Apr 102009

When you are choosing a theatre break it’s always good to know what shows and hotels other people have chosen. We have found that many people prefer to choose a tried and tested show, especially if it’s a theatre break for a special occasion.

Most Popular Shows for Theatre Breaks 2008/9

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This pie chart shows the most popular theatre breaks booked by people we’ve helped over the last year. As you can see:

  • We Will Rock You – a classic rock opera based on Queen’s hits
  • Dirty Dancing – the 80s film brought to the stage with great songs and, of course, stunning dancing
  • Jersey Boys – A multi-award winning jukebox musical, full of classic 60s hits.
  • Mamma Mia – In it’s 10th year the Abba musical is still going strong. If you loved the film you will be blown away by this!

Although it’s quite a new show Jersey Boys has gone straight into being one of the most popular choices for theatre breaks.

The main shows were closely followed by

  • Hairspray – more 60s fun with lots of laughs
  • Les Miserables – the ultimate classy musical. Still great after over 20 years in the West End
  • Phantom of the Opera – As fresh and thrilling as ever Phantom is a classic choice for theatre breaks.

I was a bit surprised because Hairspray has been a huge hit in terms of ticket sales. Maybe people are a little more cautious when they are choosing a theatre break.

Other Shows for Theatre Breaks

Of course these are not the only shows on offer and lots of people went for other shows, as we can see from this chart.


Some shows, like Billy Elliot, Blood Brothers and Chicago are consistent choices for theatre breaks.They may not be the most popular but they are a good choice for many people.

It’s obvious that Oliver! is moving rapidly up the choices for theatre breaks and is set to be one of the big theatre breaks hits for 2009/10.

Of course it’s fun to try something totally new and exciting. I’m sure Priscilla Queen of the Dessert will quickly establish itself and keep an eye out for Sister Act too (Nuns, dancing, comedy and great ’60s style songs,and Shelia Hancock. What’s not to love about it?)

Theatre Breaks are a way to get into ‘sold out’ shows

Even if you are already pretty sure what show you want to base your theatre break on it is worth knowing what other people are doing. If you are committed to certain dates and you haven’t got a show in mind it might be wise to look at some of the shows that are slightly less in demand. Having said that it’s always worth trying for your first choice as the theatre breaks agencies often have tickets for shows that are otherwise sold out.

Favourite Hotels for Theatre Breaks

Most people choose hotels in or close to the West End for their theatre break. These 5 were the most popular with people we helped in 2008/9.


Most of these hotels are within easy reach of the theatres, or, if they are a bit further out, they are near the big shops and other attractions that make a theatre break such fun.

Theatre Breaks in the heart of the West End

Personally I like to be in the heart of things in the centre of London’s West End. You can’t beat the atmosphere of the city as the theatres empty and people throng the streets. That’s a great time to stroll back to your hotel for a night cap and talk about the best bits of the show you’ve just seen. It’s much nicer to do that than have to grapple with the tube or (horrors!) try to drive through the thronged streets!

What Theatre Break Will You Choose?

If you need more help deciding what show to choose for your theatre break have a look at this post Theatre Breaks – 5 Things You Need to consider
and print out our handy Theatre Breaks Magazine cheat sheet.

If you’ve made your decision you can book your theatre break right now.

  2 Responses to “Theatre Breaks – popular choices.”

  1. I am considering a retitement gift for someone. Is it possible to purchase vouchers which the recipient can spend against any theatre break?

  2. Hello David,

    Theatre breaks make wonderful gifts especially when everything is all booked and decided so all the recipient needs to do is to turn up and enjoy themselves. In order to do that though you need to be pretty confident that show would be one they’d choose for themselves, that they are a free on the dates chosen, and they have partner so they can enjoy the theatre break together.

    Otherwise, yes – you can buy gift vouchers online for example via Show and Stay which is slightly more exciting than giving them a cheque because they have to spend it on a theatre break.

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