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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Hairspray is a musical from the USA, inspired by the 1988 smash hit film. The music is by Marc Shaiman, and the lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. It's a magical feast of 1960s-style music and rhythm and blues tunes, and it's guaranteed to get your feet tapping at the magnificent London Coliseum. It's on from April 2020, and the anticipation is mounting fast!
Booking until: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Starring: Michael Ball, Les Dennis, Lizzie Bea, Marisha Wallace
4.3/5 - based on 29 reviews - (Read reviews)4.329 reviews Tickets from £20.00
This is such great news! The brilliant Amy Adams will make her West End debut as Amanda Wingfield in a new production directed by Jeremy Herrin. Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli will also star in Tennessee Williams’ classic memory play. This is the debut production from Second Half Productions, co-founded by Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey and Rob O’Rahilly. And it has all the makings of a massive success. Don’t miss it!
Opens: Monday, 23 May 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 28 August 2022
4.7/5 - based on 85 reviews - (Read reviews)4.785 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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!
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.
4.7/5 - based on 35 reviews - (Read reviews)4.735 reviews Tickets from £30.00
Celebrated for our innovative approach to classic musicals, rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, Timothy Sheader directs with choreography by Drew McOnie.
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.
4.8/5 - based on 1647 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81647 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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.
Opens: Wednesday, 29 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 13 February 2022
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.
4.5/5 - based on 874 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5874 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.
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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.
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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 3322 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83322 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 4461 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84461 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!
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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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.
Opens: Saturday, 20 November 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 9 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!
4.8/5 - based on 637 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8637 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.
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!
4.8/5 - based on 609 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8609 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 £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.
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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 212 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7212 reviews Tickets from £45.00
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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 Apollo theatre.
4.9/5 - based on 63 reviews - (Read reviews)4.963 reviews Tickets from £32.50
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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!
Opens: Wednesday, 29 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 1 May 2022
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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 248 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9248 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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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.
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, 23 July 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
4.8/5 - based on 122 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8122 reviews Tickets from £24.75
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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
4.9/5 - based on 63 reviews - (Read reviews)4.963 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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.
4.5/5 - based on 26 reviews - (Read reviews)4.526 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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
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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!
Opens: Friday, 1 October 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 3 April 2022
4/5 - based on 7 reviews - (Read reviews)47 reviews Tickets from £21.75
Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart.
A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope.
Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.
Opens: Wednesday, 29 September 2021 Booking until: Sunday, 17 October 2021
4.4/5 - based on 94 reviews - (Read reviews)4.494 reviews Tickets from £19.50
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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.
4.3/5 - based on 8 reviews - (Read reviews)4.38 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.
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Amélie The Musical is coming to town, a wonderfully eccentric show based on the well loved, five times Oscar-nominated film. It transfers to the West End in late 2019 following the current dazzlingly popular UK tour and an incredible sell-out season premiere at the Watermill in Newbury during spring 2019. Are you ready for one of the most fun musicals for ages? Walk this way...
4.8/5 - based on 62 reviews - (Read reviews)4.862 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.