Best London Musicals
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Are you looking for the best London Musicals for the 2021 season? Read on for a list of the most loved West End theatrical productions taking place now, in the future, and creations that took place in the past, that will return to London soon!

From the new arrivals to the best rated London musicals, see what shows are on in London right now. Pick your favourite one and have an unforgettable night.

1 – Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera earns the third-longest-running-play-in-West-End title for a reason: it’s a must-see, beautifully haunting, original musical that’s brought to life by talented actors and actresses. The play, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, follows the storyline of a phantom who falls in love with the ever-so eccentric, Christine, a choir singer. The Phantom remains nice to her but torments everyone else in the opera house. Young children may find this plotline frightening.

2 – Mamma Mia!

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In this musical, playwright Catherine Johnson integrates ABBA classics with an exciting, loveable plotline that unveils wedding day bliss which comes with a fair share of lighthearted drama, of course. Mamma Mia! hit the stage in 1999 and continues to attract a massive audience. Bring your family—suitable for children eight and up—to the Novello Theatre for an outstanding spectacle.

3 – Thriller

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Let the collection of mesmerising Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson tunes take you back to a time where the iconic siblings and the infamous pop star dominated the charts. Unlike Mamma Mia!, which seamlessly blends Abba songs into an intriguing, authentic narrative, Thriller plays more like a concert, but still masters the thrill of watching a musical at the Lyric Theatre in West End.

4 – Aladdin

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The popular Disney flick adaption drew curtains in Prince Edward Theatre on August 24th 2019—Mary Poppins will replace the vibrant show. However, when Aladdin returns one day, viewers will have the opportunity to witness incredible sets and colourful costumes while experiencing an array of magical moments that can only arise when Disney and West End collide.

5 – Matilda

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Remember Roald Dahl’s children’s book, Matilda or perhaps you watched the movie adaption? The most recent version? Matilda the Musical. You can watch Matilda use her magical powers to defend herself against the bullies in her life—her uncaring parents and Trunchbull, the wicked principal—with your family at Cambridge Theatre in West End.

6 – Hamilton

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Let Hamilton provide you with an award-winning history lesson about Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the USA; songs and rap bring this award-winning production to life. In 2015, Hamilton opened on Broadway. However, if you’re on the other side of the pond, you can watch Hamilton at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.

7 – Waitress

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You may connect singer-songwriter, Sara Bareilles to her hits “Love Song” or “Brave”, but the talented musician brought her compelling songwriter skills to Broadway for Waitress. The play follows a skilled pie maker and waitress, Jenna who is locked into an abusive relationship. You can find out how Jenna’s story unfolds at the Adelphi Theatre.

8 – Lion King

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Lion King’s remarkable storyline enthrals audiences no matter where the setting, whether it’s a 2D Disney flick from the ‘90s, a live-action movie tearing up the box office, or an extravagant Broadway production. Critics love to rave about the play, while audiences of all ages always enjoy the enchanting, captivating antics taking place on stage. You can watch the masterpiece at the Lyceum Theatre.

9 – Dear Evan Hansen

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Dear Evan Hansen follows a 17-year-old boy who has Social Anxiety Disorder; his parents separated at a young age, leaving Evan with his mother. The storyline may follow a high school boy, but the language and sexual references make this show more appropriate for children 13 and over. The play will have its opening night at Noel Coward Theatre on October 29th, 2019. 

10 – Chicago

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Chicago has been around for a long time and for a good reason! It’s a sexy, Jazz Age extravaganza where the dancing dazzles, the murder plot captivates, and the costumes and singing enchant. You can watch the plotline unravel at the Phoenix Theatre in West End. It’s important to note that Todrick Hall, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, took over the role of Billy Flynn at the end of 2018. 

11 – Wicked

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Wicked continues to impress and attract massive audiences, making it—arguably—one of the most popular West End plays of all time. The plotline follows two witches: Elphaba and Galinda. Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, while the beloved Galinda becomes Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Parents eager to see this play can bring children seven and older, but even though there are no swear words or intense violence, there are still some frightening parts.

12 – Les Miserables

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Les Miserables closely follows a group of characters during the 19th century. The award-winning, long-running musical captures audiences with its close connection to the narratives of the characters, the 19th century France setting, and the collection of catchy, heartbreaking, meaningful songs. However, due to renovations, the original play will reopen in December at the Queen’s Theatre. In the meantime, the All-Star Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre will run until November 30th. 

13 – Jersey Boys

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Jersey Boys brings the audience into the life of four boys who had rough and tough beginnings, developed fascinating music, and sold millions of albums. This plotline is based on the real-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Unfortunately, despite raving reviews, the fascinating true story ended its run at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2017, but maybe it will reopen in the future.

