Top London Musicals

 
 
 
 
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The Phantom of the Opera
The Lion King
Les Miserables
Thriller Live
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
Matilda The Musical
Mamma Mia!
Aladdin
Adrienne Warren makes her West End stage debut as Tina
Wicked
Wicked
Hamilton
Waitress
School of Rock
 

 

The West End has always been the world's most exciting theatre scene and the musical is the cornerstone of its success. From long-running shows to contemporary productions, at every bend in Theatreland, hit musicals emblazon the streets. We've put together a list of our current must-sees. When the curtain goes up, make sure you've got the best seats in town - at cut prices - by booking online.

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Hamilton

Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 6th December 2017 to 28th September 2019

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize winning hip hop musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers, who served as chief staff aide to General George Washington and was killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. "Hamilton has been a sensation in America," says the Daily Telegraph, and after receiving a record-breaking 13 Olivier nominations, that success has been repeated this side of the pond. The story of an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man, told to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R & B and Broadway, "could not be more timely" (Guardian).

 
 
 

Tina

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 21st March 2018 to 21st December 2019

 

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins. Featuring the iconic songs that propelled Turner to fame, the stage spectacular charts her rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the top of the global music charts. Adrienne Warren makes her West End debut in the title role opposite Kobna Holdbrook-Smith - last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch - as Ike Turner.

 
 
 

Les Miserables

Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6BA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st January - 13th July 2019

 

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew. But will fate allow him to? The acclaimed, long running musical extravaganza Les Miserables continues at the Queen's Theatre. It's far more serious than the conventional musical, and this allows for grand, operatic choral numbers that have an emotional power far beyond the West End norm. A brilliantly executed and intense evening.

 
 
 

Mamma Mia!

Novello Theatre, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station

 

Dates: 6th September 2012 to 7th March 2020

 

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and careless nights whilst her daughter Sophie dreams of tradition, romance and a big white wedding. Mamma Mia! is an infectious and funny musical featuring 22 of ABBA's best known songs, and after eight wonderful years at the Prince of Wales the production moves to the beautiful Novello Theatre. Without losing even a pinch of its singalong sparkle, Mamma Mia! remains a great night out with plenty of audience participation and some rousing moments.

 
 
 

Matilda The Musical

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, WC2H 9HU

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 18th October - 24th May 2020

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda transfers from Stratford to the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End this autumn. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

 
 
 
 

Aladdin

Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 27th May 2016 to 29th June 2019

 

The Broadway hit from the producer of The Lion King, Aladdin arrived in London in summer 2016. The story of the genie and the lamp is told in technicolour with familiar characters and some new ones you've never met before. Heading up the cast as Aladdin is Matthew Croke who makes his debut in a leading role in the West End, joining Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas as Jasmine and the Genie. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (the Tony and Olivier Award-winning director of The Book of Mormon), this stage show features songs from the 1992 animated Disney film as well as new music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. NB: Aladdin is recommended for ages 6 and up, children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre and all persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium.

 
 
 

Waitress

Adelphi Theatre, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 8th February to 19th October 2019

 

Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere in February. The first musical to have an all-female creative team, the show is based on the film by Adrienne Shelley and tells the story of a waitress and pie maker trying to break free from an abusive relationship. When the opportunity of entering a baking contest arises, it brings the chance of a better life. The music has been written by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and direction come from Diane Paulus.

 
 
 

The Book Of Mormon

Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 1st January 2016 to 20th July 2019

 

Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With a helping hand from the composer (Robert Lopez) of Avenue Q, this ballsy comedy has collected an obscene amount of Tony Awards and landed in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. The plot follows two fresh faced young Mormon Missionaries who find themselves posted to Uganda, humour ensues as they follow their faith through some fairly trying situations. With quick witted references to the musical genre, and its own set of well crafted tunes, The Book of Mormon has brought a breathe of fresh air into the West End theatre scene. Tickets for The Book of Mormon are on sale now and selling out fast. The unique brand of ballsy humour was a big hit across the pond but some themes verge on the downright rude and this show is certainly not for the easily offended.

 
 
 

The Lion King

The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7RQ

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th September - 29th September 2019

 

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the African Pridelands. It's the costumes and puppetry at the Lyceum Theatre that have made this one of the most successful musicals of all time as a whole menagerie of wild beasts are created from masks, stilts and superb dancing. The ever-changing set and the addition of Zulu chants to Elton John and Tim Rice's catchy songs all add to an extraordinary atmosphere. A triumphant, genre-defying adaptation and one of the few family plays that is genuinely as much fun for adults as children.

 
 
 

The Phantom of the Opera

Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 09th January - 05th October 2019

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics as it ever was. Phantom of the Opera tells the haunting tale of the tragic love between a beautiful singer and a scarred composer, who lives beneath the majestic Opera House in Paris. The fine Victorian auditorium of Her Majesty's Theatre sets the mood perfectly for a thoroughly sinister romance, with some great swashbuckling moments and some of the grandest musical set pieces of all time. One of the best from the master of musicals.

 
 
 
 

Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1LG

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 7th September 2006 to 23rd May 2020 - Various Times

 

Prepare to see Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light after going to see Wicked, currently showing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 'The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' has gripped the hearts of over 50 million people across the world, breaking box office records and winning more than 100 international awards. Introducing us to some very familiar characters years before they met Dorothy, the classic musical shows how Elphaba (The Wicked Witch) starts off as a clever, lively lady with green skin, while Glinda is superficial, beautiful and popular. Thrown together, the two become unlikely friends. The story cleverly weaves in the plot of The Wizard of Oz, filling in the backstories of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Lion and the terrifying flying monkeys. Knowing jokes and big musical numbers all add up to make this a rewarding big-budget show that left us utterly spellbound. Offers are now available on tickets for Wicked, London.

 
 
 

School of Rock

New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 24th October 2016 to 5th January 2020

 

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the feel good musical based on the smash hit 2003 film. "The kids are genuinely talented" says Michael Billington in The Guardian in this Olivier Award winning musical adaptation of School of Rock - Andrew Lloyd Webber's "most exuberant show in years". With lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, the story unfolds as Finn manages to make a rocking band out of his class of straight-A students but the big question is: can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school's headmistress finding out?

 
 
 

Thriller Live

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7ES

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st October - 23rd September 2012

 

Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller - Live became a tribute show overnight with the obvious decision that the show must go on "to the memory of the man and his incredible music". The lights of the Lyric were dimmed and a minute's silence was held in the auditorium on the night of the first performance after the star's death and we're willing to bet that the applause reached ear-splitting levels in honour of the King of Pop. And with the cancelling of Jacko's 50-date tour at The O2 a sad side effect of his death, Thriller - Live might just be the next best thing to relive the glory days of his extraordinary career. Jackson's awesome videos and dance moves changed the face of music and - although no one can moonwalk like the man himself did - a cast of 80 singers, musicians and dancers do Michael's legacy justice, largely due to the fact that "the hits just keep on coming" (The Telegraph). Special tickets offers for Thriller Live are now available. The Lyric is equipped with a huge stage and very decent sound system, making this a pop spectacular.

 
 
 

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