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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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. Come back soon for the update list of the best west end shows of 2019.

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, Musicals

Les Miserables

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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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Home, I'm Darling, Katherine Parkinson
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Theatre, Comedy

Home, I’m Darling

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Laura Wade’s very enjoyable satire ‘Home, I'm Darling’ is now settling in at its third home…

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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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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

Pinter Seven

icon-location-pin Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho
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Before he assumed semi-ironic national treasure status, Danny Dyer was a protégé of Harold Pinter, the greatest British playwright of the twentieth century…

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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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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Julian Ovenden&nbsp;and Gillian Anderson</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

All About Eve

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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There are ‘X-Files’ nerds in my life who have spouted a lot of crazy hyperbole about Gillian Anderson over the years…

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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Rosalie Craig</span></p>
Theatre, Musicals

Company

icon-location-pin Gielgud Theatre, Soho
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Marianne Elliott has found hidden depths in what was already a stone-cold classic

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

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