The top ten West End theatre shows in London

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

London's West End – aka Theatreland – is the best place to see theatre in the world. And here's where you can find out about the best theatre shows on in the West End. Our critics pick the best theatre shows currently running in the West End, 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.
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7

Red

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Finally bagging itself a West End transfer a hefty nine years after its hit run at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Grandage’s production of John Logan’s ‘Red’ has lost none of its power over the decade…

Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 28 2018
6

Brief Encounter

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Clearly not one to sulk into her P45, Emma Rice has opted to fill the time between her controversial departure from the Globe and the launch of her new company by bringing back one of her most beloved Kneehigh hits…

Empire Haymarket , St James' Until Sunday September 9 2018
5

The Book of Mormon

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

‘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.

Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday September 15 2018
4

Matilda the Musical

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

'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.

Cambridge Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday February 10 2019