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London musicals

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

Cyndi Lauper gets 'Kinky…'

The '80s pop star has rebounded with a smash hit musical – shetells all about 'Kinky Boots'

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By: Andrzej Lukowski

The top ten London musicals

From glamorous West End blockbusters to fringe theatre tearjerkers – they all have a place on our list

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By: Time Out editors

A-Z list of West End musicals

COMING SOON 42nd Street

A major revival for the classic American backstage musical about a dictatorial theatre director attempting to mount a massive production at the height of the Great Depression.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Monday March 20 2017 - Saturday July 22 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 July 22 2017

COMING SOON – Carousel

After 2015's 'Sweeney Todd' (starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson) and 2016's 'Sunset Boulevard' (starring Glenn Close), ENO's latest musical target is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s swooningly romantic 'Carousel', starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins.

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London Coliseum , Covent Garden Fri Apr 7 - Sat May 13

The Book of Mormon


'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 May 27 2017


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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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday October 21 2017

COMING SOON – Hamilton

Easily the biggest hit theatre show of our age, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberant, multi-racial hip hop account of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

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Victoria Palace Theatre , St James's Park Monday October 2 2017 - Saturday June 30 2018

Kinky Boots

Fabulously sassy, uplifting and ever so kinky, the Tony Award-winning musical that’s been dazzling audiences has finally high-kicked its way from Broadway to the West End. Based on true events, the story about a struggling Northampton shoe factory began life as an independent film, following in the footsteps of Brit-hits ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’, before being transformed into a musical.

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Adelphi Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday September 30 2017
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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.