West End Shows, an introduction
The West End Shows is by far one of the most popular attractions in the heart of London. From world class musicals, to intriguing plays passing by funny comedies, the city is packed with a variety of highly entertaining venues. Our post starts with the top 10 most popular West End Shows that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime, followed by the whole list of this year’s musicals, play and comedies. We also included a list and a map of the various West End theatre.
The first section is all about the greatest shows currently playing in London’s West End. It was compiled from various categories including musicals such as les Misérables to Agatha Christies world’s longest playing show the Mousetrap, passing by kids favourite such as Lion King.
- Les Misérables
- The Mousetrap
- The Phantom of the Opera
- The 39 Steps
- Mamma Mia!
- Blood Brothers
- Jersey Boys
- Lion King
- Thriller Live
- Billy Elliot
Queen’s Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Les Misérables is one of the world’s longest-running musicals as well as being one of the most known winning over 70 awards since it was first released. It was originally composed in 1980 by French author Claude-Michel Schönberg and in 2010 played its ten-thousandth performance in London’s West End at the Queen’s Theatre. The story is based on the famous 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, about the lives of various characters in the19th century France, most notably the prisoner Jean Valjean. Les Misérables is one of the most popular and best-loved musical, with more than 50 million tickets sold worldwide and is definitely worth catching if not done so already.
Get tickets for Les Misérables, prices starting from only £39.50
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is famous for being the world longest initial run play in history, with over 24,000 performances. This murder mystery play was written by famous crime novelist Agatha Christie and first opened in the West End of London in 1952. It has since been running continuously and became famous for its twist ending, which the audience is asked not to reveal at the end of every performance. The Mousetrap is one of the best play the west end has to offer and we can guarantee it will give you a great night full of mysteries.
Get tickets for Mousetrap, prices starting from only £28.50
The Phantom of the Opera
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the best known musical created by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux about life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House. The musical first opened in the West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988 and its known to be the longest-running musical on Broadway history as well as the second-longest-running West End musical. The Phantom of the Opera was also played all over the world with performances in some 25 countries and 149 cities. It sold more than 100 million tickets worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time (with over £3.5bn). It was awarded many times over including with the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Get tickets for Phantom of the Opera, prices starting from only £33.00
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps is one of the world’s most famous play, adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The play is famous for reproducing the adventure film containing some hundred and thirty nine roles with only four actors. The 39 Steps has become a theatre classic and a must see while visiting the capital. It is the perfect way to have a spectacular and hilarious night out, by enjoying one of Britain’s most spell -binding thrillers.
Get tickets for 39 Steps, prices starting from only £13.50
Prince of Wales Theatre. Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Mamma Mia! is a famous musical playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of London West End for over 10 years. It is a story about love, family and friendship set within a Greek paradise Island. The show is known for combining some of the world’s most known ABBA”s songs including their greatest hits such as “Dancing Queen”, “Super Trouper” , “Take A Chance On Me” and “Thank You For The Music”. It is not surprise that night after night, audiences coming from all over the UK and the world have the time of their lives at the Mamma Mia! Musical. Its huge success has even been translated into a film, quickly making it the biggest British hit movie of all time.
Get tickets for Mamma Mia!, prices starting from only £72.50
Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Blood Brothers is a classic musical written by Willy Russell, based on the 1844 novella The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas about a tale of twins who separated at birth grew up to become very different characters. The story is a contemporary nature vs. nurture plot, between twins with completely different backgrounds, one becoming an Oxbridge-graduated councillor and the other unemployed and in prison. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a tear in their friendship and leading to tragic consequences.
Get tickets for Blood Brothers, prices starting from only £22.50
Prince Edward Theatre Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS
Jersey Boys is a famous jukebox and documentary-style musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is based on the lives of one of the most successful 1960s rock “n roll groups of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Jersey Boys. The musical started on Broadway in 2005, and has since had a North American National Tour, along with productions in the West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney and Philadelphia as well as winning four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Get tickets for Jersey Boys, prices starting from only £47.50
Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
The Lion King is a musical playing in Covent Garden West End based on the famous 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show produced by Disney Theatrical, debuted in 1997 in Minneapolis and became an instant success before premiering on Broadway and later in 1999 in the West End of London.
