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The best West End musicals

The best West End musicals now showing in London theatres as voted by you

By Andrzej Lukowski

Musicals and the West End – two things that go together like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lloyd Webber and Rice, Kander and Ebb, Gershwin and Gershwin. But what is the most beloved musical in the West End? To mark our reader takeover issue – and because it sounds like a laugh – we put every song and dance show currently in a major West End theatre up for public vote, to decide scientifically and definitively which is the best/has the most devoted fans. Over 55,000 votes were cast – see the winner below.

Top ten West End musicals

2. The Phantom of the Opera

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And the most successful British musical of all time comes in at seventh. Are the show's famous 'Phans' losing their edge? More likely they were too busy arguing about things on the internet to power 'Phantom' any higher. Still – not bad.

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1. Wicked

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Here we go – the second and first placed musicals got vastly more votes than anything else on the list, and with its notoriously devoted fans, 'Wicked' was snapping at the winner's heels for most of the contest. But it never quite caught up, and settles for a very good second place.

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