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What are the 3 best shows right now in London

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Coming over in a few weeks - what are the 3 'must see' shows currently on the West End -

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Lots opening and closing in the next 2 months- what dates are you over?
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Updated On: 7/9/08 at 03:25 AM
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'Brief Encounter'
'Billy Elliot'
'Hairspray'
OK and one for luck 'Black Watch'
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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Id deffo say Billy Elliot is one of them.
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Wickedboy2 makes good suggestions.
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Jump over to the Broadway board and see what fun this post has generated there!
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Billy Elliot
Avenue Q
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Also, though its book and lyrics are terribly flawed, Marguerite is worth seeing just for Legrand's fabulous score and Julian Ovendon's vocal performance.
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Go and see Brief Encounter. I cant believe i waited so long to see this show. In my opinion it's the best show in town at the moment.
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re: What are the 3 best shows right now in London

I sang its praises when it opened and have so far managed to send about 50 /60 friends to it and they all fell in love with the show! Not much interest on here tho which surprised me!

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I'd say that Lion Kings got to be one of the best. I saw it for the first time a year ago and was blown away by it, and I was standing right at the back of the top balcony! Well worth a trip. Or, for a good old ghost story,'The Woman in Black', great fun but terrifying at the same time!
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Another vote for Brief Encounter - loved it! Les Mis is quite solid after the recent cast change (despite an eccentrically-accented Jean Valjean) and Billy Elliot is a great 'British' musical.

You might want to check out the various shows and platforms at the National as well (http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/) in case anything over there interests you...

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I would urge to see;

Blood Brothers
Marguerite
The Sound of Music / The Lord of the Rings

The only reason I mention these show is, that they are not playing in America, so you see something that you cannot see back home.
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Blood Brothers has been and will run forever. Sound of Music is nice but nothing to write home about, and LotR is closing very shortly.

I agree with the posters suggesting BRIEF ENCOUNTER, and tentatively recommend ZORRO, as the word of mouth is quite positive (I'm hoping to see it Monday and judge for myself).
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I would say Lord of the Rings, catch it before its closes.. one of the most amazing things you will see on a stage
Also Zorro, i loved it and recommend it highly, very different to your average musical.
Have a fab time in town
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Updated On: 7/12/08 at 04:16 PM
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I can enthusiastically recommend Zorro. I saw it just before I left London, and absolutely loved it! Matt Rawle was an excellent Zorro, Adam Levy a perfect villian, and Emma Williams was delightful as Luisa, the love interest. Also outstanding was Lesli Margherita as Inez. The music, by the Gypsy Kings, was fantastic -- it's been in my head ever since -- and the dancing -- wow. Just amazing.

FYI, LOrd of the Rings closes this coming weekend, July 19.