Get tickets for The Lion King, prices starting from only £44.50
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 7HA
Thriller Live is an all singing, all dancing tribute to Michael Jackson’s legendary career playing at the Lyric Theatre in the heart of the West End Theatreland. The musical is all about celebrating the wonderful career of the World’s Greatest Entertainer – Michael Jackson. It incorporates original choreography from MTV award winning choreographer combined with Jackson’s amazing songs including hit songs such as I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, Blame It On The Boogie, Billie Jean, Earth, making one of the most excising night out you may have both with friends or family.
Get tickets for Thriller Live, prices starting from only £33.00
Billy Elliot is a great west end musical with music by Sir Elton John, and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, based on the 2000 successful hit film of the same name. The story is set in the North East of the country where Billy Elliot a funny and heart-warming little boy celebrates his young boy’s dream and trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes.
Get tickets for Billy Elliot, prices starting from only £30.00
West End Musicals
The following is the complete list of the musicals currently playing in the various west end theatres. Some shows have been playing for years and will most probably be here in the next couple of years, others however such as the Christmas With The Rat Pack, coming straight for Las Vegas will only be available for a few weeks. Make sure to reserve you tickets now, before it’s too late.
- Betty Blue Eyes
- Billy Elliot
- Blood Brothers
- Christmas With The Rat Pack
- Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan White
- Crazy For You
- Dreamboats and Petticoats
- Jersey Boys
- Legally Blonde
- Les Misérables
- Lion King Tickets
- Love Never Dies
- Mamma Mia!
- Midnight Tango
- Million Dollar Quartet
- Phantom of the Opera
- Priscilla Queen of the Desert
- Respect La Diva Tickets
- Road Show
- Rock Of Ages Tickets
- Shrek The Musical
- South Pacific
- Swallows and Amazons
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea
- The Wizard of Oz
- Thriller Live
- We Will Rock You
Duke of York’s Theatre
Backbeat is the adaptation of the 1994 film by Iain Softley on the birth of the Beatle. It is the story of how The Beatles became The Beatles – when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe embarked on their journey from the famous docks of Liverpool to search for success in the seedy red light district of Hamburg, working eight days a week, in the clubs of the tawdry Reeperbahn, performing rock “n” roll covers night after night. Get tickets for Backbeat, prices starting from only £32.50
Betty Blue Eyes Tickets
Betty Blue Eyes is another brilliant musical playing at the Novello theatre in the heart of the West End. It is a musical with music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, and book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman. The musical has a marvellous cast of great British actors headed by Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith. The story is about a private function during a celebration of the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. It is set in 1947 shortly after the war when Britain is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades.
Get tickets for Betty Blue Eyes, prices starting from only £32.50
Trafalgar Studios 2
The Betwixt! Musical has a lot to offer with sex crazed nymphs, hunchbacks, cross-dressing mutes, dancing reporters, evil-world-dominating enchantresses and a disembodied head with a Bavarian accent. All those characters are teamed with sitcom-styled dialogue and a toe-tapping score to create a truly funny musical comedy and a great night out.
Get tickets for Betwixt!, prices starting from only £32.50
Chicago is one of the greatest musicals with a combination of Murder, Greed, Corruption, Exploitation, Adultery and Treachery. It is the kiss-and-tell story of chorus girl Roxie who kills her lover.
Get tickets for Chicago, prices starting from only £17.50
Christmas With The Rat Pack
The Christmas With The Rat Pack musical is the coolest Christmas party in town! The Olivier Award-nominated hit show is back in the West End for a strictly limited 5 week Christmas season at the Wyndhams Theatre. Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers.
