London Musicals 2020

Due to coronavirus, the theatres in London are now closed and will remain closed up to 2nd August 2020

Tickets for most of the musicals are now on sale for show dates starting September 2020.

The musicals Hamilton, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera will be open again only in early 2021.

If you have tickets for a show that was canceled, you should get an email from the ticketing website about a full refund or other options.

London is a city of culture with a wide variety of Musicals and Theatre Plays, some of which are new for 2020 and many that have been running for some time.

Below we list the shows we loved most, we will regularly update this page with new musicals.

Recommended Ticket Sites

We would always recommend you buy your theatre tickets online.
Buying online in advance will find you a better seat and in most cases will be cheaper.
Our recommended sites are:

London Theatre Direct – One of the most reliable and popular ticket site for musicals.
there are dedicated pages by subject, type of show like:

Encore tickets – One of the biggest and reliable companies for musicals tickets company, Official partner of over 160 UK theatres and attractions.

LOVETheatre  – This site is especially good for deals combining theatre/musicals and dinner

ATG Tickets – Reliable ticket company that owns some of the theatres in the UK.

Popular Theatre Plays and Musicals still on stages in London in 2020

Let’s begin with the most successful and recommended theatre plays and musicals that are running for several years in London:

The Lion King – Disney most popular musical – Great for all the family – On sale for show dates starting November 2020.

The Book of Mormon – Very Funny, not for kids below 15 y/o – On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Les Miserables – Classic musical that runs more than 30th year, new production now. – Will be open again only in early 2021

The Phantom Of The Opera – Classic musical – Will be open again only in early 2021

The Mousetrap – The longest run play in the world, based on the Agatha Christie novel. – On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Wicked -Great for teenagers, big spectacle show. – On sale for show dates starting November 2020.

Matilda – Smart and witty, great for children that speak good English and for adults as well. – On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Mamma Mia – For who like ABBA songs – Good feeling musical …and if you are looking for a special experience look at the Mama mia the partyBoth on sale for show dates starting September 2020.

The Play That Goes Wrong – In this play, everything that can go wrong… does…very stupid in a funny way. On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

New Musicals in London

The musicals below run in London less than 3 years on the west end and are recommended by us:

Hamilton – The Broadway hit in London. Will be run again in early 2021

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – One of the best, be sure to buy tickets for both parts.
On sale for show dates starting November 2020.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the new “Billy Elliot”/”Kinky Boots” – Won the best new musical!
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

& JulietNew Musical about what happens to Juliet if she decides to choose her own fate – Our favorite musical of this year.
On sale for show dates starting October 2020.

Come From Away – Musical of a true story about 7000 people that force to land in Canada on 11/9. Emotional personal stories that come together, more a play than a musical in a good way.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

The Tina Turner Musical – Hit musical that gets a great review from everyone, we really like it too.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Mary Poppins – Disney’s pyrotechnical entertainment musical for all the family. Will be open again in early 2021

SIX – Pop musical … The Six wives Of Henry VIII are telling their story in what looks like spice girl show meet the history class.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Dear Evan Hansen – A big hit in NYC is coming to London with an emotional story.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

The Prince of Egypt – suppose to run for 32 weeks from the 5th of February but right now there are no clear dates.

Pretty Woman – New Musical base on the famous movie, start to run in Feb 2020 and got a great review.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Musicals that are Coming Soon to London

Hairspray The Musical – Coming back to London with Michael Ball in the London Coliseum.
On sale for show dates starting September 2020.

Frozen the musical – Frozen the musical is set for a West End transfer from Broadway on 30 October 2020.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time – coming back to London from 18 November 2020 to 10 January 2021

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat After last summer’s success the big musical is coming back from July 2021 in the London Palladium.

