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 in September

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

Craig recommends… I’ve seen a few theatre shows and enjoy seeing the West End lit up at night. Read my reviews of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus as well, to see what the nightime atmosphere is like around London’s West End.

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

to Queen’s Theatre "Les Miserables" is an epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

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.
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

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.
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie, "The Lion King" tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle.
Mousetrap at St. Martin’s Theatre

to St. Martin’s Theatre Agatha Christie's murder mystery crime thriller "The Mousetrap" has been running in the West End for nearly 60 years.
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

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.
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre "Thriller Live" celebrates the career of Michael Jackson in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves.
Stomp at Ambassadors Theatre

to Ambassadors Theatre "Stomp" is one of the most original shows in London, as the dancers use everyday props to bash out their beats and rhythms.
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

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.
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

to Novello Theatre "Mamma Mia" is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, and uses the songs of ABBA.
Book Of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

to Prince of Wales Theatre The West End musical 'The Book of Mormon' is written by the same guys behind the anarchic TV show 'South Park'.
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

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?
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

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.
Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

to Shaftesbury Theatre Relive the Motown years and Berry Gordy's journey as he launches the careers of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and more!
Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre

to Criterion Theatre The writers behind 'The Play That Goes Wrong' are back with 'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' at the Criterion Theatre.
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

to Prince Edward Theatre Disney's "Aladdin" has been turned into a West End musical, and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace 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.
School Of Rock at New London Theatre

to New London Theatre The Jack Black movie 'School of Rock' has been turned into a West End musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes.
Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre Amber Riley will be starring in the Tony Award-winning musical 'Dreamgirls' at the Savoy Theatre.
The Girls at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have got together and created 'The Girls', based on the much-loved movie 'Calender Girls'.
An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

to Dominion Theatre "An American in Paris" uses the music of George and Ira Gershwin to tell the story of an American GI in post-war Paris.
42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

to Theatre Royal Drury Lane 42nd Street tells the story of a Broadway dancer who gets her shot at stardom when the leading lady gets injured.
Annie at Piccadilly Theatre

to Piccadilly Theatre One of the world's favourite family musicals, Annie, is back in the West End for a run at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The Magic Circle

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.
The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre

to Gielgud Theatre Sam Mendes will be directing a production of Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' at the Gielgud Theatre.
The Magic Circle

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.
Queen Anne at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket 'Queen Anne' explores the relationship between the Queen of England and Sarah, the pushy Duchess of Marlborough.
Girl From The North Country at Old Vic

to Old Vic 'Girl From The North Country' uses Bob Dylan's music to tell a story of a Minnesota guesthouse during the Great Depression.
Much Ado About Nothing at Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' over the summer.
Showstopper at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre "Showstopper" is an ad-libbed and improvised musical that revolves around the suggestions fired out from the audience.
Mosquitoes at Dorfman Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams will be starring in Lucy Kirkwood's new play 'Mosquitoes', at the National Theatre.
Evita at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Evita' is returning to the West End for a 12-week run at the Phoenix Theatre.
Apologia at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios 'Apologia' stars Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit, Joseph Millson and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael.
King Lear at Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of 'King Lear' -- one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
Against at Almeida Theatre

to Almeida Theatre 'Against' is a new play about a Silicon Valley billionaire who plans to change the world, and only violence stands in his way.
Follies at Olivier Theatre

to Olivier Theatre Stephen Sondheim's 'Follies' will be coming to the National Theatre with Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton.
Oslo at Lyttelton Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre Oslo tells the story of how the Oslo Peace Accords came about, which led to the famous handshake on the White House lawn.
Prism at Hampstead Theatre

to Hampstead Theatre 'Prism' is a witty and poignant new play about the double Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff.
Boudica at Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre 'Boudica' tells the story of the Queen of the Iceni's brutal and bloody rebellion against the occupying Roman army.
Derren Brown Underground at Playhouse Theatre

to Playhouse Theatre Derren Brown is bringing his new show "Miracle" to the West End in November, for a two-month run at the Palace Theatre.
Labour Of Love at Noël Coward Theatre

to Noël Coward Theatre Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire will be starring in James Graham's sharp new political play, 'Labour of Love'.
Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios Julian Clary will be starring in Stephen Clark's amusing thriller, 'Le Grand Mort', at Trafalgar Studios.
Much Ado About Nothing at Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre The Globe will be putting on a special midnight production of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' -- for one night only!
Lesley Garrett at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket Join Lesley Garrett, Ruthie Henshall, Jacqui Dankworth and G4 for a gala evening of songs from West End musicals.
Jane Eyre at Lyttelton Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre 'Jane Eyre' will be coming to the National Theatre with an innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece.

