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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

By Time Out London Theatre

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.

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The best West End theatre shows

Wicked, Apollo Victoria
Wicked, Apollo Victoria
© Matt Crockett

10. Wicked

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre West End Apollo Victoria, Victoria

The film world continues its love affair with werewolves, vampires and all things 'Twilight'. But theatre types have always known witches are where it's at…

9. Matilda the Musical

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials

'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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