Best Musicals in London
Musicals in London are one of the biggest attractions in the British capital, and seeing one of the best musicals is really a unique experience and one of those things we recommend you to do if you are going to visit London.
Some of London’s most famous musicals are The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia and many others.
Many of these London musicals have been on the bill for several years because of their great success, and I think that if you are planning a visit to the British capital, going to see one of the best musicals in London will certainly add a special and unforgettable touch to your trip.
Most of London’s best musicals are represented in the theatres of London’s West End, and more specifically around the squares of Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
Most of the musicals in London are approximately 2.5 hours long, counting the interval. One of the important facts to go to see a musical in London is that for the majority of the plays it is not necessary a knowledge of the English language, because, in general, we know the songs or the history.
This is important to emphasize and these productions are ideal for cities that receive a large number of tourists from around the world, therefore are written to break the language barrier.
This is important to mention that The Lion King is one of the favorite musicals, as much for the locals as for the tourists from all over the world who visit this beautiful city.
If you are planning to go with children, in my opinion, the best musicals in London for children are The Lion King, Wicked or Matilda.
Best Musicals in London: Billboard
Below you will find a list of the best musicals in London as well as information about the location of the theatre (with a link to a map), the trailer of the musical and a link to the official website that we recommend to buy tickets easily.
In this website we recommend you can see all the details of each of the best musicals in London and best of all is that you can choose the seats when buying tickets safely online.
1. The Lion King
The musical The Lion King is one of London’s most famous musicals. And who doesn’t know the fantastic story and music of the Disney movie The Lion King, was the first musical we saw when we came to live in London and I have to say it’s impressive.
Highly recommended if you’re looking for a musical that will leave you with your mouth open from start to finish.
We were childless the two times we saw it and yet we were impressed both times, but I have to say that The Musical of the Lion King in London is the first one I would choose to see with children.
The musical The Lion King in London is performed at the Lyceum Theatre (See map) and lasts 2.5 hours (including the interval).
The Lyceum Theatre is located in London’s West End, very close to the famous Covent Garden Square and The Strand Street which leads to Trafalgar Square. The Lyceum Theatre is very big, but the truth is that the musical looks pretty good even if you’re sitting on top of it all (which is where we saw it the first time we went!).
See trailer for the musical The Lion King in London
2. Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots is a London musical that has only been playing for a short time, but is having an incredible success. This musical takes you from a shoe factory to the catwalks of Milan.
The young Charlie Price is in a constant struggle to try to meet his father’s expectations by continuing the family business of the shoe factory.
With the future of the shoe factory hanging by a thread, help comes in an unlikely but spectacular way from Lola, a fabulous artist who needs new high heel boots.
The musical Kinky Boots in London is performed at the Adelphi Theatre (See map) and lasts approximately 2.5 hours (including the interval).
The Adelphi Theatre is located in London’s West End, on The Strand, between Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. This theatre is very close to the Charing Cross subway and train station.
See the trailer for the musical Kinky Boots in London
Wicked’s musical is a wonderful representation of Gregory Maguire’s novel. In Wicked we discover how two of the most famous characters of the Wizard of Oz met in the school of witchcraft: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch.
In this musical we enjoy a story that invites us to explore the friendship between witches that would be unlikely, and discover with them the road they traveled to become what they are, the good witch and the bad witch.
The musical Wicked London has been on the Billboard for several years, and has become one of the most famous musicals in the city. It is undoubtedly one of London’s favourite musicals for going with children.
The Wicked musical in London is represented in the Apollo Victoria Theatre (See map) and lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes (with the interval included). The Apollo Victoria Thetare is next to the Victoria metro and train station.
See trailer for the musical Wicked in London
4. The Phantom of the Opera
The musical of The Phantom of the Opera is a classic of the musicals in London of all time. It tells the story of a mysterious ghost who terrifies the Paris Opera to get the love of a vocalist with whom he is in love.
The musical of The Phantom of the Opera in London is performed at the Her Theatre Majesty´s Theatre (See map) and lasts approximately 2.5 hours (including the interval). The Her Majesty´s Theatre is located next to the famous Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square in London’s West End.
See trailer for the musical The Phantom of the Opera in London
The world’s longest-running, award-winning American musical, CHICAGO, returns to London’s West End.
Roxie Hart has dreamt all her life of being a star, but things seem to get complicated when she is arrested for the murder of her lover. Faced with this situation, Roxie decides to attract media attention to become her favorite, as she also wants to get the attention of her lawyer Billy Flynn and the accused double murder and nightclub artist, Velma Kelly.
The Chicago musical has won 6 Tony awards, 2 Olivier awards and a Grammy, in addition to generating an Oscar-winning adaptation of the best film. This work was written by Bob Fosse ( along with Fred Ebb), who originally choreographed and directed the show.
Chicago allows us to enjoy songs that delight the general public, including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You’re Good to Momma, and Razzle Dazzle.
The musical Chicago in London is performed at the Phoenix Theatre (See map), located in London’s West End next to Leicester Square and Covent Garden squares, and lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
See trailer for the musical Chicago in London
6. Matilda The Musical
The Musical Matilda is based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, in which the protagonist, a very intelligent girl, has the misfortune of living with a family whose mediocre parents never care about her and force her to watch television refusing to buy any books, in addition to leaving her alone every afternoon.
In the musical we will be able to see all the characters of the novel, like Miss Honey and the malevolent director of the school Agatha Trunchbull. No doubt this is a good option to go with children and spend a fun time.
Matilda’s musical in London is performed in the Cambridge Theatre (See map) located next to the beautiful Covent Garden Square and lasts approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (including the interval).
See trailer of the musical Matilda in London
7. Mamma Mia
The Musical Mamma Mia is set on a Greek island, describing a story of love, friendship and identity told with the songs of Abba. A beautiful and fun comedy that has been a hit for more than 15 years in a row entertaining the London public.
The musical Mamma Mia in London is performed at the Novello Theatre (See map) in London’s West End, near Covent Garden and Somerset House, and lasts approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes (including the interval).
See trailer for the musical Mamma Mia in London
8. Thriller Live
This is a musical commemorating the musical career of one of the most important icons of all time, Michael Jackson. Enjoy the songs that earned Michael Jackson the nickname “King of Pop,” with choreographies that make this musical a show not to be missed.
The musical Thriller Live premiered in 2006, and reached the West End after being acclaimed all over Europe and after three successful tours in the United Kingdom.
Michael Jackson sold more than 750 million records during his 40 year career, and his album Thriller is still the best-selling album of all time. Thriller Live awaits with enthusiasm to celebrate the 4000th show.
The musical Thriller Live in London is performed at the Lyric Theatre (See map), located next to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square in London’s West End.
See trailer for the musical Thriller in London
9. Les Miserables
With more than 30 uninterrupted years on the billboard, the musical Les Miserables is the longest running in London. This musical is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, one of the best-known novels of the 19th century.
Les Miserables touches hearts with its history of justice, injustice, love, redemption and revolution.
The musical Les miserables in London is performed at the Queen´s Theatre (See map) in London’s West End, next to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
See trailer for the musical Les miserables in London
Aladdin’s Musical in London is another fantastic musical to enjoy with the family, based on Disney’s well-known animated film Alddin.
The show features amazing special effects as well as extravagant costumes, and is undoubtedly one of the most recommended musicals in London to go with the family, with well-known songs such as Friend Like Me, A Whole New World and Arabian Nights. Of course there’s no shortage of bottle genius and the famous flying carpet!
The musical Aladdin in London is performed at the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho London, next to Leicester Square and lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including the interval.
See trailer of the musical Aladdin in London