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Top 10 West End theatre shows

Our guide to the best theatre shows the West End has to offer

Make sure you're booking for the best of the season with our critics' choice theatre guide to the ten most recommended West End theatre shows on right now. Featuring picks of the best London musicals and some great children's theatre options, check back regularly as we'll be updating this list when new West End plays open and old ones close.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

If you’re a plucky producer hoping to get your new show into the Criterion Theatre, you’re flat out of luck once again…

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Criterion Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Sunday June 26 2016
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The Phantom of the Opera

I’m not sure any show ‘deserves’ to be the most successful entertainment event of all time, but I’ll hand it current holder of that title, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – it still works hard for its audience…

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Her Majesty's Theatre , St James' Until Saturday October 1 2016
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Matt Crockett
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Wicked

This stylish and bombastic musical still delivers…

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Apollo Victoria , Victoria Until Saturday April 29 2017
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Les Miserables

Critics' choice

If the second longest running show in the West End was looking a little tired, a rejuvenating orchestral facelift was just what the doctor ordered…

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Queen's Theatre , Soho Until Saturday March 4 2017
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5/10

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
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6/10

Show Boat

Critics' choice

They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore: this marvellous production of one of the all-time great musicals – already festooned in praise from a run at the resurgent Sheffield Crucible – feels like a strangely brave choice to put in the West End of 2016…

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New London Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday January 7 2017
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' choice

Three theatres, three casts, one major disaster and seven Olivier Awards on, the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about Christopher Boone, the teenage ‘mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’ remains a thing of unbridled wonder.

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday October 29 2016
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8/10

The Book of Mormon

Critics' choice

‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway-munching musical continues to shock in London. Although, truth be told, the strapping young Latter Day Saints missionaries are as cartoonish as any ‘South Park’ character, with the endearing alpha-male woodenness of the ‘Team America’ puppets. In other words, they are loveable, well-intentioned idiots, traversing the globe like groups of pious meerkats, convinced they can convert the heathen through sheer politeness.

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Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday July 23 2016
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Matilda the Musical

Critics' choice

'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. But 'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents.

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Cambridge Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday May 28 2017
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People, Places and Things

Critics' choice

Denise Gough gives the performance of a lifetime in this devastating play about reality and addiction

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 18 2016

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Catherine Suleiman
Catherine Suleiman

Without intending to be ridiculously dramatic, this line from the poem daffodils best describes what great impact the theatre production "Tory Boyz" had on me. “I gazed and gazed but little thought, what wealth the show to me had brought.” Naturally, the content of the play was challenging for a young person such as myself to grasp - it involved a great deal of politics highlighting the taboo subject that was “homosexuality” and its controversial nature in the House of Commons. But this is not at all to say I did not find the play extremely lively, entertaining, and sexually titillating because I did - it was. As a youth wholly passionate about acting and theatre, I am in much owe of all cast members who played in "Tory Boyz" I found their acting abilities faultless and was enriched with many skills and physical movements I later used when performing in a W11 Opera production “The Fizz”. "Tory Boyz" has completely opened my eyes to the glamorous word of theatre and has sparked my passion for acting and the arts. I cannot wait to see the next production brought by the National Youth Theatre as I am sure it will be as intellectually stimulating and spectacular as this one.

Juhász Ágnes
Juhász Ágnes

Imádom Londont!! Ha kint vagyok mindennap színházba vagyok szombaton duplán!!

Tahlia
Tahlia

I went to Melbourne to watch War House, it is an incredible show to go and see. The effects are amazing and the actors are excellent.

Paul Martin
Paul Martin

M best West End show would be - Dr N.H. Service, Ms Surveillance, and Dame Lansley May.

Daniel
Daniel

My best west end show would either be matilda the musical or wicked

Jeanne Conway
Jeanne Conway

I'm saving my money to get to London to see their fabulous plays and musicals Have seen Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, and Sunset Boulevard---Sunset was the best I have EVER seen! I am a senior citizen, but was once an actress.