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Top 10 selling theatre shows in April

We round up the hottest tickets on WhatsOnStage last month

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Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Saikat Ahamed in Mack and The Miser
© Helen Maybanks

10. The Miser

Garrick Theatre, until 10 June

Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack in a revival of Molière's play directed by Sean Foley, need we say more? OK then, our review called the five-act comedy "fresh, funny and farcical".

Read our review of The Miser

Clare Halse and company of 42nd Street
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9. 42nd Street

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, currently booking until 14 October 2017

The original West End production in 1984 gave Catherine Zeta Jones her big break, 33 years later and the tap dancing spectacular is back at Drury Lane with the biggest cast in London led by Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton, Tom Lister and Norman Bowman. With songs including "We're In The Money" and "42nd Street", and one of the lushest sets in town, you're guaranteed a great night out.

Read our review of 42nd Street

Lucie Jones will play Elle Woods in the new UK and Ireland tour of Legally Blonde
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8. Legally Blonde

On tour from 18 September 2017

As if touring the UK in a superb production of Rent, hosting the WhatsOnStage Awards live stream and representing Great Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest this week wasn't enough, Lucie Jones has signed on to a new touring production of Legally Blonde. Based on the film starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical sees Elle Woods swap the sorority girls for Harvard Law in an attempt to prove she's not just a pretty face. The cast also includes EastEnders' Rita Simons and not one, but two dogs.

Read our announcement of the tour

Sophie Okonedo and Damian Lewis in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia
© Johan Persson

7. The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Theatre Royal Haymarket, until 24 June 2017

Don't be put off by the title, unless you're not keen on the idea of a married man falling in love with a four legged horned mammal. Edward Albee's tour de force stars Homeland's Damian Lewis alongside the wonderful Sophie Okonedo.

Read our review of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Kiss Me Kate
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6. Kiss Me, Kate

London Coliseum, 20 to 30 June 2018

After a run at Leeds Grand Theatre in May 2018, Opera North's production of Cole Porter's musical, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew will travel down the M1 to the London Coliseum next summer. Featuring the songs "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Too Darn Hot", the hotly-anticipated production is directed by Jo Davies with choreography by Will Tuckett.

Read our full announcement here

Matilda the Musical
© Helen Maybanks

5. Matilda

Currently booking at the Cambridge Theatre to 17 December 2017, and on tour from March 2018

Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's much-loved adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel zoomed up the WOS charts last month after it was announced the production would be hitting the road for the first time next year. The tour will open at Curve in March 2018, before touring to a whole host of venues around the country. Time to get a little bit "Naughty"...

Click here for more information on dates and tickets for the UK tour of Matilda

Suzie Chard (Verruca), Paul O'Grady (Baroness Hardup) and Wendy Sommerville (Hernia)
© Paul Coltas & Steve Williams

4. Dick Whittington

London Palladium, 9 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

Oh no it's not... Oh yes it is... Apparently it is time to start thinking about pantomime season. The temperature has barely risen into double digits for the first time this year and initial casting has been announced for the Palladium's pantomime, which is back following last year's highly praised Cinderella. And fans of that production will be happy to know that Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin all return for this year's show. Oh yes they do...

Read our Dick Whittington casting announcement here

Haydn Oakley, centre, with the cast of An American in Paris
© Johan Persson

3. An American in Paris

Dominion Theatre, currently booking until 27 January 2018

Christopher Wheeldon's musical with beautiful designs by Bob Crowley won the hearts and stars of the nation's theatre critics with a cacophony of five star reviews, including our own. If you're looking for other reasons to book this show there's the brilliant (and beautiful) lead pairing of Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild, the comic pairing of Haydn Oakley and David Seadon Young, or the brilliant performance from Zoe Rainey. Take your pick.

Read our review of An American in Paris

LtoR Gary Barlow, Mark Owen & Howard Donald at The Band launch credit
© Matt Crockett

2. The Band

On tour from 8 September

Despite it's title, let's choose to forget about the 2008 Take That musical which toured the UK and played the West End for six months. Because there's a new Take That musical in town and this time, Barlow and co are on board. Following a TV reality show to cast a band of lads as good looking and talented as the fab five were in the '90s, The Band is about to embark on a UK tour before a hoped-for West End transfer. Fangirls/boys may be disappointed to know that the show is not a bio-play but uses the group's music to tell the story of a group of girls finding their way in life.

Read our announcement for more info on dates and tickets

Andrew Scott (Hamlet)
© Manuel Harlan

1. Hamlet

Harold Pinter Theatre, 9 June and 2 September

We're not saying that if you put a Sherlock star in a show then it will sell lots of tickets, but if you put a Sherlock star in a show then it will sell lots of tickets. It also helps that this is a bloody brilliant production and received plaudits from pretty much everyone for its run at the Almeida. Alongside Andrew Scott in the titular role is Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude and Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia. To buy or not to buy? Definitely the latter.

Read our review of Hamlet at the Almeida