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)
|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 29 Oct 2016)
|BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM THE MUSICAL
Book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha; Original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart; Adapted from the film of the same name
at Phoenix Theatre
Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her.
(from 15 May 2015 - Booking to 20 Feb 2016)
|BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL
Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall , Music by Elton John
at Victoria Palace Theatre
Tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up boxing. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet
(from 31 Mar 2005 - Booking to 17 Dec 2016)
|BLUES BROTHERS XMAS SPECIAL, THE
Devised by Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook
at Arts Theatre
A live tribute show. Jake, Elwood and co. tear through the best in American blues, soul and rock 'n' roll classics including Gimme Some Lovin', Think, Soul Man, Minnie The Moocher and Jailhouse Rock.
(from 26 Nov 2015 - Closing on 10 Jan 2016)
|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 05 Mar 2016)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
at London Palladium Theatre
On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
(from 23 Oct 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 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 03 Dec 2016)
|CLOSE TO YOU: THE BURT BACHARACH MUSICAL
Music by Burt Bacharach and Lyrics by Hal David and others, with Musical Arrangements by Kyle Riabko
at Criterion Theatre
Performed by a young cast, led by musician and performer Kyle Riabko, the show features Riabko's new yet faithful interpretations of Bacharach's classics. Blending nostalgia and innovation, generations old and new can now revel in all the hits as if for the very first time.
(from 03 Oct 2015 - Booking to 14 Feb 2016)
|ELF THE MUSICAL
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
at Dominion Theatre
Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema film, ELF is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
(from 24 Oct 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 2016)
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 02 Jul 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 Expected 2016 - Closing on )
|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 Savoy 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 10 Dec 2015 - Booking to 12 Mar 2016)
|I WANT MY HAT BACK
By Jon Klassen; Book and lyrics by Joel Horwood; Music by Arthur Darvill
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(from 12 Nov 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 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 - 23 Oct 2016)
|JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(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 - 28 May 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 01 Oct 2016)
|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 03 Jul 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 22 Oct 2016)
|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)
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg with lyrics by Alain Boublil andRichard Maltby, Jr. Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
at Prince Edward Theatre
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman.
(from 03 May 2014 - Booking to 27 Feb 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 22 Oct 2016)
|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)
|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)
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 16 Apr 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)
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 04 Sep 2016)
|WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE
Based on the science fiction story by HG Wells; Adapted by Doreen Wayne; Music by Jeff Wayne; Lyrics by Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass & Jeff Wayne
at Dominion Theatre
Describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity.
(from 08 Feb 2016 - Closing on 09 Apr 2016)
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 05 Nov 2016)
Created by Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris, music by Damon Albarn, book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, inspired by Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'
at Olivier, National Theatre
Welcome to wonder.land, where you can be exactly who you want to be.
(from 23 Nov 2015 - Booking to 30 Apr 2016)