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London musicals

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

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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: Sinatra: The Man and his Music

When Harry Hill and Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ musical ‘I Can’t Sing!’ crashed and burned at the start of last year, it was like something broke in musical theatre

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London Palladium, Soho Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday October 10 2015

Re-review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Critics' choice

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

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Covent Garden Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday June 4 2016

Review: American Idiot

The Broadway musical of Green Day’s 2004 concept album ‘American Idiot’ has finally arrived in the West End, in a low-key production starring X-Factor reject Amelia Lily

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Arts Theatre, Covent Garden Until Sunday November 22 2015

Review: Bend It Like Beckham

Critics' choice

Like the England mens’ team at their very best, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ – the West End’s latest musical adaptation of a hit Britflick – is about fifty percent wondering where this is all going to fifty percent pure euphoria. And that’ll probably do me.The biggest problem is the songs: composer Howard Goodall is revered for his great skill and subtlety, but his finishing is lousy: the man just doesn’t do catchy.

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Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday February 20 2016

Review: Miss Saigon

BOOM. CRASH. RRRAAAARGH. Forget that puny new Godzilla movie – here’s a real big beast of a blockbuster.

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Prince Edward Theatre, Soho Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday February 27 2016

The top ten London musicals

From glamorous West End blockbusters to fringe theatre tearjerkers – they all have a place on our list

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By: Time Out editors

A-Z list of West End musicals

American Idiot

The Broadway musical of Green Day’s 2004 concept album ‘American Idiot’ has finally arrived in the West End

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Arts Theatre, Covent Garden Until Sunday November 22 2015

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 31 2015 - Saturday March 12 2016

Bend It Like Beckham

Critics' choice

Like the England mens’ team at their very best, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ – the West End’s latest musical adaptation of a hit Britflick – is about fifty percent wondering where this is all going to fifty percent pure euphoria. And that’ll probably do me.The biggest problem is the songs: composer Howard Goodall is revered for his great skill and subtlety, but his finishing is lousy: the man just doesn’t do catchy.

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Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday February 20 2016

Billy Elliot the Musical

Critics' choice

Six years after it first stamped, swore, and pirouetted into audiences' hearts, 'Billy Elliot the Musical' continues to mark itself out as one of the best nights in town. Both as tough as a miner's fist after a Friday night booze-up and as soaringly sensitive as one of Tchaikovsky's swans, it's a gritty story of hope that works its magic by defying sentimentality and slaying stereotypes.

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Victoria Palace Theatre, St James's Park Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday December 17 2016

The Book of Mormon

Critics' choice

'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 31 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015

Cats

Cats will return with a new cast for Christmas 2015

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London Palladium, Soho Friday October 23 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Critics' choice

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 31 2015 - Saturday June 4 2016

The Commitments

Brian Gilligan takes over as lead role Deco, John Currivan now stars as Billy Mooney and Sam Fordham is Mickah. In these straitened times, nothing gets bums on West End seats like a stage adaptation of a blockbuster film or novel. And this show, of course, comes trailing both: Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel about a motley group of working-class Irish lads and lasses who form a raucous soul band; and Alan Parker’s 1991 mega-hit film version.

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Palace Theatre, Soho Until Sunday September 13 2015

Guys and Dolls

It's been a decade since the last major London production of 'Guys and Dolls', routinely referred to as the greatest musical of all time

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Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross Thursday December 10 2015 - Saturday March 12 2016

Gypsy

Critics' choice

There are moments when ‘Gypsy’ feels like a lovely indulgence. Not seen in this country for 40 years, Jonathan Kent’s revival of this 1959 musical is like a collector’s loving restoration job on a beautifully-made vintage car. With a full, jazzy orchestra doing total justice to Jule Styne’s brassy score, some beautifully Gene Kelly-ish choreography, a discretely sumptuous set, clockwork stage management, and a huge cast, it purrs like a dream.

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Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday November 28 2015
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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.