10 Best Musicals in London
The West End is packed with a variety of exciting musicals, from long running productions to brand-new work that’s never been seen before, so it can be difficult to choose which one to pick! From large-scale productions of iconic family favourites to new work in the West End and successful Broadway transfers, there’s plenty to pick from. Or perhaps you’re looking for a musical comedy for an entertaining evening with friends, a thrilling stage adaptation to get your brain thinking on a solo trip, or a larger-than-life spectacular production that is suitable for the whole family, from the children to the grandparents. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s something suitable for you and your budget in the West End this year.
But with so many shows to choose from, how do you find the right show for your needs? How can you make sure that you’re picking the correct production for your friends and family? We know it can be overwhelming, so we’ve made things a little easier for you, and rounded up the best musicals to see in London. From iconic films hitting the stage like Moulin Rouge, The Lion King and Back To The Future to make you feel all nostalgic, to real-life stories of musical legends like The Jersey Boys and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical which reveal the truth behind the records, find out more about the top ten musicals in London this year, and what theatrical fun awaits you in the West End!
Moulin Rouge – Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film hits the stage
Enter the Moulin Rouge and can-can your way into a show packed with glitz, glamour, andplenty of musical mashups. A stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved film, you’ll captivated by the epic romance between Christian the penniless poet and Satine, the sparkling diamond of the Moulin Rouge. Spreading the positive message of freedom, truth, beauty, and love, this spectacular show features songs from the original film including Elephant Love Medley and Roxanne, as well as some new mashups like Chandelier and Firework.
Hamilton – The unmissable international sensation
Don’t throw away your shot to see this award-winning musical. Created by Lin Manuel Miranda, it depicts the true story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers and the right-hand man of George Washington. His unique life is retold through a stunning score, which blends rap, hip-hop, R&B and blues effortlessly. Running at the Victoria Palace, Hamilton has received global critical acclaim and won numerous awards including six Olivier Awards and 11 Tony Awards including for Best Musical.
The Phantom of the Opera – A haunting love story
Go behind the mask of this long running West End musical. An Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, it tells the story of a mysterious masked Phantom, who lurks in the darkness of a theatre and becomes besotted with Christine, a beautiful singer. It’s already played to over 145 million people across 41 countries, making it one of the most popular Lloyd Webber productions. Featuring gorgeous melodies including Music of the Night, All I Ask of You and Masquerade, prepare to be swept away by this soul-stirring musical.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – The true story of a music icon
Book your tickets for simply the best show in the West End! Featuring your favourite Tina Turner songs, find out how this music legend became a huge success over seven decades. This upbeat jukebox musical documents her life from humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming a global icon who rewrote all the rules. Running at the Aldwych Theatre, it features all her iconic numbers, such as Shake A Tail Feather, Let’s Stay Together and River Deep Mountain High.
Jersey Boys – The jukebox musical for Frankie Valli fans
From triumphs to tragedies, Jersey Boys tells the true and chequered history of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Find out how the band began, their triumphs and tragedies, and ultimately what broke them up. Winner of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, this joyful and emotional musical is wowing audiences at the recently renovated Trafalgar Theatre. With such iconic hits as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Beggin, you’ll be fully transported into the 60s and 70s era in this nostalgic masterpiece.
The Lion King – A breath-taking adventure for all ages
Perfect for the whole family, this stage adaptation of the cult Disney classic has been wowing West End audiences for over 20 years. With over 200 puppets and 50 castmembers bringing this much-loved animation to life, this jaw dropping musical has been seen by over 110 million people worldwide. The sixth longest running musical of all time, this unmissable show will delight you with stunning effects, beautiful scores, and exquisite performances. So jump into the Circle of Life and have no worries while watching this award-winning musical.
Matilda – The beloved book that became an Olivier Award winner
With original music by Tim Minchin, this Royal Shakespeare Company production follows a miraculous girl with a big imagination, a huge love of books and plenty of courage. Never afraid to be a little bit naughty, Matilda is on a mission to help her friends and bring some rebellious energy to the world around her. Delighting audiences of all ages for over a decade, Matilda has won over 99 international awards, including 24 Best Musical accolades. The longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre, you’ll never enjoy a school lesson more than with Matilda!
Back To the Future – An electrifying ride back in time
Based on the hit 80s movie, this Olivier Award winning musical features spectacular effects, nostalgic sounding songs and of course, a DeLorean! You’ll be transported to Hill Valley, as Marty McFly accidentally sends himself to 1955 in Doc Brown’s time machine. But time travel never runs smooth, and when Marty ruins his parents’ first meeting, he ends up in a race against time to fix the past and get back to the future. Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to speed your way to the Adelphi Theatre for this new hit musical.
The Book of Mormon – Say hello to this hilarious musical!
Join the musical Mormon mission! Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon is a religious satire full of silliness, swearing and razor-sharp comedy.This rude production follows Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, two Mormons who have been paired together and sent to Uganda to spread the Mormon message. With multiple awards under its belt including nine Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards, audiences are knocking at the doors of the Prince of Wales Theatre to see this show.
Cabaret – An immersive experience at the Kit Kat Club
Leave your troubles at the door and enter the unique world of the Kit Kat Club. This intimate production has received rave reviews and multiple awards including seven Olivier Awards. Directed by Rebecca Frecknall, this spectacular revival features memorable musical songs including Maybe This Time, Money and Don’t Tell Mama. To fully immerse you into this electric and exciting environment, The Playhouse Theatre has been completely transformed into the Kit Kat Club. For the hottest ticket in town, you can’t go wrong with Cabaret!
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