15 Musicals in London You Don’t Want To Miss

London is one of the best places in the world when it comes to musicals and I can recommend going to a show when you have the chance! Here are 15 musicals in London you don't want to miss:

I’ve been a fan of musicals since I was little and have been lucky enough to see quite a few. London if of course one of the best places in the world when it comes to musicals and I can recommend going to a musical in London when you get the chance!

Here are 15 top musicals in London you don’t want to miss:

 

1. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre

The Story: Comedy duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone, (you know them from South Park), have joined forces again to pen this hilarious musical that manages to simultaneously be incredibly rude, potentially offensive and unexpectedly endearing. The musical tells the story of two Salt Lake City Mormons sent as missionaries to Uganda. Hoping for a few baptisms and a couple of conversions they get instead some very harsh realities and a particularly unfriendly warlord. And, the darker things get, the funnier they get.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes including break

Address: Prince of Wales Theatre – Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS

Metro Stop: Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross

 

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2. An American In Paris, Dominion Theatre

The Story: An American In Paris is about an American GI who decided to stay and live in France as the WWII ends. He chooses Paris – a city that is bursting with possibilities and dreams – to get started in his dream career as a painter. He then meets a beautiful and mysterious Parisian ballet dancer, whom he can’t help but fall in love with.

Duration: 2 hour and 35 minutes including 20 minute break

Address: Dominion Theatre – 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Londen W1T 7AQ

Metro Stop: Tottenham Court Road

 

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3. The Phantom Of The Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Story: Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protegee Christine Daae is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score magically combines with jaw-dropping scenery and breath-taking special effects to bring this tragic love story to life each night.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes including break

Address: Her Majesty’s Theatre – 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL

Metro Stop: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square

 

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4. Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre

The Story: Based on the 2005 British-American film of the same name, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, a wannabe London highflyer who, to his dismay, inherits his father’s shoe factory. Charlie is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations when help arrives in the unlikely but dazzling form of Lola, a spectacular performer in need of some new stilettos.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes

Address: Adelphi Theatre – The Strand, London, WC2E 7NN

Metro Stop: Covent Garden or Embankment

 

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5. Les Miserables, Queens Theatre

The Story: Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is an epic tale of love lost and found, sacrifice, redemption and the human spirit. The action is set in nineteenth-century revolutionary France where ex-convict Jean Valjean has been hunted for decades by the merciless policeman Javert after he breaks his parole. However, when Valjean takes on the care of Cosette, the young daughter of factory worker Fantine, everything changes.

Duration: 2 hour and 50 minutes including break

Address: Queens Theatre – Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA

Metro Stop: Piccadilly Circus

 

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6. Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre

The Story: Set on a mythical Greek island in the 1970s, the musical Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be who wants nothing more than her unknown father to walk her down the aisle. So, she invites three of her fiercely independent mother’s ex-lovers to her wedding in a move that could make or break her special day. Scriptwriter, and celebrated playwright, Catherine Johnson and composers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (two of the four ABBA band members) weave ABBA classics such as ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take a Chance on Me’ into an original narrative that is funny and ironic, occasionally cheeky and unapologetically optimistic.

Duration: 2 hour and 35 minutes including break

Address: Novello Theatre – Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD

Metro Stop: Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Holborn

 

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7. Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre

The Story: Set in America in the 1960s, Dreamgirls tells the story of a trio of young women singers called The Dreams. The musical follows the group’s stormy journey from their hometown of Chicago up the greasy pole of success and celebrity. Dreamgirls stars Glee’s very own powerhouse performer Amber Riley and will feature R&B classics such as ‘I Am Changing’, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Dreamgirls’.

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes, including an interval

Address: Savoy Theatre – Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Metro Stop: Charing Cross

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8. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre

The Story: The Lion King story is set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa. Expect Disney’s multi award-winning musical to redefine your expectations of theatre. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes including break

Address: Lyceum Theatre – 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ

Metro Stop: Covent Garden

 

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9. Annie, Piccadilly Theatre

The Story: The Tony award-winning Annie tells the unforgettable story of a young girl forced to endure the misery of an orphanage run by the greedy Miss Hannigan. Set in New York during the Great Depression, things are looking up for Annie when she is chosen to spend Christmas away from the orphanage with a famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. However, the nasty Miss Hannigan is determined to spoil things from Annie and stop her from finding her real family.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes including break

Address: Piccadilly Theatre – 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Metro Stop: Piccadilly Circus

 

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10. 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Story: Peggy Sawyer may be from a small town, but she has big dreams. Fresh of the bus in New York, the young, hard-working Peggy lands herself a spot in the chorus line of a new Broadway show. At first she is just one dancer among many, but when the show’s leading lady is injured it seems that Peggy may get her shot at the limelight after all.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes including break

Address: Theatre Royal Drury Lane – Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF

Metro Stop: Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden or Holborn

 

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11. Disney’s Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre

The Story: When street urchin Aladdin stumbles across an ancient lamp in the Cave of Wonders he unwittingly releases the weird and wonderful Genie. Transformed into a prince by his three wishes, Aladdin teams up with adventure-hungry Princess Jasmine. But Aladdin’s not the only one who knows about the lamp – the wicked Jafar has his own wishes he wants granted. From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant new west end spectacular. Aladdin features all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved film, such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, as well as some brand new musical numbers.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes with break

Address: Prince Edward Theatre – 28 Old Compton St, London W1D 4HS

Metro Stop: Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road

 

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12. Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre

The Story: Back in 1959, ex-featherweight boxer and now-legendary record producer Berry Gordy had nothing more than a borrowed $800 in his pocket and a life-changing beat in his head. But that was enough. The founder of the Motown record label, Gordy went on to discover the artists that would transform American music and America itself. Featuring over 40 songs by Motown legends such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, Motown the Musical is a scorching joyride through the songs and stories of the record label that changed it all.

Duration: 2 hour and 45 minutes including break

Address: Shaftesbury Theatre – 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP

Metro Stop: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn of Covent Garden

 

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13. Wicked, Apollo Victoria

The Story: Wicked The Musical is loosely based on the novel of the same name written by Gregory Maguire. The musical tells the story of the two witches who will become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. In this subversive retelling of the familiar story of Oz, the green-skinned Elphaba is a well-meaning outcast just trying to do the right thing, while the extroverted Glinda is just trying to be popular. The two meet in school, where their relationship and their lives take a number of startling turns.

Duration: 2 hour and 45 minutes with 20 minutes break

Address: Apollo Victori – 17 Wilton Road,London,SW1V 1LG

Metro Stop: Victoria

 

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14. School of Rock – The Musical, New London Theatre

The Story: Based on the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black, School of Rock The Musical tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-and-out would-be rock star. Posing as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school in an effort to earn some cash, Dewey soon realises that his students have some incredible musical talents. Uniting his fifth graders in one awesome rock group, he sets his sights on the Battle of the Bands.

Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes with break

Address: New London Theatre – Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PF

Metro Stop: Holborn/ Covent Garden

 

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15. Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre

The Story: Based on the beloved children’s novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical tells the story of a young girl of incredible intelligence who is at odds with her TV-addicted parents and a diabolical headmistress. Bullied or just plain ignored, one day the rejected and neglected Matilda Wormwood discovers that she has telekinetic powers… A funny and sharp book by Dennis Kelly and lyrics and music by celebrated Australian comedian Tim Minchin add a new dimension to this children’s favourite.

Duration: 2 hour and 40 minutes with break

Address: Cambridge Theatre – 32-34 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HU

Metro Stop: Covent Garden, Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road

 

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