What's hot in London's theatreland? There's so much to choose from: musicals, plays, opera, dance, comedy, classical concerts, children's favourites and more. To help you choose, we've put together a collection of the most popular West End shows. See below for the longest running shows that pull in packed houses every night, international audiences, superb reviews and an enduring appeal across the generations. We've also included a selection of the latest and newest smash hits that are currently creating a storm in the theatre world. If you want to find out about the best shows in London, here they are.
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Do you love funny? If you want to catch Noel Coward’s delightful comedy play Blithe Spirit, it’s on stage at London’s Harold Pinter theatre from 16th September to 6th November 2021. Spooky goings on, classic Coward comedy and wonderfully sharp dialogue await you in this hugely popular production, a critically acclaimed version directed by Sir Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders as the eccentric Medium Madame Arcati. You won't want to miss this one!
Opens: Thursday, 16 September 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 6 November 2021
4.7/5 - based on 4815 reviews - (Read reviews)4.74815 reviews Tickets from £23.50
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Based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, this multi-award winning show is packing the house to the rafters every night, dubbed Best Musical of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly.
Opens: Thursday, 16 September 2021 Booking until: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
4.8/5 - based on 34 reviews - (Read reviews)4.834 reviews Tickets from £27.75
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Celebrated for our innovative approach to classic musicals, rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in the unique surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, director Timothy Sheader reunites with Superstar choreographer Drew McOnie.
Opens: Saturday, 31 July 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 25 September 2021
4.7/5 - based on 879 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7879 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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The terrible parents of Matilda Wormwood, who is five years old, are completely uninterested in their daughter. But she’s a gifted child who taught herself to read at age three and devours both adults’ and childrens’ books from her local library with devilish joy. Matilda the Musical tells the story of this very special little girl and her battles against the weird world of grown-ups.
Opens: Thursday, 16 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 13 February 2022
4.7/5 - based on 31 reviews - (Read reviews)4.731 reviews Tickets from £36.00
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It’s lively, funny, light hearted, romantic and exciting. It’s packed solid with breath-taking choreography set to a wealth of classic show tunes. And you’ll fall in love all over again with the same compelling story that made the original and ever-popular 1952 Gene Kelly movie such a massive hit.
Opens: Friday, 30 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
4.4/5 - based on 2067 reviews - (Read reviews)4.42067 reviews Tickets from £26.00
If you thoroughly enjoy being frightened, you’ll love this super-scary show, an exercise in pure gothic creepiness that’ll see you hanging onto the edge of your seat and jumping at the slightest sound. The fact that it has been released as a film, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, is testament to its uncanny appeal.
Opens: Tuesday, 7 September 2021 Booking until: Monday, 31 January 2022
4.8/5 - based on 43 reviews - (Read reviews)4.843 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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The London Palladium is your venue for a brand new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, the internationally renowned bible-inspired musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the coat of many colours legend from the Book of Genesis, and was the pair's first musical performed in public. Are you ready to rock 'n' roll?
Opens: Thursday, 1 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
4.5/5 - based on 872 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5872 reviews Tickets from £23.50
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Treat yourself to one of the West End’s most popular theatre shows, an Agatha Christie classic that’ll have you on the edge of your seat as the mystery unfolds. The setting: a country hotel, where the guests are snowed in with a murderer in their midst. Who did the dirty deed? The Mousetrap is an intricate, complex tale of dark deeds that’s loved by audiences from all over the world.
4.8/5 - based on 2921 reviews - (Read reviews)4.82921 reviews Tickets from £27.00
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The Phantom is a story that has captivated audiences from all over the world, a dark tale of love, obsession, revenge and tragedy set to a musical score that makes the heart soar. Based on a French thriller by writer Gaston Leroux, it’s a visual and aural feast of lavish costumes, eye-popping special effects, wonderful soaring music and superb acting.
Opens: Tuesday, 27 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 13 February 2022
4.8/5 - based on 5110 reviews - (Read reviews)4.85110 reviews Tickets from £35.50
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The Lion King, the multi-award winning musical, continues to wow audiences night after night with amazing puppets and stage sets, a heart-warming storyline, incredible choreography and a musical score that hits the mark every time.
Opens: Tuesday, 7 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 3 April 2022
4.8/5 - based on 3313 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83313 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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If you love one-time Eurovision winners Abba, you’ll adore Mamma Mia! Twenty two of the ‘70s supergroup’s biggest hits are brought into play to tell the funny, romantic tale of bride Sophie and her wayward mother Donna. Join 45 million fans and enjoy this superbly uplifting show, perfect for the whole family!
Opens: Wednesday, 25 August 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 2 April 2022
4.3/5 - based on 6 reviews - (Read reviews)4.36 reviews Tickets from £24.00
The Donmar Warehouse, Wessex Grove and Eleanor Lloyd Productions Eilene Davidson, Gavin Kalin Productions, Grand Cru Consulting Ltd, Rupert Gavin and Mallory Factor, all in association with Nica Burns for Nimax. What a glittering team! Together they are thrilled to present Nick Payne's magical romance, Constellations, a Royal Court Theatre Production beautifully directed by the Donmar's very own Michael Longhurst, complete with four brand new casts.
