London theatre - what's on?

Theatre tickets can be pricey but there are ways to cut the cost. If you are happy to take a chance the 'tkts' half price ticket booth in Leicester Square offers official half price and discount tickets, while the Official London Theatre website often has special deals so it's worth checking before you book. Similarly regularly offer half price tickets to some of the top London shows.

Cast of Wicked on stage
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To whet your appetite, here are a few of the hot musicals and plays currently gracing the capital.

Clybourne Park - Wyndham's Theatre
Already the winner of both the Evening Standard and the Critics' Circle Awards for best new play, this satirical comedy penned by Bruce Norris explores racial tensions in middle-class America, beginning in 1959 as a black family moves into a Chicago suburb, and moving into 2009 when the roles are reversed.

Less than Kind - Jermyn Street Theatre
This year marks the centenary of Terence Rattigan's birth and this once rarely-seen play is just the first of many to come. A 1940s teenage boy learns that his widowed mother is living in sin - plenty of comedy teamed with moments of high emotion, encompassed within all the atmosphere of the decade.

Twelfth Night - National Theatre
Shakespeare's comedy receives a traditional treatment from director Sir Peter Hall (celebrating his 80th birthday this year). His daughter Rebecca is a leading light as Viola while Simon Callow heads the supporting cast as Sir Toby Belch.

War Horse - New London Theatre
Set against the backdrop of the First World War, this tale of bravery, loyalty and the bond between a young man and his horse is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Aside from the raw emotion of the story, the astonishing puppetry that brings the horses to life is unforgettable.

Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre
No expense is spared in this Wizard of Oz prequel, which tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West became her wicked self. Featuring astonishing dancing and spectacular flying, it's easy to see why this West End show has won more than 35 major international theatre awards.

Les Miserables - Queen's Theatre
The epic tale of the French Revolution needs little introduction - romance, tragedy and a touch of humour, Les Mis is a breath-taking show and an emotional rollercoaster that has theatre-goers returning time and time again.

The Lion King - Lyceum Theatre
You fell in love with the Disney film, now prepare to be wowed by the stage production of this African tale. The story itself is unlikely to surprise but the incredible techniques and dancing that bring to life elephants, antelopes and zebras are nothing short of spectacular. One for all the family.

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