Get tickets for Christmas With The Rat Pack, prices starting from only £37.00
Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan White
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan was the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. It was directed by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min.
Get tickets for Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan White, prices starting from only £45.00
Crazy For You
Open Air Theatre
Crazy For You is George and Ira Gershwin’s hit musical comedy packed with plenty of classic songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It”.
Get tickets for Crazy For You, prices starting from only £53.00
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Dreamboats and Petticoats musical is all about the swinging 60’s based on the compilation album of the same name.
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Sadler’s Wells Theatre
The Fela musical is a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music.
Get tickets for Fela, prices starting from only £62.50
Ghost musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.
Get tickets for Ghost, prices starting from only £44.00
Havana Rakatan brings one of Cuba’s most popular bands live on stage. The Havana Rakatan musical is a captivating and colourful journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country, from the sexy and spontaneous rumba to the slick footwork of the cha-cha-cha.
Get tickets for Havana Rakatan, prices starting from only £52.50
Legally Blonde is the London musical that will take you from the sorority house to the Halls of Justice with the capital brightest new heroine and her Chihuahua.
Get tickets for Legally Blonde, prices starting from only £44.00
Love Never Dies
Love Never Dies is the much talked about and highly anticipated sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera
Get tickets for Love Never Dies, prices starting from only £25.00
Matilda is the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Get tickets for Matilda, prices starting from only £49.50
Midnight Tango is the breathtaking musical about Tango, bringing to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms.
Get tickets for Midnight Tango, prices starting from only £45.00
Million Dollar Quartet
Noel Coward Theatre
The Million Dollar Quartet is the latest musical inspired by a true event in which four legendary musicians got together for a session in Memphis.
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is Australia’s most successful and best-loved musical adapted from the Oscar-winning film of the same name and already been seen by over one million people.
Get tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, prices starting from only £20.00
Respect La Diva
Respect La Diva is an entertaining and uplifting musical celebration paying tribute to some of the greatest female singers of all-time.
Get tickets for Respect La Diva, prices starting from only £31.50
Menier Chocolate Factory
Road Show tells the true boom-and-bust story of Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson, two of the most colourful and outrageous fortune seekers in American history
Get tickets for Road Show, prices starting from only £42.00
Rock Of Ages
Rock Of Ages musical is the celebration of classic 80’s rock culture, showing the hilarious story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade.
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The Ambassadors Theatre
A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning production. Indeed the audience suggestions help to create a show on the spot, as the all-singing, all-dancing cast improvise with unpredictable and frequently hilarious results. Packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singing all the way home.
Get tickets for Showstopper!, prices starting from only £22.50
Shrek The Musical
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Shrek The Musical tells the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a faraway kingdom, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land
Get tickets for Shrek The Musical, prices starting from only £32.50
South Pacific bas become a musical classic with no less than7 Tony Awards, sold out on Broadway for 2 years and is currently selling out across America. It now premieres in the UK with the breathtaking Lincoln Centre Theatre production.
Get tickets for test, prices starting from only £106.50
The Ambassadors Theatre
Stomp is the internationally renowned energetic combination of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion.
Get tickets for Stomp, prices starting from only £25.00
Swallows and Amazons
Swallows and Amazons is a new musical with music written by Helen Edmundson, lyrics by Neil Hannon and based on the story by Arthur Ransome.
Get tickets for Swallows and Amazons, prices starting from only £33.50
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is an amazing family show ideal for youngsters, based on the award winning picture book by Judith Kerr.
Get tickets for The Tiger Who Came To Tea, prices starting from only £21.00
The Wizard of Oz Tickets
The Wizard of Oz Tickets musical is based on the classic magical film of the same, about the adventures of Dorothy and her friends Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.
Get tickets for The Wizard of Oz, prices starting from only £40.00
We Will Rock You Tickets
We Will Rock You is London’s long-running rock musical offering a combination of the legendary band Queen join with the writing skills of Ben Elton to bring its unmistakable sound to Theatreland.
