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 14th August 2017
As one of the longest running musicals in the history of the West End, Phantom of the Opera is a London Musical that tells the story of soprano Christine Daae who becomes the obsession of a mysterious genius living underneath the Opera Garnier. Having won every award in the theatrical world over the last 30 odd years, this is a stalwart in London's musical scene.
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.
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.
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.
Thriller promises a memorable night out in the West End fit for any true Michael Jackson fan. Now into the history books as the longest running show in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year history, expect a feel-good tribute concert that comes loaded up with two hours of the King of Pop’s greatest hits.
We dare you not to fall head over heels for An American in Paris as the smash hit arrives in the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre. Brought to life by Broadway stars, the musical tells the classic story of an American GI who meets a dancer, all set against the romantic backdrop of Paris.
You just can’t take a list of the best musicals in London seriously until it’s found room for Mamma Mia. Another hugely successful show that has been seen by over 60 million people across the world, pick Mamma Mia if your idea of a great musical involves a hilarious tale of love and laughter soundtracked by a collection of ABBA’s greatest hits. Fully immersive from the first singalong favourite, you will be up and out of your seat, belting out the words to Lay All Your Love On Me during your stay. Don't fight it.
How many times does this diva have to tell you she's not going? Quite a few, apparently. Join the incredible Amber Riley and a cast of amazingly-talented vocalists, to re-live the epic Dreamgirls story, spanning love, race, showbiz and turbulent friendships aplenty.