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Discover the best London musicals in the West End and beyond and book tickets

It had fantastic reviews when it opened – but is it still kicking after five cast changes? Time Out brings you news, up-to-date reviews and discounted tickets in its comprehensive guide to all musicals in London's West End and beyond: the best shows, the worst shows and the weirdest and most wonderful alternative choices. 

Latest musical reviews

Review: Groundhog Day

 ‘Groundhog Day’, Tim Minchin’s adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray classic, is a musical about repetition…

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Old Vic , Southwark Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday September 17 2016

Re-review: American Idiot

Watching clips of George Bush and his War On Terror give way to the opening power chords of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ makes 2004 feel an awfully long time ago…

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Arts Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday September 25 2016

Review: Into the Woods

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Maybe it’s these troubled times we’re living in, but my immediate thought upon watching this transferring revival of Sondheim’s classic Brothers Grimm pastiche ‘Into the Woods’ from US company Fiasco Theater was: well this is a fine Marxist critique of the selfishness of late capitalist society…

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Menier Chocolate Factory , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 2016

Re-review: Bugsy Malone

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The weapon of choice in kiddie-gangster musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ is a ‘splurge gun’ that takes enemies down with sticky white custard…

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016

Review: Aladdin

They don’t really have pantomimes in the US, which may explain why the creatives behind this hit Broadway adaptation of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ made a pantomime, probably without realising…

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Prince Edward Theatre , Soho Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday February 11 2017

Review: The Threepenny Opera

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This is a bit more bloody like it. Rufus Norris is on home turf with Brecht and Weill’s ragged satirical classic ‘The Threepenny Opera

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National Theatre, Olivier , South Bank Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Review: Funny Girl

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Barbra who? It’s no small triumph that Sheridan Smith has all but banished the ghost of productions past in this revival of the musical that made Barbra Streisand’s name in 1964

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016

A-Z list of West End musicals

COMING SOON 42nd Street

A major revival for the classic American backstage musical about a dictatorial theatre director attempting to mount a massive production at the height of the Great Depression.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Monday March 20 2017 - Saturday July 22 2017

Aladdin

They don’t really have pantomimes in the US, which may explain why the creatives behind this hit Broadway adaptation of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ made a pantomime, probably without realising…

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Prince Edward Theatre , Soho Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday February 11 2017

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

The Brits love an underdog. The Yanks love a winner. And Carole King was both. So it’s no wonder this biographical jukebox musical is shaping up to be a transatlantic smash, having already conquered Broadway. Hitting the big time aged just 16, gawky, self-effacing Brooklynite King went on to write a string of smashes for other artists during the ’50s and ’60s, before overcoming shyness and a failed marriage (to her writing partner Gerry Goffin) to strike out on her own with the world-conquering album ‘Tapestry’.

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Aldwych Theatre , Covent Garden Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday July 22 2017

Bugsy Malone

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The weapon of choice in kiddie-gangster musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ is a ‘splurge gun’ that takes enemies down with sticky white custard…

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016

The Bodyguard

'The Bodyguard' returns for 2016 with Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron (not performing Mondays or Wednesday matinees).

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Monday August 29 2016 - Tuesday February 7 2017

The Book of Mormon

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'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's comedy musical about a pair of hapless Mormon missionaries won nine awards at the 2011 Tony awards. It's so extravagantly sold-out on Broadway – and with such expensive tickets – that this wildly-anticipated West End production may conceivably find itself filled up with impatient New Yorkers flying over for a bargain.

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Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday November 12 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Jonathan Slinger replaces Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka from May 4 2015. A luminous roller-coaster ride of colour, spectacle and fantastical happenings, Sam Mendes’s stage version of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s book is still as entertaining as ever, two years and a couple of casts down the line. And though a lot of that comes down to the show’s garishly-hued stage tricks, it’s also due to the main attraction.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017

COMING SOON Dreamgirls

Loosely inspired by the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes, this Broadway smash-hit musical was made into a 2006 film starring Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson. Its latest costume change is into a glittering new West End production, featuring 'Glee' star Amber Riley in her West End debut as singer Effie White.  

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Saturday November 19 2016 - Saturday March 11 2017

Funny Girl

Recommended

Barbra who? It’s no small triumph that Sheridan Smith has all but banished the ghost of productions past in this revival of the musical that made Barbra Streisand’s name in 1964…

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016
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Shaun
Shaun

Once is undoubtedly one of the most cleverly staged, superbly choreographed yet touchingly intimate musicals I have yet seen. The ceilidh style opening which demands the audience to be sitting down well before the start is a superb idea and totally fools the audience the cast are excellent musicians/singers/actors. True triple threat stuff. Once is ALMOST as good as The Last Five Years at the Factory of Chocolate. Almost. What worries me is that it won't get the support it deserves from priggish and greyed theatre critics or stupid "see poster - see show" tourists. If I had some money to help it along I would donate. Seriously. Put the Mormon book back on the justifiably dusty shelf and take a chance - just ONCE.