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10 best London musicals and shows

Take a look at the best musicals and shows in London's West End right now.

Find your new favourite West End musical, from heartwarming adaptations and award-winning scores, to hilarious musical theatre and must-see London shows. 

Book theatre tickets in advance for the best choice of seats and to make sure you don't miss out on the hottest shows. If musicals aren't your thing, find more London theatre.

Many London theatres are still closed due to coronavirus, but some have reopened with social distancing and other safety measures in place. Make sure to book ahead for London's top shows.

When pre-booking tickets for venues, check which safety measures are in place and make sure they are open before travelling.

If you can't make it to London right now, check out our Virtually London guide for things to do at home, including live streamed shows and pre-recorded musicals.

1. Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre

Six the Musical. Photo: Idil Sukan.
See what happens when the six wives of Henry VIII take to the stage in Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre. Watch a modern story of Henry VIII's six wives, with pop-style songs, catchy music and plenty of sass from the queens.
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2. Everybody's Talking About Jamie at The Apollo Theatre

Layton WIlliams and the Ensemble at the Apollo Theatre. Image courtesy of Jo Allen PR and Johan Perrson
Life-affirming British musical Everbody's Talking About Jamie follows 16-year-old Jamie as he attempts to fulfil his dream of becoming a drag queen. Follow Jamie as he overcomes bullies and prejudice with the support of his mother and friends.

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3. Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre

Cinderella. Image courtesy of The Really Useful Group Ltd.
Watch a modern version of a classic fantasy, as Carrie Hope Fletcher plays Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The enchanting show, which is written by Emmy Award nominated Emerald Fennell and features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, brings an original and contemporary approach to the much-loved story. Read More

4. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium

The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo: Tristram Kenton.

Sing along to hit songs, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and Go, Go, Go, Joseph, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow. Follow the story of Joseph as he discovers his ability to interpret dreams and attempts to resolve Egypt’s famine.

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5. Hairspray the Musical at the London Coliseum

Michael Ball starring as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Image courtesy of Story House PR.
Follow Tracy Turnblad in her quest to dance on The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray, a toe-tapping musical set in 1960s Baltimore, based on the 1988 John Waters film. See Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad and comedian Paul Merton as Wilbur Turnblad in a star-studded performance. Read More
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6. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Discover Tina Turner's life story in this Grammy Award-winning musical. Chart her journey through humble beginnings, tumultuous times, to becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Featuring many of Tina Turner's most famous hits, The Tina Turner Musical is simply the best! Read More
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7. Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop.
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. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Read More
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8. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

This comedy musical 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.  Read More

9. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz and how one came to be called "good" and the other "wicked". Experience this unforgettable, award-winning London musical and discover the hidden story of Oz.  Read More
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10. Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

Come from Away at Phoenix Theatre. Image courtesy of See Tickets.
Learn the remarkable true story of a small Canadian island that took in thousands of passengers when US airspace was closed as the events of 9/11 unfolded. Come From Away is an Olivier Award-winning new musical celebrating the power of community and the kindness of strangers.
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