The infamous Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year with Christmas long gone, funds low and not to mention the fact that it’s a Monday! The process of labelling this day is up for debate – do we need to highlight depression and raise awareness? Yes! Do we need to remind people how sad they should be feeling? Maybe not. But what I do know is that if you are feeling a bit blue on 16th January there’s only really one solution… the theatre!
Escaping to another world for two and a half hours is surely the only way to avoid any Blue Monday disasters. I’ve picked out four feel-good shows running in the capital right now that will ensure you end the day with a smile on your face. And because I know you’re on the January penny-watching patrol, I’ve found you tickets for all of them for £20 or less if you book now for 16th January! That’s about the same as that takeaway and bottle of wine you were planning on getting…
Half a Sixpence
You may have caught Cameron Mackintosh on the One Show on Tuesday with his charming new West End hit, Half a Sixpence. If you were impressed by the cast’s flash, bang, wallop then it’s definitely worth booking a ticket. An uplifting show with a leading man that will have you on your feet. Check out my review if you’re not convinced but you’d be better off just booking your £10 ticket now. Yep… a tenner!
If there’s one show that can lift you up after a bad day, it’s the award-winning Kinky Boots. Based on a true story, this is a musical about changing your perceptions and accepting others for who they are. If Cyndi Lauper’s upbeat soundtrack isn’t enough, throw in some dancing angels and awesome footwear… naturally!
If reality is a bit too much for you on Blue Monday, you can truly transport yourself to another world and see Wicked. The true story of the witches of Oz has it all – showstopping numbers, stunning sets and strong morals. You might not want to come back to London but when you do, at least you’ll have that warm, fuzzy feeling with you on the journey home.
Don’t fancy a full-blown musical? Stomp’s your show! The perfect infusion of music, dance and comedy… using a load of junk. Stay with me here – it’s pure genius. You’ll spend the trip home annoying your fellow commuters tapping a rolled-up newspaper onto the nearest bin, but at least your mood will be lifted!
Got a little more cash to spend? You can get slightly more expensive seats through all of these links but still enjoy some brilliant discounts. If none of these shows take your fancy then have a browse through the Get Into London Theatre website – you won’t pay more than £40 for a top West End seat on Monday!