Opens: Friday, 18 June 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 12 September 2021
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It's rare for a show to cause such a stir. But when this production hit the Broadway stage in 2010 a flock of often-hard-to-please reviewers gave it an immediate and enthusiastic thumbs-up. It's rude, irreverent and definitely NOT for the easily offended. Introducing The Book of Mormon, which has made the long-rumoured transfer to London's West End at last!
Opens: Monday, 15 November 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 2 April 2022
4.4/5 - based on 40 reviews - (Read reviews)4.440 reviews Tickets from £18.00
The brilliant English National Ballet has delighted us with a dazzling version of Nutcracker every single year since 1950. This year is no different. The production promises to be just as magical as ever, starring more than 100 dancers and musicians who bring the story to life. Welcome to the classic fairytale, perfectly enhanced by the classical composer Tchaikovsky’s fantastic score.
Opens: Thursday, 16 December 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 8 January 2022
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After a smash hit UK tour this hilarious play, which has won numerous accolades from reviewers who have laughed themselves silly over it, returns to the West End. If you haven't seen it yet and you love classic British comedies like the TV series Fawlty Towers, this one's for you. Funny just doesn't do it justice!
Opens: Friday, 18 June 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 30 January 2022
4.8/5 - based on 630 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8630 reviews Tickets from £23.50
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The beloved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS returns to London’s West End, opening at the new multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre, with a new, larger auditorium and stage (formerly known as Trafalgar Studios), on Wednesday 21 April 2021, following previews from 14 April. Tickets are now on sale.
Opens: Wednesday, 28 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 2 January 2022
4.8/5 - based on 270 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8270 reviews Tickets from £77.40
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A 2 hour interactive production set in a restaurant where the audience are the diners who enjoy a 3 course lunch or dinner. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience debuted in Brisbane on April 24 1997. Since then thousands of people have enjoyed the antics of Basil, Sybil and Manuel. This is the 5-star critically acclaimed production constantly in demand throughout the Australia, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, United Arab Emirates ...
4.8/5 - based on 35 reviews - (Read reviews)4.835 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Grab a load of brilliant music. Take a few handfuls of great comedy. Mix them together and add a load of creative improvisation, plus ideas from the audience. What do you get? A show that's different every time, unique every time, driven by people like you. It's dazzlingly good, it's on at the Other Palace and it's called Showstopper!
Opens: Monday, 5 July 2021 Booking until: Monday, 11 October 2021
4.8/5 - based on 598 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8598 reviews Tickets from £12.00
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At long last, Tina Turner will explode onto the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. Opening in March 2018, TINA is a musical about Turner’s transformation from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Book those tickets now so you too can enjoy such classics as Proud Mary live on stage.
Opens: Wednesday, 28 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 26 June 2022
4.5/5 - based on 60 reviews - (Read reviews)4.560 reviews Tickets from £45.75
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There's something about the 1920s, the so-called Roaring Twenties, that inspires the imagination. If you were poor back then your life, especially in the USA where The Great Gatsby is set, was probably one of deprivation and difficulty.
Opens: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 29 August 2021
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London County Hall is the perfect venue for this, a resurrection of one of Agatha Christie's best short stories and a courtroom drama that'll have you on the edge of your seat. Witness for the Prosecution is the name of the play, and it's as tense and dramatic as you'd expect from the pen of one of the most respected and original mistresses of crime drama.
Opens: Tuesday, 3 August 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 18 September 2021
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Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a brand new but already hugely popular 2017 musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. It was inspired by the remarkable BBC3 documentary, screened in 2011, called Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, and it's on at the glittering Apollo theatre.
4.9/5 - based on 50 reviews - (Read reviews)4.950 reviews Tickets from £32.50
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It's on at the Arts theatre. It's a quirky musical that has delighted thousands on a recent tour, and now it's due to thrill even more of us with a new 16 week initial run. The music, lyrics and book are by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, and it's a dazzler of a show. Welcome to Six, the most unexpected, deliciously bold celebration of girl power ever... starring King Henry 8th's six wives. What an extraordinary, fascinating show!
4.9/5 - based on 134 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9134 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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In 2004 Mary Poppins the musical hit the stage and became an instant legend in its own lifetime. Now it's coming back to London's West End at long last and, as you can imagine, the anticipation is growing fast. Everyone, of every age, adores Mary Poppins, a cheerful tale of fun and magic that inspires all who see it. Don't miss this one, it's seriously special!
Opens: Saturday, 7 August 2021 Booking until: Tuesday, 22 February 2022
4.8/5 - based on 57 reviews - (Read reviews)4.857 reviews Tickets from £30.00
First performed in autumn 2010, Heathers: The Musical is a hugely popular rock musical with music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It's based on the 1988 cult film of the same name starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Following a sell-out Los Angeles try-out, the musical version moved Off-Broadway in 2014 and enjoyed its UK première at The Other Palace, before moving to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Now it's back for a post-lockdown 12 week run.
