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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. 

Latest musical reviews

The Braille Legacy

The story of Louis Braille – the blind French boy who invented the braille alphabet in 1824 when he was only 15 – is an inspiring one, and musicals have certainly been based on stranger source material…

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Charing Cross Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 24 2017

Whisper House

The ‘ghost musical’ is a niche genre indeed. And this strange show composed by Duncan Sheik – he of ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘American Psycho’ fame – doesn’t prove much of an addition to the category…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday May 27 2017

42nd Street

Recommended

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 October 14 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 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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A-Z list of West End musicals

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 September 30 2017
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Dreamgirls

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
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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

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 Tuesday November 21 2017 - Saturday June 30 2018
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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.