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The Best London Musicals: What’s On in the West End


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The Best London Musicals: What’s On in the West End

Singing AND dancing AND acting - musicals are like marmite, and we love them. If you do too, these are the ones to book now.

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From modern adaptations to relatable heartwarming storylines with comedic characters and outlandish jazz hands, London’s musical theatre scene constantly thrives. Just head to London’s glittering West End to see for yourself. If you need a hand navigating the wonderful world of musical theatre, let our selection of the best London musicals help steer you in the right direction.

Musicals are a bit like marmite. If you love them, scroll on for our recommendations of the must-see musicals on in London’s West End. If you need some convincing, book yourself a seat at one the award-winning shows below, allow yourself to be immersed in all the wonders of musical theatre, and try something new!

Looking for where to eat before the show? Read our round up of the best new restaurants in London here…

     

The Best Musicals in London

Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda

Victoria Palace Theatre

Hamiton logo

The phenomenon has spread overseas. Lin Manuel Miranda’s jewel of a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton is not only about a revolution but is a musical revolution in and of itself. Follow the story of the American Founding Father through song and rap in one of the most soulful, theatrical experiences to date. Now extended to 27 July. .

Only Fools and Horses: The Musical

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Only Fools and Horses

Trevor Leighton

Del Boy and Rodney are making their West End debut at Theatre Royal Haymarket this February. Co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, this tribute to the much-loved British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is set in Peckham in 1989, with Tom Bennett as Del Boy, Ryan Hutton as Rodney and Paul Whitehouse himself as Grandad. Booking until August. 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Barbican Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s multi award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR transfers to the Barbican Theatre for just 60 performances in 2019. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and played two sell-out runs at the Open Air Theatre before playing the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. Direction by Timothy Sheader. 4 July – 24 August. 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The Apollo Theatre

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives on a council estate in Sheffield, doesn’t fit in, is terrified of what’s ahead and, by the way, is going to be a sensation. The show celebrates the support of families, friends, squelching bullies and stepping into the spotlight. Featuring John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Mina Anwar, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol. .

Les Misérables by Boublil and Schönberg

Queen’s Theatre

Les Mis logo

This timeless piece has been seen by 70 million people and performed in 22 different languages. Who wouldn’t want to hear ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ live? After breaking parole, ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the policeman Javert. Valjean’s decision to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, puts a whole new dimension to the story in motion. Visit .

What’s On This Week in London

Wicked by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz

Apollo Victoria Theatre

     

Wicked logo

Dorothy’s triumph over the Wicked Witch is only one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagines the Land of Oz, proposing a parallel universe to that of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Wicked tells the story of an unlikely, deep friendship between two young women. One blonde and one green. Visit at

The Lion King by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

Lyceum Theatre

The Lion King by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

The Lion King uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. This spectacle for children and adults alike is made all the more memorable through music by Elton John and Hans Zimmer with lyrics by Tim Rice. Visit .

Matilda by Dennis Kelly

Cambridge Theatre

Matilda by Dennis KellyCambridge Theatre

The Road Dahl classic Matilda is about a girl with a vivid imagination and sharp mind who, yet, is belittled by cruel parents and a brutal headmistress. Matilda and her classmate’s vitality showcases the show’s youthful, tour de force. .

Immersive Experiences Worth Leaving The House For

Waitress

Adelphi Theatre

A follow-your-dreams, break-the-mold story of charming proportions, Waitress is a feel good production for the whole family. Trapped in a loveless marriage, small town pie-maker Jenna gets the opportunity to start again when a baking contest arrives in town. Featuring a hit score by 7-time Grammy nominee Sara Baraellies, Waitress is also first Broadway musical to have four women in the leading creative roles.

Evita

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Jamie Lloyd directs a new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita at the beautiful Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; the perfect summer activity. A rags to riches plot, the play tells the tale of Eva Peron from her early life in poverty to the First Lady of Argentina. Running from 2 August – 21 September.

 

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