Must-See Musicals in London in 2017

Adding a musical or show to your London trip is like adding whipped cream to a cake, a bit decadent, but so worth it. That said it can be difficult to choose what to see when you are only in town for a weekend or perhaps a week.

The good news is that London has a wide range of amazing shows and musicals that will take your breath away and leave you feeling so decadently spoiled. The thing is that it can make it harder to decide what to see. Do you go for the hottest new show? The one with the most awards? Or the one based on the book you loved?

Having been lucky enough to get to see quite a few of these we’d definitely suggest that you start with one of these five: Lion King, Les Miserables, Wicked, Thriller & Phantom of the Opera.

We firmly believe that you just can’t go wrong with the longest running, multiple award-winning hit shows.

These are not only the safe bet – they are the ones that are guaranteed to knock your socks off and leave you with memories for a lifetime!

Below we take a closer look at these to try and make choosing one of these a little easier.

Disney’s The Lion King is a family-friendly favorite and enjoyed by audiences of all ages! With music by Elton John, The Lion King is one of the most stunning musicals ever made, both in and outside of London.

The Lion King has world-premiere in London in October 1999 and continues into its 18th year of booking at the Lyceum Theatre London. The popular musical has been seen by more than 85 million people around the world, with productions playing on every continent except Antarctica!

The incredible lyrics and music are by Tim Rice and Elton John. Julie Taymor directs this musical version of Disney’s insanely popular movie the Lion King. She actually was the first woman to win a Tony Award for ’Best Director of a Musical’.

Pick this: If you want to get swept away by truely incredible customes and scenography, listen to the well-known songs from The Lion King and enjoy a night you and your family will never forget.

Theater: Lyceum Theater

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Performance Times: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 PM & Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM.

Suitable for: Recommended for children from age 6 and up. Please note that children under 3 years old will not be admitted to the theater.

Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a worldwide hit. Seen by more than 70 million people in 43 countries and in 22 languages around the world, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere.

The hard hitting facts, strong script, glorious composition, compelling acts, magnificent sets and soulful score makes this musical the longest and strongest musical of West End.

Les Misérables is produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Claude-Michel Schönberg is the book co-writer and the composer of both Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, all in collaboration with Alain Boublil.

Pick this: If you want to experience the world’s most popular musical and the longest-running in London’s West End.

Theater: Queen’s Theatre

Running Time: 3 hours

Performance Times: Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM & Monday-Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Suitable for: Recommended for children from age 7 and up, but children over 3 years are permitted with a ticket. If they become restless theatre management may ask you to leave the theatre.

Wicked is the winner of over 100 international awards, including three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

The musical has cast its spell over audiences of all ages across the world for a decade, and it continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it has become the 10th longest-running West End musical of all time.

Wicked – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz – is the incredible story about an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Wicked is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by multi-Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, and was adapted to the stage by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

Pick this: if you want to enjoy an award-winning musical filled with magic and a heartwarming story about friendship.

Theater: Apollo Victoria Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Performance Times: Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM & Monday-Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Age limit: Recommended for children from age 7 and up. Please note children under 3 will not be admitted. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult during the performance.

Thriller Live is the ultimate concert celebration of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Thriller Live is almost like experiencing Michael Jackson live in concert.

The show is a musical journey and celebration of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s career stretched over 40 years, from his days in Jackson 5 to his incredible solo career. Through the years he’s sold more than 750 million albums. The album Thriller is the world’s best-selling album to this day.

Pick this: If you are a fan of Michael Jackson or The Jackson 5, would like to enjoy a high-energy show or moonwalking.

Theater: Lyric Theater

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Performance times: Saturday at 4 PM, Sunday at 3:30 PM & Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 7:30 PM & Saturday at 8 PM.

Age limit: Suitable for all ages. Michael Jackson fan or not.

The Phantom of the Opera is the musical of musicals and a pure joy for musical lovers. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 and, after more than 11,000 performances, continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical phenomenon with some of the most extravagant sets, costumes and special effects ever used on a stage. This wildly popular musical has staged productions in over 90 cities and has won over 50 theater awards worldwide!

Pick this: If you want to experience the musical of all musicals; a true classic with a captivating story, soaring ballads and sensational stage effects.

Theater: Her Majesty’s Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Performance times: Thursday and Saturday at 2:30 PM & Monday to Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Age limit: Recommended for children from age 10 and up. Please note that children under age 5 will not be admitted to the theater.


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