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 West End (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 22nd September 2016
Read the reviews of The Lion King online yet? Pretty glorious, aren’t they? The NY Times probably said it best when they pointed out “there is simply nothing else like it”, as this dazzling production of the cult classic Disney film continues to go from strength to strength. Expect a masterstroke of a musical featuring stunning costumes, energetic performance and plenty of light-hearted humour, all held together by the acclaimed director Julie Taymor.
Now into its tenth year of defying gravity at the famous Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wicked is another of the most popular musicals in London that has been heaped with praise from pretty much every critic. Over 6.5million people have flocked to the West End to see it for themselves, as this multi-award winning production brings the story of the witches of Oz to one of the biggest stages of them all.
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.
Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 different countries down the years, London is the place to be if you want to catch Les Mis in its most original form. Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production remains one of the unmissable West End musicals more than 30 years after its inception, telling an emotional tale from 19th century France in stunning fashion. A tear-jerker fit for all the family.
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.
Looking for the best West End musicals for families? Immerse yourself in a world of pure imagination as Roald Dahl’s classic comes to the big stage in stunning style. Wowing audiences with its spectacular stage design and flawless performance, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is a certified success for all ages - so it’s definitely a great idea to bring the whole family. Undoubtedly one of the best new musicals in London.
When it comes to Kinky Boots - it’s okay to believe the hype. Still a relative newcomer on the West End scene, joyous and uplifting vibes are guaranteed when you sit down to enjoy this riot of colour, fun and laugh-out-loud comedy. Based on a true story and with songs written by the TONY award-winning Cyndi Lauper, head along to find out exactly why Kinky Boots has already earned itself a whole glut of 5-star reviews.
The proud owner of 9 TONY Awards for excellence in live theatre, the Book of Mormon is the controversial, laugh-out-loud show that's taking the West End by storm. Styled on the outlandish and crude comic style of South Park, this one's for you if you're in need of a decent laugh - just don't bring the kids whatever you do. Probably the best comedy musical in the West End, there's no booking fee to worry about if you book 10 weeks in advance.
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.
With great performances, nailed on vocals, a real-life storyline and a choka-block playlist of classic hits, it’s no wonder Jersey Boys has no less than 57 major awards to its credit. Follow the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on stage at an uplifting West End show which weaves singalong tunes like December 1963 (Oh What A Night) and Working My Way Back To You into the plot seamlessly.