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 West End Shows in London, here they are.
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Sunset Boulevard – A glittering black comedy musical. Based on Billy Wilder’s popular movie, the musical Sunset Boulevard premièred at the Adelphi Theatre way back in 1993. It ran for nearly four years and delighted almost two million people. On Broadway it attracted the biggest ever advance, a startling $37.5 million. Now it's back in the West End and Nicole Scherzinger plays the lead role. Fantastic!
4.7/5 - based on 5531 reviews - (Read reviews)4.75531 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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.
4.7/5 - based on 43 reviews - (Read reviews)4.743 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Cinderella is a bonafide boss-lady who runs her own business at Shepherd’s Bush Market. One day the most handsome Prince Henry, who dreams of a life less spare, wears a disguise to the Market and falls instantly in love with Cinderella. With the paparazzi in hot pursuit the Prince is forced to flee. And so begins the quest to unite the unlikeliest of likely romances, Cinderella and the hapless Prince. But will Cinderella’s step-sisters Muffy and Gusset and step-mother Lady Jelly Bottom get in the way of their happily ever after? Of course they will, it’s panto.
4.5/5 - based on 21 reviews - (Read reviews)4.521 reviews Tickets from £27.00
This festive season, you’re invited to once again step inside the spectacular Spiegeltent for a night of laughs, gasps and can’t believe your eyes moments, with the unmissable trailblazer, La Clique. The multi-award-winning cabaret extravaganze returns to London's Leicester Square this November for eight weeks only.
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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.
4.5/5 - based on 16 reviews - (Read reviews)4.516 reviews Tickets from £26.00
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a play written by the extraordinary American playwright Eugene O'Neill. It was completed by 1942 but wasn't published until 1956. It's a classic that's been given new life by the excellent Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, and it's on at Wyndham’s theatre from January 2018.
Opens: Tuesday, 19 March 2024 Booking until: Saturday, 8 June 2024
4.7/5 - based on 28 reviews - (Read reviews)4.728 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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.
4.9/5 - based on 2281 reviews - (Read reviews)4.92281 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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Les Miserables has been attracting audiences from across the world to the West End for over three decades now. The sheer drama and romance of this story aligned with the incredible sets have made this musical an ultimate must-see on your plans when you visit London. The French revolution provides a dramatic backdrop for this superb show, which has woven itself indelibly into our consciousness.
4.8/5 - based on 90 reviews - (Read reviews)4.890 reviews Tickets from £71.00
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It’s the 1930s and Sally Bowles, a night club performer, plays in the notorious and seedy Kit Kat Club in stylish, vibrant Berlin. Follow her relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw and enjoy the thrilling sub-plot as the boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her Jewish lover Herr Schultz navigate the growing dangers of Weimar Germany.
4.6/5 - based on 19 reviews - (Read reviews)4.619 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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Get you laughing gear and give it a good polish... it's time for the musical version of the hilarious 1992 movie Sister Act. There's magical music by Alan Menken, dazzling lyrics by Glenn Slater, a fabulous book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and lots of extra book material by Douglas Carter Beane. It's back in the West End in 2024, and it's going to be huge fun.
Opens: Friday, 15 March 2024 Booking until: Saturday, 31 August 2024
4.5/5 - based on 134 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5134 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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Join Shrek, our hilarious and spectacularly grumpy hero, as he enjoys the adventure of a lifetime, tasked with rescuing the lovely Princess Fiona from her tower prison which is guarded by a fierce fire breathing dragon. It’s silly, funny, romantic, dramatic… everything you could want from top class on-stage family entertainment.
Opens: Friday, 19 July 2024 Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2025
4.5/5 - based on 1051 reviews - (Read reviews)4.51051 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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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.
Booking until: Saturday, 14 September 2024
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval
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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.
4.6/5 - based on 47 reviews - (Read reviews)4.647 reviews Tickets from £15.00
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Theatre Royal Bath Productions has been celebrating the 40th birthday of one of the nation’s best-loved comedy plays, Noises Off, the multi-award-winning farce by Michael Frayn. It’s a perfectly hilarious comedy dating back to 1982, inspired by the backstage goings-on the playwright observed at a real-life production. National Treasure Felicity Kendal stars and the play is directed by Lindsay Posner. Having opened in Bath to great acclaim then wowed audiences at theatres across the UK, now it’s due in the West End for a triumphant London season.
4.8/5 - based on 6274 reviews - (Read reviews)4.86274 reviews Tickets from £45.00
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The multi-award winning musical, The Lion King, 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.
3.6/5 - based on 40 reviews - (Read reviews)3.640 reviews Tickets from £80.50
Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting live orchestral music, authentic costumes, and patented interactive backdrops. Revisit a time when scholars and artists sought harmony with the Tao, or the “Way” of the universe, and when divine beings walked upon the earth to inspire humanity.
