The West End has always been the world’s most exciting theatre scene and the musical is the cornerstone of its success. From long-running shows to contemporary productions, at every bend in Theatreland, hit musicals emblazon the streets. Take a look at the best musicals on London’s West End right now.
1. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.
At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
This uplifting adventure follows a fearless young lion cub called Simba as he learns about life on his journey to become King of the lions. It’s a great show that’s perfect for the whole family.
2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
See Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved, award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
Now in its 29th record-breaking year, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
The legendary musical opened on 9 October 1986 and has played more than 11,000 performances.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
3. Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre
Thriller – Live – a musical tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 – arrives in the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe. Celebrating the career of the world’s undisputed King of Pop, expect two hours of non-stop hits.
4. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
Join the ultimate feel-good party as MAMMA MIA! celebrates 16 years as the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical!
Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.
Since premiering in London, this irresistible, sunny, funny comedy has thrilled over 60 million people all around the world and there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in the West End, where it all began. Whatever age you are you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!
5. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
The musical comedy is the tale of two Mormon missionaries Cunningham and Price. Though naive, they continue to be optimistic, the duo arrives in Uganda to share with the masses there The Book of Mormon. Unaware about the life prevailing in the Dark Continent, they are taken aback with shock upon arrival there. After being robbed at gun point by the soldiers of the local warlord, locales welcome them in the countryside narrating the conditions they have to overcome to lead life there.
6. Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Billy is brought up by his father in a Northern mining town where boys are expected to box, not dance, let alone have dreams of attending the Royal Ballet School. After he joins a ballet class, his inspirational dance teacher spots real talent and encourages Billy to apply to the Royal Ballet. This inspirational story follows Billy in his triumph over adversity and his fight to prove his doubters wrong by going all the way.
7. Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre
Take the whole family to see The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical. Roald Dahl’s celebrated story bursts into life in this musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
8. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a global stage sensation.
Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 31st year.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – Les Misérables is the show of shows.