West End musical
Buried: A New Musical (Pleasance Theatre) – 10-15 April
This show won the National Student Drama Festival Award in 2017, so expect something fresh, youthful and high quality. It’s the story of a young couple who discover they have something unusual in common. They’re both serial killers. And so they have to struggle with all the romcom issues of relationships while also planning murders.
London Easter shows: West End drama
Quiz (Noel Coward Theatre) – From 31 March
Already a hit at Chichester Festival Theatre, the latest play from acclaimed writer James Graham now comes to London. Quiz tells the true-life story of Charles Ingram. He’s the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant who won the top prize only to be accused of cheating. This show’s definitely a winner. BOOK NOW
London Easter shows: Off West End drama
The Act (The Yard Theatre) – 10-14 April
The Yard is a bastion of edgy, risk-taking theatre. This show, performed by Company Three, is about teenage love. The first time you feel so many emotions and sensations: the anxiousness, the awkwardness, the anticipation and the excitement.
London Easter shows: Pub theatre show
Reared (Theatre503) – 4-28 April
A new dark comedy about three generations of women sharing a house. Eileen is pregnant. She’s balancing a full-time job with raising a 15-year-old daughter and coping with a mother-in-law showing signs of dementia. And because they’re a close family, they all know exactly how to make each other angry.
London Easter shows: Kids family show
Aliens Love Underpants (Underbelly Festival Southbank) – From 9 April
If you’ve had young kids over the last decade, you must have come across these knicker-loving extra-terrestrials. The space-dwellers with a penchant for pants are brought to the stage using puppetry and music in this production that has been entertaining younger audiences around the UK for a couple of years.
London Easter shows: Immersive show
Somnai (2 Pear Tree Street) – Until 1 April
Experience an unusual sleep clinic in this immersive show that blends virtual reality with live performers. The clinic promises to use a dream state to open your mind. But there’s a thin line between dream and nightmare, isn’t there?
London Easter shows: New writing
Instructions For Correct Assembly (Royal Court Theatre) – From 7 April
Jane Horrocks returns to the London stage in this new play about being a new parent. But these particular parents have an instruction manual. And a 30-day, no-quibble, money-back guarantee. What could go wrong?
London Easter shows: Comedy
The Country Wife (Southwark Playhouse) – 28 March to 21 April
Decadence, sex, lies and manipulation – they’re all here in William Wycherley’s Restoration comedy. Morphic Graffiti’s production moves this tale about bright young things and shocking affairs to 1920s London, with its high spirits, fabulous parties and loose morals.
London Easter shows: Entertainment
Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (Roundhouse) – 3-15 April
Created by Pirates Of The Carabina, Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine headlines CircusFest 2018. Featuring a vertical trapeze, never-ending ropes and more, it’s the story of neighbours who move beyond the humdrum of everyday life to discover thrilling new connections.
London Easter shows: Dance
An Evening Of Meat (The Vaults) – 27 March to 22 April
Dance meets dinner meets feminist art project. As you work your way through a six-course menu, performers rise from the table, growing into a position of strength, dancing, moving and improvising around you and your meal in a unique experience.
London Easter shows: Opera
Coraline (The Barbican) – 29 March to 7 April
Neil Gaiman’s children’s story is given an operatic adaptation by Mark-Anthony Turnage and The Royal Opera. Follow young Coraline as she discovers a door from her house into another home. While her alternate family seem perfect at first, events soon take a sinister turn.