Our favourite West End musicals you need to see now
The West End is one of the greatest places in the world. Fact. Theatres on every street corner. Brand new shows open all year. Award-winning stars appear in must-see plays. There really is a show for everyone to see in the West End. But even with the latest openings in London, there’s something special about finally seeing that West End musical that you’ve been meaning to see for years.
Take a chance on the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Visit the Rock in Come From Away. Walk down Rodeo Drive at Pretty Woman: The Musical. Get ready for the theatrical adventure of a lifetime at some of our favourite West End musicals you can see now in London.
It’s fair to say ABBA is taking over the music charts again with their new album. Now join the nine million theatregoers that have already been transported to a sunny, Greek paradise at Mamma Mia!, the ABBA jukebox musical that’s had audiences unleashing their inner dancing queens for years.
The Mamma Mia! musical sees bride-to-be Sophie find out who her father is by inviting all three of her mother’s former suitors to the island, set to ABBA tracks like “Voulez-Vous?”, “Super Trouper,” and “Waterloo.” You could watch the Mamma Mia! film on repeat, or you could experience the original, fantastically feel-good show live in the West End. Take a chance on Mamma Mia! on stage, playing at the Novello Theatre.
Defy gravity in the West End with Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked. At first, Elphaba’s a misunderstood witch just trying to get by at Shiz University. When she meets her roommate Glinda, the odd pair eventually can’t get enough of each other’s company. As they come to an emotional crossroads, Elphaba must use her heart, brains, and courage to make life-changing decisions.
The Wizard of Oz prequel has turned the Apollo Victoria Theatre green since 2006, making it one of the West End’s longest-running musicals of all time. With an anthemic song list including “The Wizard and I” and “Popular”, make sure you’re dancing through life with Wicked tickets in London.
Ever seen an episode of South Park? Watched Avenue Q onstage? Then you’ll fall head over heels for The Book of Mormon, a satirical religious comedy all about, you guessed it, Mormonism. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are two Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to spread their faith. It’s a hard task, but if anyone can evangelise, this loving pair can.
After 18 Mormon-free months in London, the Latter Day Saints are back in the West End this November. The Book of Mormon storyline has been slightly updated to reflect current events too, and the only way you’ll know all the changes is by being one of the first to see The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Whether you’ve already been converted to The Book of Mormon musical or you’re a newcomer, get ready to laugh and gasp in shock at the show’s antics.
They say that your school days are the best days of your life. Relive the classroom fun at Matilda the Musical and cheer on Matilda, the little girl who just wants to make the world a better place. With horrible parents and a wicked principal, Matilda seeks comfort in her teacher Miss Honey. But Matilda’s got one thing nobody else has — telekinetic powers. Can she move and shake up Crunchem Hall and escape a life of boredom?
Matilda has become a family favourite for West End audiences, thanks to a stellar cast made up of children and adults. There’s also a catchy score too, and by the end of the show, you’ll be humming the songs out of the Cambridge Theatre. Remember though, when you’re joining Matilda at school, sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.
After a tough year and a half, we all need a boost. Enter Come From Away, the Olivier Award-winning musical which celebrates a global community helping each other. On Sept. 11, 2001, 7,000 airline passengers found themselves stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, where the local community banded together in the wake of the tragedy.
Even though Come From Away has only been in the West End since 2019, it’s quickly becoming a firm favourite. Don’t miss out on your chance to become an islander and find out what “The Rock” is really all about.
Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis’s whirlwind romance in the Pretty Woman film first sent audiences giddy in 1990. Now, over 30 years later, experience the greatest romcom of all time again in Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. Bask in the dazzling lights of Rodeo Drive in this hit show, boasting an original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.
If you’re a Pretty Woman film fan, all your favourite movie moments are in the show too — the bathtub scene, the opera, and more. If that’s not enough, then get ready to dance in your seat at the Roy Orbison hit title song. Missing out on Pretty Woman on stage is a big mistake… huge!