Theatre shows in London

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 in April

Here’s our pick of the best West End shows running in London during April

Craig recommends… I’ve written about the area around the West End, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus to give you a feeling for what the atmosphere is like when it’s all lit up at night

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre

1 Jan 2002 to Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

Spend a night with The Woman in Black

1 Jan 2002 to A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera

9 Jan 2002 to The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

24 Sep 2002 to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his jungle adventures
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

7 Sep 2006 to 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
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

Thriller - with the songs of Michael Jackson

2 Jan 2009 to Thriller celebrates Michaels career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

18 Oct 2011 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia - with the songs of ABBA

6 Sep 2012 to Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong - Duchess Theatre

5 Sep 2014 to The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a West End show but will they crack under the pressure?
Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

31 Mar 2016 to The writers behind The Play That Goes Wrong are back with The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

30 Jul 2016 to Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
School Of Rock at Gillian Lynne Theatre

School of Rock

22 Oct 2016 to The Jack Black movie School of Rock has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes
Everybodys Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

Everybodys Talking About Jamie

6 Nov 2017 to Everybodys Talking About Jamie is all about overcoming prejudice with songs by The Feelings Dan Gillespie Sells
Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

TINA - The Tina Turner Musical

21 Mar 2018 to TINA tells the story of Tina Turner from her humble start in Nutbush to her transformation into a global superstar
The Magic Circle

Watch some magic at the Magic Circle

9 Apr to Look around their museum and then sit down to enjoy an evening of magic at the Magic Circles very own headquarters
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

9 To 5 – with the music of Dolly Parton

28 Jan to 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss
Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre

30 Jan to Come From Away tells the story of how a small Canadian town took in 7000 stranded air passengers after 9/11
Rip It Up at Garrick Theatre

Rip It Up - 1960s song and dance show

7 Feb to Harry Judd Aston Merrygold Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith will be dancing their way through a 1960s soundtrack in Rip It Up
Waitress at Adelphi Theatre

Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre

8 Feb to Waitress tells the story of pie-making Jenna who longs to escape her dreary marriage in small-town America
Austentatious at Fortune Theatre

Austentatious - a lost Jane Austen novel

18 Feb to A comedy play improvised from start to finish when a lost Jane Austen novel will be discovered before your eyes
Twilight Zone at Ambassadors Theatre

Enter The Twilight Zone

4 Mar to Journey into another dimension the extraordinary is ordinary and where youre never entirely sure whats real and whats not
Betrayal at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal

5 Mar to Betrayal is the culmination of Jamie Lloyds Harold Pinter season and stars the Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston
The Bay At Nice at Menier Chocolate Factory

The Bay At Nice

14 Mar to The Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a brand-new production of David Hares play about a mother and daughters struggles in Russia
Top Girls at Lyttelton Theatre

Top Girls - National Theatre

26 Mar to Now theres a woman PM and a female boss at the Top Girls employment agency — the future belongs to woman like them!
Ghost Stories at Lyric Hammersmith

Ghost Stories - a truly terrifying experience

29 Mar to Chill your blood with Ghost Stories - a terrifying theatrical experience filled with real shocks that will turn your hair white!
Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse

Sweet Charity with Anne-Marie Duff

6 Apr to Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill will be starring in the Donmar Warehouses revival of the Broadway classic Sweet Charity
The Magic Circle

Close-up magic show at the Magic Circle

13 Apr to Enjoy an evening of entertainment performed by some of the worlds best close-up magicians at the Magic Circles HQ
All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

15 Apr to Arthur Millers All My Sons tells the story of a family who lost their son in war and reveals the price of their American dream
Small Island at Olivier Theatre

Small Island - National Theatre

17 Apr to Small Island interweaves three stories about the Windrush generaton coming over to Britain from Jamaica in the 1940s
Shen Yun at Eventim Apollo

Shen Yun - 5000 years of Chinese dance

22 Apr to Shen Yun uses traditional Chinese dance to send you on a journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture
Henry Iv Part I at Globe Theatre

Henry IV - Part 1

23 Apr to The first part of Shakespeares history of Henry IV which tells the story of Harry Hotspurs battle with Prince Hal to become king of England
Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

24 Apr to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell
Henry Iv Part Ii at Globe Theatre

Henry IV - Part 2

25 Apr to The second part of Henry IV follows Falstaffs attempts to raise an army for the dying king whilst wishing for the war to be over
Man Of La Mancha at London Coliseum

Man of La Mancha with Kelsey Grammer

26 Apr to Kelsey Grammer will be starring alongside Danielle de Niese and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Man of La Mancha
Simon And Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

29 Apr to The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates their 50th anniversary using live music and original film footage from the 1960s
Henry V at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares Henry V

30 Apr to When the French dismiss Henry Vs claim to his ancestral lands across the Channel he marches the English army to Agincourt

Theatre shows starting in May

Theatre shows and musicals opening in London during the month of May

Twelfth Night at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares Twelfth Night

4 May to Twelfth Night is a farcical tale of mistaken identities and is one of William Shakespeares most popular comedies
Pericles at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares Pericles

5 May to Prince Pericles flees his kingdom and takes to the sea for an adventure that leaves him shipwrecked and fighting for his love
Comedy Of Errors at Globe Theatre

The Comedy of Errors

6 May to Shakespeares witty play of mistaken identity sees two sets of estranged twins wandering through the streets of the same town
Follies at Olivier Theatre

