Curtain Up: Top Ten Must-Watch Plays For Teens

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, the stage has witnessed a multitude of unforgettable performances that continue to inspire and resonate with audiences worldwide. Here are the top ten plays that have left an indelible mark on the world of theatre and are a must-watch for any theatre enthusiast.

  1. Hamlet

A Shakespearean tragedy that delves into themes of revenge, madness, and mortality, Hamlet’s intricate plot and complex characters make it a timeless masterpiece.

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire

This gripping drama explores the fragile line between reality and illusion as it follows the tragic downfall of Blanche DuBois in the sweltering New Orleans heat.

  1. Les Misérables

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, this epic musical tells the tale of Jean Valjean’s journey to redemption amidst the backdrop of 19th-century France.

  1. The Phantom of the Opera

A mesmerising blend of romance and mystery, this beloved musical follows the haunting love story between a disfigured composer and a young soprano.

  1. The Lion King

Inspired by the Disney animated film, this visually stunning musical transports audiences to the African savannah and tells the coming-of-age tale of Simba, the lion prince.

  1. The King and I

The King and I epitomises the golden age of musicals and is the winner of multiple awards. Your teens will be transported into a world of rich traditions, complex relationships, and political intrigue.

  1. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The story follows and is based upon the true-life story of 16-year-old British schoolboy Jamie Campbell, as he overcomes prejudice and bullying, to step out of the darkness and become a drag queen.

  1. Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is a moving, teen friendly production  following four guys from Jersey, USA. When they sang their first note together they had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of them.

  1. Hamilton

The story of an American immigrant who became one of the founding fathers of America. This modern musical biography tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and what his legacy left behind.

  1. Grease

This summer, the diners are opening their doors for the slicked-back, leather-clad T Birds and the bubble-gum-blowing Pink Ladies, who are bringing the rebellious teen spirit to Rydell High.

These ten plays represent a diverse spectrum of themes, emotions, and storytelling styles that have captivated audiences for generations. Whether you’re drawn to the poetic language of Shakespeare, the gritty realism of modern drama, or the enchanting melodies of musical theatre, these plays promise an unforgettable journey into the heart of human experience. So, gather your tickets and prepare to be transported to worlds both familiar and fantastical as you witness the magic that unfolds when the curtain rises on these exceptional theatrical productions.

By Eleanor Wemyss