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ESCAPE THE RAIN

27.12.12

Christmas is over and it's pouring down outside, but don't let that ruin your mood. A trip to a London theatre is the perfect way to escape the rain and lift your spirits. Here's a round up of some of the best shows the capital has to offer, as well as some tips on what to wear.

A Wicked Classic

West End wonder Wicked is an absolute classic that has to be seen to be believed. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of two girls who meet in the wonderful land of Oz. One is born with emerald-green skin and is smart and feisty yet misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and extremely popular. Wicked reveals how the two unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this is one show not to be missed. Book your tickets for the show now at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

A Little Spice

If you fancy something more new to the West End, look no further than Viva Forever! Featuring the unforgettable pop songs by the Spice Girls, Viva Forever! tells the tale of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get caught up in the modern fixation with reality TV and celebrity culture. As the girl follows her dreams, she is thrown into a world of overnight fame and has to deal with its effects on her friendships and her relationship with her mother (guess which song this will inspire).

Written by Jennifer Saunders and featuring all of the Spice Girls' biggest and best-loved hits, Viva Forever! will have the whole family on their feet and singing along. Book your tickets here now.

Get Your Golden Ticket Early

You might not be able to see it now, but take the opportunity of a rainy day to book your ticket for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which debuts next May. Based on Roald Dahl's classic story where Charlie Bucket wins a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, this modern adaption promises a mouth-watering opportunity to see the much-loved story in a brand new light.

Featuring songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, pre-order your tickets now to be one of the first to see this extraordinary production. Previews from May 18th 2013.

What He Should Wear

You'll still need to avoid the rain on the way to the theatre, which is what makes a cotton trench such a great choice. Jeymer in blue is the ideal transitional piece and ideal for the weather right now. Wear this over a comfy roll neck such as Crosby, teamed with a stylish pair of trousers and brogues.

What She Should Wear

Again, a good jacket is essential to avoid the downpour en route to the theatre. A pea coat is a timeless classic, making Violetta in navy a number one choice. Wear this fitted piece over a sparkly slouch jumper like Monty; perfect for a dazzling production.