The following post is all about the greatest shows currently playing in the London West End. It was compiled from various categories from musicals such as les Misérables to Agatha Christies world’s longest playing show the Mousetrap.
To 10 West End musicals and plays
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.
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St Martin’s Theatre West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The Mamma Mia! musical has been seen by more than 40 million people worldwide making it one of the world’s most successful show and therefore we can guarantee that it will provide you with a night full of magic
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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.
The musical debuted in 1983 and was highly acclaimed winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The current West End revival is one of the longest-running musical productions in history, opening in 1988 West End and still running today. It is often regarded as one of the all time great British musicals, touching various social issues of our time such as inequality and unemployment and should be recommended to everyone.
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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.
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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. It is a perfect treat for kids featuring actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets and makes it a unforgettable family night out.
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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.
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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.
The musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. The production is still running strongly, and its success led to productions in Australia, on Broadway and elsewhere. In New York, it won ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards, including, in each case, best musical. It has also won numerous awards in Australia including a record-tying seven Helpmann Awards.
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