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Valentine’s Day: The Hopeless Romantic

Your honeybunch’s heart is always aflutter and it doesn’t take much – a love song, a sad film or even a shamelessly sentimental advert – before they shed a tear.

Date ideas: Find something to make your old softie’s heart melt. Perhaps a tragic musical about a hideously deformed composer and his unrequited love? Or a strangely sweet musical where the grim reaper falling in love while collecting souls? Either should do the job nicely. You can also woo your boo at a concert featuring the most romantic film scores of all time, or let the smooth music of Marvin Gaye help you get it on. Several other performers – including a French-American jazz singer, a quirky Canadian indie-pop duo and a pair of Strictly pro dancers – are sure to remind your darling that they’re with the one person they’ve been dreaming about all their life – you!

Here are some suggestions:

The Phantom of the Opera, ongoing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London

Death Takes a Holiday, until 4 Mar at Charing Cross Theatre, London

Movie Classics, Feb 14 at Barbican Hall, London

A Night of Marvin Gaye, Feb 14 at The Jazz Café, London

Madeleine Peyroux, 11 – 12 Feb at Queens Hall, Edinburgh

Tegan & Sara – 13 Feb at Roundhouse, London and 14 Feb at Albert Hall, Manchester

Anton and Erin: Swing Time, 10 Feb at The Anvil, Basingstoke and 11 Feb at Barbican Hall, London

Looking for more ideas? Check out all of our Valentine’s Day personalities, and our full Valentine’s Day Guide.