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10 best musicals in London in May 2024

Take a look at the best musicals in London right now.
Written by Visit London Editors Edited by Hannah Cornish 10 May 2024

Discover the best musicals in London and pick your new favourite West End shows, from a myriad of captivating musicals, ranging from heart-warming adaptations and award-winning scores, not to forget hilarious musical comedies, offering an unforgettable experience with the top 10 musicals in London for 2024.

Let yourself be swept away by new, mesmerising productions as never-before-seen shows land on London's West End. MJ The Musical and Mean Girls, to name but a few, are sure to take your breath away as the vibrant performances and captivating stories unfold, creating an unforgettable experience for all theatre lovers.

Plan a magical theatre trip to see one of the top 10 musicals in London:

List of top 10 best musicals in London

1. The Lion King London musical at the Lyceum Theatre

The Lion King musical © Deen van Meer / See Tickets.
Book Lion King tickets in London to see the award-winning adaptation of the famous Disney film, featuring music by Elton John, plus outstanding costumes and wonderful special effects. The Lion King dazzles all ages with evocative rhythms of Africa set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains. Follow the young cub Simba as he leaves his family's cocoon and grows up to be the king that his father always dreamed he would be. This popular show is one of the must-see West End musicals and currently running until October 2024.
Prices from £45.22 Book now

2. Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Meet the famous hero of Roald Dahl's bestseller, Matilda, in the hit London musical. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.
Be wowed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi-award-winning production of Matilda The Musical. Roald Dahl's celebrated story bursts into life in this West End musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. Follow the story of Matilda, a brilliant young girl with extraordinary powers. Confronted with disdain at home and tyranny at school, she resolves to teach the adults a much-needed lesson. See this outstanding musical before it ends in May 2025.
Prices from £24.60 Book now

3. Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

See the award winning show Hamilton the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Image courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh.

See the award-winning and record-breaking musical sensation Hamilton as it transfers to the Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End after a multi-award winning run on Broadway. Follow the story of America's founding father, a West Indian immigrant who followed his dreams and helped shape the America we know today by becoming George Washington's right-hand man. Explore the very foundations of American history, set to a musical score that blends R&B, hip-hop and jazz. A musical sensation currently running until March 2025.

Prices from £24.60 Book now

4. The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty's Theatre

See the majestic Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty's Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.
Get Phantom of the Opera London tickets to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic musical, and follow the gothic romance between a mysterious masked figure who attempts to make his protégée, a young soprano singer, the leading lady of the Paris Opera. With a mesmerising score and breathtaking special effects, this long-running show is one of the must-see popular musicals in London. Today, this romantic tragedy copntinue to mesmerise audiences in London and all around the world. See this West End masterpiece at His Majesty's Theatre, currently running until March 2025.  
Prices from £30.75 Book now

5. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

See the award-winning musical Mamma Mia! a must see for a feel-good moment. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.

Prepare for an electrifying night down memory lane with Mamma Mia! As the show celebrates 25 years in London, join over 10 million ecstatic fans worldwide captivated by the irresistible characters, enchanting storyline, and the pulsating beats of ABBA's hits. Brace yourself for a night of dazzling performances and sparkling outfits on the groovy beats of 'Dancing Queen' and many other timeless hits making it one of the ultimate feel-good musicals in London. The smash hit show is running until March 2025.

Prices from £15.06 Book now

6. Wicked the London musical at the Apollo Victoria

See the spell binding West End sensation, Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Wicked, a spellbinding musical adaptation based on Gregory Maguire's acclaimed novel. Delve into the untold story of the Witches of Oz, unravelling the mysteries of how one became known as 'good' while the other earned the label wicked. Don't miss your chance to uncover the secrecy surrounding the Land of Oz in this must-see theatrical experience. The award winning show is currently confirmed to run until June 2025.
Prices from £30.75 Book now

7. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Discover the production of The Book of Mormon and laugh along to the musical comedy at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.
Treat yourself to Book of Mormon tickets, a hugely successful comedy musical that follows the plight of a pair of teenage Mormon missionaries sent to convert a village in a dangerous part of Uganda. The brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This laugh-out-loud musical is currently showing until August 2024.
Prices from £24.60 Book now

8. Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre

Gerard Carey as Thénardier and Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier. © Johan Persson. Image courtesy of SeeTickets
See London's longest-running West End musical at the Sondeim Theatre, a spellbinding musical that has been captivating audiences for 38 years. Set in the aftermath of the French Revolution, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his encounters with the ruthless Javert, not to mention the heart-warming tale of Fantine, a woman willing to face the world for the love of her daughter Cosette. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, the musical is currently running until March 2025.


