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10 best London musicals and shows

Take a look at the best musicals and shows in London's West End right now.

Find your new favourite West End musical, from heartwarming adaptations and award-winning scores, to hilarious musical theatre and must-see London shows. 

Book theatre tickets in advance for the best choice of seats and to make sure you don't miss out on the hottest shows. If musicals aren't your thing, find more London theatre.

Some theatres are due to reopen on 17 May at the earliest, following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check back nearer the time for confirmation and be aware that some shows listed may still be closed after that date. Make sure to book ahead for London's top shows.

1. Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre

Layton Williams as Jamie at the Apollo theatre. Image courtesy of Jo Allen PR and Johan Perrson.
Life-affirming British musical Everbody's Talking About Jamie follows 16-year-old Jamie as he attempts to fulfil his dream of becoming a drag queen. Follow Jamie as he overcomes bullies and prejudice with the help of his mother and friends, and enjoy a soundtrack by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells.

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Prices from £23.80 Book now

2. Hairspray the Musical at the London Coliseum

Michael Ball starring as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Image courtesy of Story House PR.
Follow Tracy Turnblad in her quest to dance on The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray, a toe-tapping musical set in 1960s Baltimore, based on the 1988 John Waters film. See Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad and comedian Paul Merton as Wilbur Turnblad in a star-studded performance. Read More
Prices from £21.53 Book now

3. Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre

Olly Dobson (Marty McFly) and Roger Bart (Doc Brown). Image courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR.

Turn on your flux capacitor and get ready to take a thrilling ride through time in the DeLorean! Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they attempt to get Back to the Future in this new West End musical based on the classic 1985 movie.

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Prices from £44.63 Book now

4. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

See spectacular sets and costumes. Photo: Johan Persson. Image courtesy of Disney The Lion King.
The award-winning adaptation of Disney's The Lion King features music by Elton John, plus outstanding costumes and wonderful special effects. The Lion King dazzles all ages with evocative rhythms of Africa set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains. Read More
Prices from £35.00 Book now

5. & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre

& Juliet Miriam-Teak Lee (Juliet) and ensemble. Photo: Johan Persson. Image courtesy of Story House.
Don't miss & Juliet – a lively and ever-surprising musical about love, friendship, and bold choices. Follow Juliet in an exploration of life after Romeo’s death, as she embraces independence and new adventures in this unique new imagining of what happened after the end of the famous play. Read More
Prices from £24.39 Book now

6. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Discover Tina Turner's life story in this Grammy Award-winning musical. Chart her journey through humble beginnings, tumultuous times, to becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Featuring many of Tina Turner's most famous hits, The Tina Turner Musical is simply the best! Read More
Prices from £24.60 Book now

7. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium

The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo: Tristram Kenton.

Don't miss the strictly limited run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium, with Jason Donovan reprising his role as Pharaoh. The show features hit songs, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and Go, Go, Go, Joseph.

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Prices from £12.30 Book now

8. Pretty Woman at The Piccadilly Theatre

See famous romantic comedy Pretty Woman in a new musical version for the stage. Follow Vivian and Edward as they fall in love against the odds - with all the fun, shopping and romance of the original film! Features brand new music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

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Prices from £18.45 Book now

9. Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre

Six The Musical. Photo: Idil Sukan
See what happens when the six wives of Henry VIII take to the stage in Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre. Watch a modern story of Henry VIII's six wives, with pop-style songs, catchy music and plenty of sass from the queens.
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Prices from £27.27 Book now

10. Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre

The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre. Image courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR.
Follow the story of two brothers, Moses and Rameses, and the people of Egypt in a play based on the story from the Book of Exodus. Find out the fate of the conflicted siblings in Prince of Egypt, which brings much-loved tunes by Stephen Schwartz to the stage, alongside top-notch acting from Luke Brady, Liam Tamne and more.  Read More
Prices from £23.99 Book now