14 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most creative, remarkable, captivating stories ever created. J.K. Rowling’s famous story about the orphaned wizard, Harry Potter continues to shape the current generation—even people who haven’t read the books or seen the movies know about Harry Potter. And now, you can watch Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Rowling contributed to the storyline, but Jack Thorne wrote the script.

15 – Heathers

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The entertaining rock n’ roll musical may not be showing in the West End at the moment, but the show will return to London in the future. Heathers The Musical is based on the ‘80s film, Heathers. The musical mirrors the dark, comedic, cult vibes portrayed in the film. Whenever the play comes back to London, you may want to make it a date night or friend night rather than a family night since the play is not suitable for children.

16 – School of Rock

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Jack Black and the cast of School of Rock had audiences giggling, singing, and tapping their feet in 2003 across movie theatres worldwide. In 2016, New London Theatre in West End brought the addicting soundtrack, and the storyline of the desperate, wannabe rockstar turned poser teacher, Dewey Finn, to life with its adaption of the popular flick. Bring your family to watch young, talented musicians hone their craft on stage.

17 – Cats

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You may find it strange to watch humans parading around the stage in cat costumes, but Cats tastefully pieces together a production that carries the audience into another realm, far away from real life, and into a world where cats gather to see which cat is worthy of ascending into cat-like heaven. This special cat will be recreated as a youthful, younger cat. Cats, penned by Andrew Lloyd Weber, debuted in 1981 on West End. It’s safe to say that Cats has cemented itself as an undeniable classic, must-see show. It’s important to note that currently, there are no Cats shows scheduled.

18 – We will rock you

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We Will Rock You flawlessly fuses Queen tunes into an elaborate, unique production! You may be under the impression that the storyline reveals intimate details about Freddie Mercury’s life, but instead, the production integrates the music of Queen within a futuristic setting. In this world, only people who conform can survive, but the main character, Galileo, has other ideas in store. Here’s a hint: it involves rock music. West End is no longer showing this play, but stay tuned for schedule changes!

19 – Miss Saigon

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If you’re looking for a dramatic, intriguing storyline with a taste of history, Miss Saigon is for you. The setting takes you back to the Vietnam War, where an American enjoys a night with an orphaned 17-year-old girl. Little did they know that that one night would rock Chris’s world years later. Miss Saigon premiered in London in 1989 and brought in audiences for almost a decade. It has been a while since the romantic story stole hearts in London, but maybe it will come back again!

20 – Frozen

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In 2020, you can bring your family to the Royal Drury Lane Theatre for the highly anticipated, snowy spectacle: Frozen. The production, based off of the vastly adored Disney flick of the same name, dives deeper into the storyline and delights audiences with more songs, while also mesmerising viewers with unbelievable, aesthetically pleasing sets. Bundle up and get ready for this mind-blowing production to take West End by a snow storm!

21 – 9 to 5

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Get ready to stomp your feet to the infectiously tangy tunes in 9 to 5, composed by the one and only Queen of Country, Dolly Parton. 9 to 5 encompasses Parton’s energetic, upbeat, don’t-mess-with-me personality. How? The show induces ongoing laughter, while also telling the story of three girls who want to take a stand against their sexist boss. Remember the ‘80s cult classic of the same name? It follows a similar plotline. It’s fun, it’s memorable, and you won’t want to miss it! You can catch the show—children 16 and under must sit with an adult—at the Savoy Theatre until the end of August 2019.

22 – Company

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Company typically features a male lead, but the latest production on West End gave the role to a female! The all-my-friends-are-married-and-I’m-still-single plotline makes it easy to switch between a female and male lead. Before the show begins, you may expect to watch a basic but highly entertaining storyline unfold. However, the show also provides deep insight into marriage and relationships. Company comes with a dose of laughs and a sprinkle of drama—it’s the perfect combination for a night out. The hilarious production drew curtains on West End in March, so you may have to wait a while to see it. We promise to keep you posted!

23 – Bohemian Rhapsody

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In 2020, you will get a chance to follow Queen’s intriguing, dramatic, inspiring rise to fame unravel on the live stage on West End. Not only will you get to catch a glimpse of the ups and downs of the iconic rock band, but you will get to relish and relive Queen’s number of hit songs. Bohemian Rhapsody is based on the critically acclaimed 2018 film of the same name.

24 – Bat out of hell

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Meat Loaf’s onstage theatrics, wide vocal range, and catchy, out-of-this-world rock n’ roll tunes will undoubtedly go down in history. You can relive Bat Out Of Hell—the album that sold 43 million copies, making it the sixth-greatest-selling album ever—during the high-tempo, rock n’ roll production. The beloved musical fantasy seamlessly fuses a story about unruly teens and love to the tune of Meat Loaf. Unfortunately, you can’t watch the show on West End now, but stay tuned!

