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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

Re-review: Guys and Dolls

Critics' choice

Hollywood comedian Rebel Wilson is a slightly random but certainly not unwelcome addition to the cast of the West End's 'Guys and Dolls'…

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday October 30 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

Critics' choice

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

Review: Through The Mill

If there’s one celebrity whose life has not lacked a good prying, it’s Judy Garland. The cracked yellow brick road of her 47 years (before she died from an overdose), has long symbolised the tarnish on the studio sheen of Hollywood’s golden age. And ‘that’ song from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is an all-purpose go-t…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday July 30 2016

Re-review: Bugsy Malone

Critics' choice

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 Until Saturday September 3 2016

Review: Boys Will Be Boys

Critics' choice

Smoky cabaret clubs are made for transgression: through the fug of smoke and darkness, who can tell who's playing by the rules…

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Bush Hall , Shepherd's Bush Until Saturday July 30 2016

Review: Titanic

Critics' choice

I think it’s probably fair to say that the last time I was on the verge of tears at the Charing Cross Theatre, it was because I was really sad that I was in the Charing Cross Theatre…

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Charing Cross Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 6 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 Until Saturday February 11 2017

Review: The Threepenny Opera

Critics' choice

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 Until Saturday October 1 2016

A-Z list of West End musicals

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 Until 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 Until Saturday February 18 2017

Bugsy Malone

Critics' choice

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 Until Saturday September 3 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 Until 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

Critics' choice

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 Until Saturday October 8 2016

Guys and Dolls

Critics' choice

Frank Loesser’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ is routinely referred to as the greatest musical of all time, which is, frankly, a heckuva lot to live up to…

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday October 30 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.