Here at Ticketmaster we love a good story, and even more when it comes to life on stage. It’s National Storytelling Week and we’re so excited!
For the past 17 years, The Society For Storytelling has promoted the tradition of storytelling as the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination. Whether it’s fairy tales, classic stories, iconic books or even beloved movies, stories shape our imagination and let us escape into a different world.
To honour this tradition of the passing down of stories throughout generations we have put together the very best stories told by actors, brought to life on stage.
Amazing shows based on books:
Adapted from the ever-popular children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical has been a spectacular since it first opened to packed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre, London. Including original songs from comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical is the award-winning masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum, Wicked has been defying gravity in London’s West End for the last decade. It tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
In the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, Christopher, 15-years-old, is desperate to find out who killed the neighbour’s dog, Wellington. His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Neal Foster’s adaptation of David Walliams’ popular children’s book Gangsta Granny transfers to London’s West End for a limited summer season in 2017. The story follows Ben, a young boy who is once again staying with his granny on a boring Friday night. Soon, Fridays become more exciting than he could ever imagine though, as he embarks on night-time adventures with his very own Gangsta Granny!
The Wind in the Willows
Stunningly brought to life in a spectacular new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows will send you wild with delight. Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, it brings an explosion of anarchy, comedy and heart to London.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Based on Victor Hugo’s famous Les Misérables novel, the musical is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 30th year.
Iconic shows based on movies:
The Lion King
One, if not the most iconic Disney movies of all times, The Lion King, has become one of the West End’s most beloved productions to date. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba –the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Breathtaking sets, astonishing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage. Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award-winning film (including Friend Like Me, A Whole New World and Arabian Nights), this brand new musical is quickly becoming a gem of the West End.
Babe The Sheep-Pig
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film, you’ll be captivated by the lovable piglet’s rise to become the world-famous Sheep-Pig in this heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. This enchanting family favourite is brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show that’s brimming with laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original live music.
School of Rock
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical is based on the iconic hit movie and follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who poses as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school in order to gain more money. The question is though: can he get them to win the Battle of the Bands without their parents or the school’s uptight headmistress from finding out about their secret super band status?
With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this fabulous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.