Famed for its toe-tapping musicals and memorable performances the West End is globally established as an entertainment hot-spot. London's main theatre district accommodates over forty theatre venues and has staged a wealth of celebrated productions.
We’ve shortlisted ten of our favourite West End shows so you too, can witness a theatrical extravaganza.
Take a look at our Top 10 list:
10. Mamma Mia! At the Novello Theatre ****
This brilliantly funny tale follows the adventure of a daughter in search of her father’s identity. On the eve of her wedding, the quest brings three men from her mother's past to a Greek Island. A story of love and friendship, the enchanting story unfurls to a number of ABBA’s pop smash hits: Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, and Super Trouper.
Already adapted into two record breaking movies - Mamma Mia! and more recently Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - we already know you’ll love this one.
Experience the feel good show for yourself and book your tickets today.
9. Tina - Tina Turner Musical ****
The complicated life story of a global rock star is masterfully portrayed as the musical chronicles Tina Turner’s astronomical rise to fame. It wouldn’t be a true tribute without her smash hit songs - and this musical delivers. You can look forward to songs such as ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’, ‘The Best’ and ‘Proud Mary’.
By the end of the show the venue is rocking as the cast invites the audience on to their feet for a soul-stirring sing-a long.
As bio-musicals go, you can’t get any better. Find out for yourself and book your tickets now.
8. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre ****
The West End spectacularly brings the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life. A talented cast, an extraordinary set, with over 350 breathtaking costumes, and complete with an orchestra. We guarantee the show will take you into ‘A Whole New World’.
‘Sheer GENIE-us’ (Telegraph). Book your tickets here today.
7. Betrayal ****
Despite being very different to the shows on this list, Jamie Lloyd’s Betrayal is a masterpiece. Starring Tom Hiddleston, we see not only a distressful collapse of a marriage but also a poignant reflection of how we often betray ourselves...
Eccentric for its reverse chronology, each scene takes the viewer on an illicit journey.
To redefine your expectations of what a play should be, make sure you buy your tickets here today.
6. Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre ****
A beloved story and now a much-loved musical, this outstanding adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda is a charming musical about an intelligent little girl. We watch as Matilda discovers her extraordinary powers and dares to teach the grown-ups a lesson.
Complete with fantastic choreography, staging, and an impressive cast of young performers. This timeless story and now award-winning musical can’t be missed! Buy your tickets here!
5. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre ****
A famous romantic tragedy and a haunting story, a mysterious phantom falls in love with a young chorus singer. The narrative unfolds to the mesmerising soundtrack by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The show has won over 50 major theatre awards, including three Olivier Awards in the West End and seven Tony Awards on Broadway.
Don’t miss out on viewing this highly decorated show - buy your tickets today.
4. Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre *****
The West End’s longest running musical, Les Miserables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people and it’s no surprise that it’s still breaking box office records today.
Set against 19th C Revolutionary France, the musical narrates a powerful and endearing story of Jean Valjean as he spends much of his life in hopes of reaching redemption.
Buy tickets today and see why Les Miserables continues to be theatergoers favourite.
3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre *****
Written by the creators of American hit TV series South Park, it’s easy to understand why The Book of Mormon is now firmly established as a theatre favourite.
Following the story of two Latter Day Saint missionaries who are determined to spread their religion, the high energy production features uproarious songs such as ‘I believe’, ‘Hello’, and ‘I am Africa’.
Buy tickets now for some sidesplitting, laugh out loud viewing.
2. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria *****
Wicked has kept its audience spellbound for over a decade. An ingenious twist to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the tale is told from the view of Oz’s infamous witches.
Dramatic scenes are cut with comedic lines, and viewers are treated with rousing songs and clever choreography. It’s no wonder the musical is popular amongst children and adults.
Don’t miss this ‘gravity-defying performance’. Buy tickets now.
1. Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre *****
A Disney favourite. A West End favourite. A crowd favourite.
With a firm place in entertainment history, the Lion King has clinched our number one spot.
Viewers are taken on a heartwarming (and at times heartbreaking) journey with lion cub Simba, as he discovers the value of courage and friendship.
The story unfolds to an enchanting soundtrack with music from Elton John and Tim Rice. And viewers can expect a set that can only be described as an African themed spectacle.
Simply put, this much loved classic can’t be missed! Buy tickets for Lion King today.
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