Opens: Tuesday, 22 June 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 11 September 2021
4.9/5 - based on 243 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9243 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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The Phoenix theatre is your venue for one of the most popular shows to come out of Broadway for a long time, a Canadian musical that explores the impact of 9/11 and which has already gathered so much critical acclaim it can barely stagger out from underneath. It's brilliant. Don't pass up the chance to see this remarkable musical. Welcome to Come From Away.
Opens: Thursday, 22 July 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 18 December 2021
4.8/5 - based on 38 reviews - (Read reviews)4.838 reviews Tickets from £30.00
If you are searching for an award-winning, multi-generational, uplifting, powerful and contemporary musical, you will love DEAR EVAN HANSEN, playing in late 2019 at the Noel Coward theatre. It comes fresh from the writers of La La Land and The Greatest Showman, and it's predicted to become a massive West End hit.
Opens: Tuesday, 26 October 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 12 February 2022
4.7/5 - based on 106 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7106 reviews Tickets from £27.00
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If you fell about laughing every time Del Boy, Rodney, Trigger and co appeared on telly, you're not the only one. Millions of us almost did ourselves a mischief when Del Boy fell through the bar, and you're in good company. More or less the entire nation laughed fit to bust, and now it's coming to the West End stage. Welcome to Only Fools and Horses, the Musical.
Opens: Friday, 1 October 2021 Booking until: Tuesday, 22 February 2022
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring: Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
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It's Romeo and Juliet... but not as we know it. There's a brand new musical on the block, it's called & Juliet and it looks at what might have happened if Shakespeare's Juliet hadn't died at the end of his infamous romantic tragedy. It's a bit West Side Story, it's a bit Romeo and Juliet, and it's already causing interest and intrigue in theatreland.
Opens: Friday, 24 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 13 February 2022
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It started life as a French concept album. The first musical-stage adaptation of Les Misérables took place at the Palais des Sports in 1980, a run lasting three months. In 1983 the legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh was given of a copy of the concept album by the director Peter Farago, who thought it was brilliant. He asked Mackintosh to create an English-language version of the show, Macintosh agreed, and the rest is history.
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Introducing an hilarious new show due at the magnificent Vaudeville theatre in the West End. It has been create by the remarkable magicians Penn & Teller, in collaboration with Mischief Theatre, and it conjures an entire evening of magical splendour, almost all of which goes horribly wrong. It's one of the funniest plays for ages, as you'd expect from the Mischief Theatre company. Read on...
Opens: Thursday, 21 October 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 27 February 2022
4.5/5 - based on 80 reviews - (Read reviews)4.580 reviews Tickets from £23.50
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DreamWorks really is a magical name these days, a company with so many fabulous movies under its belt, a business that entertains and delights many millions of people every year. Now they've announced that the brilliant animated film, The Prince of Egypt, has been transformed into a West End musical. How can you resist such a massive treat? The kids will absolutely adore it.
Opens: Thursday, 1 July 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 8 January 2022
4.9/5 - based on 18 reviews - (Read reviews)4.918 reviews Tickets from £47.00
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Conceived and directed by Channing Tatum, MAGIC MIKE LIVE is an unforgettably fun night of sizzling, 360-degree entertainment based on the hit movies. It’s hot. It's hilarious. It’s the great time you've been waiting for! To celebrate, you can enjoy unlimited fizz with your squad, served directly to your seat, when you book any performance from 21 May for 10 weeks, only until 1 August. Our guys aren’t bottomless, but the Prosecco is!*
This first-class experience features some of the world’s sexiest, most talented guys performing heart-racing dance routines in front of, above and all around you. Equal parts empowering and exhilarating, the 90-minute show is punctuated by unexpected, temperature-raising acts from a thrilling range of acrobatic and musical talent. In other words, it’s got basically everything.
If you’re looking for the ultimate girls’ night out or an electrifying date night, look no further than MAGIC MIKE LIVE. If you’re NOT into letting your hair down, laughing out loud and really hot guys, then it’s probably not for you.
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Opens: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
4.1/5 - based on 7 reviews - (Read reviews)4.17 reviews Tickets from £24.00
The scene is Vienna, the date is 1900. At the time the city was a vibrant centre of the arts, a creative hub, a vivid place where intellectual exploration was the nborm, a city of joy and pleasure. One in ten of the people were Jewish, given civil full rights by the Emperor Franz Josef. As a result of the Emperor's edict Jewish people streamed into the city, escaping from violence elsewhere in the world. Thousands of them settled in the tenement houses of the ancient Jewish quarter, an area called Leopoldstadt. And that's the location for this extraordinary play, a brand new masterwork by Tom Stoppard.
Opens: Saturday, 7 August 2021 Booking until: Saturday, 30 October 2021
4.8/5 - based on 38 reviews - (Read reviews)4.838 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Pretty Woman the movie grossed vast amounts of money at the box office, a contemporary take on the fairy story Cinderella starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. When a call girl and a wealthy businessman fall madly in love, they discover they have a few thorny issues to resolve before they can sail happily into the sunset together. This is their story, on stage, transformed into a musical.
Opens: Thursday, 8 July 2021 Booking until: Friday, 31 December 2021