25 – Billy Elliot

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West End welcomed Billy Elliot in 2005 to warm reception! The powerful musical follows a young boy who learns he has a passion for ballet. Billy’s charisma not only inspires the characters on stage, but his story never fails to enthral audiences across the globe. Elton John composed the music, while John Lee wrote the script (for the movie of the same name, too) and the book. It’s no longer showing on West End, but the play will hopefully come back shortly.

26 – Jesus Christ Superstar

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has easily become one of the greatest composers of all time. From Phantom of the Opera to Jesus Christ Superstar, the man clearly possesses an uncanny knack for coming up with music for the stage. The play lightly follows the Gospels in the Bible. Don’t expect a ton of spoken dialogue in this entertaining play; the actors and actresses sing most of their lines, which are written by Tim Rice. The show closed on August 24th at the Barbican Theatre, but maybe it will come back soon!

27 – Mary Poppins

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Let Mary Poppins enchant you and your family with her magical abilities, sublime Nanny skills, and friendly nature. Mary Poppins encompasses the ability to leave a remarkable, positive impact on every single family she works with, and you’ll get the chance to feel her wondrous, supernatural capabilities at the Prince Edward Theatre in October! It follows the same plotline as the 1964 Disney flick of the same name and the Mary Poppins children book series by P.L Travers.

28 – Avenue Q

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Avenue Q somehow manages to masterfully piece together a puppet production that entertains adults. The thought of watching puppets and humans intertwine on stage may not be the most appealing, but the show will prove naysayers wrong! The musical follows the story of Princeton, a college grad who dares to dream big. The hilarious production earned a Tony Award in 2004. You can’t catch the show on West End at the moment, but we advise you to stay tuned for tour-related news.

29 – Six

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Have you ever wanted to hear more from Henry VII’s six wives? Well, now’s your chance! Six brings all six wives of Henry VII to the stage, where they sing pop songs about their experience with the King. The musical doesn’t follow much of a plotline, but you can let the rhymes, the music, the pop songs tell the story of each wife. You can hear the six wives explain their narrative at London’s Arts Theatre until January 2020!

30 – On Your Feet

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Let Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s love story sweep you off your feet! The production follows Gloria and Emilio’s journey from Cuba to Miami to stardom. Not only will the depiction of two of the greatest Latino stars of all time enrapture you, but the music will induce the desire to sway, to swing, to move your hips, and will transport you back to the time when Gloria’s voice and Emilio’s infectious, ear-candy productions, which flawlessly merge Western pop with Cuban beats, dominated the charts! It’s passionate, it’s entertaining, and it’s heartwarming. On Your Feet will remain open at the London Coliseum until August 31st, 2019.

31 – Dreamgirls

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Travel back to the ‘60s for a show-stopping, soulful, and captivating production! Dreamgirls follows three talented sisters who want to make it big as singers but pursuing their dreams causes turmoil, hurt, and an array of other negative feelings. Unfortunately, you can no longer watch this show at West End, but you never know when the soulful sisters will make a triumphant return to the stage—it’s safe to say that performing is in their blood, their nature.

32 – Showstopper!

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Improv can be a hit or miss, but Showstopper!, the brilliantly hilarious improv show brims with talented comedians who create a new show, a new experience every single performance. The metamorphosis from audience suggestions to on-the-spot songs and dance moves make this improv show a must-see. The best part? It’s a different show every single time, so you can see it over and over. You can bring your family—recommended for kids 12 and older—to the Lyric Theatre for an unforgettable show.

33 – Evita

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Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up again for Evita, a musical that follows Eva Perón from rags to riches. When Eva becomes the first lady, she becomes the voice of the poor; her style and work ethic make her a political celebrity. You can watch Eva’s journey unfold in the Open Air Theatre. It’s important to note that the performers sing most of their lines, so some children may lose interest. Evita may be best suited for high school kids and above.

34 – Kinky Boots

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Cyndi Lauper transports the sass and fun from her hit song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” to the exciting, charming lyrics and music in Kinky Boots. The true story, based off of the 2005 British indie flick of the same name, follows a young man who inherited a close-to-penniless shoe factory. He hits the shoe-making jackpot when he starts to make heels for transvestites. You can take children four and above to this fun, entertaining musical. However, you can no longer see the show at West End, but you never know when Kinky Boots will reopen!

35 – Motown

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Let the harmonies, soul, and rhythmic melodies in Motown carry you to the ‘60s and ‘70s where “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” created a foundation for a new, enlightened, and refreshing sound that continues to seep its way into hit songs today. The play invites you to watch the story of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown. Through the unveiling of his story, you will get the lucky opportunity to witness the tales surrounding the hit songs. You can watch Motown at Shaftesbury Theatre—get ready for a pleasant combination of nostalgia and intrigue!

