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Dear Evan Hansen, West End 2019
Photograph: Matthew Murphy Sam Tutty (Evan Hansen)

London musicals

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

By Andrzej Lukowski
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There are a hell of a lot of musicals running in London at any given time, from decades-long classics like ‘Les Miserables and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to short run fringe obscurities. Here we round up every West End musical currently running or coming soon, plus fringe and off-West End shows that we’ve reviewed – all presented in fabulous alphabetical order.

A-Z list of London and West End musicals

& Juliet

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

‘& Juliet’ is a heavily ironic Shakespeare rewrite based on the songs of super-producer Max Martin. And with the gift of that knowledge, I can fairly confidently state that you’ll probably like ‘& Juliet’ almost precisely as much as you expect to like ‘& Juliet’…

101 Dalmations, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Feast Creative & Oliver Rosser

COMING SOON 101 Dalmations

Theatre Musicals Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

The ‘big summer musical’ is the annual highlight of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre calendar, one being fulfilled in 2020 with a revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’…

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 2020
© David Jensen

COMING SOON Carousel

Theatre Musicals Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest musical is good enough to be revived almost constantly and dated enough to usually feel a bit uncomfortable. But might the Open Air Theatre’s flamboyant artistic director Timothy Sheader be the man to drag it into the twenty-first century? 

COMING SOON City of Angels

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Off-West End Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road

It was a wet December night. The type of night that’s only good for two things: going to see a pastiche film noir musical, and going home to try and half-assedly write a pastiche film noir-style review of the musical while knocking back cheap Russian vodka…

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'The Drifters Girl' comes to Garrick Theatre in October 2020
Photograph: Mark Allan

COMING SOON The Drifters Girl

Theatre Musicals Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road

After starring in suffragette musical 'Sylvia' at the Old Vic, soul-singing legend Beverley Knight is back in the West End in Autumn 2020, and she's found an unlikely vehicle for her talents; a new musical about all-male singing group The Drifters…

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Evita, Regent's Park Theatre, 2019
© Marc Brenner

RETURNING SOON Evita

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Outdoor theatres Barbican Centre, Barbican

Forget everything you know about ‘Evita’: this one properly rocks…

Frozen Broadway
© Deen van Meer

Frozen

Theatre Musicals Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Covent Garden

In the autumn of 2020 extremely venerable Theatre Royal Drury Lane will emerge from over a year of lavish upgrade and restoration works to play host to what is surely set to be the biggest show of the year: Michael Grandage’s musical adaptation of Disney’s ‘Frozen’…

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Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up! musical
Photograph: Adrian Boot

COMING SOON Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story

Theatre Musicals Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Actor Arinzé Kene has been hovering in the neighbourhood of West End leading man status for a while. ‘Get Up, Stand Up!’ sees him really hit the big time as he plays Bob Marley in a handsome new musical based upon the reggae legend’s life and songs…

COMING SOON Hairspray

Theatre Musicals London Coliseum, Covent Garden

In 2020 the Coliseum host one long (12-week) revival of big-hearted, acceptance-preaching, ’60s-homaging musical ‘Hairspray’. It’s being billed as a new production, though fans of the original – which closed in 2010 – are unlikely to be disappointed, as it reunites director Jack O’Brie, choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and star Michael Ball.

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