This Valentine’s Day, we take a look at our favourite couples in the world of West End theatre. Whether you’re cuddling up to your other half in the back row, treating yourself to a solo theatre trip to lift your spirits or celebrating ‘Galentine’s Day’ with your best pals, there’s a pairing here for you:
Christine & Raoul (The Phantom of the Opera)
Christine may start off the show as just another girl in the corps de ballet, but she catches the eye of the Vicomte de Chagny, and their love story has been lighting up the West End for over 30 years. Whichever side of the love triangle you’re on, you’ve got to admit that ‘All I Ask Of You’ is one of the most iconic romantic duets in the history of musical theatre for a reason.
Christine & The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera)
We couldn’t forget about the other man in Christine’s life (I mean, the show’s is named after him). Raoul fans may say he’s a little bit creepy, but there’s no denying that chemistry, especially with Kelly Mathieson & Ben Lewis’s performances currently giving off sparks at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Elphaba & Fiyero (Wicked)
Alice Fearn & Bradley Jaden
Fiyero is introduced as a shallow, brainless transfer student, flirting with the most popular girl at Shiz, but after bonding with Elphaba over their shared beliefs in animal rights, he realises that you won’t get far by just dancing through life. Later on, he puts his relationship, his career and his life on the line for the lovable outsider. Fan-favourite Alice Fearn currently plays the green witch at the Apollo Victoria.
Raven & Strat (Bat Out Of Hell)
Andrew Polec & Christina Bennington
Two star-crossed lovers from a dystopian future return to the West End this April, after rocking out in a critically-acclaimed run at the London Coliseum last year. Rebellious leader Strat falls for the beautiful daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Obsidian, and their story comes alive to Jim Steinman’s score full of classic Meat Loaf songs. You don’t realise you’ve been waiting all night for ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ until you hear that iconic piano intro, and it’s the perfect finale in this full throttle tale of love and rebellion coming to the Dominion Theatre later this year.
Eponine & Marius (Les Miserables)
Paul Wilking & Karis Jack
OK, Cosette is nice and all, but everyone know it’s all about Eponine. ‘On My Own’ is the ultimate unrequited love song, who needs an Adele song when you can belt out Boublil & Schonberg’s banger after devouring an entire box of chocolates that you had to buy yourself? It’s a relatable romantic pairing you can really get behind, and is probably one of the reasons behind this show being the longest-running musical in the West End.
Dea & Grinpayne (The Grinning Man)
Sanne Den Besten & Louis Maskell
From another adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel, and perhaps the quirkiest couple on our list are a blind orphan and a deformed freak show act. The central couple are played by Sanne Den Besten & Louis Maskell, as well as by a pair of adorable puppets from Gyre & Gimble, the team behind the smash-hit War Horse. Grinpayne is tempted by his brush with fame and seductions by the Royal Family, but it is the love of the best friend he saved when she was just a newborn that keeps him going in this darkly seductive tale playing at Trafalgar Studios.
Danny & Laura (Beginning)
Sam Troughton & Justine Mitchell
A very 21st century take on relationships, and certainly not a traditional love story, where things happen the way they do in the movies. Set in the early hours of the morning after a house party this is a tender and funny story about the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Sam Troughton and Justine Mitchell reprise the critically-acclaimed roles they originated at the National Theatre at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End transfer.
Hadley Fraser & Rosalie Craig
Hadley Fraser & Rosalie Craig
The West End’s real-life power couple, they’ve each had countless leading roles in shows across London, from classical Shakespeare to musical theatre to contemporary dramas. Hadley has even written his own musical Committee, which was produced at the Donmar Warehouse last year. They starred opposite each other in City Of Angels back in 2014, and welcomed their first child, an adorable baby girl, in 2016. Just imagine how talented she’s gonna be when she grows up!
Hadley Fraser can be seen leading the company of Mel Brooks’ musical comedy Young Frankenstein, currently puttin’ on the ritz at the Garrick Theatre, while Rosalie Craig has recently joined the cast of the critical smash-hit The Ferryman, before she starts rehearsals for Company, both at the Gielgud Theatre.
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