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10 best musicals in London and West End shows

Take a look at the best musicals in London right now.

Find the best West End shows in 2023 and pick your new favourite West End musicals, from heart-warming 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 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.

1. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

See spectacular sets and costumes at a West End musical, such as The Lion King, in London. © Johan Persson/Disney The Lion King.
The award-winning adaptation of Disney's The Lion King features 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. This popular show is one of the must-see West End musicals.
Prices from £32.50 Book now

2. ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre

This Christmas, see the return of the popular show ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.

Enjoy some Christmas cheer with ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre. This sparkly adaptation of the much-loved Christmas movie features catchy tunes, charming characters, and a heart-warming story, bringing its unique blend of comedy and festive spirit to the capital.

Prices from £33.83 Book now

3. 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.
Prices from £24.60 Book now

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Credit: Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of Premier PR.
Discover what life is like for the wizard, Harry Potter, once he has grown up and become an adult, in this critically acclaimed production.
Prices from £17.85 Book now

5. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
Take a trip down the aisle you'll never forget with Mamma Mia!. More than 10 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the ABBA songs that make it one of the ultimate feel-good musicals in London.
Prices from £18.45 Book now

6. Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre

Les Miserables © Johan Persson. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets

See the West End's longest-running musical at the newly-renovated Sondeim Theatre. Set during the French revolution, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and includes the famous songs One Day More, I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own.

Prices from £24.60 Book now

7. 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. 
Prices from £30.75 Book now

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

Actors performing on stage in white uniforms. Image courtesy from SeeTickets.
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. 
Prices from £24.60 Book now

9. Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) and Patti Murin (Anna) in Frozen on Broadway. Photo: Deen van Meer. Image courtesy of The Walt Disney Company.

Enter the enchanting world of Arendelle in Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This musical adaptation of Disney’s heartwarming animated film features magnificent costumes and special effects. Follow the fortunes of Anna and Elsa as you sing along to unforgettable favourites including Let It Go. Recommended for ages 8 and above. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.

Prices from £36.29 Book now

10. Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre

Olly Dobson (Marty McFly) and Roger Bart (Doc Brown). Image courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR.

Turn on your flux capacitor and get ready to take a thrilling ride through time in the DeLorean! Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they attempt to get Back to the Future in this new West End musical based on the classic 1985 movie.

Prices from £23.26 Book now