London's Best Musicals

Home to one of the most diverse and scintillating musical scenes in the world, London is blessed with options if you’re looking for a live show. We’ve been out on a tour of the best theatre in London (in the name of research, of course) and returned with this guide to the cream of the crop; read on to discover a full list of the best musicals in London.

Last updated on 1st November 2017

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Matilda

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Is there a more heart-warming tale than Roald Dahl’s magical Matilda? Wowing West End audiences with writing by Dennis Kelly and music from Tim Minchin, this stunning production has over 50 major international awards to its name, despite making its West End bow as recently as 2011. Head to the Cambridge Theatre to take in the highly-acclaimed story of this extraordinary little girl… or face the wrath of Miss Trunchbull and The Chokey.

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Perfect for all the family, The Lion King musical is the wonderful stage version of the Disney classic. Bringing the story of Simba to life, this show will capture everyone's imagination with stunning visuals, music by Elton John and incredible set design.

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Smash hit Dreamgirls is bringing incredible anthems and feel-good factor as it arrives in the West End. Charting the 1960s' American music scene, the show follows the a trio as they attempt to navigate the early world of RnB.

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As the world's longest running musical, Les Miserables has been winning hearts for decades. Full of roaring choruses and an epic storyline, this show is one of the West End's most iconic.

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With bags of soul and sex appeal, Five Guys Named Moe is a punchy feast for the ears, and a great choice for date-night. With a stellar cast singing hearty renditions, join Nomax and the five Moes as they navigate their way through love and life.

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Kinky Boots

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Looking for a fun and upbeat London musical? Kinky Boots should tick all the boxes; telling the true story of a struggling shoe-factory owner and showgirl, this act has won a whole host of TONY awards, despite its relatively short stage run.

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The American dream is captured in an all-singing, all-dancing show as 42nd Street makes its West End debut. Peggy Sawyer is fresh from a small country town in New York and dreams of making it big; follow her story as cast of more than 50 create an explosive performance.

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Wicked

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Defying gravity in the West End's ticket records, Wicked is a musical that almost everyone has heard of. Having won countless awards over the years, the play takes over the Apollo Victoria Theatre every night and dazzles every guest with the enthralling story of two sisters from completely different worlds. 

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From roaming circuses through to haunted towns, Big Fish The Musical is just as enchanting as the film. It also has starry credentials, with Kelsey Grammer playing Edward Bloom's fantastical and charming father.

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It was an era that changed the meaning of 'cool' and now it's being encapsulated in this stage production. All or Nothing is based on the 1960s Mod culture that swept Britain; think mopeds, think leather jackets and think The Talking Heads.

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The hotly anticipated Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is finally coming to the West End after a year in production. With belters such as 'The Best' and 'What's Love Got to Do With It', the show is both a tale of the music icon as well as a spirited rendition of her game-changing hits.

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He's famously responsible for the cultural phenomenon that was Motown. And now, he's rightfully had a musical in London scripted in his honour. Motown: The Musical follows the story of Berry Gordy's at times tumultuous journey from featherweight boxer to music mogul heavyweight, with plenty of familiar songs along the way.

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With a cast that includes Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan, Annie is a crowd-pleasing stage show. Follow the adventures of feisty orphan Annie as she finally has the chance of a family Christmas, even if Miss Hannigan has other plans for her.

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If you haven't seen the Book of Mormon yet, chances are you've heard of this smash musical hit. Written by the creators of South Park, the show is hilarious, outrageous and brilliant fun.

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Jasmine and Aladdin are brought to life at Prince Edward Theatre in this musical retelling of the timeless love story. Suitable for ages, the production has an all-star cast and team behind it, bringing dazzling set design and a whole new set of classic songs.

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First released in 1970, Company is taking a break from Broadway to charm London's West End. The musical was one of the first to explore adult themes, such as relationships and commitment, and is still as relevant as it was nearly 50 years ago.

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As well as being a hugely popular film, Mamma Mia is also a great London musical. Featuring the songs of ABBA, the show brings to life the story of Sophie and Donna, a mother and daughter duo caught in a conundrum. 

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The King of Pop and with a huge back catalogue of hits, Michael Jackson is immortalised in this West End show. From 'Thriller' to 'Smooth Criminal', this musical is a feel good, uplifting burst of energy, full of catchy tunes.

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