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Top 10 West End theatre shows

Our guide to the best theatre shows the West End has to offer

Make sure you're booking for the best of the season with our critics' choice theatre guide to the ten most recommended West End theatre shows on right now. Featuring picks of the best London musicals and some great children's theatre options, check back regularly as we'll be updating this list when new West End plays open and old ones close.

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The best West End theatre shows

The Phantom of the Opera

I’m not sure any show ‘deserves’ to be the most successful entertainment event of all time, but I’ll hand it current holder of that title, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – it still works hard for its audience…

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Her Majesty's Theatre , St James' Until Saturday October 14 2017

An Inspector Calls

Recommended

Did Stephen Daldry know something we didn’t? This revival of the director’s landmark 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s 1945 play ‘An Inspector Calls’ opened a day after the result of the US Presidential election. How could anyone in the audience have heard the echo of Priestley’s plea for goodwill, compassion and solidarity and not thought it could have been written yesterday?

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Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday March 25 2017

Les Miserables

Recommended

If the second longest running show in the West End was looking a little tired, a rejuvenating orchestral facelift was just what the doctor ordered…

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Queen's Theatre , Soho Until Saturday October 14 2017

The Book of Mormon

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.

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Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday May 27 2017

Travesties

Recommended

Take a moment to consider that Tom Stoppard was only in his mid-thirties when he penned the supremely self-confident sort-of-factual intellectual fireworks of ‘Travesties’ in 1974…

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Saturday April 29 2017

Matilda the Musical

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.

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Cambridge Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday October 15 2017

The Glass Menagerie

Recommended

What does ‘make America great again’ mean, exactly? Because if it involved a return to the US’s mid-twentieth century dramatic zenith – when its playwrights were easily the best the world – I could actually probably get on board…

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Duke of York’s Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday April 29 2017

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The best hotels in the West End

When it comes to its best hotels, those with deep pockets are well catered for, but so too are those on backpacker budgets and those looking for comfort, but who’d rather spend the bulk of their dosh on the streets. Here's our pick of the best hotels near the West End.

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By: Time Out editors

Comments

6 comments
Catherine Suleiman
Catherine Suleiman

Without intending to be ridiculously dramatic, this line from the poem daffodils best describes what great impact the theatre production "Tory Boyz" had on me. “I gazed and gazed but little thought, what wealth the show to me had brought.” Naturally, the content of the play was challenging for a young person such as myself to grasp - it involved a great deal of politics highlighting the taboo subject that was “homosexuality” and its controversial nature in the House of Commons. But this is not at all to say I did not find the play extremely lively, entertaining, and sexually titillating because I did - it was. As a youth wholly passionate about acting and theatre, I am in much owe of all cast members who played in "Tory Boyz" I found their acting abilities faultless and was enriched with many skills and physical movements I later used when performing in a W11 Opera production “The Fizz”. "Tory Boyz" has completely opened my eyes to the glamorous word of theatre and has sparked my passion for acting and the arts. I cannot wait to see the next production brought by the National Youth Theatre as I am sure it will be as intellectually stimulating and spectacular as this one.

Juhász Ágnes
Juhász Ágnes

Imádom Londont!! Ha kint vagyok mindennap színházba vagyok szombaton duplán!!

Tahlia
Tahlia

I went to Melbourne to watch War House, it is an incredible show to go and see. The effects are amazing and the actors are excellent.

Paul Martin
Paul Martin

M best West End show would be - Dr N.H. Service, Ms Surveillance, and Dame Lansley May.

Daniel
Daniel

My best west end show would either be matilda the musical or wicked

Jeanne Conway
Jeanne Conway

I'm saving my money to get to London to see their fabulous plays and musicals Have seen Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, and Sunset Boulevard---Sunset was the best I have EVER seen! I am a senior citizen, but was once an actress.