Book tickets to West End shows closing soon
Don't miss these London shows.
For every new show that opens in London’s West End, a show that’s currently running must close. Occasionally, there are weekends when many shows close at the same time too. Don't miss out on the West End shows playing their final performances.
There are some West End plays that stand the test of time, such as The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black clocking up nearly a century’s worth of performances between them. However there are West End shows which you may want to put at the top of your theatregoing list, as they’ll be closing soon.
In the next few months, West End hits like Come From Away, Life of Pi, and Mary Poppins will all play their final performances. You’ve not got that long to see the West End shows closing soon, so book West End tickets now to avoid missing out on these last shows.
Star-studded West End plays don’t run forever. And now, you’ve only got a few weeks left to see the six-time Oscar-nominated actress, Amy Adams, in The Glass Menagerie in London.
Adams plays Amanda Wingfield, a fading Southern belle who reflects on her life in a small St. Louis apartment with her grown children. In a The Glass Menagerie review for London Theatre, our critic said: “a soft-voiced Adams gives us a vulnerable but heroically determined single mother – a much more generous reading, and one with some genuinely touching moments.” The Glass Menagerie will play its final performance on 29 Aug. 2022 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
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Stranger Things star, David Harbour, and The Sinner star, Bill Pullman lead Theresa Rebeck’s latest play to high praise indeed. In a five-star Mad House review for London Theatre, our critic said: “Theresa Rebeck’s dark comedy, Mad House, explores the ways in which death affects us all, both for the person dying and those who live. And if you’re going through a personal loss, seeing Mad House is cathartic."
Mad House centres around Daniel, an elderly man who lives his final days at home in relative comfort. Daniel’s son, Michael, has been forced to look after his dad for months on end with no respite. That’s until they hire Lilian as hospice help. But in this complicated family, nothing is the “right thing.” And when Michael’s siblings, Nedward and Pam, return to try and take their father’s possessions, someone's likely to walk away empty-handed.
It’s a gripping comedy drama and a testament to the importance of family grief. Mad House will play its final performance on 4 Sept. 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre.
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“Emilia Clarke is able to convey an intimacy in her performance that fills the space through small gestures and passing looks. It’s hard to keep your eyes off her. Clarke’s quality never wavers. She is the seagull, onstage and off.” Our four-star The Seagull review details the haunting energy in Anya Reiss's adaptation.
Emilia Clarke stars as Nina in The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre. She’s making her highly-anticipated West End debut two years after The Seagull. But the seagull must fly away at some point, and The Seagull won’t be here for much longer. The Seagull will play its final performance on 10 Sept. 2022 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
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It's time to save the last dance for The Drifters in the West End, as The Drifters Girl leaves London. The British jukebox musical follows Faye Treadwell, the Drifters music manager who established the doowop vocal group to international superstardom. A sublime cast of five star in the whirlwind musical that tracks decades of music history over two hours, and the end result is sensational.
In a The Drifters Girl London Theatre review, "Thanks to its zippy, upbeat music and a warm, progressive heart, there's no musical in town quite like it. The whole show is akin to a celebratory concert." Listen to The Drifters greatest hits like "Money Honey," "There Goes My Baby", and "Stand By Me" in this powerful musical. The Drifters Girl will play its final performance on 15 Oct. 2022 at the Garrick Theatre.
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You will be found at the Noel Coward Theatre, but not for too much longer as Dear Evan Hansen closes in the West End.
The Olivier-winning musical centres around Evan Hansen, a shy and awkward teenager who suddenly finds himself in a nationwide media frenzy after he finally finds a chance to fit in.
When Dear Evan Hansen came to the West End in 2019, there was huge buzz around the production — the six-time Tony-winning musical had previously taken over Broadway by storm. West End newcomer Sam Tutty made his professional debut as Evan, earning an Olivier Award for this performance. Dear Evan Hansen will play its final performance on 22 October at the Noel Coward Theatre.
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Grease is the musical you need, oh yes indeed! But sadly, those Grease summer nights won’t continue forever, as the swinging teenage musical ends later this year.
Grease follows the leather-clad Danny Zuko and the innocent Sandy Dumbrowski as their summer flings ends up in full blown love after they attend the same high school. Senior year’s tricky enough as it is, but when friends and relationships are thrown into the mix, things become even more complicated.
In a Grease review on London Theatre, you’ll still feel chills: “It definitely feels rawer: working-class, disaffected, lust-crazed kids bucking against authority, in the mean streets of Chicago instead of sunny California.” Plus there's a Grease megamix complete with all the hits like "Greased Lightnin'".
Don’t be a beauty school dropout. See Grease in London. Grease will play its final performance on 29 Oct. 2022 at the Dominion Theatre.
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We were there, at the start of a moment, for Come From Away in London. But moments don't last forever, and Come From Away will close in the West End.
The inspirational musical is based on real-life stories of the 7,000 air passengers who found themselves stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The 100-minute, one-act musical sees 12 actors multi-role dozens of characters in the show, changing their characters with a simple hat or jacket.
Come From Away headed to London with Broadway buzz. The seven-time Tony-nominated musical came to European shores in Ireland in 2018, before landing at the Phoenix Theatre in January 2019. Come From Away went on to win five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. You’ve not got long left to say goodbye to the Rock. Come From Away will play its final performance on 7 Jan. 2023 at the Phoenix Theatre.
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We’re waving goodbye to everyone’s favourite nanny in the West End in 2023, as Mary Poppins closes in London.
The hit Disney musical follows Mary Poppins as she looks after the Banks children, joined by jack-of-all-trades Bert for company. Mary Poppins first delighted audiences at the Prince Edward Theatre from 2004 to 2008. Then, just over a decade later, Mary Poppins flew into the West End in 2019.
Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp took on the lauded roles for Mary Poppins in London, a production that won Matthew Bourne a second Olivier for Best Choreography.
Discover the Disney magic in the West End at Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins will play its final performance on 6 Jan. 2023 at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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The three little birds will fly from the West End and onto pastures new, as Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical closes in London.
The Bob Marley musical details how the Jamaican singer shaped reggae music, as well as his ability to inspire millions around the world with his messages of peace, unity, and hope. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical premiered in the West End in October 2021 to high praise; London Theatre said: "The band... provides rhythmic, reverberating reggae. It works best when it stops trying and simply lets us - via a talented cast - find it for ourselves in Marley's indelible music." There's future redemption for Bob Marley on stage, as the show will tour the UK and play worldwide. But for now, you've got until 8 Jan. 2023 to see Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical in London.
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Pi spent 227 days at sea with a few animals for company. Life of Pi lasted even longer in the West End than Pi at sea, as Life of Pi clocks up over a year in the at the Wyndham's Theatre.
Life of Pi follows a teenager who suddenly finds herself on a daring adventure across the globe thanks to a shipwreck, with nothing but animals for company. As Pi recounts his time at sea to two Canadian immigration officers, they struggle to believe how it was possible — how could a young man live at sea for that long?
Lolita Chakrabarti adapted Life of Pi for the stage to high acclaim in Sheffield. Following a month in Sheffield, Life of Pi transferred to the Wyndham’s, winning five Olivier Awards including Best Play and a joint Best Actor in a Supporting Role win for the seven actors who bring the tiger, Richard Parker, to life.
Life of Pi will play its final performance on 15 Jan. 2023 at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
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Photo credit: Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie (Photo courtesy of production)
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