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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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Theatre, West End

The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars

The posters have been plastered around the London Underground for years – long enough for this show to become the most successful musical of all time – but nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence…

9
Wicked, Apollo Victoria
© Matt Crockett
Theatre, West End

Wicked

Apollo Victoria, Victoria
4 out of 5 stars

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…

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7
Theatre, Musicals

Matilda the Musical

Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials
4 out of 5 stars

'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

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road
5 out of 5 stars

Musicals don’t come much more low-key, wholesome or Canadian than ‘Come from Away’…

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