Our Guide to London Theatre Shows: What’s On & What to See

June 14, 2017 10:00 am

It’s time for a curtain call with this guide to London theatre shows

London has long been a bastion of culture, with a rich theatrical history including Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces and otherworldly musicals. These are some of the shows that speak to the best of British culture, check out our guide to London theatre shows below and find out how you could save on theatre tickets with your London Pass!

Guide to London Theatre Shows


This beloved Tony-award winning musical takes the Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz and takes it for a spin. This touching prologue told from the perspective of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, revolves around how she changed from one of Oz’s most promising stars to storybook villain. Tackling themes like prejudice, compassion and friendship with laughter and tears, you’ll want to hang onto some tissues for the end of the first act and the iconic number Defying Gravity.

Guide to London Theatre Shows

The Lion King

Brush up on your Disney knowledge and be prepared to sing along at this popular West End musical, which takes the classic film The Lion King to the stage. The stagecraft and costuming are stunning and ambitious, with seven foot elephants roaming the aisles and pride rock rising from the stage. Even the most cynical person will fall in love with this family-friendly musical.

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The Woman in Black

Adapted from the horror novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a spine-tingling experience not for the faint of heart. After a homeowner with an eccentric past dies, a young lawyer is sent to her eerie house to sort out their affairs and terror ensues as a deathly apparition begins to haunt him. There’s nothing that compares to sitting in a dark theatre, hearing the creak of a door as you hang onto the edge of your seat…

Guide to London Theatre Shows


One of the new kids on the block, this musical takes the original Disney classic and switches it up from the stage. Expect all your favourite ballads – A Whole New World and carpet flights included – as well as a fast-talking genie, who drops pop culture references at lightning speed. A perfect family day out.

Guide to London Theatre Shows

Book of Mormon

From the creators of South Park comes an unexpected musical, which follows two Mormon missionaries and their mishaps in war torn Africa. After Elder Price, the star of his class and one of the religion’s brightest sparks, and Elder Cunningham, the complete opposite, are paired together for an African mission, they find themselves having to deal with warlords, diseases and their own personal conflicts. (The music is way too catchy for its own good.)

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An American in Paris

Fans of La La Land simply must earmark this classic Gershwin musical when in the West End. Featuring some of George and Ira Gershwin’s best-loved music and lyrics, this award-winning Broadway musical has finally made its way to our shores and we are loving it. Telling a story of love, art and friendship after the war, set against the beautiful backdrop of Paris, the original film starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, which went on to win Best Picture in 1952!


Guide to London Theatre Shows

42nd Street

It’s a classic story: a small-town girl comes to the big city with even bigger showbiz dreams, only to find the path to success harder than she thought. 42nd Street brings the infectious joy of Broadway to London with its main character Peggy Sawyer leading the way, accompanied by a high-kicking chorus and foot-tapping showtunes.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This play is the much-anticipated sequel to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and follows the next generation of wizards and witches, namely Harry and Draco’s sons. Written by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the show has been the talk of the town since it opened and its stagecraft and the way it brings spells to life are nothing short of magical. It’s a must for any London theatregoer – that is, if you can get tickets.

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Kinky Boots

Get your dancing shoes on for this sparkly musical, where struggling shoemaker Charlie Price’s factory is given a second lease on life by a fabulous drag queen named Lola. Based on true events, Cyndi Lauper penned its upbeat score and it has since swept a number of Tonys since it first premiered in the US.

 Guide to London Theatre Shows


It doesn’t get more British than Roald Dahl and this charming adaptation of his story Matilda is easily one of the top five musicals in London. Matilda, a book-loving girl with a difficult family background, has her world forever changed by the arrival of her kind teacher Miss Honey and tyrant headmaster Miss Trunchbull. Just like its main character, the musical is bright, witty and full of warmth with a surprise round every corner.

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Les Miserables

Do you hear the people sing? Head to the Queen’s Theatre to see this stalwart of the London theatre scene, which has enchanted and devastated audiences for years. The musical is set during the lead-up to the French revolution and adapted from Victor Hugo’s literary epic of the same name, intertwining the lives of a thief, policeman, street rat, sheltered daughter and more in a complex web of love, fury and justice.


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  • Avatar anthonyfrost says:

    I am a mum of 2 growing kids and I took them to watch theatre show called “Aladdin” on this weekend. They loved it. I want to thank you for sharing this blog because I got the idea after reading your blog and immediately booked 3 tickets from lsbo.co.uk on a friends recommendation. It was a very amazing time I had with my kids.

  • Avatar Mary Tinker says:

    Amazing list of shows! I was never a theatre lover until 3 month ago when I visited London at my cousin’s place and watched Aladdin and The Lion King. It was a great fun watching these shows especially because we got tickets at half price from an online site Leicester Square Box Office. I liked both the shows very much and next show that we are planning to watch is Matilda. But we are not getting cheap tickets for it and finding more sites so that we can enjoy shows at a less cost. To be honest, I had no knowledge about rest of the shows mentioned here. Thanks for sharing them here! I would add them in my list of shows that I will watch. Please suggest us tips for getting cheap theatre tickets! Thank you.

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