10 All-Singing, All-Dancing West End Musicals To Light Up Your Life

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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 (but no wardrobes) 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

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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

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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

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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

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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. Aladdin: The Musical, Prince Edward Theatre

West End shows

How about a musical which will show you the world? One of Disney’s best-loved films hit the London stage in 2016, bringing amazing special effects and incredible costumes with it. There’s only one way to find out if a street urchin can win the love of a princess, and that’s by nabbing your tickets here.

6. Chicago, Phoenix Theatre

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This razzle-dazzle West End hit features classic songs like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Funny Honey’ and ‘When You’re Good To Mama’. There’s usually at least one attention-grabbing celeb in the cast – at time of writing, that’s Caroline Flack and Todrick Hall. A slinky little number and no mistake: get your tickets here.

7. Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre

Dreamgirls Musical London

Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history and charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’. They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. DREAMGIRLS features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’. Don’t miss it – get tickets here.

8. Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre

Motown The Musical

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Featuring an eighteen-piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks, Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul. Grab your self some tickets here.

9. Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre

Kinky Boots Musical London

This joyous story of gritty Brit to high-heeled hit takes the audience on a journey from the factory floor to the fashion catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is a humble shoe factory owner, struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business, when help arrives in the form of Lola: a fabulous drag queen in need of some sturdy new stilettos. The rest is musical magic: get your boots on and get tickets here!

10. Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre

mamma mia musical london

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 is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Get tickets here.

See our guide to new theatre in London in 2019.

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