36- 42nd street

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With dazzling costumes, massive dance productions, spectacular songs, and a heartwarming plotline, it’s safe to say that 42nd Street will surpass your expectations. The hypnotising spectacle shares a story of a young girl who moves from a small town to the big city in hopes of capitalising on her dream—to perform on Broadway. The inspiring story harks back to 1933 when the movie of the same name came out! The show closed in May, but we hope it reopens soon.

37 – Anastasia

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Londoners have been wishing for Anastasia to make its way to West End for quite some time, but longtime fans of the story may have to wait a little longer for the empowering narrative of the Russian duchess to come across the pond. The storyline shared on stage differs ever so slightly from the popular 1997 Disney animation of the same name. Critics reveal that the play adaptation follows Anastasia’s story a little more closely than the Disney movie. However, the musical still features most of the songs from the Disney version as well as new songs.

38 – West Side Story

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West Side Story mirrors Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The unforgettable, highly regarded musical unveils a magical, passionate love story, one that gives Romeo and Juliet a run for its money. West Side Story brings you to the 1950s in New York where two gangs rival one another, but even through the rivalry, the timeless music, and graceful choreography, the love story shines. The remarkable show opened on Broadway in 1957—it’s a classic storyline that prevails over time and continues to win audiences across the globe. It’s currently closed, but stay tuned for updates!

39 – Shrek

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Get ready to watch the crisscrossing of ancient fairy tales and nursery rhymes compiled into one hilarious, unique production where a stinky ogre and chatty donkey take the lead. The blend of classic storybook characters paired with new faces, quirky humour, and the twisted take on the classic fairy tale storyline gives Shrek a timeless feel—similar to the 2001 hit movie of the same name. You can no longer watch this show on West End, but maybe you’ll catch a show starring the famous ogre in the near future.

40 – An American in Paris

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What happens when you pair a sophisticated set with gracious ballet and vibrant scores? You get An American In Paris. The stunning show captivates audiences with its storyline about a young American soldier, Jerry who hopes to land his dream job as a painter in Paris. However, the romantic vibes permeating Paris seem to instil romantic emotions within Jerry, too. You may not be able to witness Jerry’s story for some time due to the closure of the show, but maybe you will get a chance in the future.

41 – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has attracted reviews for its ability to drastically inspire, wow, and please audiences. The captivating production bubbles with joy, a warmhearted story about a boy whose differences make him a sensation, and a stunning songbook. If you want to watch an endearing, refreshing show about a 16-year-old boy who beats the bullies—this show is for you. Eager to watch Jamie’s story while nodding your head and tapping your feet to an array of mesmerising songs? Showgoers aged 14 and above can catch the sensational show at the Apollo Theatre.

42 – Annie

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Since opening on Broadway in 1977, the tale of the energetic, loveable, optimistic orphan girl has stolen hearts. Over the years, several actresses have had the undeniable honour of playing the lead; Sex and The City star, Sarah Jessica Parker landed the prestigious role in the 1979 Broadway adaption. The story tends to send audience members on a rollercoaster of emotions—laughter, tears, sorrow, pain, joy, and everything in between. Unfortunately, you can’t watch the show on West End at this time, but stay tuned for updated info.

43 – Grease

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Travel back to the decade where diners earned their place as a hub for teenage hangouts, poodle skirts swung to the rhythm of jivin’ tunes, and boys labelled themselves as either greasers or preps. The West End Grease production—based off of the original Broadway show and the film of the same name—perfectly captures the vibe of the ‘50s via the rock n’ roll grooves, the electrifying dance numbers, glamourous sets, and the lively, talented cast. You may not be able to sing along to “Grease Lightning” at this time, but you never know when the show will reopen.

44 – Abba Mania

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Don’t confuse Abba Mania and Mamma Mia! with one another. Although both productions have one thing in common: they have the incredible ability to dazzle audiences with vibrant, entertaining portrayals of Abba’s unforgettable, timeless catalogue of songs. The difference? Mamma Mia! brilliantly marries Abba tunes with an original plotline, whereas Abba Mania plays more like a concert. If you want to experience a party, a celebration like no other, you can catch the show at Sunrise Theatre from February 2020. 

45 – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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On the outside, the life of a rock star may look like bliss, but you never know what happens behind the scenes. The Tina Turner Musical carefully reveals the life of the rock star of the same name. The production travels through Tina’s life as a young girl in Tennesee, to her tumultuous, abusive marriage, to her triumphant return to the rock n’ roll stage in her 40’s. Gain insight into one of the most iconic female rock stars of all time at the Aldwych Theatre.

46 – My fair lady

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My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 1956 starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison—two notable performers. The original performance attracted awards, viewers, and rave reviews, something which the current show playing at the Royal Drury Lane Theatre aims to replicate. And it’s safe to say that the outstanding new performance excels at bringing the story of a linguistics professor, Henry Higgins and flower salesperson, Eliza Doolittle to life. The curtains for this revived classic will draw on August 30th, 2019.

