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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<p>'Don Quixote' at Garrick Theatre</p>
Theatre, Comedy

Don Quixote

icon-location-pin Garrick Theatre, Covent Garden
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The RSC’s staging of Cervantes’s 1615 novel does a very smart thing…

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Theatre, Musicals

Les Miserables

icon-location-pin Queen's Theatre, Soho
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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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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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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>Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

The Inheritance

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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‘The Inheritance’ is the definition of a big ask: the world premiere of a two-part, seven-hour play by Matthew Lopez, a US writer Brit audiences are unlikely to have heard of, in a production by Stephen Daldry that stars only one big name…

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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>Matthew Needham (John Buchanan and Patsy Ferran (Alma)</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

Summer and Smoke

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Patsy Ferran is just astonishingly good in this welcome West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’s ‘Summer and Smoke’…

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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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