Can't pick a show? We have put together this list of the current 15 best shows in town to help you choose the West End experience of a lifetime.
This is powerful stuff. This is musical theatre on a grand scale. Les Miserables is the planet's longest-running musical. More than 55 million of us have seen it. In 40 countries and 21 languages. It's a spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. And it's at London's Queens Theatre now!
Starring: David Shannon, Geronimo Rauch
On 5th August 2016 theatreland let out an almighty cheer. The rumours were confirmed - a new production of the extravagant 1930s musical 42nd Street is set to begin previews from late March 2017, returning once more to its London home, the magnificent Theatre Royal Drury Lane. And Mark Bramble is directing again, the icing on an already delicious cake. Welcome back!
Mary Shelley's classic will never be the same.
When Frederick Frankenstein, a respected New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle in Transylvania from his deranged grandfather, creator of the famously awful monster, he's not sure what to do. Should he stay safely put in New York or head for Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s crazy experiments?
The Gielgud theatre is your venue for the latest play by the wonderful Jez Butterworth. That's good enough news in itself... but the James Bond director Sam Mendes is set to direct, which makes the news even more thrilling. The Ferryman was a huge hit at the Royal Court theatre, now it's due to transfer once the excellent The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time takes a final bow in early summer 2017.
Welcome back! Apologia has been revived and the excitement is mounting fast, especially since the amazing Stockard Channing – who starred in the hugely popular movie Grease – is in the starring role. Introducing Apologia, Alexi Kaye Campbell's excellent second play.
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The original scored a huge hit at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Now this fantastic musical, inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning movie of the same name, is on its way to the West End after a sell-out run at Broadway's Palace Theatre. It's a Tony winner and tickets are set to sell like hot cakes. What's not to like?
Aladdin – Disney's colourful classic hits the West End. There's a treat in store for anyone who loves Disney, as the wonderful stage musical version of the animated movie hits the West End for its UK première. Your venue is Cameron Macintosh's Prince Edward Theatre, the show takes to the stage from summer 2016 and it has already scored a massive hit on Broadway. Let the magic begin!
This is without a doubt one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. Two decades of success proves it. The Woman In Black is unanimously critically acclaimed. And this Stephen Mallatratt adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel is playing at London's Fortune Theatre now!
Great news for lovers of top class drama! Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in the West End première of David Ives' acclaimed seduction drama Venus in Fur, on at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in autumn 2017. It's critically acclaimed stuff, and tickets are predicted to sell like hot cakes.
Starring: Natalie Dormer
Imagine this: someone clever has picked out Oscar Wilde's four best-loved Victorian plays, shows that still resonate strongly today, raising the rafters with delighted, shocked laughter. They've decided to produce them for a West End season, a series of plays designed to thrill Wilde fans to bits. Well, you can stop imagining. It's real!
You laughed yourself silly at The Play That Goes Wrong. You adored Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Now it's time for a new show that has already been awarded five star reviews from a stable of respected theatre critics, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. The Telegraph and The Times, the Radio Times and Sunday Telegraph all loved it, as did Whats On Stage.
If you were wishing this show was on in London, it's your lucky day! Motown the Musical is set to open in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre, landing fresh from Broadway in February 2016 and preceded by a host of brilliant reviews. Fresh and soulful, glittering and glamorous, it's the ultimate soul music spectacular.
Mamma Mia has gone global. Everyone loves Abba. And timeless songs like 'Dancing Queen' and 'Take A Chance On Me' pull in huge numbers of show goers. It's an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. And London's Novello Theatre is bursting at the seams every night as a result. Fantastic!
School of Rock, The Musical – Dewey Finn is back! If you giggled your way through the hugely popular Paramount film by Mike White, which starred the hilariously silly Jack Black, you will quite simply adore this brand new musical. It cut its teeth on Broadway at the Winter Garden theatre and now it's due in London's theatreland, as big and brash and bold as you'd expect, a real laugh a minute.
Starring: David Fynn