Stephen Sondheims Follies

6 to Stephen Sondheims legendary musical Follies will be coming to the National Theatre for a strictly limited one-week run
Orpheus Descending at Menier Chocolate Factory

Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams

9 May to Tennessee Williams play about a drifter who excites a bored American wife whos stuck in a loveless marriage
Anna at Dorfman Theatre

Anna - National Theatre

11 May to A tense new thriller set in East Berlin that uses individual headsets to give the the audience intimate access to the events on stage
Showstopper at Lyric Theatre

Showstopper - The Improvised Musical

13 May to Showstopper is a made-up musical thats created on the spot from suggestions fired out from the audience
Rutherford And Son at Lyttelton Theatre

Rutherford and Son

16 May to A play about a Northern factory boss who runs both his business and his family with a rod of iron until his kids turn against him
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Globe Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor

17 May to See one of Shakespeares best-loved characters get his comeuppance when Falstaff tries to woo the Merry Wives of Windsor
Strictly Come Dancing Professionals at Eventim Apollo

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals

18 May 2019 If youre a fan of TVs Strictly then get down to Apollo and see ten of the professional dancers live on stage
Dead Dog In A Suitcase at Lyric Hammersmith

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

21 May to Dead Dog In A Suitcase is a twisted morality tale based on John Gays musical satire Beggars Opera

Theatre shows starting in June

Here are some more theatre shows if you’re coming to London in June

In The Night Garden Live at Hackney Empire

Into The Night Garden Live

1 to Join Igglepiggle on a very busy day in the magical world of the Night Garden searching for his two friends Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka
Sweat at Gielgud Theatre

Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre

7 Jun to Sweat tells the story of a community worried about the loss of jobs at their factory and how their anger and frustrations led to disaster
Noises Off at Lyric Hammersmith

Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith

27 Jun to Forty years after it had its premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith Noises Off is returning for another short one-month run
Peter Gynt at Olivier Theatre

Peter Gynt - National Theatre

27 Jun to Follow Peter Gynt as he travels from Florida to Scotland via Egypt and a mountain of trolls in a new version of Henrik Ibsens story
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at London Palladium

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

27 Jun to Andrew Lloyd Webbers iconic musical is returning to the Palladium to celebrate its 50th anniversary
A Midsummer Nights Dream at Globe Theatre

A Midsummer Nights Dream

28 Jun to Shakespeares tale about the arrival of the king and queen of the fairies to the forest and the complicated love life of two couples

Theatre shows starting in July

West End shows and productions that are showing in London during July

Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

3 Jul to The Gruffalo is a musical adaptation of the award winning childrens picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Jesus Christ Superstar at Barbican Centre

Jesus Christ Superstar

4 Jul to Andrew Lloyd Webbers and Tim Rice’s classic rock opera musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be playing at the Barbican
Jellyfish at Dorfman Theatre

Jellyfish - National Theatre

5 to Jellyfish is about a girl with Downs Syndrome coming of age and entering her first romantic relationship in a seaside town
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear at Dorfman Theatre

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

25 Jul to Can Polly help Padlock the Bear escape the evil clutches of Mr Gum in this all-singing all-dancing adventure for kids?

Theatre shows starting in August

Some of the new productions that are opening in London’s theatres this August

As You Like It at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares As You Like It

7 Aug to The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeares cross-dressing romantic comedy As You Like It
Les Miserables Staged Concert at Gielgud Theatre

Les Miserables all-star concert

10 Aug to Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will be starring in this all-star concert version of the long-running West End show Les Miserables
Hansard at Lyttelton Theatre

Hansard at the National Theatre

22 Aug to Hansard is a witty new play about a Tory MP who returns home who find his secrets uncovered during a marital spat
The Secret River at Olivier Theatre

The Secret River - National Theatre

22 Aug to A story about an English convict who lands in Australia to find that the land he wants already belongs to the locals

More Theatre shows in 2019/20

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Master Harold And The Boys at Lyttelton Theatre

Master Harold… And The Boys

21 Sep to A blistering play about apartheid in South Africa and how it made people hurt friends and those that they professed to love
Translations at Olivier Theatre

Translations - National Theatre

15 to A story about two British Army officers arriving in rural Donegal to redraw their local map but with English place names
Diversity at Eventim Apollo

Diversity - Born Ready

9 Nov 2019 Ashley Banjo and Diversity are back at the Hammersmith Apollo with a brand-new dance show to celebrate their ten years together
Cinderella Panto at Lyric Hammersmith

Cinderella Christmas panto

16 Nov to See if Cinderella can find her Prince Charming when she loses her new shoes and goes to the ball at the Lyric Hammersmith
Sleeping Beauty Panto at Greenwich Theatre

Sleeping Beauty Christmas panto

22 Nov to This years panto at the Greenwich Theatre will be the love story between Sleeping Beauty and her handsome prince
Dick Whittington at Hackney Empire

Dick Whittington Christmas panto

23 Nov to This years Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire is the classic rags-to-riches tale of Dick Whittington and his cat
Nativity The Musical at Eventim Apollo

Nativity The Musical - based on the hit movies

11 to The smash-hit Nativity movies have been turned into a comedy musical fun for all the family this Christmas
Arthur Millers All My Sons Arthur Miller's All My Sons tells the story of a family who lost their son in war, and reveals the price of their American dream.
Roald Dahls Matilda: The Musical Roald Dahl's "Matilda" tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers.
A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare's tale about the arrival of the king and queen of the fairies to the forest, and the complicated love life of two couples.
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