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Best West End theatre shows in London

Our guide to the best theatre shows you can see in London's West End right now

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By Time Out London Theatre |
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Call it the West End or call it Theatreland, but central London is the best place to see theatre in the world. And Time Out’s guide to the best theatre shows currently running in the West End. Our critics pick the best theatre shows in town, featuring anything from London musicals to the best children's theatre shows.

We'll be updating this page as new West End theatre shows open, so keep checking back as our critics refresh their choices. 

And if you want to look further afield for great shows, don't forget our pick of the best new theatre openings this month.

RECOMMENDED: your complete A-Z guide to West End theatre shows

The best West End theatre shows

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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Katharine McPhee&nbsp;(Jenna)</span></p>
Theatre, Musicals

Waitress

icon-location-pin Adelphi Theatre, Charing Cross
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‘Waitress’ is made from the very finest ingredients…

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Theatre, Drama

The Twilight Zone

icon-location-pin Ambassadors Theatre, Covent Garden
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Anne Washburn has a knack for taking the baffling rubble dump of modern America and turning it into an enchanted gothic castle…

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Fiddler on the Roof, Playhouse Theatre 2019
© Johan Persson
Theatre, Musicals

Fiddler on the Roof

icon-location-pin Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross
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Transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn’s intense, dark-hued, mildly immersive production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is as close as this Broadway musical could ever get to gritty naturalism…

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THE BOOK OF MORMON by Parker , Stone
Theatre, West End

The Book of Mormon

icon-location-pin Prince of Wales Theatre, Piccadilly Circus
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‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway-munching musical continues to shock in London. Although, truth be told, the strapping young Latter Day Saints missionaries are as cartoonish as any ‘South Park’ character, with the endearing alpha-male woodenness of the ‘Team America’ puppets. In other words, they are loveable, well-intentioned idiots, traversing the globe like groups of pious meerkats, convinced they can convert the heathen through sheer politeness.

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Theatre, Musicals

Matilda the Musical

icon-location-pin Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden
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'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. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. But 'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents.

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Come from Away, West End 2019
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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Musicals don’t come much more low-key, wholesome or Canadian than ‘Come from Away’…

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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Cleve September (Laurens), Jamael Westman ( Hamilton), Jason Pennycooke (Lafayette) &amp; Tarinn Callender (Mulligan)</span></p>
Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

icon-location-pin Victoria Palace Theatre, St James's Park
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Open run

Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. ‘Hamilton’ is stupendously good…

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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Tom Hiddleston (Robert), Zawe Ashton (Emma) and Charlie Cox (Jerry)</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

Betrayal

icon-location-pin Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho
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Look: there’s a strong chance you’re reading this because you’re a Tom Hiddleston fan, so here’s something for the Tom Hiddleston fans…

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