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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

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’…

'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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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’…

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…

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Matilda the Musical

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials

'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…

Pretty Woman: The Musical, Broadway
© Matthew Murphy

COMING SOON Pretty Woman: The Musical

Theatre Musicals Piccadilly Theatre, Soho

Every hit romcom is destined to become a musical, and while the whole it’s-about-a-prostitute-who-falls-for-her-client, er, thing possibly stopped 1990 enormo-smash ‘Pretty Woman’ being adapted earlier, the inevitable has now happened…

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COMING SOON The Prince of Egypt

Theatre Musicals

Stephen Schwartz has a pretty permanent hold over West End crowds with 'Wicked', his long-running blockbuster fantasy musical. Now, he's dusting the Egyptian sands from his 1998 Dreamworks movie, an old testament epic centring on Moses, and boasting some memorable songs and epic, chariot-racing special effects…

Oliver Savile and Emma Hatton in Wicked
© Matt Crockett

Wicked

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre West End Apollo Victoria, Victoria

The film world continues its love affair with werewolves, vampires and all things 'Twilight'. But theatre types have always known witches are where it's at. In its sixth year at the Apollo Victoria, Oz prequel 'Wicked' continues to fill this massive theatre with an international crowd of voracious consumers (glass of champagne and a choccy for £16 anyone?).

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