West End musicals playing now or in the near future!
| West End Musicals
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Chad Beguelin, Book by Chad Beguelin
at Prince Edward Theatre
Tells the story of Aladdin, a street urchin who meets and falls in love with Princess Jasmine. However, Jasmine can only marry a prince, but all is not lost as Aladdin owns a magic lamp, and with the help of its Genie sets out to win the hand of his princess in marriage.
(from 27 May 2016 - Booking to 01 Oct 2016)
features the music of Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and bookby Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
at Arts Theatre
American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, eachsearching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.
(from 08 Jul 2016 - Closing on 25 Sep 2016)
|AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Book by Craig Lucas
at Dominion Theatre
Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry's friends-Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat-also vie for Lise's love.
(from 04 Mar 2017 - Booking to 30 Sep 2017)
|BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
at Aldwych Theatre
Beautiful -The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.
(from 10 Feb 2015 - Booking to 18 Feb 2017)
Book by Alex Dinelaris. Based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Features Whitney Houston's hit songs.
at Dominion Theatre
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love.
(from 15 Jul 2016 - Closing on 07 Jan 2017)
|BOOK OF MORMON , THE
Book, Music and Lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
at Prince Of Wales Theatre
Follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.
(from 25 Feb 2013 - Booking to 23 Jul 2016)
|CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - THE MUSICAL
Based on Roald Dahl's classic story. Book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
at Drury Lane, Theatre Royal
The mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouth-watering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination.
(from 22 May 2013 - Booking to 07 Jan 2017)
music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen
at Savoy Theatre
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’.
(from 19 Nov 2016 - Booking to 11 Mar 2017)
by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart, revised book by Harvey Fierstein
at Savoy Theatre
Charts the rise of Fanny Brice’s career as one of Broadway’s biggest stars by way of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as her doomed romance with Nicky Arnstein.
(from 09 Apr 2016 - Booking to 08 Oct 2016)
|GO BETWEEN, THE
based on the novel by L. P. Hartley, music by Richard Taylor, book by David Wood
at Apollo Theatre
The Go-Between recounts the story of an elderly man, Leo Colston, who accidentally unlocks the memories of his past which he had long ago left buried. Memories of the oppressively hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus, the young Leo is unwittingly enlisted into an adult affair of deceit and forbidden passion. Acting as the go-between for the beautiful, upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted, Leo becomes embroiled in a doomed love affair which will shape his life forever.
(from 27 May 2016 - Booking to 15 Oct 2016)
Book by Danny Rubin, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
at Old Vic Theatre
Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, when sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself caught in a time loop where he is forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again.
(from 11 Jul 2016 - Closing on 17 Sep 2016)
|GUYS AND DOLLS
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
at Phoenix Theatre
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14 year engagement with night-club singer Miss Adelaide whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he'll provide a dozen 'sinners' for Sarah's mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can't lose?
(from 19 Mar 2016 - Booking to 30 Oct 2016)
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
at Piccadilly Theatre
The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
(from 15 Mar 2014 - 16 Apr 2017)
|JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar follows the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ, featuring the songs I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
(from 15 Jul 2016 - Closing on 27 Aug 2016)
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, based on motion picture of the same name
at Adelphi Theatre
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
(from 21 Aug 2015 - 14 Jan 2017)
|LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
By Laine Robertson
at Wyndham's Theatre
Spend an intimate evening filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and hear the personal stories of Holiday’s loves and losses through a turbulent but extraordinary life. With a glorious score featuring God Bless the Child, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit, Crazy He Calls Me and Taint Nobody's Biz-ness you'd better pull up a chair and order a drink because this legend's got a life to sing.
(from 25 Jun 2016 - Booking to 03 Sep 2016)
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton.
at Queen's Theatre
Concerns love and bravery in 19th century France during the revolutionary struggles.
(from 03 Apr 2004 - Booking to 04 Mar 2017)
|LION KING, THE
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.Additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer.
at Lyceum Theatre
When the young lion prince Simba is born his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, Mufasa, and proclaim himself king. Simba survives but is led to believe that his father died because of him and he decides to flee the kingdom.
(from 24 Sep 1999 - Booking to 02 Oct 2016)
Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Book by Catherine Johnson. And some songs by Stig Anderson.
at Novello Theatre
A story of a mother and daughter set on the eve of the daughter's wedding.
(from 06 Sep 2012 - Booking to 04 Mar 2017)
|MATILDA THE MUSICAL
by Roald Dahl. Book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
at Cambridge Theatre
The musical centres on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.
(from 25 Oct 2011 - Booking to 18 Dec 2016)
|MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Based on the book 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown' by Berry Gordy, featuring music from Motown Records
at Shaftesbury Theatre
The story of Berry Gordy. Featuring an eighteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul.
(from 11 Feb 2016 - Booking to 18 Feb 2017)
|MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
Book by Terry Johnson, lyrics by Don Black, music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain. Based on the original screenplay by Martin Sherman
at Noel Coward Theatre
It's London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office...
(from 09 Feb 2016 - Closing on 18 Jun 2016)
book and lyrics by Julia Jordan, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash
at Arts Theatre
Sara, Tom and Michael are three New Yorkers caught in a secret love triangle that could tear their lives apart. Life has not dealt any of them the cards they wanted, and Sara is stuck in the middle, torn between her downtown past and her uptown future. Is the one that got away really worth risking everything for?
(from 29 Sep 2016 - Closing on 29 Oct 2016)
|PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER, A
Book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson, lyrics by Bryony Kimmings
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(from Expected Oct 2016 - Booking to )
|PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart , based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel
at Her Majesty's Theatre
Tragic love story of a beautifulopera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance.
(from 27 Sep 1986 - Booking to 01 Oct 2016)
|SCHOOL OF ROCK
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Julian Fellowes
at London Palladium Theatre
In School of Rock - The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.
(from Expected spring 2017 - Booking to )
|SECRET GARDEN. THE
Script and lyrics by Marsha Norman; Music by Lucy Simon; Based on the 1911 novel byFrances Hodgson Burnett
at Ambassadors Theatre
Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met...
(from 27 Jul 2016 - Booking to 31 Aug 2016)
Music by Jerome Kern, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber
at New London Theatre
Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans and features classics of musical theatre including Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and the landmark Ol’ Man River.
(from 09 Apr 2016 - Booking to 07 Jan 2017)
created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas
at Ambassadors Theatre
Takes the clutter and junk of everyday life and transforms it into a theatrical event.
(from 27 Sep 2007 - Booking to 08 Jan 2017)
Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, Book by Joe Penhall, Original story by Ray Davies
at Harold Pinter Theatre
Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.
(from 04 Oct 2014 - Booking to 25 Jun 2016)
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
at ENO London Coliseum
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.
(from 01 Apr 2016 - Closing on 07 May 2016)
|THREEPENNY OPERA, THE
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens
at Olivier, National Theatre
London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business but their daughter didn’t come home last night. Mack the Knife is back in town.
(from 18 May 2016 - Booking to 31 Aug 2016)
Featuring the songs of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5. Originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant.
at Lyric Theatre
Pays tribute to the musical hits and career of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5.
(from 02 Jan 2009 - Booking to 23 Apr 2017)
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman
at Apollo Victoria Theatre
Story of two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
(from 07 Sep 2006 - Booking to 29 Apr 2017)