47 – Beauty and the beast

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It’s a tale as old as time, an enchanting masterpiece, a story that beautifully pairs a lovely moral with a creative narrative and fantasy—it’s Beauty and the Beast. The magical, kid-friendly production emulates the plotline and classic tunes from the Disney animation of the same name. But get ready to sing and dance to new songs as well! You can’t catch the show on West End at the moment, but we will let you know when the schedule changes.

48 – The Book of Mormon

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The masterminds behind the ever-so crass, but indisputably hilarious show, South Park also created the box-office smash hit, Book of Mormon, which is currently showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre. And it’s no wonder flocks of showgoers fill the seats for Book of Mormon every show. Why? The production, although humourous, follows a unique story, too. Two Mormons travel to Uganda in hopes of spreading the word of their religion, but the locals care more about fighting AIDs, poverty, and starvation. This show contains content that may not be suitable for children 18 and under.

49 – The bodyguard

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The Bodyguard delightfully thrills with its gripping plotline that fuses action, fear, and mystery with romance. In the production, Frank Farmer, a bodyguard protects Rachel Marron, a celebrity from a stalker. The award-winning theatrical adaption of the film of the same name is no longer showing on West End, but stay tuned for more information about the thrilling production.

50 – Hairspray

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Get ready for Hairspray to make a remarkable return to West End in 2020. Every single Hairspray production, including the films of the same name, follow one tradition: cast an unknown female to star as happy-go-lucky Tracy Turnblad. Let’s hope the London Coliseum Theatre production will keep the traditional alive. The smash-hit production that unveils a warm, inspiring storyline alongside a songbook of show-stopping, dance-ready tunes will likely sell out fast, so it’s advised to buy your tickets as soon as possible!

51 – Spamalot

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The monumental film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail lives on through the theatrical production, Spamalot. But expect some differences between the play and the 1975 film. Despite the collection of variations, one thing remains the same: you will experience a parade of laughs. You can’t catch this unforgettable comedy on stage at the moment, but we will let you know if anything changes.

52 – Only fools and horses

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The stage adaption for Only Fools and Horses perfectly captures the British humour and genuine hilarity of the longstanding 1981 sitcom of the same name. In the musical adaption, audiences will get the chance to watch Del Boy search for love, while Rodney gets ready to get married. You can reconnect with Britain’s iconic brothers at the Theatre Royal Haymarket!

53 – Come From Away

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Come from Away introduces audiences to another side of the tragic-beyond-belief 9/11 attacks that destroyed the lives of many. The musical sheds insight into the aftermath of the devastating tragedy. In the weeks following the attacks, 38 planes were instructed to land in a small Canadian town, resulting in Canadian folk welcoming and housing 7,000 people. Don’t miss out on this emotional, warmhearted production that emphasizes how tragedy can propel kindness. You can watch the award-winning musical at the Phoenix Theatre.

54 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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When Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber create musical productions together, only magic ensues. And Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is no different. The colourful, energetic musical shares the story of Joseph from the Bible’s book, Genesis. In the story, Joseph’s brothers sell Joseph into slavery. The story may be ancient, but the entertaining songs will have you feeling like you’re watching Joseph’s story unfold for the first time. You can watch the roll-out of Webber and Rice’s Biblical story turned theatrical masterpiece at the London Palladium.

55 – Oliver!

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Charles Dickens may have brought Oliver Twist to life through pages and pages of text, but the most recent adaption of the famous orphan boy brings the story from pages of the timeless, classic novel to a spirited theatrical musical. The massive orchestra helps to elevate the songs to spectacularity—you’ll leave the play saying, “please, sir can I have some more”? Unfortunately, you can no longer watch this play at West End. Maybe Oliver! will return to warming hearts in the future!

56 – Chess

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When Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus—members of ABBA—create music, you know the result will delight, please, and remain in your head for days on end. Now imagine what happens when Andersson, Ulvaeus, and master lyricist, Tim Rice team up to produce one stunning piece of theatrical art? You get a chess-playing battle between an American and a Soviet with romance drama sprinkled on top. Chess is no longer showing on West End, but keep your eyes and ears open for a reopening.

57 – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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Let the story of legendary songwriter, Carole King unravel before your eyes. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical confirms that Carole King was destined to be great. The breathtaking musical highlights King’s supernatural ability to compose remarkable, beautiful music. It shows how King went from being a regular girl with an unrivalled gift to a brilliant songwriting connoisseur. This jukebox musical will captivate you, move you, and ignite you with the desire to sift through King’s impressive catalogue of songs. But you may have wait to watch King’s narrative unwind on stage since the show is currently closed.

