The best musicals in London

The best musicals in London

London's West End is renowned for its world-class theatre productions, and the musicals on offer are no exception. From classic shows that have been wowing audiences for decades to brand new productions that are pushing the boundaries of what's possible on stage, there's something for every musical theatre lover in London. Whether you're a seasoned theatregoer or a first-time visitor to the West End, our guide to the best musicals in London will help you navigate the plethora of West End shows and find the right one for you.

In this guide
  1. The best London musicals
    1. The Phantom of the Opera – The Phantom of the Opera
    2. Wicked – Wicked
    3. The Lion King – The Lion King
    4. Matilda The Musical – Matilda The Musical
    5. Frozen The Musical – Frozen The Musical
    6. Hamilton – Hamilton
    7. Mamma Mia! – Mamma Mia!
    8. Les Misérables – Les Misérables
    9. Back to the Future: The Musical – Back to the Future: The Musical
    10. The Book of Mormon – The Book of Mormon
    11. Piccadilly Theatre – Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    12. Cabaret – Cabaret
    13. Operation Mincemeat – Operation Mincemeat

The best London musicals

These are the best musicals in London right now

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

The definitive musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece has played at His Majesty's Theatre in the West End since 1986. Together with the Broadway production, “The Phantom of the Opera” has been seen by more than 140 million theatregoers, its timeless themes of love and fear resonating with audiences from all over the world. The production combines breath-taking special effects, an award-winning score and incredible sets, making it a top choice in the “if there's one musical see in your life, make it this one” category.

  • Price: from £22.50
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Apollo Victoria Theatre – Musicals
The Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked, the beloved musical based on the book by Gregory Maguire, has been playing to packed audiences at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End since September 2006, making it one of the longest-running West End shows of all time. With its enthralling storyline set in the magical world of Oz before Dorothy's arrival, the musical “Wicked” has won over 100 international awards and welcomed over 11 million theatregoers from around the world.

  • Price: from £22.50

The Lion King

The Lion King

An adaptation of Disney's animated classic, “The Lion King” tells the powerful story of Simba's journey from cub to King of the Pridelands. The production of this long-running West End musical features ingenious puppetry that transports you to the African savannah, accompanied by Tim Rice's and Elton John's Oscar-winning soundtrack. With stunning effects, glorious colours, it's no wonder “The Lion King” has been thrilling West End audiences for more than 20 years.

  • Price: from £23.50

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical

Based on the beloved book by legendary British author Roald Dahl, “Matilda The Musical” is a multi-award-winning production by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Telling the story of a remarkable young girl who fearlessly takes charge of her own fate with her imaginative spirit and clever intellect, the production has been entertaining West End audiences for more than a decade with its incredible design, catchy musical numbers, and Dahl's signature humour.

  • Price: from £20

Frozen The Musical

Frozen The Musical

Following in the footsteps of Disney's animated smash that just would not Let It Go, “Frozen The Musical” brings the story of two sisters and their icy kingdom to the stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London's oldest theatre. With spectacular backdrops, incredible costume design, enchanting performances, and the inescapable soundtrack, “Frozen the Musical” looks to be a favourite among West End shows for quite some time.

  • Price: from £20

Hamilton

Hamilton

With its sung-and-rapped lyrics, the musical take on the life of US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is widely considered to be one of the best musicals of all time. The record-breaking off-Broadway production by acclaimed playwright, musician and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda is a contemporary classic and is currently hosted by the Victoria Palace Theatre.

  • Price: from £39.50

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Based on the many smash hits by Swedish pop group ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” has been spun off into not one but two movies since first launching more than 20 years ago. Regardless of whether you're an ABBA fan or not, the West End show is sure to win you over with its feel-good atmosphere, catchy singalong tunes, light-hearted story, and sparkling costume design. More than 65 million people have taken a chance on it so far already.

  • Price: from £17.50

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

“Les Misérables” is a musical classic, an adaptation of Victor Hugo's literary work that has been playing in the West End since 1985, making it the second longest-running musical in the world. The story of Jean Valjean's redemption, set against the backdrop of the Paris Uprising of 1932, is an exciting historic tale, complemented by a number of memorable musical set pieces. Les Mis even inspired an Academy Award-winning film with a star-studded cast.

  • Price: from £20

Back to the Future: The Musical

Back to the Future: The Musical

The enormously successful 1985 time travel classic, considered to be one of the best sci-fi films of all time, is reinterpreted onstage at the Adelphi Theatre. Backed by original film director Robert Zemeckis, the award-winning production “Back to the Future: The Musical” combines songs featured in the film, such as “Johnny B. Goode”, with original music. Along with a hefty helping of the film's whacky humour, the West End show takes audiences on an electrifying journey through time.

  • Price: from £19.85

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

Fans of the hit animated series “South Park” are in for a treat at the Prince of Wales Theatre, as the creative duo behind the series turned their minds to musical theatre and came up with “The Book of Mormon”. The record-smashing Broadway production tackles religion in the authors' trademark irreverent style, telling the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda through hilarious songs and poignant dialogue.

  • Price: from £25

Piccadilly Theatre

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Set at the Piccadilly Theatre, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is based on Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed film and features an updated soundtrack with hit songs that have been released since the original film first premiered. The tragic story of love in the iconic cabaret club has won numerous awards, including a Tony for Best Musical. And after the show, you can head to the nearby Bar Américain for one of the signature Moulin Rouge! cocktails prepared in partnership with the show.

  • Price: from £25

Cabaret

Cabaret

Set during 1930s Berlin and the ascent of Nazism, “Cabaret” tells the story of patrons and staff at the seedy, debaucherous Kit Kat Club. For the award-winning 2021 revival of the classic musical, the Playhouse Theatre was refurbished and restructured with an in-the-round stage, with the audience seated at tables where they can also dine.

  • Price: from £30

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat

Historical and hysterical, “Operation Mincemeat” is based on fascinating espionage operation that helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Clever, witty, and full of catchy songs, the highly praised musical isn't just a zippy, well-structured West End show whose timeless themes tie in with present-day headlines, it's also a showcase for its extremely talented cast. The five actors switch between numerous different characters on the go, from scene to scene, in a dizzying and memorable performance.

  • Price: from £39.50

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