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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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.
4.8/5 - based on 34 reviews - (Read reviews)4.834 reviews Tickets from £14.50
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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.
Booking from: Saturday, 31 July 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 19 September 2021
4.7/5 - based on 879 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7879 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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.
4.7/5 - based on 31 reviews - (Read reviews)4.731 reviews Tickets from £35.75
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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.
Booking from: Friday, 24 July 2020 Booking until: Sunday, 30 August 2020
4.7/5 - based on 20 reviews - (Read reviews)4.720 reviews Tickets from £21.50
You know the song – everyone does. You've seen the animated film. You have read the book. Maybe you've experienced all three? Now it's time to treat the family to the theatre production, a wonderful bitter-sweet, feel-good show that has been delighting audiences of every age since 1986, and is still going strong.
Booking from: Saturday, 21 November 2020 Booking until: Sunday, 3 January 2021
4.8/5 - based on 1646 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81646 reviews Tickets from £35.75
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It is three decades since the smash hit musical Les Miserables first hit the stage in Paris. Since then the sheer drama and romance of the tale, beautiful music and incredible stage sets have thrilled tens of millions of people. The French revolution provides a dramatic backdrop for this superb show, which has woven itself indelibly into our consciousness.
4.4/5 - based on 2067 reviews - (Read reviews)4.42067 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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.
4.8/5 - based on 43 reviews - (Read reviews)4.843 reviews Tickets from £12.00
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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?
4.5/5 - based on 872 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5872 reviews Tickets from £23.25
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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.
4.7/5 - based on 37 reviews - (Read reviews)4.737 reviews Tickets from £17.90
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Taken on a magical and transformational journey by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future the cold-hearted miser, Scrooge becomes a changed man overnight.
A new staging with the orchestra and chorus of the English National Opera and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra brings this fabulous re-telling of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming tale of redemption and the true spirit of Christmas to the London Coliseum stage.
Booking from: Tuesday, 1 December 2020 Booking until: Sunday, 6 December 2020
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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.
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.
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!
4.8/5 - based on 4460 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84460 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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!
4.7/5 - based on 486 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7486 reviews Tickets from £21.50
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Based on the wonderful novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, this production is so good it has transferred to the West End, an accolade only achieved by the very best on-stage entertainment. And Adrian Sutton's soundtrack adds a very special extra dimension to this offbeat tale of a very unusual boy, a garden fork and a dead dog.
Booking from: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 Booking until: Sunday, 10 January 2021
4.7/5 - based on 1357 reviews - (Read reviews)4.71357 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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!
4.8/5 - based on 9 reviews - (Read reviews)4.89 reviews Tickets from £18.00
The dazzling two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is over here and she's playing Nora. It's her UK stage debut. The play is Henrik Ibsen’s all-time classic A Doll’s House, a version created by Frank McGuinness. It's part of the new Jamie Lloyd season at the Playhouse theatre, and it's on the cards for 2020. Don't miss this classy piece of serious theatre.
Booking from: Thursday, 10 June 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
4.9/5 - based on 31 reviews - (Read reviews)4.931 reviews Tickets from £16.70
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The timeless Christmas story of Nutcracker makes its way back to the London Coliseum for Christmas, performed by the brilliant English National Ballet.
On Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, Clara is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and the pair go on an enchanted adventure to discover a magical world. Clara battles with a Mouse King, discovers a handsome prince, and journeys to the Land of Sweets, which is ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The pair meet sweet-makers from all around the world, and eventually take off in a hot air balloon ride over the glistening Land of the Snow, where Clara’s adventure is only just beginning.
Booking from: Thursday, 10 December 2020 Booking until: Saturday, 2 January 2021
4.8/5 - based on 270 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8270 reviews Tickets from £55.00
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Interactive Theatre International presents… Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Book now for the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s iconic sitcom in London's West End, the one-of-a-kind original that's internationally recognised as ‘outrageously funny’ (BroadwayBaby) and highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
4.5/5 - based on 55 reviews - (Read reviews)4.555 reviews Tickets from £29.80
“FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT EVITA: THIS ONE PROPERLY ROCKS” (Metro)
From a life of poverty to spiritual leader of the nation, Eva Perón was loved, hated, derided and venerated. Dividing the Argentinian people with her patriotic speeches, her ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ as the world’s first major political celebrity.
“A turbocharged, transformative revival” (Daily Mail), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s sell-out production of Evita comes to the Barbican for 8 weeks only.
With a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical.
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.
4.5/5 - based on 60 reviews - (Read reviews)4.560 reviews Tickets from £15.50
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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.
Booking from: Wednesday, 29 July 2020 Booking until: Thursday, 31 December 2020
4.7/5 - based on 116 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7116 reviews Tickets from £10.00
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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.
4.7/5 - based on 194 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7194 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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 45 reviews - (Read reviews)4.945 reviews Tickets from £27.50
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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 £18.00
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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!
4.9/5 - based on 243 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9243 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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.
4.8/5 - based on 38 reviews - (Read reviews)4.838 reviews Tickets from £29.75
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.
4.7/5 - based on 106 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7106 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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.
Booking from: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 Booking until: Saturday, 6 February 2021
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring: Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
4.8/5 - based on 121 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8121 reviews Tickets from £24.50
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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.
4.5/5 - based on 26 reviews - (Read reviews)4.526 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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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...
4.9/5 - based on 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.915 reviews Tickets from £118.50
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You’ve seen the musical. You’ve watched the films. Now you can experience MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY. Spend a magical summer evening with friends in a special Greek island taverna, where the host’s only rules are dance, dine and have the time of your lives!
4.5/5 - based on 80 reviews - (Read reviews)4.580 reviews Tickets from £23.25
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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.
4.9/5 - based on 18 reviews - (Read reviews)4.918 reviews Tickets from £25.00
The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino has undergone a multi-million-pound transformation to create an intimate, state-of-the-art new home for the show that The Sun calls, "... the sexiest, steamiest show in town!". The Channing Tatum crafted, 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular is made for a woman's gaze but directed at a woman's heart. Equal parts empowering and exhilarating, whether you're looking for the perfect date night or an unforgettable girls night out, don't miss the show that the Metro called "Red-hot magic!" Limited capacity - be sure to book now!
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.