Best Theatre Shows in London
Discover the best and most popular theatre shows in London with our hand-picked guide. Whether you're looking for a feel-good musical for the family, a tongue-in-cheek production that borders on the controversial or a pulse-raising, tear-jerker of a play, you just know that there's something for you in London. With an excellence for live theatre that is envied across the world, we've narrowed down a selection of our favourite West End shows to the following!
Last updated on 15th September 2017
Matilda The Musical arrived in the West End as recently as 2011, but that hasn’t stopped it from earning over 50 major international awards, including 13 for Best Musical. Earning 5* reviews here, there and everywhere, The Royal Shakespeare are captivating audiences of all ages by telling the extraordinary tale of this little girl born into adversity from the Cambridge Theatre. There’s writing from Dennis Kelly, music from Tim Minchin and tickets start from as little as £26.
Prepare to be swept off your feet by the Oscar-winning story of an American GI and a dancer, all set against a backdrop of Paris. An American in Paris is being retold in this gorgeous adaption complete with Broadway stars, musical numbers and impressive set design.
Explore the story of Medusa in this modern re-telling of the story, where you’ll walk through underground tunnels at night and experience a world of sensory theatre, contemporary dance, shadow puppetry and sound installations to help question what it takes for women to be considered monsters.
Basil! It’s time to immersive yourself in some truly spectacular dining theatre as you attempt to eat your meal at Faulty Towers. While tucking into a three course meal, watch the critically acclaimed, improvisation-heavy and theatrical performance of Faulty Towers occurring around you, as Basil, Sybil and Manuel bumble their way through good hospitality.
A charming Victorian music hall with a grand tradition of hosting theatre and performance, The Rosemary Branch is one of the most vibrant places to catch a live show in east London. Hannah Silva is the star of Schlock, which runs for a series of dates across November starting on the 8th!
Heralded as the founder of Motown music, this incredible theatre show in London follows the story of Berry Gordy, who was famed for launching the career of some of Motown's biggest names. Journey with him from humble beginnings to go on to become one of music's biggest influencers over the course of this brilliant London musical.
35 years after this iconic musical first made an appearance on Broadways, Dreamgirls arrives at the Savoy Theatre and tells the story of how America's music scene was revolutionised during the 1960s. Featuring soulful melodies and some jaw-dropping vocals, the play will tell the tumultuous story of a trio from Chicago, called Dreamgirls.
When push comes to shove, we’re all ABBA fans really, aren’t we? One of the best-established and most popular West End shows in London, go for Mamma Mia if your idea of a fun night out involves dinner, drinks and then a feelgood night of singing and dancing in the aisles. Expect a hilarious and captivating show, with a back-catalogue of ABBA’s great hits perfectly woven into the story. 60 million people across the world have seen it already and, with tickets starting from just £15, it’s not all about the Money, Money, Money.
Get ready for heralded and hilarious show with The Gin Chronicles. Not only offering a complimentary boutique gin and tonic included in the ticket price, the group are known for their vintage comedy prowess and thigh-slapping performances.
Jez Butterworth’s epic new play is coming to West End, seeing the return of internationally acclaimed film and stage director Sam Mendes. It tells the story of a farmhouse in rural Derry celebrating the harvest, until a visitor changes everything.