Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we all know what that means…spreading the love!
One thing I dislike about commercial Valentine’s Day is how much it focuses on romantic relationships between partners. Valentine’s Day is about LOVE and should therefore be about love in all its forms.
Whether it’s love between friendships, families, loving yourself or loving your partner – don’t forget to share some love this February 14th.
Here’s a list of shows you can see at the moment (or very soon) in the UK to celebrate different kinds of love this Valentine’s Day!
To celebrate love between partners:
Kicking off its tour earlier this year in January, Ghost the Musical has to be one of the most romantic musical storylines. Based on the classic film with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, this beautiful show and even more beautiful score takes you through love and loss and so much more.
This stunning Disney classic has been in London a few years and closes in summer this year, so don’t miss it. Of course, I’m talking about the visually-stunning Aladdin. With comedy, wonderful songs and spectacular visuals, this family-friendly show about what a prince would do to get his princess is a wonderful loved-up treat for your romantics out there.
Running in London for over thirty years and with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera is a romantic thriller, and with some gorgeous songs such as “All I Ask of You”, “Think of Me”, and “The Music of the Night” is a great choice this Valentine’s Day.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner in this high-energy musical. Dirty Dancing sees the relationship of Frances and Johnny bloom both on and off the dancing stage. Currently in High Wycombe and travelling to Torquay, Swansea and more, have the time of your life this year with this wonderful show.
To celebrate love between friends:
The love we have for our friends is just as important as any other form of love, so celebrate it this Valentine’s Day with these shows that do just that.
Opening just last month in London, Come From Away is renowned in being heart-warming and telling the story of a small town that welcomed the world, celebrating the good in humanity and kindness. Experience the joy of friendship and compassion this February with this glorious musical.
One little girl with the power of her mind and her friends learns to achieve so much in Matilda the Musical. Witness how between Lavender, Bruce, Miss Honey and other friends Matilda makes along the way, Miss Trunchball is taught a lesson of her own. A funny, uplifting and creative show bringing friends of all ages together is one to catch.
Opening just after Valentine’s Day in Dublin is Calendar Girls – The Musical. Based on a true story, this musical that will have you crying and laughing at the same time as it tells the tale of a group of ordinary ladies who came together to achieve something extraordinary. Celebrate your all-important female friendships this GALENTINES Day with this special musical.
Hailed as the Best Touring Production in the UK Theatre Awards, The Full Monty brings together six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who take the world by storm. This funny, yet heartfelt production, is rooted in friendship and supporting one another and has been entertaining audiences for years.
To celebrate love between family members:
This show is one that has many themes, but as Joseph’s 11 brothers learn to love and appreciate him by the end, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a show to see this Valentine’s Day to get that warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy about your family. Loving your family is just as (if not more) important than loving a partner and is something we shouldn’t forget to do!
On Sophie’s search for her dad and delving into the relationship between her and her mum, Mamma Mia!, playing at the Novello Theatre in London, is an all-important show about how our family shapes who we are. These parental relationships can often get forgotten on Valentine’s Day but are just as special!
Set in New York in the early 1930s and telling the story of one girl’s hope to find her parents, Annie is a heart-warming musical to watch this February, all about that special bond in families. Annie learns that family is not just in blood but in feeling, and she builds a relationship in a new family with Oliver Warbucks.
Described as a “touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family”, Nine Night explores the traditional Jamaican family tradition that follows someone’s death. Bringing together Gloria’s children and grandchildren, this play at the Trafalgar Studious brings family together in a heartwarming and emotional story.
To celebrate love between lots of relationships:
Of course, many stories are unlikely to concentrate on just one form of love within a show, and instead put together multiple types of affection. Any of these shows are available to see this February 14th and will get you feeling all the fuzzy emotions!
The friendship between Glinda the Good and Elphaba – The Wicked Witch of the West is infectious and heart-warming, whilst the romantic relationship between Elphaba and Fiyero is passionate and engaging. Relationships in Elphaba’s family are rocky and interesting, and this combination of different types of love makes Wicked the perfect show to see this Valentine’s Day. Love is such a core of this show, proving that love really does make the world go around.
Another show focused highly on love is Les Misérables. Love extends in all directions in this production: with romantic love, parental love, friendship love, love for your country, love for justice and so much more, this show will have you feeling so many emotions.
Disney is renowned for pulling and heartstrings in their classic movies, and Disney on stage is no different. The Lion King playing at the Lyceum Theatre brings together family, friendship and romantic love and is a visual spectacle too. Suitable for all theatre-goers and a hugely popular show, The Lion King is a classic to see this year.
Playing until the end of March following an extended run, Company by Stephen Sondheim and starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone is a wonder to watch. With the story focusing on Bobbi’s lack of romantic relationship and surrounded by her friends who are all in relationships, this show is truly and friendship and romance in all its forms. Love is everywhere in this show in positive and negative ways and it is such a stellar production too. You can’t go wrong.
To celebrate loving yourself:
No one should be alone on a day to celebrate love, and the most important love of all is loving yourself. If that’s something that interests you, take a look at these shows.
A boy who becomes a drag queen, Jamie New is a force to be reckoned with in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This show encourages and supports finding your true self, and loving and embracing who you are. The perfect show to remind you to do the same this Valentine’s Day.
Although it has recently closed in London, nothing is stopping Kinky Boots from spreading the self-love around the UK. Similarly to Jamie New, Lola isn’t afraid to be who she truly is, so strut your stuff and love yourself in your home city as Kinky Boots comes to a theatre near you on its UK tour.
So however you celebrate this year and whoever you celebrate with, don’t forget that this holiday is about LOVE! So spread some happiness and love this Valentine’s Day and I wish you the LOVEliest of days.