London is a great 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 most love one and we will regularly update this page with new musicals.
Recommended Ticket Sites
We would always recommend you buy your theatre tickets online as this will keep you a better you will find latter and in most cases 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:
- Musicals page
- Theatre Plays page
- Opera page
- Concerts page
- Dance and Ballet page
- Last Minutes / the same day tickets page
- and a combination between musical and dinner option here.
Encore tickets – One of the biggest and reliable tickets for musicals company, Official partner of over 160 UK theatres and attractions.
LOVETheatre – Especially good site for deals combining theatre/musicals and dinner
ATG Tickets – Reliable ticket company that own some of the theatre in UK.
Popular Theatre Plays and Musicals Still on the London Stage in 2020
Lets begin with 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
The Book of Mormon – Very Funny, not for kids below 15 y/o
Les Miserable – Classic musical that run more than 30th year, new production now.
Phantom Of The Opera – classic musical
The Mousetrap – the longest run play in the world, based on the Agatha Christie novel.
Wicked – great for teenage, big show.
Matilda – Smart and witty, great for children that speak good english and for adults as well.
Mamma Mia – For who like ABBA songs – Good feeling musical
The play that goes wrong – in this play everything that can go wrong… does…very stupid in a funny way.
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
Mary Poppins – Disney’s pyrotechnical entertainment musical for all the family.
Harry Potter and the cursed child – One of the best but there are no available tickets and you should go to both part.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the new “Billy Elliot”/”Kinky Boots” – The best new musical!
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 realises his students have musical talent he forms a rock group to win the battle of the bands.
** & Juliet – New Musical about what happen to Juliet if she decide to choose in Life – Our favorite musical of this year.
The Tina Turner Musical – Hit musical that get a great review from everyone, we really like it too.
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 then a musical in a good way.
Waitress – A big hit in Broadway that arrived to London west end.
SIX – Pop musical … The Six wives Of Henry VIII is telling there story in what look like spice girl show meet the history class.
Dear Evan Hansen – A big hit in NYC is coming to London with an emotional story.
The Wedding Singer – A new musical base on the movie with the same name.
Musicals that coming soon to London
The prince of egypt – Will run for 32 weeks from 5th of February to 12th of Sep 2020.
Pretty woman – New Musical that base on the famous movie will run from Feb 2020 for as least 11 months
Hairspray The Musical – Coming back to London with Michael Ball – From 23th of April 2020 in the London Coliseum.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat After last summer success the big musical is coming back from 2 July to 6 Sep 2020 in the London Palladium.
Sister act – A big opportunity to see Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders in this great musical that will run less then a mounth from 29 July 2020 .
Frozen the musical – Frozen the musical is set for a West End transfer in Autumn 2020, in the meantime you can see it in NYC here
Musicas that use to run in London and Not Currently Running
Cats (Not Currently Running)
We will rock you – Queen songs (Not Currently Running)
beetlejuice (Not Currently Running)
heathers (Not Currently Running)
(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)
wonder.land (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)
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night (Not Currently Running)
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Not Currently Running)
Stomp (Not Currently Running)
Annie – Great Happy musical
Funny Girl opens at the Savoy Theatre on 2016 following a very successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
This is a remake of the famous and successful musical in the 60’s 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 onstage as a comedienne but offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. Some of th 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 1950’s.
Off West End theatre
In addition to the many popular theatre plays and musicals in London’s West End, there will 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 outbreak of World War II and refused to close it during the bombings. The story depicts the high’s and low’s 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 1950’s and the remake in the mid 2000’s 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.