Musicals

London is as famous for its West End musicals as it is for cockney rhyming slang and Big Ben. There are many great shows to choose from and here are our top ten West End show picks…

Matilda: This modern take on the Roald Dahl classic is popular with adults and kids alike.

Les Misérables: Running for over 30 years, Les Mis is a heart-wrenching and emotional journey. Don’t forget your tissues…

The Lion King: who can forget this film when it came out, featuring Elton John’s infamous song Circle of Life? 15 years on, the musical of The Lion King continues to wow families with amazing choreography, catchy songs and mesmerising puppetry. 

Thriller: after opening in 2009, this West End show still lives up to the excitement that surrounded Michael Jackson during his lifetime, paying tribute to his legendary music and unmistakable dance moves. Can we get an ‘ow!’?

Billy Elliot: since 2005, audiences have had their heart strings tugged at by loveable, northern lad Billy, as he fights the odds and his family to follow his dream. This show is a great mix of British humour, dance and feel-good times.

Phanton of the Opera: with music from the musical-score legend that is Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show has been running since 1986, playing out the emotional love story of the Phantom and his muse, Christine Daaé, night after night.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: another musical take on a Roald Dahl classic that has proven to be a big West End hit. Enjoy the musical highs and lows as you follow Charlie Bucket on his golden-ticket adventures inside Willy Wonka’s sweet factory.

Wicked: An amusing alternative to The Wizard Oz, it’s full of surprises and has an unforgettable soundtrack.

The Book of Mormon: from the creators of South Park, this religious satire, and musical success, has created quite a stir from Broadway to the West End. We recommend going to see what all the fuss is about.

Let It Be: relive the swinging 60s and follow the journey of the Beatles from being average Joes to arguably the biggest music stars to have ever lived, covering over 40 of their hits along the way.