58 – Rent

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Audiences fell in love with Tony award-winning musical at first view. In its first year on Broadway, Rent collected the Pulitzer Prize and Tony, Obie, and Drama Desk awards. Perhaps audiences fell in love with the somewhat relatable storyline: young artists struggle to pay rent. Outside of their financial woes, the characters also experience a fair share of personal drama. Rent, through the moving, uplifting, and vibrant songs, portrays a story of the importance of love and friendship. However, you may have to wait to find out if they manage to pay their rent and overcome personal drama since the show is no longer showing on West End.

59 – Blood Brothers

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Have you ever dreamt that you have a twin somewhere out there? Blood Brothers brings that common childhood fantasy to fruition in the formidable but devastating theatrical production. The storyline follows two twins who are separated at birth—one ends up basking in riches, while the other lives in poverty. The play, written by Willy Russell, will have you exploring themes of social order and inequality. Unfortunately, the show is currently closed.

60 – Ghost

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Ghost seamlessly fuses tragedy, romance, and comedy into one exceptional, supernatural theatrical production. One evening, a young couple, get mugged en route to their apartment, resulting in Sam’s death. Sam goes on to live as a ghost. He’s unable to leave the love of his life, Molly behind, especially when he learns that Molly is in danger. The heartbreaking story, paired with sparkling musical numbers, will undoubtedly toy with your emotions. The production, formerly shown at Piccadilly Theatre, is closed for the time being.

61 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may ooze with sweets and fountains of chocolate, but there’s one thing that’s not candy-coated: the overarching theme. And the theatrical production is no different than Roald Dahl’s book and the films of the same—or similar—name. The production, through eccentric productions and the bright, elaborate sets, exposes the downsides to greed. You can’t watch this play at this time, but stay tuned for more information.

62 – Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing - London Musicals
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Summer bliss, sensual dance moves, and unlikely romance collide to form one enthralling, entertaining and downright fun production: Dirty Dancing. This production, based off of the classic film of the same name, unveils the unlikely summer love story between Baby and Johnny. You can’t watch the show at this time, but you never know when the schedule will change.

63 – Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof - London Musicals
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Fiddler on the Roof has had audiences singing about becoming rich men since its premiere on Broadway in 1964. The play, inspired by Sholem Aleichem’s make-believe memoir (1894), introduces the audience to the memorable personality of a Jewish man named, Tevye. Throughout the production, Tevye works to ensure that his five daughters grow to become fine Jewish women, but the Russian revolution and other circumstances pose as threats. Beware: the Playhouse Theatre production may not be suitable for all young children.

64 – Nativity!

Nativity! - London Musicals
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Get into the Christmas spirit with the kid-friendly Nativity!. The joyful production hilariously explores how it’s the be-all and end-all for kids to star in a Christmas play. The effervescent play, based off of the film of the same name, will ignite laughter and get you ready for Christmas! Let the festive spectacle ease you into the Christmas season this December at the Eventim Apollo theatre.

65 – Once

Once - London Musicals
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The indie musical that took critics and audiences alike by surprise: Once. Angelic melodies and electrifying chemistry work to elevate this production to an artistic masterpiece. The theatrical performance follows the storyline of the film and book of the same name. You may have to wait for the swooning harmonies presented in this cutesy, feel-good love story to carry your mind to a state of bliss since the show has closed on West End for the time being.

66 – The Band

The Band - London Musicals
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In the early ’90s, British pop band, Take That, casted cupids arrow onto the hearts of many; the good-looking group become English heartthrobs. And the theatrical production of The Band will undoubtedly have people swooning all over the performers reinventing Take That’s hit songs. The songs paired with a fictional story about a boy band will have you dancing, singing, and reminiscing for the duration of the performance. You can’t watch this show at the moment, but stay tuned for more information.

67 – Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom - London Musicals
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Get ready for an energetic production bursting with electrifying dance moves and a lively score. The play acts as the perfect escapism. It’s easy to watch, it’s highly entertaining, and the energy will keep your focus throughout the show. Strictly Ballroom, based off of the award-winning film of the same name, follows two dancers who hope to prove their capabilities to their families. When Strictly Ballroom comes back to West End, you can bring your kids—recommended for 12 and older—to the exciting production.

68 – Peter Pan

Peter Pan goes wrong - London Musicals
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Stop the clock and travel to the faraway Neverland this summer. We’ve seen a plethora of Peter Pan adaptions and renditions over the years, but this particular production seamlessly weaves themes of child abandonment into the story while also shedding light on other darker themes in a subtle, tasteful way. You can bring your young kids to Troubadour White City Theatre’s version of Neverland! Don’t forget to buy your ticket soon—the last show will be in September of this year.

69 – White Christmas

White Christmas - London Musicals
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Christmas may be a chilly time of year, but this musical will have you feeling nothing but warmth and comfort. The collection of classic tunes paired with a family-friendly love story will leave you smiling throughout the entire production. Step away from the fireplace and the hot cocoa during chilly November and December and let this festive production—taking place at the Dominion Theatre—heat you up for a couple of hours.