Theatre shows in October

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

Heisenberg The Uncertainty Principle at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre 'Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle' follows two complete strangers after they meet each other in a crowded station.
Venus In Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket 'Venus In Fur' tells the story of an enigmatic actress doing all she can to win the leading role in a new Broadway play.
Dr Seusss The Lorax at Old Vic

to Old Vic Help Dr Seuss's Lorax save the world from a greedy, tree-chopping businessman called The Once-ler, at the Old Vic Theatre.
Slaves Of Solitude at Hampstead Theatre

to Hampstead Theatre 'The Slaves of Solitude' tells the story of an improbable heroine stuck inside a boring boarding house during World War II.

Theatre shows in November

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

Red Lion at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios 'The Red Lion' is a play about non-league football, and what happens when a gifted young player turns up out of the blue.
Cinderella Panto at Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire Enjoy a traditional Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire, and see if Cinderella can find her Prince Charming.
Jack And The Beanstalk at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith You'll find Jack and his magic beans at the Lyric Hammersmith, climbing up his beanstalk into the clouds where the giant lives.
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

to Victoria Palace Theatre Alexander Hamilton was George Washington's right hand man, and one of America's original founding fathers.
Snowman at Peacock Theatre

to Peacock Theatre Fly through the sky with the magical snowman, as the much-loved children's book "The Snowman" comes to the Peacock.
Cell Mates at Hampstead Theatre

to Hampstead Theatre 'Cell Mates' tells the story of a double agent's escape from Wormwood Scrubs, and the problems he has trusting his fellow escapee.

Theatre shows in December

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

Dick Whittington at London Palladium

to London Palladium The London Palladium's Christmas panto is 'Dick Whittington', starring Charlie Stemp, Julian Clary, Elaine Paige and Diversity.
Jack And The Beanstalk at Shaw Theatre

to Shaw Theatre Jack and his magic beans are coming to the Shaw Theatre this year, to put on a traditional Christmas panto.
Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket Step back in time and see Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis performing at the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
Nativity The Musical at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo The smash-hit 'Nativity' movies have now been turned into a comedy musical, fun for all the family this Christmas.
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Treat yourself to a Christmas extravaganza at the world famous Magic Circle, and watch some of the world's top magicians.
Christmasaurus at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo Tom Fletcher's children's book 'The Christmasaurus' has been turned into a fun musical show, starring Santa Claus himself!
Peter Pan Arena Spectacular at SSE Arena Wembley

to SSE Arena Wembley Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp will be starring in Peter Pan alongside Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and Captain Hook.

Theatre shows in January 2018

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

Cirque Du Soleil Ovo at Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall Cirque du Soleil is back at the Royal Albert Hall with OVO, a crazy carnival of animals that live beneath our feet.
Alls Well That Ends Well at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be putting on a performance of Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well'.
Amadeus at Olivier Theatre

to Olivier Theatre The National Theatre will be putting on a production of 'Amadeus', which tells the story of the young composer Mozart.

More Theatre shows in 2018/19

Plan ahead and book yourself a meal in a restaurant and a night at the theatre

Captive Queen at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be performing 'The Captive Queen' -- a re-imagining John Dryden's 'Aureng-zebe'.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Enjoy a theatrical version of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', with a quintet of musicians and Gyre & Gimble's master puppeteers.
Little Matchgirl at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Enter the wonderful world of Hans Christian Anderson when the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse puts on 'The Little Match Girl'.
Remembering Fred at London Palladium

London Palladium Join Strictly Come Dancing's Aljaz and Janette at the London Palladium, as they remember the career of Fred Astaire.
 
 
 
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