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.
4.3/5 - based on 34 reviews - (Read reviews)4.334 reviews Tickets from £24.00
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!
4.7/5 - based on 5154 reviews - (Read reviews)4.75154 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.
4.5/5 - based on 235 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5235 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 989 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7989 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.
4.9/5 - based on 1949 reviews - (Read reviews)4.91949 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 2116 reviews - (Read reviews)4.42116 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.
4.6/5 - based on 28 reviews - (Read reviews)4.628 reviews Tickets from £60.00
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.
4.3/5 - based on 10 reviews - (Read reviews)4.310 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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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 due in the West End for 2022, and it's going to be huge fun.
4.5/5 - based on 947 reviews - (Read reviews)4.5947 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.
4.6/5 - based on 428 reviews - (Read reviews)4.6428 reviews Tickets from £27.00
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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, 18 January 2023 Booking until: Saturday, 29 April 2023
4.8/5 - based on 3219 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83219 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 5574 reviews - (Read reviews)4.85574 reviews Tickets from £42.00
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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 3831 reviews - (Read reviews)4.83831 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 4670 reviews - (Read reviews)4.84670 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 47 reviews - (Read reviews)4.447 reviews Tickets from £18.00
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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, 15 December 2022 Booking until: Saturday, 7 January 2023
4.8/5 - based on 20 reviews - (Read reviews)4.820 reviews Tickets from £27.00
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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 1599 reviews - (Read reviews)4.71599 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 1005 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81005 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 308 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8308 reviews Tickets from £69.00
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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.
4.9/5 - based on 26 reviews - (Read reviews)4.926 reviews Tickets from £20.00
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Make your way to the splendid Brutalist building hosting the Barbican theatre, and leave all your troubles at the door. It's time to indulge yourself in a classic musical from Cole Porter and P G Wodehouse, first produced on Broadway in 1934 in between the world wars. The score is happiness personified and the show delivers all the fantasy, glamour and escapism you could need in today's crazy world. Enjoy!
Booking until: Saturday, 3 September 2022
Starring: Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis, Simon Callow, Denis Lawson
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
4.3/5 - based on 15 reviews - (Read reviews)4.315 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?
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 213 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7213 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: Saturday, 4 March 2023
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including interval
4.7/5 - based on 568 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7568 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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Meat Loaf is one of the best-selling rock musicians of all time, offloading more than 80 million records through his glittering career... and counting. Now his remarkable work is being celebrated on the London stage thanks to a brilliant new musical playing at the Dominion Theatre from spring 2018. Bat Out of Hell is due in theatreland, and it's a little slice of theatrical heaven for anyone who loved big, noisy, bold rock.
Opens: Friday, 17 February 2023 Booking until: Saturday, 1 April 2023
4.8/5 - based on 1064 reviews - (Read reviews)4.81064 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 71 reviews - (Read reviews)4.571 reviews Tickets from £38.00
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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.
4.4/5 - based on 10 reviews - (Read reviews)4.410 reviews Tickets from £17.90
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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: Monday, 14 November 2022 Booking until: Monday, 14 November 2022
4.7/5 - based on 137 reviews - (Read reviews)4.7137 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.
4.8/5 - based on 128 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8128 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 704 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9704 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 82 reviews - (Read reviews)4.882 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 387 reviews - (Read reviews)4.9387 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 14 reviews - (Read reviews)4.814 reviews Tickets from £24.00
Roll Up! Roll up! This Christmas, the marvellous Circus 1903 returns to London. Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus in an all-new home for 2022 – Eventim Apollo!
Opens: Thursday, 15 December 2022 Booking until: Sunday, 1 January 2023
4.8/5 - based on 146 reviews - (Read reviews)4.8146 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!