Top 5 London’s West End theatre shows & musicals to see

The West End of London has a special magic with an excellent selection of plays that you should not miss in 2019 and onwards. Pieces that go from the classic to the modern, and include musicals and performances for all ages. Some of them have already come of age, as they have already been in theatres for more than 20 years. This should be one of the main reasons for you to once and for all decide to enjoy yourself and see these shows in the first person during any trip to London.

The Lion King

This is a classic of the classics that you should not miss for anything in the world. It is ideal to include it in your trip to London either on a work day or during the weekend. It is no secret that The Lion King is one of Disney’s most iconic films, made by this so-called dream factory, and as such it is more than enough reason to attend this musical, which never disappoints and has been on stage for more than 20 years in London as well as several other parts of the world.

The show itself has a beautiful message as a source of joy for children and constant learning for adults.

The Lion King Musical.
The Lion King Musical. Image of Barne227 via Wikimedia Commons.

Les Misérables

The mere fact of having been written by the famous novelist Victor Hugo should be the main reason to go see Les Misérables in the theatre. The author, born in France during the reign of Emperor Napoleon, wrote this work based on personal events and built an epic story about the survival of the human spirit, which took almost 20 years to complete.

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In addition, the musical has exciting musical scores, and if that was not enough, the stage show has been seen in more than 40 countries and translated into more than 20 languages. In London it has been on in the West End for more than 30 years. Go see it for yourself and enjoy one of the best shows in London.

Les Miserables.
Les Miserables. Via Wikimedia Commons: Otterbein University Theatre & Dance.


You should never listen to only one side of any story, so when Dorothy and her friends, the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion, triumphed over Wicked Witch and in the film The Wizard of Oz of 1939 starring Judy Garland, we are left wanting more. This musical teaches us something special, especially when we as children should learn not to draw conclusions until listening to both versions in any situation, so it is never too late to learn.

This will open the eyes of the young and not so young with important messages about greed, prejudice, love and most especially the friendship of Elphaba, who became the Wicked Witch of the West, and Galinda, who became Glinda the Good Witch. As a commercial might say, do not let someone else tell you about it, book your tickets and see it for yourself.

Wicked in London's West End Theatre.
Wicked in London’s West End Theatre. Image of thesolaris5 via Flickr.

The Phantom of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera, is a seminal work, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux of 1910, in which he tells the story of the relationship between a beautiful soprano and a disfigured musical recluse, who hides his face behind a striking mask. This confined genius inhabits the splendour of the Paris Opera from an underground lair. There is no way to lose out with this classic that has been running for more than 30 years, since 1986 when it had its premiere in theatres.

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The main ingredients that will captivate you from the beginning are romance, seduction and despair. As a suggestion, I recommend you watch the original movie first and then go see the brilliant version in the West End.

The Phantom of The Opera Movie
The Phantom of The Opera Movie. Image of Universal Pictures via Wikimedia Commons.

School of Rock

This is a musical from the well-known and talented Andrew Lloyd Webber. While the previous musical, which was also written by this Baron, is more suited to adults, this film adaptation will please all ages. The cast is made up predominantly of children who really play musical instruments live and with a passion that is more than enviable. They move in every way: singing, dancing and playing. Without a doubt, it is an ideal work to go to with friends, family and co-workers.

More Information

These are just five of the many shows that fill the West End, with many new shows due to have their premiere in 2019. To see the latest offering and book tickets, visit Encore Tickets.

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