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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. 

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review

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The already gloriously OTT tale of Audrey II, the rampaging man-eating plant, and those unlucky enough to fall into her feeding range gets an extra twist in Maria Aberg’s exuberant open-air production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’…

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‘Knights of the Rose’ review

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What the actual fuck is this? Good question. Barrister and budding musical theatre impresario Jennifer Marsden has done a cut-and-paste job, pilfering chunks of classic texts then sticking them together to create a patchwork, swords-and-shields epic…

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‘The King and I’ review

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Like an elderly relative who you make allowances for on grounds of age, classic musical ‘The King and I’ is kind of racist, but difficult to entirely hold to modern standards…

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‘Fun Home’ review

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If there are two things the Americans make us looks like absolute amateurs at, it’s dementedly self-destructive domestic politics and musical theatre…

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‘Chicago’ review

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Kander & Ebb’s ‘Chicago’ is, in a certain light, an unlikely West End long-runner…

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‘Caroline, or Change’ review

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It’s Louisiana, 1963. Change is in the air, in theory. But household maid Caroline is still stuck in a stuffy basement, pulling loose change from her employers’ pockets…

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Hamilton review

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Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. ‘Hamilton’ is stupendously good…

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Young Frankenstein

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As Halloween approaches, 91-year-old comedy legend Mel Brooks has unearthed his dusty, schlocky comedy musical. It’s a ‘Frankenstein’ riff that started out as a 1973 movie, then got turned into a Broadway musical a decade ago. Why bring it back? The cast’s approach seems to be ‘Why not?’

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A-Z list of West End musicals

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42nd Street

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To start with, the red curtain rises just a foot off the stage. And it artfully reveals the star attraction of this mind-blowingly lavish revival of a classic Broadway musical…

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Aladdin

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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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COMING SOON The Band

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Nearly two years after the conclusion of Gary Barlow’s ‘Let It Shine’ TV talent search, its Take That jukebox musical end product will finally hit the West End…

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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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Caroline, or Change

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It’s Louisiana, 1963. Change is in the air, in theory. But household maid Caroline is still stuck in a stuffy basement, pulling loose change from her employers’ pockets…

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Chicago

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Kander & Ebb’s ‘Chicago’ is, in a certain light, an unlikely West End long-runner…

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Rosalie Craig stars as Bobbi in 'Company'
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COMING SOON Company

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Stephen Sondheim's witty, endlessly charming musical about a bachelor in New York is getting a revival by West End heavyweight Marianne Elliott…

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Dreamgirls

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Motown’s girl groups sang about needing love, love. But behind all the sappy stuff there was cold hard cash. Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s 1981 musical is built on sharp insights into pop’s economic realities…

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COMING SOON Fun Home

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The Young Vic maintains its occasional but impressive record of bringing over high class American musicals with the UK premiere of 'Fun Home'…

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