Emmie Newitt

10 Shows To See In The West End Before The End of 2023

Wondering what shows to see in the West End before the end of the year? Our guide has some of the best shows on offer in the West End to make the most of what 2023 has left to offer.

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With the last days of 2023 upon us, you may be one of those people who still want to enjoy a trip to the theatre during the festive period. The West End has so much on offer, from the highly acclaimed production of SUNSET BOULEVARD to the joyous ELF THE MUSICAL if you want some Christmas cheer infused into your festive plans. Our guide to the 10 shows to see in the West End before the end of 2023 will certainly inspire your plans and all of them you can book with us at London Box Office.

1. Jersey Boys

jersey boys west endJersey Boys production image. Photo: Marc Brenner.

The smash-hit jukebox musical which charts the journey of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is heading into its final weeks in the West End. Don’t miss the show that has snapped up awards and includes some of the most memorable songs like “Walk Like A Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the show which has brought thousands of theatregoers over the years.

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2. Dear England

dear englandThe cast of “Dear England". Credit Mar Brenner

DEAR ENGLAND focuses on the struggles and successes of England's national football team, from the perspective of their manager, Gareth Southgate. Hailed as a “new stage epic” by the Telegraph, DEAR ENGLAND isn’t just a play for football fans.

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3. Elf The Musical

elf the musicalNicholas Pound as Santa in ELF The Musical. Credit: Mark Senior

Add a sprinkle of festive magic into your Christmas plans with ELF THE MUSICAL which is a brilliant stage adaptation of the popular family movie. The production is a feel-good masterpiece of a musical so why wouldn’t you want to see this one with your loved ones before the end of the year?

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4. Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

Jeremy Secomb and the Company of Old Friends. Photo by Danny KaanJeremy Secomb and the Company of Old Friends. Photo by Danny Kaan

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS is a gorgeous celebration of the life and work of the late American composer and lyricist. The production returned after a sold-out one night performance in May 2022 and it also won the award for Best Theatre Event at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards. Featuring one of the biggest names in the cast, watch people like Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Bradley Jaden, and Gavin Lee bring to life some of the most extraordinary musical theatre numbers, ever!

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5. Sunset Boulevard

sunset boulevard savoy theatreSunset Boulevard production image

Hailed by many as their show of the year, experience Nicole Scherzinger’s show-stopping performance in SUNSET BOULEVARD at the Savoy Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has returned to the West End, but this time director Jamie Lloyd has given the show a modern transformation that has left audiences in awe of how it is executed.

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6. La Clique

la clique londonLa Clique production image

The award-winning international sensation is performing at Leicester Square this winter. LA CLIQUE features the best of circus, comedy, and cabaret. The production has delivered unique live entertainment for nearly 20 years, their experience to put on a good show will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

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7. The Gruffalo’s Child

the gruffalos childThe Gruffalo's Child artwork

Young audiences can watch one of their favourite storybook characters come to life in the gorgeous stage production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD. Brought to life by the team at Tall Stories’ - this show will allow audiences ages 3 to 103 to have an enchanting time at the theatre over Christmas they won’t forget.

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8. Ulster American

Woody Harrelson (Jay Conway) and Andy Serkis (Leigh Carver) in Second Half Production's Ulster American at Riverside Studios - photo by Johan PerssonWoody Harrelson (Jay Conway) and Andy Serkis (Leigh Carver) in Second Half Production's Ulster American at Riverside Studios - photo by Johan Persson

An exceptional cast line up takes on the award-winning social satire ULSTER AMERICAN for a limited time at the Riverside Studios. Returning to the London stage for the first time in two decades, enjoy performances from Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland.

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9. The Witches

William Skinner (Bruno), Maggie Service (Mrs Jenkins) and Ekow Quartey (Mr Jenkins) in The Witches at the National Theatre. Credit Marc Brenner.Cian Eagle-Service (Bruno) and Bertie Caplan (Luke) in The Witches at the National Theatre. Credit Marc Brenner.

There’s a new stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book THE WITCHES that everyone has been talking about. See how the unforgettable story of how a young boy battles against the Grand High Witch and the witches from turning children into mice leaps from the book to the stage in a brand new musical. Only running for a limited time at the National Theatre, check out the musical we thought “cast a theatrical magic spell over kids and adults alike!”.

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10. Peter Pan Goes Wrong

peter pan goes wrongPeter Pan Goes Wrong current UK tour production. Credit: Pamela Raith

From the creators behind the multi award-winning production The Play That Goes Wrong comes another side-splitting show from Mischief Theatre. PETER PAN GOES WRONG returns to the West End with its riotous spin on a timeless classic, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Expect many more technical hitches, flying mishaps, and cast disputes from the members of the Cornley Drama Society!

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It’s never too late to book a trip to the theatre before the end of the year, with shows like PETER PAN GOES WRONG, THE WITCHES and much more available at London Box Office! End your 2023 in style!