Socks. Wine. A mug with your grinning face on it. All these are great gifts, obviously. But do you know what else makes a great present? A trip to the theatre! With that in mind, we’ve gathered together a few of the most Dad-appropriate shows in London to give you nine excellent Fathers Day ideas.
This musical has “rocker dad” written all over it… in fire, probably. It takes Jim Steinman’s powerful songs, the ones that were made famous by Meat Loaf, and threads them into a story about love, passion and motorbikes set in a post-apocalyptic city. BOOK NOW
One for a father figure who’s not easily shocked. If South Park or Family Guy has him chortling uncontrollably, this is the show for him. Co-created by the men behind South Park, it’s the story of Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda. They don’t get the warmest welcome. BOOK NOW
If Dad likes to laugh, this could be the choice for him. From the team who created the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, this offers more of the silly, slapstick fun which made that show a hit. As the title suggests, it’s a comedy that brings a classic movie heist to the stage. Except, of course, the crooks’ plans just don’t run smoothly. BOOK NOW
Does Dad love a bit of historical fiction? Is his bookcase littered with Robert Harris novels? The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Imperium plays bring Harris’s Cicero novels to the stage. Follow the Roman drama from Cicero’s rise through the crumbling of society to Caesar’s rule. BOOK NOW (Imperium I) / BOOK NOW (Imperium II)
Orlando Bloom, star of The Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean, returns to the London stage in this dark drama. Bloom plays a policeman with a sideline as a hitman. Hired to kill a family’s estranged mother, all is going well until a chance meeting disrupts his plans. BOOK NOW
Do Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson feature prominently on your patriarch’s playlist? Motown The Musical is exactly what you expect it to be. Filled with classic pop songs, it tells the story of the globally famous music label’s rise, and all the trials and tribulations that came with it. BOOK NOW
For the horror/thriller fan, The Phantom Of The Opera is a classic choice. It’s been entertaining West End audiences for more than 30 years and is still going strong. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic music helps tell the story of a masked killer whose obsession with a young performer has tragic consequences. BOOK NOW or find out more in our interview with Ben Lewis.
Witness For The Prosecution (London County Hall)
Perfect for the Midsomer Murders, Vera or Lewis fan, Witness For The Prosecution is whodunnit queen Agatha Christie at her finest. Staged in an opulent courtroom setting, it follows the trial of Leonard Vole, a young man accused of murder. His girlfriend is the one person who can help him, but she has her own concerns. This one has more twists and turns than a giant helter-skelter. BOOK NOW or find out more in our interview with star Lucy Phelps.
Mel Brooks’ musical will have Dad laughing like the proverbial drain… especially if Blazing Saddles, The Producers or the film on which the stage show is based is among his favourites. West End stars Hadley Fraser and Summer Strallen lead the production about Victor Frankenstein’s grandson, who has to choose between his New York life and following in the family tradition. BOOK NOW