London is a musical city! On the Thames, some of the world’s best productions are brought to the stage, which, if at all, can only be topped by Broadway…
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Which current musicals are currently to be seen in London, how you can get cheap musical tickets and which productions we recommend – here you will find all the tips and tricks!
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The BEST musicals in London
London’s musicals enjoy a reputation like thunder: some of the world’s most popular productions are on the London boards, at home.
The curtain has been falling in the West End for more than 30 years for the Les Misérables musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo – the performance is an absolute classic.
In addition to such evergreens, however, there are also constantly new productions to see, such as Back to the Future or Grease. We have compiled for you the absolute Must-Sees this year – these are our top musicals in London.
Back to the Future
Grease - The Musical
Phantom of the Opera
Tina - The Musical
What musicals are on in London?
The Lion KingMusical in Covent GardenAdd to myTravel added
The Lion King is one of the best musicals ever composed. How could it be otherwise, after all, it comes from the pens of the geniuses Hans Zimmer and Sir Elton John! Not without reason the piece enjoys worldwide high reputation us an absolute crowd puller.In London’s West End you can see one of the best productions of the Lion King worldwide. The London Disney adaptation impresses with its high-caliber cast, an elaborate set and spectacular choreography. For three hours, this musical takes the whole family into the world of the little lion Simba and his fight for the throne!
WickedMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
Wicked tells the story of the two teenage witches Glinda and Elphaba. One is good, the other bad – both belong to the entourage of The Wizard of Oz.The show begins when the two witches leave for college. There they spend several adventures together until life divides them. The soundtrack of Wicked is probably one of the best in the musical scene.But experience for yourself how Elphaba becomes the fearsome Witch of Oz – an exciting spectacle!
Frozen - The West End MusicalMusical in Covent GardenAdd to myTravel added
If you’re in London with kids, or you’re kids at heart, grab your tickets to the spectacular musical Frozen on the West End.
You’ll be immediately transported to the land of Arendelle and the struggles of Queen Elsa and her sister Anna as she fights to find her sister and save their kingdom. You’ll be blown away by the astonishing performances of Disney’s hit movie music _and_ the 12 new songs written especially for the show!
The magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is a fitting location for this musical sensation. And your favourite FROZEN songs, such as “Do You Want To Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go” will be brought to life in this jaw-dropping production.
The London show has won 7 impressive awards making your trip to Frozen on London’s West End an unforgettable event. You may be experiencing FROZEN “For the First Time in Forever” but we’re sure it won’t be your last!
The Book of MormonMusicalAdd to myTravel added
The success of The Book of Mormon is indisputable: not every musical can boast of having won nine Tony Awards. Phew, it’s not an easy show to describe, because the musical is designed as a satire, poking fun at religious structures in equal parts as it does the classic musical! Just watch it for yourself, it is very funny and entertaining.
Back to the Future: The MusicalMusical in The StrandAdd to myTravel added
“Back to the Future: The Musical” is a captivating time-travel adventure that has taken the London theater scene by storm. Based on the cult 1985 film, this musical seamlessly transfers the beloved story to the stage, capturing the hearts of audiences young and old.What makes Back to the Future one of the best musicals in London is the perfect blend of nostalgia and fun. As the DeLorean races through time and Marty McFly’s adventures unfold, this production goes beyond screen nostalgia to make it an unmissable musical sensation in London.
Grease - The MusicalMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
We are Hopelessly Devoted to Grease! Already the film is a classic and finally also the musical comes back on stage in London!
The film version, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, tells the story of Danny Zuko and Sandy, who meet in a summer romance and accidentally meet again in their senior year. A wonderfully musical tale of a romantic youthful love.
With hits like “Youre the one that I want“, “Grease Lightnin” and “Summer Nights” it holds no one more on the chairs, and it is danced properly!
Matilda - The MusicalMusical in CambridgeAdd to myTravel added
The award-winning musical Matilda is based on the famous book by Roald Dahl, in which the girl Matilda experiences extraordinary adventures due to her telekinetic powers. She tries to take flight from her tyrannical parents and find happiness – a unforgettable musical for the whole family!
Les Misérables in LondonMusicalAdd to myTravel added
For many, the realization of Les Misérables in London’s West End is the only true production. For more than 30 years, the musical has already been performed at the Queen’s Theatre in London.
The world-famous advertising banner still hangs there on the facade, which is sold as a poster for every performance. If you also want to see London’s most renowned musical, then buy tickets for the performance at the Queen’s Theatre, which itself is an icon among London theaters.
The Phantom of the OperaMusicalAdd to myTravel added
For more than 30 years, the Phantom of the Opera has been performed in London’s West End, longer than any other play there. The musical, which is traditionally staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre, has become an evergreen – thanks to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ingenious adaptation.
The musical is an adaptation of the scary novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux and tells the story about the fight of the Phantom of the Paris Opera for the love of the singer Christine. Will there be a happy ending?
TINA - The Tina Turner MusicalMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
The Tina Turner Musical is a real crowd puller! It tells the eventful life story of pop legend Tina Turner through her greatest hits. In addition to great hits, you will experience the private history of the Queen of Rock, with all the ups and downs. In the Aldwych Theatre London shows the whole cast what he has on it and will entertain you brilliantly.
