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What’s On: The Best Musicals in London

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What’s On: The Best Musicals in London

The C&TH team divulges the musical numbers that they sing in the shower


Considering winter’s gloomy weather is seemingly continuing, we are taking alternative approaches to secure that song-in-your-heart feeling of a warm spring day. 


The C&TH team brings you the musicals on in London right now that will make your face flush with warmth.

The Best Musicals in London

Only Fools and Horses

Trevor Leighton

Only Fools and Horses: The Musical

Theatre Royal Haymarket

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. 9 February 

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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. 


Gielgud TheatreCompany

At Bobbie’s (Rosalie Craig) 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and why can’t she settle down and have a family? Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s award winning songs Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive. Until 30, March 2019. Visit 

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The Apollo Theatre

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. Visit .

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Les Misérables by Boublil and Schönberg

Queen’s Theatre

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 .

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Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda

Victoria Palace Theatre

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 25 May. Visit .

What’s On This Week in London

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Wicked by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz

Apollo Victoria Theatre

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 a story of an unlikely, deep friendship between two young women. One blonde and one green. Visit at

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The Lion King by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

Lyceum Theatre

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 .

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Manuel Harlan

Matilda by Dennis Kelly

Cambridge 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. Visit .

Immersive Experiences Worth Leaving The House For

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Phoenix Theatre

The razzle-dazzle has returned to London and Cuba Gooding Jr. can be held, in part, responsible. The six Tony Award-winning musical will run on the West End for just 14 weeks, step ball change on the gas to get to the theatre and see Gooding star in this classic. Bob Fosse’s choreography and the jazz band on stage are all the more reason. Visit .

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42nd Street

Theatre Royal

‘Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to forty-second street. The tapping feet beneath the just-raised curtain as the show begins will give you a sense of excitement special to musical theatre. It’s the most classic dose of musical around; nowhere will you find more sequins and pounding tap-dancers on one stage. Visit .

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