Get tickets for We Will Rock You Tickets, prices starting from only £29.50
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wicked is the magical hit musical about two unlikely friends and how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good
Get tickets for Wicked, prices starting from only £39.00
West End Drama Plays
The following are the West End Drama Plays currently playing:
- A British Subject
- A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson
- A Woman Killed With Kindness
- Broken Glass
- Confessions Of A Mormon Boy
- Cool Hand Luke
- Death And The Maiden
- Driving Miss Daisy
- Journeys End
- Killing Of Sister George
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night
- The 39 Steps
- The Flying Karamazov Brothers
- The Railway Children
- The Tempest
- Top Girls
- War Horse
- When Did You Last See My Mother
- Woman In Black
A British Subject
A British Subject is an extraordinary true-life tale of international politics and the media colliding with justice, civil liberties and ultimately faith.
Get tickets for A British Subject, prices starting from only £25.00
A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson
A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson is about a poet, essayist and lexicographer called Samuel “Dictionary” Johnson:.
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A Woman Killed With Kindness
National Theatre Lyttelton
A Woman Killed With Kindness is the story of two women fighting for their emotional survival in a rural wilderness dominated by men, money and an unbending morality.
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Broken Glass is Miller’s Olivier award-winning drama about the story of Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg, a New York couple living in Brooklyn in 1938.
Get tickets for Broken Glass, prices starting from only £28.50
Butley is Dominic West’s return to the London stage in a revival of Simon Gray’s Butley.
Get tickets for Butley, prices starting from only £29.50
Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Charing Cross Theatre
Confessions of a Mormon Boy is Steven Fales critically acclaimed award-winning 90 minute solo play. It has its London premiere for three weeks only at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Get tickets for Confessions of a Mormon Boy, prices starting from only £17.99
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke is the story of Florida’s Boss Godfrey and Cool Hand Luke, a war hero, trouble-maker, and inspiration to his fellow inmates.
Get tickets for Cool Hand Luke, prices starting from only £48.00
Death and the Maiden
Death and the Maiden is an explosive moral thriller directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Thandie Newton stars.
Get tickets for Death and the Maiden, prices starting from only £19.00
Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy is a charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship.
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Duke of York’s Theatre
Journeys End is David Gridley’s international multi-award winning production based on R.C. Sherriff’s masterpiece of the same name.
Get tickets for Journeys End, prices starting from only £25.00
Killing of Sister George
Killing of Sister George is the story of June and Alice McNaught, who shares her home and her bed.
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a compelling family drama.
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Pygmalion is the dazzling production of one of theatre’s most entertaining explorations of sexual politics and class restrictions, starring BAFTA nominee Rupert Everett and Kara Tointon .
Get tickets for Pygmalion, prices starting from only £49.50
The Railway Children
The Waterloo Station Theatre
The Railway Children After is E Nesbit’s classic back at the Waterloo Station Theatre for a second time
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Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Tempest Trevor Nunn directs Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as the third production of his electrifying season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Get tickets for The Tempest, prices starting from only £75.00
Trafalgar Studios 1
Top Girls Max Stafford-Clark and Caryl Churchill are re-united once again in this smash-hit about compromises made by women in the quest for success, and what happens to those left behind, during Thatcher’s Britain.
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New London Theatre
War Horse The National Theatre’s Laurence Olivier Award-winning World War I-set family drama.
Get tickets for War Horse, prices starting from only £59.50
When Did You Last See My Mother
Trafalgar Studios 2
When Did You Last See My Mother is Hampton’s witty, soulful and horribly acute play is a brilliant howl of frustration and sexuality
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Woman in Black
Woman in Black is London favourite ghost story, the story about a young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman
Get tickets for Woman in Black, prices starting from only £27.50
West End Comedy Plays
The following are the West End Comedy Plays currently playing:
- Yes Prime Minister
- Fascinating Aida Cheap Flights
- Potted Panto
- Potted Potter
- Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
- Ruby Wax Losing It
- The Ladykillers
- The Playboy Of The Western World
Yes Prime Minister
Apollo Theatre / Gielgud Theatre
Yes Prime Minister is one of television’s most successful political comedy ever, the first episode broadcasted some thirty years ago.
