Our Top 10 West End Musicals

Written by Estelle Ross

Jan 07, 2023

London’s Theatre scene offers amazing musicals, plays, operas and dances that you won’t see anywhere else, and you can get great deals for these, making them much more accessible for everyone.

Our shows have something for anyone and everyone; if you're a hopeless romantic, Pretty Woman or Waitress are great shows that will remind you of the beauty of falling in love. If you enjoy horror shows The Woman in Black is currently terrifying audiences nightly. For lovers of the true classics, you can see The Phantom of the Opera or Les Miserables, both of which are the two longest-running musicals in the City.

If a truly inspirational show about the kindness of humans is what you need right now, then Come From Away is a beautiful story about the good that can come from a truly tragic experience, and will restore your faith in humanity when nothing else does.

Everyone loves a good laugh-out-loud comedy, and on this front London definitely does not disappoint; plays such as Upstart Crow, Comedy about a Bank Robbery, Magic Goes Wrong, or the darkly funny The Pillowman are fantastic plays. Austentatious is an amazing Jane Austen based improvised comedy that has audiences in stitches weekly, featuring an extremely talented cast who perform a different and completely improvised show once a week, based on a title thought up by the audience members. There are also brilliantly funny musicals such as Only Fools and Horses: The Musical or The Book of Mormon that will have tears rolling down your cheeks throughout.

If you love a good cry or want to see a show that packs an emotional (but beautiful) punch, Dear Evan Hansen is a heart-breaking and beautifully written show that will blow you away. If you love a truly jaw-dropping musical then Wicked and Hamilton are two of London's greatest and are definitely not to be missed.

London’s longest-running show is The Mousetrap, a murder mystery written by Agatha Christie. This is a great one to tick off your list, and other great murder mysteries include Witness for the Prosecution, also written by Agatha Christie. Waiter, There’s a Murder in my Soup! Offers a fantastic murder mystery dining experience like no other, providing a three-course meal while you try to work out who the killer is – before coffee is served!

If you're looking for a great show for a girl's night out, Mamma Mia or Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are fantastic fun and you'll dance out of the theatre feeling great! Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical is another great one for fun-loving groups, and if you want a more immersive experience then Mamma Mia! The Party is an immersive dinner and dance experience that has received incredible reviews and takes place in the iconic O2 Building. Other immersive theatre experiences include The Great Gatsby, where you’ll be transported to the roaring 20s in America to party with the best of them.

For those who love opera, or classical music performances, look no further than Madam Butterfly or Rusalka are amazing opera shows that will blow you away and provide you with the perfect amount of culture in this inspirational city.

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