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 12th April 2017

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@Savoy Theatre on Various dates

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. 

Theatre/Arts, Date Night
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Matilda

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@Cambridge Theatre on Various dates

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.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Live Music
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The Lion King

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@Lyceum Theatre on Various dates

Now in its 16th year, The Lion King's stage adaption has been heralded as one of not just the West End's, but one of the world's best theatre shows. Experience this musical theatre spectacle for yourself, hosted at London's Lyceum Theatre.

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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.

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Food & Drink, Comedy, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights
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She fought her way into the music industry as a teenager, and went on to write some of the biggest hits in music's history. This heart-warming new London theatre show follows the story of the incomparable Carole King; 'an ordinary girl, with an extraordinary talent'.

Theatre/Arts, Date Night
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@Dominion Theatre 268-269 on Various dates

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.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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It’s a classic that you have the chance to shape. Jump into the world of Romeo and Juliet – but this time in a 1990s rave! The Montagues and Capulets are at war, and it’s up to you to steer the story and decide the fate of the star-crossed lovers. Can they be saved or will you help doom them forever?

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Activity
Party Mash Up
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Book of Mormon

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@The Prince of Wales Theatre on Various dates

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre is an internationally-acclaimed production known for its wildly-inappropriate jokes and clever mockery of just about everything. For a limited time only, book with us and you'll enjoy NO BOOKING FEES. 

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Live Music
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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.

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@Shaftesbury Theatre on Various dates

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.

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@Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on Various dates from 20th June

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.

Theatre/Arts, Daytime
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@Novello Theatre on Various dates

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.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Live Music
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20 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 27 upcoming dates from 30 Apr 2017 until 01 Jul 2017

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!

 

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Miss Nightingale

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@The Vaults Theatre on Various dates

During the dark times of World War II, a new cabaret club has opened with a new singer thrust into the spotlight. Miss Nightingale tells the story of scandal, satire and spunky spirit that gripped the country in this deeply touching and hilarious tale.

Theatre/Arts, Date Night, Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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1 events @ The Bread & Roses Theatre with 1 upcoming dates starting on 07 May 2017

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.

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Written by Patrick Marber, Don Juan tells the story of a debauched Londoners that takes enjoyment from acting as a cruel seducer. Starring David Tennant, this hilariously filthy play will take over the Wyndham Theatre in London's West End for the near future.

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Aladdin

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@Prince Edward Theatre on Various dates

One of Disney's most-loved films has been brought to life on stage from the producer behind The Lion King. Promising all the songs from the award-winning animated production, Aladdin follows a rags-to-riches story of an unlikely hero. Prepare for laughs, tears and sing-a-long opportunities aplenty. 

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Join Damian Lewis and Sophie Okondeo in this Tony Award-winning, darkly comic tale of love, family, work and life. The show is running for a strict 12 weeks from 24th March 2017, and includes music from ground-breaking music artist, PJ Harvey.

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@London Coliseum on Various dates

Join Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins on the West End Stage as they take on Hammerstein's infamous Carousel. Hosted from the iconic London Coliseum, the show will run from 11th April 2017 to 13th May 2017.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Live Music
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