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London: Musicals

London: Musicals

This is not a comprehensive list of all London's musicals and simply includes some of our favourites in no particular order. There are over 41, 600 seats to fill each evening across the West End's 38 theatres.

1. The Phantom of the Opera

Playing at: Her Majesty's Theatre, 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

An Andrew Lloyd Webber production that tells the tale of a fascinating love story, unlike anything you have ever seen before. With incredible scriptwriting, memorable songs and incredible set changes, it is no wonder that this show has now been performing for over 30 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

2. Book of Mormon 

Playing at: Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Book of Mormon is a satirical musical based on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The story follows two Mormon missionaries to Uganda and the struggles they face as AIDS, poverty, war and famine impede their activities. The musical is hilarious, with clever lyrics, and won four Olivier awards in 2014.

3. Les Miserables

Playing at: Queens Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Run time: 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
Website: www.lesmis.com 
Book: Get your tickets here.

Les Miserables, also widely known as Les Mis, is based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The musical is set in France during the 19th century and recounts the tale of a French peasant named Jean Valiean who seeks salvation after spending nineteen years behind bars. The musical was originally unveiled in French, with its English lyrics later being composed by Herbert Kretzner.

4. Aladdin

Playing at: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, London, W1D 4HS
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Disney brings its classic film story to life in London with Aladdin, featuring an incredibly funny Genie and all the songs from the film. The sets, decor and costumes are incredible and the special effects have to be seen the believed.

5. Matilda: The Musical

Playing at: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London, WC2 9HU
Run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Matilda: The Musical is based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. Matilda has already been turned into a famous film, and now it is a wildly successful musical too. 
Matilda on Broadway won seven Olivier awards in 2012; in London this popularity continues. 

It is easy to see why: with catchy songs, great decors and a story we can all relate to in some way or another, Matilda captures the hearts of theatregoers each and every night. A must-watch!

6. Stomp

Playing at: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Book: Get your tickets here.

Stomp is a percussion group with roots in Brighton. The group use everyday objects and their bodies to make music. The original Stomp has been performing since 1991, and you too can go along and join in the fun.

7. Thriller Live!

Playing at: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Thriller Live! is a concert-style experience that celebrates Michael Jackson, and the music of The Jackson 5. In 1988, the show started as a fan club based in Britain. The huge following of the show led to an annual tribute concert for Michael Jackson. Now, this is the closest thing to the real deal. There is no acting, it is just song after song. 
Though the idea of being seated may seem odd for a concert, by the end of the show you will be up and dancing.

8. Mamma Mia!

Playing at: Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD
Run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Mamma Mia is another West End favourite, and retells the story of a bride-to-be who tries to find which of three men is her real father. Of course, all this is just an excuse to get as many ABBA songs into one musical as possible. Those tracks include: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, The Winner Takes It All, SOS, and a host of others.

9. The Lion King 

Playing at: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DA
Run time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Lion King is one of the most popular animated movies of all time, and Disney has taken the opportunity to turn it into a musical. First premiered in 1997 on Broadway, the musical made its way to the West End in 1997. Instead of having people dress up as the film’s characters, intricate marionettes and puppets are used to retell the story in a way never seen before.

10. Wicked 

Playing at: Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Lion King is one of the most popular animated movies of all time, and Disney has taken the opportunity to turn it into a musical. First premiered in 1997 on Broadway, the musical made its way to the West End in 1997. 
Instead of having people dress up as the film’s characters, intricate marionettes and puppets are used to retell the story in a way never seen before.

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