Prices from £30.75 Book now

9. Back to the Future London musical at the Adelphi Theatre

Olly Dobson (Marty McFly) and Roger Bart (Doc Brown). Image courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR.
Buckle up for a nostalgic journey through time in the iconic DeLorean with our latest West End sensation! Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown on an exhilarating adventure to get 'Back to the Future' in this brand-new musical, a spectacular homage to the beloved 1985 film. Whether you're a die-hard fan or seeking a time-bending adventure, this production promises an unforgettable spectacle that will have you on the edge of your seat. This blockbuster is shaking the West End scene until December 2024.
Prices from £19.55 Book now

10. Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre

Moulin Rouge! The Musical © Story House PR. Image courtesy of Story House PR
Travel to Paris and enter a world where bohemians and aristocrats mingle for a night of glamour and enchantment at the Moulin Rouge. Get lost in the cobbled streets of Montmartre as dancers take to the stage to celebrate romance to the rhythm of the French Cancan. Follow the young poet Christian as he meets his destiny and falls under the spell of Satine, the star of the show. See the extravagant production of the award-winning film on the stage of the Piccadilly Theatre until September 2024.
Prices from £30.75 Book now

Book theatre tickets in advance for the best choice of seats and to make sure you don't miss out on the best West End musicals and hottest shows in London right now, including long-running favourites The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!.

If musicals aren't your thing, find more London theatre. Shows can now perform at full capacity, which means other audience members may be seated next to you. Check with the venue in advance for more information.

Experience the vibrant energy of London's theater scene and secure your tickets to some of the best musicals in the West End, including Hamilton, The Lion King, Les Misérables and Wicked.

What is the most successful musical in London?

London's vibrant theatre scene boasts a plethora of captivating productions, from long-standing classics that have delighted audiences for generations to innovative newcomers that keep both artists and spectators alike entertained.

The West End boasts with energy, showcasing dazzling choreography, sensational costumes, and unforgettable melodies that will stay in your mind long after the final bow. Here are the longest running musicals on the London West End set to dazzle you long after the curtain falls:

  • Les Miserables, the acclaimed adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece has been entertaining the crowds since 1985. It first premiered at the Barbican before its triumphant move to the West End.
  • Phantom of the Operawith its haunting melodies, has captivated audiences since 1986, earning standing ovations across 35 countries.
  • Mamma Mia! continues to draw Super Trooper fans from around the globe with its infectious ABBA tunes since its West End debut in 1999.
  • The Lion King, a Disney family favourite, with its awe-inspiring stage adaptation, has been enchanting audiences of all ages since 1999.
  • Wicked the Musicalwith its mesmerizing reimagining of the "Wizard of Oz" tale, has held London spellbound since its captivating debut in 2006, from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Is it worth seeing a musical in London?

Experiencing a musical in London is truly unmatched, whether you opt for an evening performance or catch a matinee show. Some avid theatergoers even go as far as seeing two shows in a single day! Stroll through the vibrant streets of London's West End, where theaters illuminate the night with their neon facades, and perhaps treat yourself to a pre-show meal at one of the city's renowned restaurants.

The lights dim, the orchestra begins to play, and you're transported to another world filled with captivating music, dazzling choreography, and unforgettable storytelling.

Matinees are ideal for those who want to enjoy a theatrical experience during the day, leaving the evening free for other activities. It's a great option for families, or anyone looking to make the most of their time in London. Plus, matinee tickets are often more readily available and may offer more affordable options.

So let yourself be transported by the magic of the theater, where imagination knows no bounds. Whether you opt for an evening of glamour or a daytime delight, London's dynamic theater scene promises an unforgettable experience.