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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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’.