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London musicals

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

© Matt Crockett

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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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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'I been arrested all over this damn country’, announces Audra McDonald. The Broadway legend, and six-time Tony winner (an all-time record), is making her long-anticipated West End debut in a play that’s a bleak tour of another kind of America…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday September 9 2017

Annie

American as apple pie and covfefe, Charles Strouse’s all-singing 1977 adaptation of Harold Gray’s Depression-era comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ remains a staple on the touring circuit…

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Piccadilly Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday January 6 2018
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La Strada

Fellini’s classic film about a hapless girl who is sold to a travelling strong man (the title translates as 'The Road') here receives an actor-musician makeover from director Sally Cookson, whose inventive 'Jane Eyre' and 'Peter Pan' recently won plaudits at the National Theatre…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday July 8 2017

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: 40-odd pairs of tap-dancing feet…

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Until Saturday February 10 2018
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An American in Paris

Bright and breezy, Technicolor and toe-tapping, the 1951 Hollywood musical ‘An American in Paris’ was a lushly romantic vehicle for Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron’s dancing and the Gershwin brothers’ superlative tunes…

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Until Saturday January 27 2018

The Girls

Okay, he’s not exactly at the bleeding edge of cool, but I was rather looking forward to Gary Barlow’s West End musical debut ‘The Girls’, for one simple reason…

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 15 2017
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Working

Following the success of 'Godspell' and 'Pippin', and long before 'Wicked', Stephen Schwartz teamed up with fellow composers including James Taylor and Mary Rodgers on this song cycle dedicated to the world of work…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday July 8 2017

A-Z list of West End musicals

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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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Until Saturday February 10 2018

Annie

American as apple pie and covfefe, Charles Strouse’s all-singing 1977 adaptation of Harold Gray’s Depression-era comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ remains a staple on the touring circuit…

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Piccadilly Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday January 6 2018

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 December 2 2017
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An American in Paris

Bright and breezy, Technicolor and toe-tapping, the 1951 Hollywood musical ‘An American in Paris’ was a lushly romantic vehicle for Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron’s dancing and the Gershwin brothers’ superlative tunes.

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Until Saturday January 27 2018

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 Until Saturday September 16 2017
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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 November 4 2017
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Half a Sixpence

The Chichester Festival Theatre hit machine gears up once again as this acclaimed new version of 'Half a Sixpence' – the musical adaptation of HG Wells's autobiographical novel 'Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul' – transfers to the West End…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday September 2 2017
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Comments

2 comments
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.