70 – The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - London Musicals
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Gatsby wants you to attend his rip-roaring, jazz-centric party at Gatsby’s Drugstore in London. Don’t throw this invite away like it’s nothing—you’ll miss out on the addicting dance numbers, lavish decorations, and an extravagant backdrop. Thankfully, Gatsby has a collection of parties planned until December 2019, so you will have a plethora of chances to attend one of his parties—maybe Daisy will finally show up, too.

71 – Follies

Follies - London Musicals
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Follies sees a group of actors and actresses from the former play, Weismann’s Follies reunite on an old, broken stage, where they first performed their show 30 years ago, before it’s destroyed. The reunion may be all fun and games, but some drama unfolds between two couples. Unfortunately, you can’t watch the once-iconic Broadway girls reunite on West End at this time, but you never know when the show will reopen!

72 – The snowman

The Snowman - London Musicals
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Get ready for a simple story about a boy, a snowman, and the North Pole to envelop you! The play may seem childish, but souls old and young will appreciate the charming, festive story unfolding on stage. You may have to wait to watch the magical snowy bliss—based off of Raymond Brigg’s fantasy novel of the same name—but when the heartwarming musical travels to the West End, it’s advised to take your kids to the beautifully written snowman adventure.

73 – Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel story - London Musicals
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Simon and Garfunkel may sing about the “Sound of Silence”, but the vibe, the hype surrounding their irreplaceable talent rings loud. And the critically acclaimed, well-liked theatrical production detailing the lives of the legendary folk singer-songwriters is no different. Relive the folk duo’s songs and watch their narrative uncoil at the Lyric Theatre!

74 – Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein - London Musicals
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Young Frankenstein, like the popular flick from the ‘70s of the same name, parodies old-school horror films and storylines. The hilarious production sees Victor Frankenstein’s grandson gain his grandpa’s lavish estate. Frederick, the grandson, proves that the monster-creation-ability gene has passed on to him. He creates a monster that flees the estate, prompting a string of laughable events to occur. If the play returns to London, it’s definitely a must-see!

75 – Barnum

Barnum - London Musicals
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Never has eccentric circus-related chaos looked so smooth, so seamless, until Barnum. The musical production pays homage to the late great, P.T Barnum. Barnum, dubbed as the Greatest Showman on Earth, began a circus with unique personalities. His optimism and belief in others will propel tears. And the raw performances will ignite awe! Barnum will have you dancing and singing alongside the kaleidoscope of peculiar personalities parading the stage. You can’t watch this show on West End at this time, but you can always fill the void by watching the flick, The Greatest Showman while you wait for it to come back to the stage.

76 – Fame

Fame - London Musicals
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Young up and coming stars discover how pushing through defeat, pursuing hard work, and constantly honing their craft will increase their chances of landing a successful career in the arts. Fame, based off of the ‘80s movie of the same name, unravels the lives of kids at New York’s prestigious School for the Performing Arts. Aside from the singing and dancing, the storyline sheds light on various themes like prejudice, love, and identity-related struggles—secondary kids may relate. Don’t miss out on buying tickets as the show only runs at Peacock Theatre until October!

77 – Big

Big - London Musicals
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When Big debuted in movie theatres in 1988, moviegoers fell in love with the unique concept about a young child wishing to grow into an adult and seeing the wish come to fruition. Since Big, several movies have adopted a similar idea—and it never gets old. Now, the musical production, through song and dance, adds a new perspective to this popular, well-loved storyline! You can watch the adaption unfold at the Dominion Theatre.

78 – Witness for the prosecution

Witness for the prosecution - London Musicals
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Agatha Christie wrote a plethora of fantastic, intriguing novels, short stories, and plays between 1890 and 1976. One of her favourite plays? Witness for the Prosecution. Watch the work of a creative mastermind unfold on stage at the London Country theatre! However, instead of being just a member of a crowd, this stage invites you to become a member of the courtroom. The stage mimics that of a courtroom, so all audience members will get the chance to experience the drama as if they are watching a live case.

79 – The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch - London Musicals
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The Worst Witch tends to cast a laughing spell on its audience members. Don’t expect Mildred Hubble, a young protagonist who finds herself attending a school for witches, to perform magical spells like Hermione Granger. Mildred’s klutzy tendencies, trouble-causing, and lack of classical witch skills earned her the nickname “The Worst Witch”. Her antics, the original musical numbers, and the unique storyline will keep you and your family thoroughly entertained! You can catch the show at the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited time.

