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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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 4875 reviews - (Read reviews)4.74875 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.
4.3/5 - based on 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.315 reviews Tickets from £47.50
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.
4.7/5 - based on 910 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7910 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.
4.7/5 - based on 21 reviews - (Read reviews)4.721 reviews Tickets from £21.75
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 1708 reviews - (Read reviews)4.91708 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.
4.4/5 - based on 2078 reviews - (Read reviews)4.42078 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.
4.3/5 - based on 10 reviews - (Read reviews)4.310 reviews Tickets from £50.00
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.
4.5/5 - based on 889 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5889 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.
4.3/5 - based on 101 reviews - (Read reviews)4.3101 reviews Tickets from £24.00
The musical of the movie loved by millions, Dirty Dancing hits the West End stage again. The story of Baby and Johnny is poignant, gritty, incredibly romantic and a wonderful piece of escapism into a lost golden age. The choreography is guaranteed to thrill, the costumes set to delight and the wonderful music, as you’d expect, sits right at the centre of this fantastic production.
Opens: Wednesday, 2 February 2022 Booking until: Saturday, 16 April 2022
4.8/5 - based on 3003 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83003 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.
4.8/5 - based on 5191 reviews - (Read reviews)4.85191 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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 3433 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83433 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 4467 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84467 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!
4.4/5 - 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
4.9/5 - based on 31 reviews - (Read reviews)4.931 reviews Tickets from £10.00
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Are you ready for a hugely popular literary classic that’s been given a very cool contemporary facelift? Pride and Prejudice (sort of) is premiering at the Criterion Theatre, playing in the West End for the first time and guaranteed to delight. This is Jane Austen’s delicious romantic novel re-imagined, and the results are utterly hilarious.
4.7/5 - based on 486 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7486 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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.
4.7/5 - based on 1443 reviews - (Read reviews)4.71443 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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 689 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8689 reviews Tickets from £25.00
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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 273 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8273 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: Sunday, 23 January 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 23 January 2022
4.8/5 - based on 707 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8707 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.
4.9/5 - based on 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.915 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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Join our hero Dick Whittington (Cheryl Hole) on his thrilling quest to find adventure fame and fortune in the glittering streets of Soho, with his feisty and funny pussy cat (Holly Stars). Will he be able to defeat villainous rodent Queen Rat (Choriza May), with the help of the Spirit of Soho (Kitty Scott Claus), save the city and win the hand of his love, the beautiful Alice?
4.5/5 - based on 63 reviews - (Read reviews)4.563 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.
4.7/5 - based on 123 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7123 reviews Tickets from £14.50
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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.
4.9/5 - based on 77 reviews - (Read reviews)4.977 reviews Tickets from £20.50
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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!
4.9/5 - based on 281 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9281 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!
4.8/5 - based on 70 reviews - (Read reviews)4.870 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.
4.9/5 - based on 280 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9280 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 39 reviews - (Read reviews)4.839 reviews Tickets from £23.50
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The producer is the marvellous Colin Ingram of Ghost – The Musical fame. The guys who made Back to the Future the movie, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, are by all accounts totally delighted to be involved. The musical of the film is due to thrill Manchester audiences before heading for the West End. And tickets are on sale now, in anticipation of massive demand. Are you ready to experience Back to the Future in musical form? It's going to be awesome!
4.8/5 - based on 41 reviews - (Read reviews)4.841 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.
4.7/5 - based on 131 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7131 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.
Booking until: Tuesday, 22 February 2022
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring: Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
4.8/5 - based on 138 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8138 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.
4.4/5 - based on 34 reviews - (Read reviews)4.434 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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...