Sister act – A big opportunity to see Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders in this great musical that will run only a few weeks from 29 July 2020 .- Due to the corona reschedule to July 2021

List of Musicals that Used to Run in London and Not Currently Running

School of Rock – Fun musical with kids playing live on stage. Based on the film with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater.
The story of a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school who dreams of becoming a rock star, and when he realizes his students have musical talent he forms a rock group to win the battle of the bands. (Not Currently Running)

Waitress – A big hit on Broadway that arrived in London west end. – Not Currently Running in London – Starting UK tour in November 2020

Cats (Not Currently Running)

We Will Rock You – Queen songs (Not Currently Running)

Beetlejuice (Not Currently Running)

Heathers (Not Currently Running)

Billy Elliot (Not Currently Running)

Bad Jews (Not Currently Running)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Not Currently Running)

Sunny Afternoon (Not Currently Rnning)

Miss Saigon (Not Currently Running)

War Horse (Not Currently Running) (Not Currently Running)

Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical (Not Currently Running)

Jersey Boys (Not Currently Running)

Guys and Dolls (Not Currently Running)

In the Heights (Not Currently Running)

Beautiful Musical – The Carole King Musical (Not Currently Running)

Stomp – (Not Currently Running)

Annie – Great Happy musical

Funny Girl opens at the Savoy Theatre in 2016 following a very successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
This is a remake of the famous and successful musical in the 60s and later made into an Oscar-winning movie both starring Barbara Streisand. It is the story of Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars. She enjoyed great acclaim on stage as a comedienne but offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. Some of the songs you can expect to hear are “People”, “You Are Woman, I Am Man” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.

Sunset Boulevard opens for a limited run of one month between 1 April and 7 May at the London Coliseum run by the ENO and starring Glenn Close who played at the original musical on Broadway in 1994. The musical is based on Billy Wilder’s classic film of the same name from the 1950s.

Off West End theatre -In addition to the many popular theatre plays and musicals in London’s West End, there were be a number of smaller productions off-West End, including:
Bugsy Malone – Lyric Hammersmith
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – New Wimbledon Theatre

Groundhog Day – The Musical – Groundhog Day is a new musical written by Tim Minchin (who also wrote the Mathilda musical) and will be on at the Old Vic in June this year. Tickets go on sale on 12 May 2016.
The musical is based on the movie of the same name starring Bill Murray, which sees a weather reporter stuck in the same day over and over again trying to make it perfect.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Running Wild, Pride and Prejudice in Regent’s Park – Jesus Christ Superstar the musical will be at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park between 15 July and 27 August 2016 in order to celebrate 45 years since it was first written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The Open Air Theatre will also be showing Running Wild, Henry V by William Shakespeare and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Mrs Henderson Presents – the Noel Coward Theatre- The musical is based on the movie by the same name starring Judi Dench and is the true-life story of Mrs. Henderson who ran the Windmill Theatre in London’s Soho before the outbreak of World War II and refused to close it during the bombings. The story depicts the highs and lows of running a theatre.

The War Of The Worlds – the Dominion Theatre
The name is familiar to you from the original sci-fi movie of the same name from the 1950s and the remake in the mid-2000s and of course, the original H.G.Wells book of the same name in 1897. It is the story of a Martian invasion of earth.

Kinky Boots use to be our most favourite – Smart funny and great cast

Young Frankenstein Musical – Funny – Mel brooks style

Dreamgirls – Great big voices

42nd street – One of our favorites- huge cast

Motown the Musical is on at the Shaftesbury Theatre. – The musical portrays the true-life story of Berry Gordon, the founder of Motown, who helped propel the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and so many other famous names. The musical includes 50 of the greatest songs, including ‘Dancing In’, ‘My Girl’, ‘I heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘The Street’ and so many more.

Aladdin Disney’s famous movie is remade into a thrilling and bright musical that is a must-see.
Aladdin falls in love with the princess Jasmine but they cannot be married as he is not a prince. Luckily for Aladdin, he has in his possession a magic lamp with a genie who will help him get the woman of his dreams.
The musical includes some of the famous songs from the movie as well as a few new songs written specifically for the musical by Alan Menken.
Aladdin played in London until the end of Aug 2019.

The Wedding Singer – A new musical base on the movie with the same name.