Best Theatre Shows in London
Discover the best and most popular theatre shows in the West End 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 12th October 2016
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!
The Clapham Fringe is a series of art, music and theatre shows taking place over the final weekend of October this year. With a show revolving around a Gadulka and a Bulgarian orchestra, a one-man comedy show about being trapped in Limbo and a live theatrical show telling the intertwining story of two men homeless men living in London. Brilliant stories dance elegantly with wonderful individual performances at this characterful South London eventsome of South London's most promising artists
With Whitechapel gripped in fear and a bloody mass murder on the loose, Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons is an immersive theatre experience that's sure to leave you looking over your shoulder. Rolling back the clock to Victorian London, guests will either be a police inspector hoping to crack the case, a vigilante trying to get to the bottom of things or a Londoner living on the streets where the real danger awaits. Fun in every way and offering an unforgettable experience, dive deep into everything this London theatre show has to offer.
Showcasing the finest LGBTQI artists in the capital and highlighting what home means for a diverse group of different people, the No Place like Home is a stunning theatrical event that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Complete with sermons, humbling tales, workshops and a number of dazzling performances, the entire evening is rounded off at the bar, where you'll find all your favourite drinks. Full of diversity and life, you'll leave this wonderful event in South London with a huge smile on your face.
Head to Clapham to find The Bread and Roses, an award-winning and innovative theatre. Housed in a beautiful brick building with a downstairs pub, the 40-60 capacity theatre puts on a whole host of captivating and emotive performances, from Shakespeare's Hamlet to a millenial musical.
The guys here claim that “you will never forget the theatrical event that is Disney’s The Lion King.” A bold claim indeed, but the fact is - they’re completely right. A truly stunning spectacle that combines glorious colour, enchanting songs, sensational performance and the immersive story of Simba's rise to the top, The Lion King is considered among many as the benchmark for great West End musicals, and deservedly so.
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.
Looking for cheap West End show tickets in London? You can see this hilarious production from the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society for just £20. A multi-award winning play that has perfected the art of comic timing, take in this catastrophe of a 1920s murder mystery and find out why none other than Ant & Dec called The Play That Goes Wrong “the funniest show we’ve seen.”
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.
Harry, Ron and Hermione make their West End bow in what is one of the most highly anticipated new musicals in London for quite some time. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings to life a brand new original story penned by J.K Rowling, divided into two epic parts that tell the tale of Harry now that he’s an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic with three children of his own. Expect a typically spellbinding performance on the West End’s famous Shaftesbury Ave.
From a heart-warming cult classic to something completely different; the Book of Mormon continues to cause a stir in the West End thanks to its crude and outlandish South Park style. The winner of an impressive 9 TONY Awards, this is a novelty sensation that promises laugh-out-loud moments from the moment the curtain goes up. Book more than 10 weeks in advance to skip the booking fee but just remember it’s a bit (very) sweary, so it’s best to leave the kids at home.
Inventive and intriguing, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time brings Mark Haddon’s critically acclaimed 2003 novel to the big stage. Perfect if you’re looking for a thrilling night out on Shaftesbury Avenue, take in the gripping and personal story of Christopher that earned 5 coveted TONY awards in 2015 alone.
Another West End musical collecting major awards like they’re going out of fashion is Jersey Boys. With 57 to their name (and counting), this is the theatrical adaption of the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, where you can expect an uplifting show that features stunning vocals and an enjoyable plot. Expect classics like December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Sherry and Working My Way Back To You woven into the story.