London has a musical theatre scene that’s the envy of the world.
Are you the kind of person who wishes that life would erupt into spontaneous song and dance numbers more often? You’ll see genies, Mormons, lions and witches if you pick up a ticket to one of these classic West End shows! Jazz hands at the ready…
1. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre
There’s a reason this musical has been on the stage in London for eighteen years. The tale of Simba and pals is a timeless tale that perfectly evokes the beats and rhythms of Africa – and let’s be honest, you know most of the songs already, don’t you? Get your tickets with Fever and you’ll feel hakuna matata!
2. Wicked, Apollo Victoria
The story of witches both good and bad is full of rousing musical numbers which will lift you right off of the ground – some might even say that you’ll be Defying Gravity. Grab your ticket and some ruby slippers, because you’re off to Oz!
3. Matilda, Cambridge Theatre
The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book took the West End by storm when it opened back in 2011, and is still hugely popular today. A young girl with extraordinary abilities, along with a rollicking score by Australian impresario Tim Minchin, make this a must-see. Find your hidden power, along with your tickets, through Fever.
4. Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre
Have you heard the good news? Take two Mormon missionaries, drop them in Uganda, add some distinctly NSFW musical numbers, and there you have the Book of Mormon. You’ll be rolling in the aisles by the time the curtain falls on this ludicrously funny production, so grab yourself some tickets ASAP!
5. Six The Musical, Arts Theatre
It’s Henry VIII six wives, live in concert! From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, they’ll take to the mic individually to rewrite ‘Her-story’. Listen to their tales remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. Don’t miss out on this critically acclaimed show, and get tickets now!
6. School Of Rock, New London Theatre
We’ll be honest, we were pretty sceptical when this musical was announced – can anything really match the 2004 movie classic? As it turns out, this musical actually can. With a rocking class of kids singing and playing instruments like real-life rockstars, this night will be less of a musical, and more of a rock gig you’ll never forget. Hard work and a dream team of writers (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes) have made this a West End favourite. Secure your tickets to the rock show here.
7. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
A classic amongst classics, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical has been nothing less than a smash-hit since its debut. Tragic, tortured, yet breathtaking, the story of Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom has enchanted audiences since 1986, and shows no sign of stopping yet. Tickets available here.
8. Fame, Peacock Theatre
Whether it’s by nominative determinism or hard work, Fame has certainly achieved a huge amount of fame. Taking a toe-tapping look at life, love, and leg warmers, this 30th anniversary show is now entertaining punters at the Peacock Theatre, and tickets are available here.
9. Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre
Since premiering in London, this irresistibly funny comedy has thrilled over 54 million people all around the world – and that’s not including the hit movies! There’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in the West End, where it all began. Set on a Greek island paradise, Mamma Mia is a story of love, friendship and identity, cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Get tickets here.
10. Tina: The Musical, Aldwych Theatre
A global phenomenon, emerging from humble beginnings: really, there’s no way that Tina Turner’s life wouldn’t be turned into a musical. Featuring all her hit songs, the musical has the Turner stamp of approval, and we’re sure it’ll get yours too. Find your tickets here.
11. Waitress: A Musical Comedy, Adelphi Theatre
Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. This award-winning musical shows how challenges can be overcome through laughter, love and friendship, providing the perfect recipe for happiness. Expect to see familiar faces from girl bands, TV shows and other hit musicals in this hilariously, heart-warming musical. Book tickets here.
12. 9 to 5 the Musical, Savoy Theatre
Based on the 1980s film written by Patricia Resnick and directed by Jeff Calhoun, 9 to 5 The Musical is in London from now until November 11. The show tells the story of three colleagues who are totally fed up with their sexist and egotistical boss. They conjure a plan to turn it all around and get their revenge, but will they be successful? With all music and lyrics by the legendary Dolly Parton, this hilarious West End production is definitely a must-see. Get your tickets here.