Jersey BoysMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has actually been an absolute classic on the West End for years. The popularity of the Jersey Boys is reflected not only in the mega audience figures, but also in over 95 international awards won, which tells the story of the pop band. After a few years, it now comes to the stage of the Trafalgar Theatre and captivates music nerds and musical fans.In 150 minutes you will learn the backstory of song like “Can’t take my Eyes of You” or “Big Girld don’t Cry” and will definitely be carried away by the energy on stage. For me, the musical Jersey Boys is an absolute highlight of the West End of London!
The Little Big ThingsMusicalAdd to myTravel added
Welcome to The Little Big Things, a truly captivating musical from London’s West End! With the heart-touching characters and just the little special moments, it is an absolutely unique musical in the English capital! But what is the play about: It tells of the most diverse people from the most diverse circumstances and how the little moments of life are also the most important.If you visit the musical, then get ready for a coaster of emotions. From hearty laughter to the one or other tear is really everything here!
Moulin Rouge! The MusicalMusical in Piccadilly CircusAdd to myTravel added
Not only in Paris is the Moulin Rouge a huge success, also in London the red dressed cancan dancers perform and spread a unique atmosphere! In the midst of glitter, glamor and romance enchanted us the Moulin Rouge totally and leaves us no choice but to have seen it absolutely again.Let the champagne flow and the glasses ring, because the musical is an absolute feast!
Mamma Mia!Musical in Covent GardenAdd to myTravel added
The musical Mamma Mia is a huge success. The musical has been performed in London since 2012. Not only the cheerful and partly very emotional story, but also every single song by ABBA make the musical so unique. A special feature: When ABBA classics such as Waterloo or Dancing Queen are intoned, the audience warbles along at the top of its lungs. Mamma Mia tells the story of young Sophie, who wants to repair her relationship with her father before her wedding. It unfolds a romantic journey between the present and the past.
Mamma Mia! The PartyPerformances in GreenwichAdd to myTravel added
I am really a huge ABBA fan and have devoured the Mamma Mia movies! If you felt the same way, you will find your comfortplace in the Milleniumdome in Greenwich. At Nikos Taverna you will be quickly teleported to the Greek island of Skopelos and witness the romantic love story for yourself.With fantastic food and even better performers, Mamma Mia! The Party is a must see for any fan of the Swedish pop band. The party is perfect to spend a unique evening with friends and family, full of music, new friends and musical feeling.
HamiltonMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
A musical, which could not be cooler: Hamilton tells the story about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton, who came to the USA as an orphan and also fought in the American War of Independence.
But if you’re thinking of a traditional musical now, you’re wrong. The musical brings you the story entertaining and with modern music including R&B, soul, jazz and in rap songs over. It is simply a must-see in London.
ABBA VoyagePerformances in StratfordAdd to myTravel added
Sending out an S.O.S. to all ABBA lovers. If you never got the chance to see Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, and Anni-Frid in real life – don’t worry! You can experience the nearest thing to a live performance of the iconic 70s-80s pop group by catching _ABBA – Voyage_ at their purpose-built arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. _ABBA – Voyage_ really does take you on a journey back in time, and the ABBA Arena has been specially designed to provide an experience like no other. You’ll get to enjoy ABBA’s biggest hits, handpicked by the band themselves, in a way you never thought possible – until now. You no longer have to imagine singing along to “Waterloo”, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, or “Dancing Queen” with the band, because if you’re visiting the ABBA Arena you’ll get the real-life experience. How is this possible? Because the original band members appear as digital versions of themselves. Amazing, right? With cutting-edge technology, ABBA Voyage blends the physical and the digital in a performance that has to be seen to be believed.
Peter Pan PlayMusical in Kingston upon ThamesAdd to myTravel added
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Peter Pan! For a short time only (from December 1 to January 7, 2024), the magical musical awaits you at the Rose Theatre Kingston.The story of the naughty boy who doesn’t want to grow up yet reaches not only the very young among us. It’s a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a family-friendly musical in London.
Six - The MusicalMusical in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived – these are the tragic endings of the lives of the wives of Henry the Sixth, which in the musical Six is once quite thoroughly investigated. The 6 wives report in the musical of their lives with the king and leave no gray hair on him.With a lot of humor and exciting history of 500 years ago, the cast brings here concentrated female power on stage and will inspire the audience from June 2023 beyond measure!
Where to buy tickets for musicals in London?
There are, of course, 1000 ways to buy tickets for musicals in London. The sales page “Headout” has turned out to be the best for us. Because you can book your musical tickets, but also tickets for the theater, opera, ballet and many other productions online from home.
We find it especially handy that you can use an overview map of the hall to pick out the best seats. Our orders through the site always ran smoothly, which is why we can recommend it with a clear conscience.
- When you buy tickets online, your seat is guaranteed
- The cheapest tickets sell out very quickly – so it pays to order before your vacation: Lion King tickets, for example, are often sold out 15 days in advance
- You can use your time in London wisely and don’t have to wait in the long queue at the ticket office
The West End in London: The Theater District
If we’re talking about the musicals in London, you can’t forget about London’s theater scene. It is one of the best in the world and never fails to amaze audiences. What you can’t miss in the West End of London and which are the very best plays, you can find in our article about the best plays in London!
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