Whenever Friday approaches, you don’t know how to get out of the office as soon as possible and escape the corporate lifestyle for a couple of days at least. But don’t just go home sitting on the couch in front of the TV with a ball of chips in your hand the entire weekend, when there are so many interesting things going on out there! For instance, you can help your brain relax a bit by going to a theatre show. Here’s a list of 12 shows that are totally worth seeing and that perform this weekend, July 21-23.

1. Motown: the Musical

“The Beat of a Generation. The Soul of a Nation” is the motto that Motown: the Musical welcomes the audience. Although this jukebox musical has made its first Broadway appearance back in April 2013, people fell in love with it from the very first time. The source of inspiration for this musical is the autobiography of Berry Gordy, entitled “To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown” which was released in 1994, as well as on the history of the Motown record label. If this already caught your attention, don’t forget to buy your Motown: the Musical tickets and be on the 21st of July at 7.30 pm in London, at Shaftesbury Theatre.

2. An American in Paris

You will instantly fall in love with the musical play entitled “An American in Paris”, simply because it’s about a love story between a mysterious girl and an American soldier who wants to rebuild his life after fighting in the World War II. He finds Paris the perfect place for starting a new life and taking up an old hobby of his – painting. Buy your An American in Paris tickets and see how this love story ends. Be on the 21st of July at 7.30 pm in London, at Dominion Theatre.

3. Queen Anne

“Queen Anne” is a play that will take you back in time, to the beginning of the 18th century, when Anne became Queen of Great Britain. The story is centred on the relationship between her and one of the closest friends, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. According to historians, the Duchess heavily influenced Anne for a long period, both before and during the Queen’s reign. You can learn more about the history of Britain if you get your Queen Anne tickets and be on the 21st of July in London, at Theatre Royal Haymarket at 7.30 pm.

4. Kinky Boots!

Another great musical worth seeing this weekend is “Kinky Boots”, which presents the story of Charlie Price, who is the inheritor of a shoe factory and who decided to establish a partnership with Lola, a drag queen and cabaret performer. Watch what happens between the two on the 21st of July in London, at Adelphi Theatre at 7.30 pm. Get your Kinky Boots tickets right away!

5. Half a Sixpence

The first time this musical was performed on stage was back in 1963, but the 2016 version is slightly improved and more appealing. Cameron Mackintosh, who is the producer of both this musical and the worldly-renowned “Mary Poppins”, decided to bring back to life the show that was first performed more than half a century ago. Get your Half a Sixpence tickets and make sure you don’t get late on the 22nd of July, when you have to go to London, at Noel Coward Theatre to see the play. Be there by 2.30 pm.

6. Tanguera

Even though you’re in London, “Tanguera”, this majestic ballet show, will take you to the streets of Buenos Aires from the very first beats you will hear. The high-adrenaline tango choreography will not only seduce you but also take you to another world – the turn-of-the-century Argentina. Buy your Tanguera tickets and you will be fascinated by all 30 incredible musicians and dancers. Be in London, at Sadler’s Wells, on July 22 at 2.30 pm.

7. The Kite Runner

The stage adaptation of the book by the same name, “The Kite Runner” is definitely a must-see this weekend. The book was written by a famous Afghan novelist, Khaled Hosseini and depicts the story of a boy named Amir who betrayed one of his childhood friends, Hasan, who was also a kite running partner and a servant. Get your The Kite Runner tickets and watch how the story ends. The show is performed in London, at Playhouse Theatre London, on July 22 at 2.30 pm.

8. Sean Kelly - Sold Your Way!

It’s not only about drama this weekend, it’s also about comedy, stand-up comedy more precisely. And one of the worth seeing shows is held by Sean Kelly. You will definitely help your brain relax by giving it a good laugh, so make sure you get your Sean Kelly - Sold Your Way! tickets right away. The show starts at 8.45 pm and is held on July 22 at The White Rose Rotunda in York.

9. John Bishop - Winging It (Warm Up Show)

When it comes to stand-up comedy, another figure that stands out is John Bishop. Over the years, he performed several stand-up comedy shows and tours, including “John Bishop’s Britain” and “John Bishop’s Only Joking”, which benefited from great success. Now, he has returned with another show to make you laugh and forget about any problems. Buy your John Bishop - Winging It (Warm Up Show) tickets and attend The Lowry in Stalford Quays on July 23 at 8.00 pm.

10. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Live In Concert

If you are a fan of one of the most famous TV series in the entire world, Star Trek, then you should know that you can listen to those popular soundtracks live in concert. If you are in London on July 23, you must be at Royal Festival Hall by 2.30 pm. You will have the chance to travel throughout the entire galaxy while listening to Star Trek’s popular soundtracks. Don’t forget to buy your Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Live In Concert tickets.

11. Tape Face

“Tape Face” is that type of show that will leave you speechless, but that you will totally enjoy. If you saw all the episodes of the worldly famous America’s Got Talent show, you most probably recall “The boy with tape on his face”, now known as “Tape Face”. See him performing this Sunday, on July 23, in London, at Garrick Theatre at 7.30 pm. Get your Tape Face tickets from here.

12. Matilda the Musical

If you haven’t seen “Matilda: the Musical” yet, now is a great opportunity you do. You probably know the 5-year-old girl that possesses telekinetic abilities from that popular movie. Well, now you have the chance to see the movie on stage, as a musical. Buy your Matilda the Musical tickets right now and make sure you’re in London on July 23 at Cambridge Theatre at 3.00 pm.