80 – The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt - London Musicals
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The ancient Bible story about Moses, Egypt, and big bad Pharoah continues to thrive, intrigue, and attract audiences! The Prince of Egypt, based off of the well-loved Dreamworks film of the same name, will gain new life at the Dominion Theatre in February 2020. Get ready for you and your family to cheer on Moses as he fights against the Pharaoh to let his people go.

81 – Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country - London Musicals
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When the music of legend, Bob Dyan and a story dating back to the Great Depression collide, a masterpiece is born. Girl from the North Country, written by Conor McPherson, tells the tale of a family struggling to make ends meet. You can watch the memorable performance at the Gielgud Theatre.

82 – Falsettos

Falsettos - London Musicals
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Falsettos shares the story of a large Jewish family that faces some tough times. Marvin, despite having a wife and child, leaves his family to be with a man. The result? Endless, entertaining, and at times, devastating drama. Watch the family deal with trials and tribulations at The Other Palace! You won’t want to miss out on this lively, hilarious, heartwarming, award-winning show.

83 – Where is Peter Rabbit?

Where is Peter Rabbit - London Musicals
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Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit has pleased imaginations of children since its publication in 1902. Now children can watch the words from the pages come to life on stage. Where is Peter Rabbit? makes for the perfect family summer night out! Watch the famous characters from the popular children’s book sing and dance on stage at the Royal Haymarket Theatre. It’s important to note that the show will close on September 1st, 2019.

84 – Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris - London Musicals
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Cheer for an unlikely, hunchbacked protagonist in Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo, the protagonist, works as a bell-ringer for Notre Dame and falls for gipsy, Esmeralda. The tale, based off of the French novel of the same name, pays homage to the pain and devastation that accompanies unrequited love. You can’t watch this show in theatres at this time, but stay tuned for more information. 

85 – & Juliet

& Juliet - London Musicals
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The tragic ending of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that saw the unfortunate death of two young lovers propelled many of us to think, “What if Juliet didn’t die? What would happen?” & Juliet explores this “what if” scenario. The storyline, backed by popular Max Martin-produced pop tunes, shows Juliet experiencing life after the death of her love, Romeo. Find out what happens to Juliet in November 2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

86 – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - London Musicals
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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ tells a tale about a young lad who knows he’s intellectual but claims he lacks cleverness. In the production, Adrian, a poet, navigates his way through school, dealing with bullies, a crush, and family problems. The story, based off of Sue Townsend’s novel of the same name, will show at Ambassadors Theatre until the end of September! This hilarious, quirky show is recommended for children ten and above.

87 – The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo - London Musicals
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Instead of reading the popular story, The Gruffalo to your kids at bedtime for the umpteenth time, why not let them watch Mouse fight off the scary animals of the Deep Dark Wood live? The Gruffalo not only brings this unforgettable story to life, but the production may also teach your kids a thing or two, too!  Plus, the duration is short—55 minutes—making it a viable option for young ones! Travel to the Deep Dark Wood at the Lyric Theatre between now and September 8th 2019.

88 – The View UpStairs

The View UpStairs - London Musicals
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The vibrant, colourful musical celebrates the LGBTQ community, but beneath the liveliness, the energy of the cast, the spectacular musical numbers, sits a homage to the once groovy night club, the View Upstairs. In the play, a fashion designer buys the empty building—formerly known as View Upstairs where the devastating mass shooting took place in the ‘70s—and a summer of sex and romance ensues. Unfortunately, the show just closed, so you may have to wait a while to watch the steamy, LGBTQ-friendly musical unfold.

89 – Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - London Musicals
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The holidays can be busy, making it tough to relax. But this year, you and your family can take a much-needed break from shopping and entertaining guests, and watch Goldilocks and the Three Bears pantomime at the London Palladium. This production extends and adds some twists to the premise of the popular fairy tale. If you can’t decide which play to see this Christmas, you’ll be happy to know that you can’t go wrong with watching a Goldilocks and the Three Bears production—your decision to watch it will be “just right.”

90 – David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy

David Walliams' Billionaire Boy - London Musicals
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Billionaire Boy tells the story of a rich lad, Joe Spud, who gets £100,000 every seven days. He owns two crocodiles, and despite his young age—12-years-old—owns a sports car. His riches can’t seem to buy him one thing: friendship. As a result, Joe leaves his private school for a local school. Get ready for Billionaire Boy, based off of David Walliams’ book of the same name—to shake you and your entire family with uncontrollable laughter! You can catch the story of the rich boy at Bloomsbury Theatre. 

91 – Queen of the Mist

Queen of the Mist - London Musicals
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Have you ever dreamed of going over Niagara Falls in a barrel? When Annie Edson Taylor retired from teaching, she decided to make headlines for daredevil antics—she went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She hoped it would make her some money for retirement. In the end, she didn’t make much, but now there’s an entire musical devoted to her, Queen of the Mist. Catch the inspiring story of the 63-year-old woman who sought adrenaline at the Charing Cross Theatre!