The West End is the arts and entertainment area based in the west of London. Leicester Square and Covent Garden are key areas of this world-famous theatre district. West End theatre shows tend to be big productions that attract audiences from all over the country!
There are around 38 theatres in London’s West End, each showing a different popular production. There’s a variety of productions to choose from, and the majority of them are musicals.
To find out about the must-see shows playing at theatres in London’s West End now, keep reading!
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Back to the Future: The Musical
Back to the Future: The Musical is now playing at one of the biggest theatres in London, the Adelphi Theatre. Go back to 1955 with Marty McFly and Doc Brown in a new musical adventure based on the popular Back to the Future films. Adapted by the creators of Back to the Future, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, this production is everything Back to the Future fans could want and more!
Since opening this production has received glowing reviews from critics and theatergoers. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this smashing new musical. Book your tickets to the popular production yesterday!
The Gillian Lynne Theatre, formerly known as the New London Theatre, is currently showing the new Cinderella musical. This romantic comedy is based on a story written by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell and has taken the West End by storm. So far, it’s been adored by both critics and fans!
Belleville is the most aggressively picturesque town in the history of the world. It’s a fairy tale town, and the only one who refuses to take part in the fantasy is the loud-mouthed Cinderella. With the legendary Andrew Lloyd Weber being responsible for the soundtrack, Cinderella is sure to be a musical that will get your toes tapping!
You’ve probably heard of the gravity-defying, popular Wicked musical. It’s one of those productions that all musical lovers plan to see one day. It’s currently running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and is the 9th longest-running West End theatre show.
Wicked is a prequel to the world-famous Wizard of Oz film and tells the story of the witches and the wizard. It offers an intriguing back story to the famous cast of characters you thought you knew. This story includes a magical musical soundtrack that you’ll want to listen to on repeat.
Now it’s time to trust your instincts, close your eyes, and leap into the wonderful world of the Wicked musical!
Mama Mia, how could we resist you? This brilliant story skilfully told through the music of ABBA is a musical must-see!
Set on a Greek island, Mama Mia is a story of love, friendship, and family, where heroine Sophie goes on a quest to discover her real father. This mind-blowing musical premiered in London over 21 years ago and is still very much in demand. It’s easy to see why!
Mama Mia is currently playing at the Novello Theatre. It’s one of the most well-known and popular West End theatre shows in London. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this iconic, family-friendly musical. If you want to feel the beat from the tambourine, book your tickets today!
West End theatre shows that aren’t musicals
The Harold Pinter Theatre is named after one of the most influential British playwrights of the last 100 years. The iconic venue has hosted many great West End theatre shows, including the first showing of The Rocky Horror Show in London. Now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre is a brand-new production, Prima Facie.
Prima Facie is a one-woman show. In the show, the unexpected forces a young barrister to confront the lines between the patriarchal power of the law, the burden of proof, and morals. In this brand-new award-winning play, well-known actress Jodie Comer makes her West End debut!
If you’re looking for a hard-hitting and intriguing new play, check out Prima Facie. It’s only on for a limited season (ending in June 2022), so don’t miss out on your opportunity to see it. Book your tickets today!
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong is a popular humorous play currently running in the Duchess Theatre. This side-splitting comedy has been described as something like Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off!
In The Play That Goes Wrong, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society decides to put on a 1920s murder mystery. Of course, as the name suggests, things definitely do not go to plan. The accident-prone cast must battle through a series of setbacks and incidents to get to that final curtain call.
This hilarious production is so hysterical, it even won the Best New Comedy award at the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2015. If you’re looking for a play that’s going to have you crying with laughter, then book your tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong now!
The Mousetrap is a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, and it’s become an iconic West End theatre show currently running at St Martin’s Theatre. It’s famous around the world for being the longest-running show in the history of British theatre!
Set in a country house cut off by snow, a group of friends are horrified to discover that there’s a murderer in their midst. One by one we learn more about suspicious characters, until the final nerve-wracking moment when the identity and motive of the killer are uncovered. This thrilling story of suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and thrillers and want to watch something that will keep you on your toes, book your tickets to The Mousetrap today!
Can you hear the people sing? If not, you might still need to book tickets to the classic Les Mis musical! Based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo, Les Mis is a historic musical set during the 19th Century in France. This heart-wrenching production is currently playing at the Sondheim Theatre!
The story follows ex-convict Jean Valjean, who’s imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. Once released he is hunted by his rival and ex-guard, Javert. This tense and in parts tear-jerking musical is the perfect period drama for musical theatre fans!
Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera is another production with music by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s currently running at Her Majesty’s Theatre, a popular venue with a historic auditorium that fits around 1,200 people.
Phantom of the Opera is a haunting love story set in the Paris Opera House. Here hides the phantom, shamed, and feared for his appearance. When the phantom falls in love with his protégée Christine Daaé, things get complicated.
With a beautifully built set, breath-taking special effects, and a hauntingly good soundtrack, Phantom of the Opera is a musical you won’t want to miss!
The Lion King
The Lion King, now playing at the Lyceum Theatre, is a brilliant production based on a popular Disney film. Set in the Serengeti Plains, this spectacular musical tells the story of the lion Simba on his journey to becoming King of the Pridelands.
With a fantastic soundtrack, fun range of special effects, and stunning set and costume design, it’s easy to see why The Lion King has been running for almost 22 years! This world-famous production has been seen by over 65 million theatre fans globally and is a strong West End favourite. Book your tickets to this exciting musical extravaganza today!
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