It’s Halloween on Matinee

Written by on October 28, 2023

It’s Halloween on Matinee

Gareth Evans plays his pick of the greatest shows in the runup to Halloween!


Here are some of the highlights:

The Phantom Of the Opera

Few musicals compare in power to this  – Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman deliver a note perfect masterclass in this deliciously gothic, macabre musical.

Repo: The Genetic Opera

This horrifically graphic rock opera is matched in scares by the epic musical performance of Sarah Brightman – well worth checking out if you’re not squeamish!

The Witches

The cast of The Witches sing Get Up! from the new musical rendition of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, playing in the Olivier Theatre from 7 November.
The audio of Get Up! will be released by Broadway Records and available to stream from Friday 3 November.


Take a trip to the Netherworld with Broadway’s Beetlejuice, which re-opened April 8 at the Marquis Theatre. Reprising the role of the titular poltergeist, Tony nominee Alex Brightman returned to the production opposite Elizabeth Teeter (The Crucible, The Audience), the show’s new Lydia Deetz.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fasten your garter belt and time warp again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show! When this cinematic sensation first sashayed onto the screen, moviegoers were treated to a gender-bending horror story/musical romantic comedy, and it remains one of the cinema’s most enduring cult classics.

Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street returns to Broadway starring Josh Groban as Sweeney Todd and Annaleigh Ashford as Mrs. Lovett.

MJ The Musical

Just in case you missed how they shut-down Halloween! MJ is the electrifying new Broadway musical that takes audiences inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history. Winner of 4 Tony Awards® including Best Actor in a Musical, awarded to Myles Frost!

The Nightmare before Christmas

Music video by The Citizens of Halloween performing This Is Halloween in Tim Burton’s animated masterpiece, which can be enjoyed all year long!

Young Frankenstein

From the brains behind The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.


This magical musical was created by Glenn Ballard and Dave Stewart.

Little Shop Of Horrors

An alternate performance of ‘Suddenly Seymour’ from Little Shop of Horrors,starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene (1986)


Stephen King’s terrifying tale gets the Riverdale musical treatment in this much underrated production.


This was the night Idina Menzel won her Tony for Elphaba!!!

Into The Woods

Meryl Streep added another string to her acting bow when she nailed this Sondheim number

Bat Out Of Hell

This was the original trailer for Jim Steinman’s epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL, inspiration for one of the most iconic and successful albums in history. RIP Meatloaf x


What’s not to love is this fabulous Jim Henson production about goblins, magic and David Bowie!

Addams Family

From Wednesday 17th of May 2017 broadcast of Tonight at the London Palladium, the cast of The Addams Family Musical perform the opening number. Spot Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday!

Mean Girls

We’ve decided to give the final word to Mean Girls on Broadway – because as she says “If I could change the world I’d make it Halloween”

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