Emmie Newitt

The best musicals to see in London in May (2024)

Wondering what musical to book in May? We’ve got 5 of the best London musicals to see in London to get you started.

HADESTOWN, Lyric Theatre, London. Photo credit Marc BrennerHADESTOWN, Lyric Theatre. Photo credit Marc Brenner

London in May is a haven for musical theatre enthusiasts, offering a vibrant array of productions that cater to all tastes. From timeless classics like The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King to cutting-edge new works like MJ The Musical, the city's stages come alive with extraordinary performances.

Whether you're drawn to the enchanting melodies of beloved family favourites or the innovative storytelling of contemporary pieces, London's theatre scene promises unforgettable experiences. This month, seek the opportunity to witness some of the most celebrated and talked-about shows in the world. Here are 5 of the musicals you should check out during the month of May:

1. MJ The Musical

mj the musical west endMJ. Myles Frost and the original London company. Photo by Johan Persson

Audiences are loving MJ The Musical which arrived in the West End a couple of months ago! Focusing on the 1992 Dangerous World tour, this musical features over 25 of Michael Jackson’s iconic hits and the signature dance moves that captivated audiences worldwide. With its stellar cast and spectacular production values, MJ The Musical promises an unforgettable theatrical experience that celebrates the enduring legacy of one of music's greatest icons.

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2. The Lion King

lion king west endThe Lion King production image.

Disney’s The Lion King is a breathtaking stage adaptation of the popular animated film. The show’s captivating fusion of storytelling and visually stunning presentation transports audiences to the heart of the African savannah, making it a magical journey for both children and adults. The timeless themes of family, courage and destiny makes The Lion King a must-see for anyone visiting London’s theatre district.

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3. Hadestown

HADESTOWN, Lyric Theatre, London. Photo credit Marc BrennerHADESTOWN, Lyric Theatre. Photo credit Marc Brenner

With its innovative reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, Hadestown blends the tales of Orpheus and Eurydice with a mesmerising blend of folk, jazz and blues music. With its powerful performances and thought-provoking themes of love, sacrifice, and resilience, Hadestown offers a theatrical experience that is both profoundly moving and visually stunning.

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4. SIX

six the musical west endThe 2023/24 cast of Six The Musical. Credit: Pamela Raith

SIX is a thrilling musical experience that reimagines the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives with a contemporary pop twist, making history both entertaining and empowering. Jam-packed with high-energy performances, catchy songs, and witty lyrics that offer a fresh and fun perspective on the stories of these iconic queens. SIX’s vibrant costumes, dynamic choreography, and the empowering message of reclaiming their narratives make this musical a must-see production that resonates with audiences of all ages.

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5. Guys and Dolls

Jonathan Andrew Hume in Guys & Dolls at the Bridge TheatreJonathan Andrew Hume in Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre

Fancy trying out a slice of immersive theatre in May? Look no further than Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre. The show offers a charming blend of romance, humour, and unforgettable songs that have made this musical a timeless classic. Get into the heart of the action set in the bustling streets of 1950s New York. There’s no doubt that you’ll love the witty dialogue and catchy tunes contained in this show!

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From classics like The Lion King to new shows like SIX, make this month an unforgettable month with one of these London musicals. If you need more inspiration for your next trip to the theatre, why not have a look at our guide to the best family shows to see in the West End.