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Our guide to the best theatre shows currently running in London. The theatre district is around the West End. A lot of the most popular musicals are down Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. There are plenty of theatres down the Haymarket, the Strand and around Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
Theatre shows playing this month
Here’s our pick of the best West End shows running in London during April
to • Queen’s Theatre "Les Miserables" is an epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
to • Fortune Theatre A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
to • Her Majesty’s Theatre "The Phantom of the Opera" has some of the best sets in the West End, and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest scores.
to • Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie, "The Lion King" tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle.
to • Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like "The Wizard of Oz" then you will love "Wicked" -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches.
to • Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahl's "Matilda" tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers.
to • Novello Theatre "Mamma Mia" is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, and uses the songs of ABBA.
to • Duchess Theatre The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society decide to put on a West End show, but will they start to crack under the pressure?
to • Adelphi Theatre 'Kinky Boots' tells the story of a Lola, who helps to save a bankrupt shoe factory by singing some Cyndi Lauper songs.
to • Shaftesbury Theatre Relive the Motown years and Berry Gordy's journey as he launches the careers of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and more!
to • Criterion Theatre The writers behind 'The Play That Goes Wrong' are back with 'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' at the Criterion Theatre.
to • Palace Theatre Palace Theatre has snapped up the rights to "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" -- a brand-new story by JK Rowling.
to • Gielgud Theatre Sam Mendes will be directing a production of Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' at the Gielgud Theatre.
to • Garrick Theatre Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein has been turned into a musical starring Hadley Fraser, Lesley Joseph and Ross Noble.
to • Apollo Theatre 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' is a new musical about overcoming prejudice, with songs by The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells.
to • Victoria Palace Theatre Alexander Hamilton was George Washington's right hand man, and one of America's original founding fathers.
to • The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of magic at the Magic Circle's own headquarters, and have a look around their museum as well.
to • Aldwych Theatre TINA is a new musical that tells the story of Tina Turner's life, from her humble start in Nutbush to her rise into a global superstar.
to • The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of entertainment performed by some of the world's best close-up magicians at the Magic Circle's HQ.
to • Donmar Warehouse Family, money and desire are 'The Way of the World', where everybody has to win just to get by in William Congreve's satirical comedy.
to • Dominion Theatre The Domionion Theatre will be putting on 'Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical', using the music of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf.
to • Duke of York’s Theatre 'The Moderate Soprano' tells of John Christie's attempt to build an Opera House in Sussex, to glorify the music of Wagner.
to • Globe Theatre This summer the Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies -- Hamlet.
to • London Coliseum The London Coliseum is reviving the legendary West End musical Chess, written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice.
Theatre shows starting in May
Theatre shows and musicals opening in London during the month of May
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of 'As You Like It' -- one of Shakespeare's most popular cross-dressing comedies.
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a short three-night run of 'Twelfth Night' in May - one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's outrageous and controversial comedy, 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a short-run of William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' for just three nights in May.
to • Globe Theatre See the Globe Theatre's 'The Two Noble Kinsmen' and hear some of the last words that Shakespeare ever wrote for the stage.
to • Hampton Court Palace 'Horrible Histories' will be bringing the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians to life in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
Theatre shows starting in June
Here are some more theatre shows if you’re coming to London in June
• Globe Theatre The Globe will be putting on a special one-off midnight matinee performance of William Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy, 'As You Like It'.
to • London Palladium The London Palladium is putting on a production of the much-loved musical 'The King And I', starring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara.
to • Globe Theatre William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love, loss and reconciliation, and is full of wild and uncontrollable emotions.
Theatre shows starting in July
West End shows and productions that are showing in London during July
to • Duke of York’s Theatre Hollywood star Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear, in one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
• Globe Theatre The Globe will be putting on a special midnight matinee performance of William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' -- for one night only!
to • Globe Theatre Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globe Theatre's three-month production of one of Shakespeare's most tragic plays: Othello.
Theatre shows starting in August
Some of the new productions that are opening in London’s theatres this August
to • Hackney Empire Get yourself down to the magical world of Teletubbyland and meet Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a kid's show full of fun and laughter.
More Theatre shows in 2018/19
Plan ahead and book yourself a meal in a restaurant and a night at the theatre
• Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a performance of 'Twelfth Night' in September - one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
• Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a performance of Shakespeare's outrageous and controversial comedy, 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
• Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' for one night in September.
• Globe Theatre The Globe will be putting on a special one-off midnight matinee performance of William Shakespeare's tragic play, 'Othello'.
to • Gielgud Theatre The legendary Broadway musical 'Company' is coming to the West End with some of Stephen Sondheim's best songs.
to • Hackney Empire Come with Aladdin to the mystical world of Hackney, as he rubs a magic lamp and gets granted three wishes from a purple genie.
to • Eventim Apollo The smash-hit 'Nativity' movies have now been turned into a comedy musical, fun for all the family this Christmas.