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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!
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Motown The Musical
Motown The Musical
Motown The Musical
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
Aladdin
Aladdin
Adrienne Warren makes her West End stage debut as Tina
The King & I
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
42nd Street
42nd Street
42nd Street
Wicked
Wicked
Young Frankenstein
Kinky Boots
 

 

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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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in this feelgood musical.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 16th March to 21st July 2018

 

Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Championship ballroom dancer Scott Hastings (played by Jonny Labey who makes his West End debut) defies all the rules and follows his heart with new partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) in the feelgood stage musical. It's based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge, Romeo And Juliet and The Great Gatsby, and directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie whose dazzling choreography for In the Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award.

 
 
 

Tina

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 21st March 2018 to 16th February 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.

 
 
 

Chicago

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP

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

 

Dates: 26th March to 6th October 2018

 

Last staged in the West End back in 2012 - when it concluded a 15-year run - hit musical Chicago returns to London for the first time in five and half years. After a UK and international tour, it will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in March. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the long running show tells the saga of a chorus girl who gets away with murder thanks to her sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. The original show was a flop in the 1970s as audiences found the subject matter too bleak. However, recent Broadway and London revivals of Chicago have been huge successes, spawning the film version which swept the boards at the Oscars. It's an all singing and dancing affair with some show-stopping set pieces. This musical has been a real hit with audiences and features some memorable show tunes, but above all, it's the costumes and slick style that make it such an unforgettable experience. Dozens of fishnet-clad chorus girls, regular celebrity appearances in the lead roles and a chic, pared-down set create a sense of timeless cool.

 
 
 

Dreamgirls

Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 19th November 2016 to 25th September 2018

 

A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981Tony Award-winningmusical was first staged.The story, based on the lives and careers of The Supremes, charts the tumultuous journey of 'The Dreams', a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. This highly anticipated new production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the hugely successful Tony and Olivier award-winning director who's also responsible for The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten! Amber Riley, "a powerhouse talent" (Daily Mail) as Mercedes Jones in Glee, stars as lead singer Effie White, performing classic sixties songs like 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'I Am Changing', 'Listen' and 'One Night Only'.

 
 
 

The King & I

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 5th August 2018

 

Kelli O'Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance when Bartlett Sher's multi-award winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I transfers to the London Palladium in June 2018. She stars opposite Ken Watanabe in the London transfer of Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed production of the romantic musical set in 1860s Bangkok. The story, made into a 1956 film, is based on Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Fresh from his critical smash hit production of Oslo, director Bartlett Sher reunites the original creative team, directing a cast of over 50 performers.

 
 
 
 

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 2nd April to 27th October 2018

 

It wowed audiences and won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and now Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical is back, appearing at the Dominion Theatre from 2nd April 2018. Jay Scheib directs the high-octane rock'n'roll musical based on Meat Loaf's 1977 album, about a rebellious youth called Strat, who falls in love with the daughter of the despotic leader of a post-cataclysmic city. The songbook includes tracks from Bat Out Of Hell, one of the best-selling albums of all time which sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Well known songs include the massive hit I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) and the anthemic title track. "Impressive staging, clever production and a back catalogue of hits ensure the Meat Loaf musical is a smash hit" said the Manchester Evening News.

 
 
 

Young Frankenstein

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 28th September 2017 to 29th September 2018

 

Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New York brain surgeon. Hadley Fraser plays the title role of Dr Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and immortalised by Gene Wilder in the 1974 movie, who inherits a Transylvanian castle from his deranged grandfather and falls in love with a sexy laboratory assistant, played by Summer Strallen. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mel Brooks says he has "cockneyed up" his musical for its West End debut.

 
 
 

Les Miserables

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st January - 02nd March 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 2nd March 2019

 

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 2011 to 10th February 2019 - Various Times

 

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."

 
 
 
 

Motown The Musical

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 11th February 2016 to 5th January 2019

 

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End in 2016, staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the nostalgic musical explores thr success of Gordy's record label and how he launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and many more. Audiences are treated to more than 50 Motown tracks such as My Girl, Dancing In The Street, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

 
 
 

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 2nd June 2018

 

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.

 
 
 

Kinky Boots

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: 21st August 2015 to 29th September 2018

 

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is really all about accepting people for who they are. Charlie, the Northampton boy who grows up to inherit the fading family shoe factory, spots a niche market which might just save the firm. His chance encounter with drag queen Lola (brilliantly played by Simon-Anthony Rhoden) leads to a change from boring brown brogues to kinky red boots. The best musical numbers are when the Lola's troupe of dancing drag queens, the Angels, get to do their high kicks in high heels - most memorably jumping into the splits and doing a back flip in those six-inch stilettos. Cyndi Lauper's soundtrack fits in well around the storyline and, after some wobbly moments where it looks like the show won't go on, it all comes to a climatic close with a glittering finale at the shoe show in Milan. A feel good show that 'lifts you up' and not just on reinforced high heels.

 
 
 

The Book of Mormon

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th February - 15th October 2016

 

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 lands 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 looks set to breathe fresh air into the West End theatre scene. 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. Tickets go on sale Sunday 23rd September 2012.

 
 
 

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 2018

 

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: 9th January 2002 to 2nd March 2019 - Various Times

 

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 25th May 2019 - 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.

 
 
 

42nd Street

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th March 2017 to 20th October 2018

 

Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton plays legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The multi Tony-Award-winning musical, with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50, tells the story of a chorus line girl who is thrust into a musical's lead when the usual star suffers an injury. Sheena Easton makes her West End debut, starring alongside Tom Lister as the big shot director Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as overnight sensation Peggy Sawyer, with choreography by Randy Skinner. Written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, 42nd Street has played to audiences for nearly 40 years.

 
 
 

Thriller Live

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st October - 30th September 2018

 

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). The Lyric is equipped with a huge stage and very decent sound system, making this a pop spectacular.

 
 
 
 
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