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 21st June 2017

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Project Mayhem are back in London to deliver the ride of the summer in Central London’s most notorious party neighbourhoods. This immersive theatrical production all starts with a location, a password and a set of instructions before you’ll be transported on a ride of epic proportions. Are you ready for it?

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Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Date Night
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King Kong (A Comedy)

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@The Vaults Theatre on Various dates

Olivier award nominated director Owen Lewis is bringing his latest show to London with a hilarious retelling of King Kong. Taking place in the atmospheric Vaults at Waterloo, the show will tell the classic tale of the terrifying gorilla and his trip to New York.

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Theatre/Arts, Comedy, Date Night
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@Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on Various dates

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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Motown: The Musical

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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.

Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Date Night
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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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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.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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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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@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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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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@Kingsway Hall Hotel on Various dates

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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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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10 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 40 upcoming dates from 28 Jun 2017 until 25 Feb 2018

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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