22 Nov 2021

The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals and Venues

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are world-renowned and iconic productions! Webber is a skilled composer and creator of musical theatre behind some of the most popular past and present shows in London’s West End.

Webber owns the LW (Lloyd Webber) Theatre company. LW Theatres own seven of London’s theatre venues, across which they are playing a mixture of Webber’s and others’ productions. Bill Kenwright LTD recently purchased The Other Palace. This means soon LW Theatres will consist of six rather than seven venues.

If you want to dig deep into the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list of Webber’s top musicals, as well as a short guide to the shows playing in LW Theatre venues.

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Cinderella: the newest of the Lloyd Webber musicals

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Photo from Gillian Lynne Theatre official website

Cinderella is the most recent of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and is based on the famous Cinderella tale. The setting is the fictional town of Belleville, a picturesque place populated with perfectly handsome townsfolk. The town is like a fairytale, but Cinderella isn’t getting caught up in the fantasy.

When Prince Charming suddenly disappears, Cinderella’s only friend, Prince Sebastian, is next in line for the throne. The young prince begins to change, and so does his relationship with Cinderella. Could this be the end of their friendship? Or the beginning of something more?

The Queen decides to arrange a Royal Wedding to save the town from a PR disaster. It starts to seem like any chance of a blossoming romance between Cinderella and the Prince is lost. Until Cinderella meets a certain Godmother, that is…

The Gillian Lynne Theatre is an LW Theatre venue, which has previously hosted other Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. It’s a stunning and modern theatre. To find out more about this magical new musical and the venue that it’s running in, check out our guide to the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

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Phantom of the Opera: one of the longest running Lloyd Webber musicals

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Her Majesty’s Theatre: home of The Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera is one of the longest-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in the West End. The production is based on a novel with the same name written by Gaston Leroux. The show has been running in London for over 30 years!

It will soon, unfortunately, be coming to an end at Her Majesty’s Theatre due to the impact of Covid-19. However, it’s still possible to book tickets to the show for now!

Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a famous Parisian Opera House. In this opera house hides the ‘Phantom’, shamed, and feared by all because of his hideous appearance. One day the Phantom begins to help new singer Christine Daaé hone her talent, becoming her voice coach.

The Phantom falls for Christine, who doesn’t return his affections. The Phantom terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House. He also demands that Christine be given lead roles. But Christine is in love with someone else. When the Phantom finds out, he is outraged. The Phantom decides to kidnap Christine and make her his eternal bride.

Can anyone stop the Phantom’s terrible plan before it’s too late? Find out with tickets to the brilliant West End production at Her Majesty’s Theatre (owned by LW Theatres).

Cats: one of the most popular Lloyd Webber musicals

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Photo from the official Cats musical website gallery

Cats is a classic musical that first premiered in 1981. The stage musical was adapted into a film in 1998, and then again in 2019. Cats is a popular production that has played in theatres around the world. Unfortunately, the show is not currently running at any London venues.

Cats is a musical that follows a group of curious felines. The tribe of cats calls themselves the Jellicles. The events of the play occur over the course of one night. During this night, the tribe needs to decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside layer and come back to a new life. Various cats pitch the reasons that they think they should be chosen.

You can listen to the soundtrack to the musical on YouTube and Spotify. Both the original Broadway recordings and the movie soundtrack recordings are available.

School of Rock

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School of Rock is a smash-hit, family-friendly musical that ran for 4 years between 2016-2020. The show is based on a popular film with the same name starring Jack Black.

School of Rock is a musical about a man named Dewey Finn. Dewey is a wannabe rockstar who fraudulently gets a job as a substitute teacher. During his time with the kids, he teaches them about the history of rock and roll, and how to play instruments and put on a show. Soon he turns the class of young kids into a great new rock band!

While teaching at the school, Dewey also falls for the beautiful but uptight headmistress. Dewey also decides to enter his class into a Battle of the Bands contest. Balancing a fake identity, a new crush, and an important contest proves difficult. Dewey will have to work harder than he ever has to truly pull this off!

School of Rock is currently closed. You can watch the original movie that the production is based on, or listen to the soundtrack of the musical on YouTube and Spotify. Keep an eye on the School of Rock official musical website for upcoming tour dates for the production.

Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat: the first staged of the Lloyd Webber musicals

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©Tristram Kenton Photography: a snapshot of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat on stage (photo from official show website)

One of the earlier Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat first opened back in 1972. It’s not currently running in London, however, it is due to make a return to the stage in Manchester’s Opera House in March 2022 as part of a UK and Ireland tour!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a musical that’s based on an Old Testament story. The youngest son of Jacob tells the story of his betrayal by his brothers, and of his being sold into slavery.

Joseph’s father gives him a technicolour coat. His brothers (all 12 of them) grow jealous, seeing the coat as a sign of favouritism. The brothers, fuelled by envy, decide to sell Joseph into slavery and convince their father that he has died.

Joseph becomes a slave of the Egyptian millionaire Potiphar, who grows to like and trust him. Soon Joseph has to turn away the affections of Potiphar’s wife, and in his anger and jealousy, the millionaire throws Joseph into jail. While in jail, Joseph begins to interpret the dreams of his cellmates.

When the Pharaoh learns of his dream-interpreting abilities, he asks Joseph to interpret his strange dreams about cows and ears of corn. Joseph interprets them as an omen of approaching famine. This pre-warning allows the Pharoah to take action in time, and so Joseph is released from prison and sent back to work.

Having heard how well Egypt is doing, Joseph’s brothers unknowingly ask him for his help. Before helping them, Joseph devises a test to see if his brothers have really changed their ways.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a brilliant musical with a catchy soundtrack. You can hear the soundtrack to the musical on both YouTube and Spotify.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Theatres

Andrew Lloyd Webber owns seven theatres in London’s West End as part of the LW Theatre Company. Bill Kenwright LTD recently purchased The Other Palace. This means soon LW Theatres will consist of six rather than seven venues.

The Gillian Lynne Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre (mentioned above) are both currently showing Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.

The Adelphi Theatre

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Currently running at the Adelphi Theatre is Back to the Future: The Musical. This new production is based on a popular 80s film franchise of the same name.

To find out more about Back to the Future: The Musical check out our guide to the show. To check for availability or book tickets visit the easyGuide website.

Cambridge Theatre

At the Cambridge Theatre now, you can watch the popular West End production Matilda. Matilda is another brilliant musical based on a movie, and is about a clever young girl who discovers she has powers.

You can book your tickets to the fun-for-all-the-family show Matilda with easyGuide today!

Theatre Royal

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The LW Theatre Company also owns the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane. Frozen, a stage adaptation of the smash-hit Disney movie, is playing here.

To find out more about Frozen at the Theatre Royal, check out the LW Theatre page for the venue.

The London Palladium

From the 4th December 2021, you’ll be able to watch an exciting new Christmas pantomime called Pantoland at LW Theatre’s London Palladium. With great music, and a lot of laughs, it’s the perfect festive family treat!

Book your tickets to the brilliant new production with easyGuide today.

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