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: Wednesday, 1 June 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 28 August 2022
4.7/5 - based on 5038 reviews - (Read reviews)4.75038 reviews Tickets from £23.00
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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.
4.3/5 - based on 32 reviews - (Read reviews)4.332 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Grease is the word, and the dazzling stage musical version of the huge hit movie is in town! In 1971 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey wrote a musical called Grease. In 1978 it was made into a film. The world went Grease crazy thanks to the antics of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, the costumes, the music and of course the big hair. Now it’s coming to the West End.
4.7/5 - based on 959 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7959 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.
4.3/5 - based on 30 reviews - (Read reviews)4.330 reviews Tickets from £12.00
The West End theatre scene is ageless and timeless, and there’s something special for young theatre lovers too with Room On The Broom. It’s a funny, silly and highly entertaining show for children by the creators of The Gruffalo, the wonderful Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Opens: Thursday, 21 July 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 4 September 2022
4.9/5 - based on 1846 reviews - (Read reviews)4.91846 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 2111 reviews - (Read reviews)4.42111 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 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.315 reviews Tickets from £83.00
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 919 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5919 reviews Tickets from £23.00
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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.
4.8/5 - based on 3124 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83124 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 5414 reviews - (Read reviews)4.85414 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 3667 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83667 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 4561 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84561 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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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!
4.8/5 - based on 8 reviews - (Read reviews)4.88 reviews Tickets from £33.00
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a 2018 play based on the 1960 novel of the same name. It was written by the brilliant Harper Lee and has been adapted for stage by Aaron Sorkin. It opened on Broadway in late 2018, a well-loved story set in the 1930s Deep South. This powerful tale of racial injustice deals with the fate of a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman. It stars the lawyer Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout, who together bring fresh hope to a community in crisis. Don't miss this. Seriously, it really is amazing.
4.7/5 - based on 1552 reviews - (Read reviews)4.71552 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 853 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8853 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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 293 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8293 reviews Tickets from £59.00
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Inspired by one of Britain's greatest ever comedy series, this 2 hour interactive production is set in a restaurant where you the audience are the diners. If you love the original show, you'll find Faulty Towers The Dining Experience a unique, novel pleasure and unmissably great fun.
4.6/5 - based on 137 reviews - (Read reviews)4.6137 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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.
Opens: Monday, 14 November 2022 Booking until: Saturday, 7 January 2023
4.2/5 - based on 14 reviews - (Read reviews)4.214 reviews Tickets from £24.00
Bad Jews sells out wherever it appears. Welcome back to the outrageous original West End production of Joshua Harmon's dark social comedy. It’s returning to the West End to play a strictly limited run at the Arts Theatre. Preceded by a couple of sold-out engagements, also in theatreland, this play is being billed as a controversial hit comedy. Are you ready for a laugh?
Opens: Thursday, 14 July 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 25 September 2022
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!
4.7/5 - based on 107 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7107 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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With 16 Tony nominations under its belt plus a smash hit soundtrack album and tickets as rare as hen's teeth, fought over by keen musical theatre lovers across the USA, Hamilton caused a massive stir on Broadway. If you've always wondered why there aren't more rap musicals, this'll thrill you to bits. It's a hugely popular hip-hop history show and it's already broken a suite of theatrical records.
Booking until: Sunday, 10 July 2022
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including interval
4.8/5 - based on 950 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8950 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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 64 reviews - (Read reviews)4.564 reviews Tickets from £45.00
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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 133 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7133 reviews Tickets from £14.00
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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.
4.8/5 - based on 105 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8105 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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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!
4.9/5 - based on 555 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9555 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 76 reviews - (Read reviews)4.876 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 332 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9332 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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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 98 reviews - (Read reviews)4.898 reviews Tickets from £23.00
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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!
4.9/5 - based on 115 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9115 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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 192 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7192 reviews Tickets from £12.00
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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: Saturday, 1 October 2022
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Starring: Paul Whitehouse, Ryan Hutton, Tom Bennett
4.8/5 - based on 183 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8183 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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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.
4.9/5 - based on 128 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9128 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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Disney’s Frozen has opened at the newly renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and tickets for Frozen are on sale now. This is one of the most popular stories on the planet and tickets will sell out fast, there’s no doubt about it. The movie was released in 2013 and it soon became a global phenomenon, the highest-ever grossing animated movie... ever. With 37 awards under its belt, including two Academy Awards for best animated feature and best original song for Let It Go, the Musical version is an experience to remember.
4.9/5 - based on 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.915 reviews Tickets from £125.00
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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!
4.7/5 - based on 145 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7145 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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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.
4.8/5 - based on 74 reviews - (Read reviews)4.874 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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Wyndhams theatre is your venue for Lolita Chakrabarti's magnificent take on the extraordinary award-winning novel, Life of Pi. It's a five-star production that has thrilled audiences and critics alike, and the puppetry is quite simply out of this world. What a story. What a ride. Don't miss the theatrical treat that has audiences talking, and critics talking, and will probably see everyone and his dog fighting for tickets. It really is remarkable.