Opens: Friday, 26 January 2024 Booking until: Sunday, 4 February 2024
4.9/5 - based on 170 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9170 reviews Tickets from £15.00
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Dance across to the Gillian Lynne Theatre for an unmissable revival of Crazy For You. Starring the Olivier-nominated Charlie Stemp, Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden and star of Wicked, Carly Anderson. A huge hit with critics and audiences, don't miss this "Spine-tingling musical" (The Guardian).
4.8/5 - based on 4347 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84347 reviews Tickets from £14.75
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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 5038 reviews - (Read reviews)4.85038 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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!
4.5/5 - based on 70 reviews - (Read reviews)4.570 reviews Tickets from £32.00
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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, 14 December 2023 Booking until: Sunday, 7 January 2024
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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 1875 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81875 reviews Tickets from £25.00
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The beloved Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys is performing at the recently multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre. Audiences can't get enough of this jukebox musical based on the story of the Four Seasons, jam-packed with all of the songs you need for a great night out at the theatre!
4.6/5 - based on 200 reviews - (Read reviews)4.6200 reviews Tickets from £27.50
Elf is a musical based on the 2003 smash hit motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. There's an hilarious book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, also based on the film, and the musical ran and ran on Broadway as well as touring the USA to great popular acclaim. And now it's coming here again.
4.6/5 - based on 27 reviews - (Read reviews)4.627 reviews Tickets from £36.00
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – A fabulous fantasy, Hogwarts and all! - Like millions and millions of us, you love the adventures of the inimitable Harry Potter. J. K Rowling's marvellous books have been translated into almost eighty different languages and have sold more than 450 million copies right across our lovely blue planet. Mention Harry Potter in China, South America, Alaska... you name it, the people there will know exactly who you're talking about. Now Harry's due to set the stage on fire in London's glittering West End.
4.8/5 - based on 51 reviews - (Read reviews)4.851 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Mischief, creators of the multi award-winning sell-out success The Play
That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and the BBC TV
series The Goes Wrong Show, return to the West End with their riotous
spin on a timeless classic, the smash hit comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
4.8/5 - based on 39 reviews - (Read reviews)4.839 reviews Tickets from £25.00
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If you know anything about musicals, you’ll have heard of Rodgers and Hammerstein. If you know anything about musical films, you’ll have head of Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. What do these four have in common? Why, The King And I of course! After 18 years, it’s back at the London Palladium from June 2018, fresh from across the pond.
Opens: Saturday, 20 January 2024 Booking until: Saturday, 2 March 2024
4.7/5 - based on 513 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7513 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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The award-winning and record-breaking Hamilton is delighting audiences at the Victoria Palace Theatre. This is a hugely popular musical based on America's founding father Alexander Hamilton's life with a book, music, and lyrics written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
4.8/5 - based on 1943 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81943 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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Opening back 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 12 reviews - (Read reviews)4.512 reviews Tickets from £33.00
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Returning to London’s West End after a SOLD-OUT Worldwide tour with standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the international hit show also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.
Opens: Thursday, 15 February 2024 Booking until: Thursday, 15 February 2024
4.7/5 - based on 186 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7186 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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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 213 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7213 reviews Tickets from £28.00
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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 Peacock theatre.
Opens: Friday, 9 February 2024 Booking until: Saturday, 23 March 2024
4.8/5 - based on 218 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8218 reviews Tickets from £38.00
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It's on at the Vaudeville 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! 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!
4.8/5 - based on 592 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8592 reviews Tickets from £23.00
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BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL- the "Whacking great hit of spectacle, entertainment and nostalgia" (The Mail on Sunday) is playing in the West End. The award-winning musical, based on the 1985 blockbuster film and pop culture phenomenon has been adapted for the staged by the movie's creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis.
4.7/5 - based on 370 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7370 reviews Tickets from £54.00
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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: Tuesday, 17 December 2024 Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2025
Starring: Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
4.9/5 - based on 1171 reviews - (Read reviews)4.91171 reviews Tickets from £35.00
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Disney's animated movie Frozen has been brought to life in a spectacular musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Opening in September 2021, the stage show is just as popular as the film earning it many awards. The musical version of this movie is an unforgettable experience for all of the family to enjoy.
Booking until: Sunday, 2 June 2024
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes (incl. interval)
4.9/5 - based on 728 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9728 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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The words Moulin Rouge have always meant sophistication, naughtiness and extravagance. The original Moulin Rouge cabaret venue was the home of the outrageous Can-Can dance, and the place had a famously wicked reputation. The 2001 jukebox musical movie inspired by the venue delighted millions. Now it's on stage, fresh from Broadway, and it's an extravaganza and a half. Head for the Piccadilly theatre and hang onto your hats!