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Dreamgirls at The Savoy Theatre London leads to sweet dreams at The Cavendish Hotel

By Denise Eaton

There was a time when the banter and boisterous behaviour from work-weary commuters on their end-of-a-very-long-week train journey home was enough to distract me from the bilious stench of burger and fries (usually courtesy of the Golden Arches) filling the carriage from London to Kent.

But I'm much more M&S than S&M, so it gives me no pleasure to be audibly tortured by the drunken antics of others while effectively held hostage in a space little wider than a super-king-sized bed.

So often nights out in London end with a mad rush to catch the last over-crowded train home - and the enjoyable evening fades out faster than seat availability on a Ryanair flight.

Which is why an overnight Super Break stay is the ideal way to avoid the palaver altogether.

Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell Robinson), Amber Riley (Effie White), Liisi LaFontaine (Deena Jones) and Adam J Bernard (Jimmy Early) in Dreamgirls Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg
Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell Robinson), Amber Riley (Effie White), Liisi LaFontaine (Deena Jones) and Adam J Bernard (Jimmy Early) in Dreamgirls Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

I went from Dreamgirls to sweet dreams in less than half-an-hour - with the only song and dance being that played out on the Savoy Theatre stage.

The hit Broadway show just keeps on drawing in the audiences - with a run extended yet again until February next year.

Undoubtedly the big attraction is the sensational Amber Riley who strutted her way from the hit US series Glee to become the stand-out performer as Effie which marks her West End debut.

Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg
Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

Having gone from stage to screen in the States, it was Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé who proved to be big booties to fill - but Riley and co do the roles proud with big-hitters such as 'And I am telling you' and 'listen' making eyes glisten just as much as the one million+ Swarovski crystals used in the eye-dazzling set.

Set in 1960s America, the story charts the dawning of the R&B era and the aspirations of three singers called The Dreams. It is a test of friendship, fame and failure loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes.

And just like the song One Night Only, you can extend the night - though fortunately until way past dawn - with a stay less than a gentle 20 minute walk away. The four-star Cavendish Hotel commands a central location in fashionable Jermyn Street, rubbing shoulders with artisan shops offering everything from shirts to scotch.

A room at the Cavendish Hotel
A room at the Cavendish Hotel

It boasts five-star luxury at four-star prices in the heart of Mayfair and is an ideal base from which to explore central London's heritage, history and culture. Buckingham Palace is within walking distance, and even the Queen's favourite department store Fortnum and Mason is just across the street.

The Cavendish, part of The Ascott Limited, has 230 stylish rooms arranged over 14 floors - with the 15th floor reserved exclusively for the penthouse suite offering breathtaking views over London's landmarks. But if your budget won't stretch to the ultimate in luxury lifestyle, there are a range of rooms from classic to queen and executive.

Views of London from the Penthouse at The Cavendish Hotel
Views of London from the Penthouse at The Cavendish Hotel

Super Break

Home to a huge range of experience-based getaways across the country and abroad, Super Break specialises in tailor-made breaks. From getaways to the best theatre shows around, to walking tours and city breaks, the travel company says it will ensure all trips are filled with everything to create as many magical moments during your stay as possible.

PRICE: From £215 per person for one night’s accommodation at the 4* Cavendish Hotel, London including Top Price Saver tickets for Dreamgirls. Valid for arrival on October 19 2017. To book, visit www.superbreak.com or call 0800 042 0288.

The reviewer was a guest of Super Break.

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