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Hi everyone, todays blog will focus on what’s hot in the West End right now and how to go about getting the best ticket deals (and yes that is me in the big red jacket)!

A trip to a London theatre can end up costing you a small fortune (especially with the interval drinks prices)! But there are some good deals out there, the best website I’ve found is . Some ticket deals come with a pre-theatre dinner, which is an added bonus, but do check some other websites as well (a quick internet search gives you many choices). Another option is to go to the discount ticket booths in Leicester Square, the best is TKTS.

You can always try the theatre box office on the day of the performance (known as day seats), if the house is selling poorly the tickets will reduce in price dramatically (no pun intended), 30 minutes before curtain up you can sometimes find a very good bargain! BUT this is risky because there is no guarantee you’ll get a seat. The best time to try this is early in the week, and midweek matinees, when the houses aren’t so full. The theatre would rather have a bum on a seat, than an empty seat altogether.

Miss Saigon is now in previews at the Prince Edward Theatre (where Jersey Boys was running up until recently). This wonderfully lavish production has returned to the West End after many years. It’s hugely successful run at the Theatre Royal Dury Lane, and it’s number one national tour, has made this show one of the countries most loved musicals. Based on the Opera Madame Butterfly, it is set during the Vietnam war; and the post war era.

But don’t worry all you Frankie Valli fans, the smash hit show the Jersey Boys hasn’t closed, but moved from the Prince Edward, to the Piccadilly Theatre. This show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and features such classic hits as ‘Walk Like A Man’ ‘Sherry’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, and will be sure to have you dancing in the aisles!

At the little known Charing Cross Theatre there is a small musical turning some heads. It’s called Ushers and has a short four week run closing 7th June 2014. This show focuses on the stagiest people in the theatre, the front of house staff. With ice cream selling kick lines, and a script with heart, soul and an ice-bucket full of laughs, it is a bargain with all tickets at £15!

It’s your last chance to see We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre as it is closing on the 31st of May. I performed in this show myself for two years and I can attest, it always has a standing ovation! Set 300 years in the future where rock music is outlawed, can two dreamers overcome all the odds and bring it back? Featuring the music of Queen, this musical extravaganza closes on the 31st May, with Brian May and Roger Taylor themselves performing with the cast! Goodbye everybody, we’ve got to go!

The Pajama Game runs until the 12th of September at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Based on the Novel 71/2 Cents, it is set in a pajama factory where the workers are demeaning a 71/2 cent pay rise. This has a strictly limited run so catch it while you can!

One show which cleaned up at the Olivier Awards this year was The Book Of Mormon. From the creators of the hit TV show ‘South Park’ this unashamedly shocking musical opened last year at the Prince of Wales Theatre to rave reviews! It is hard to get cheap tickets to this one, do the cheapest I’ve found.

Other shows currently running are- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy), Matilda (Cambridge), The Bodyguard (Adelphi), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), The Commitments (Palace Theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Dury Lane), Mama Mia (Novello) Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Les Miserables (Queens) Once (Phoenix) The Lion King (Lyceum).

If you want to listen to an excellent musical theatre podcast, featuring reviews and gossip, check out MusicalTalk. If you go back a few hundred episodes, you’ll even hear from yours truly!

Time for the curtain call now, any comments please leave below!

Andrew Gray