Get tickets for Yes Prime Minister, prices starting from only £32.00
Fascinating Aida Cheap Flights
Charing Cross Theatre
Fascinating Aida Cheap Flights is Britain’s best comedy cabaret trio and now a global internet sensation.
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Jerusalem is a comic, contemporary vision of rural life.
Get tickets for Jerusalem, prices starting from only £41.00
Potted Panto is CBBC’s Dan and Jeff return for a second festive season, following a Best Entertainment nomination in the Olivier Awards and a West End run of their original show Potted Potter.
Get tickets for Potted Panto, prices starting from only £25.00
Potted Potter is all seven of the Harry Potter books squeezed into seventy minutes.
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a verbally scintillating and richly inventive play, about the classic story of Hamlet through the eyes of two of its minor characters.
Get tickets for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, prices starting from only £23.00
Ruby Wax Losing It
Ruby Wax Losing It is a funny and touching play about the ups and downs of mental illness, its stigmas and the freedom you discover when you share the darkest moments of your life.
Get tickets for Ruby Wax Losing It, prices starting from only £31.50
The Ladykillers is the celebrated Ealing comedy, a hilarious and thrilling new stage adaption by Graham Linehan and directed by Sean Foley.
Get tickets for The Ladykillers, prices starting from only £57.00
The Playboy of the Western World
Old Vic Theatre
The Playboy of the Western World is M Synge’s excellent rich Irish comedy.
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West End Shows Gift Vouchers
Theatre Gift Vouchers is one of the best gifts for you may give to friends loved ones or colleagues all year round! The Gift Vouchers can be exchanged for tickets to London’s top plays and musicals or for one of our exclusive show and meal packages.
The London West End musical Gift Vouchers is always a Great Present, perfect for Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary, Mother or Fathers Day and various other occasions.
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West End Theatres
The following is the list of the West End Theatres currently playing musical shows or plays:
- Adelphi Theatre, current show: Love Never Dies, capacity: 1500
- Ambassadors Theatre, current show: Stomp, capacity: 408
- Apollo Victoria Theatre, current show: Wicked, capacity: 2292
- Cambridge Theatre, current show: Chicago, capacity: 1231
- Dominion Theatre, current show: We Will Rock You, capacity: 2163
- Duke of York’s Theatre, current show: Ghost Stories, capacity: 640
- Fortune Theatre, current show: The Woman in Black, capacity: 432
- Her Majesty’s Theatre, current show: The Phantom of the Opera, capacity: 1216
- London Palladium, current show: The Wizard of Oz, capacity: 2286
- Lyceum Theatre, current show: The Lion King, capacity: 2100
- Lyric Theatre, current show: Thriller – Live, capacity: 967
- New London Theatre, current show: War Horse, capacity: 1100
- Noël Coward Theatre, current show: Million Dollar Quartet, capacity: 872
- Novello Theatre, current show: Betty Blue Eyes, capacity: 1050
- Palace Theatre, current show: Priscilla Queen of The Desert, capacity: 1400
- Phoenix Theatre, current show: Blood Brothers, capacity: 1012
- Playhouse Theatre, current show: Dreamboats and Petticoats, capacity: 786
- Prince Edward Theatre, current show: Jersey Boys, capacity: 1618
- Prince of Wales Theatre, current show: Mamma Mia!, capacity: 1160
- Queen’s Theatre, current show: Les Misérables, capacity: 989
- Royal Opera House, current show: Repertory opera and ballet, capacity: 2268
- Savoy Theatre, current show: Legally Blonde The Musical, capacity: 1150
- Theatre Royal Drury Lane, current show: Shrek the Musical, capacity: 2196
- Victoria Palace Theatre, current show: Billy Elliot, capacity: 1550