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

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

West End shows

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. School Of Rock, New London Theatre

West End shows

I’ll be honest, I was pretty sceptical when this musical was announced, feeling that it couldn’t hit the same notes as the much-loved film. Still, hard work and a dream team of creatives (including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes) have made this a first West End favourite. Find your tickets here.

7. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre

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A classic amongst classics, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical has been nothing less than a smash-hit since its debut. Tragic, tortured, and 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. 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 yourself some tickets here.

9. Fame, Peacock Theatre

West End shows

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.

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.

11. Tina: The Musical, Aldwych Theatre

West End shows

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.

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