Check out the new musicals in London that you need to see

If you're looking to branch out and watch a show you haven't seen before, this is the guide for you. Discover all the new must-see shows in London right now.

Marianka Swain
Marianka Swain

The West End is renowned for its record-breaking, long-running musicals — the likes of Les Misérables, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Matilda, Mamma Mia! and more, which have fans flocking to see them again and again. But London is also the place to find some of the best examples of new musical theatre, introducing you to up-and-coming talents, fresh stories and bold new productions.

We’ve seen a flood of brilliant shows coming into the town over the past few years. So, if you’re looking for your next London theatre trip, or looking to catch up with all the latest shows post-pandemic, check out our guide to some of the best new musicals you can book for right now. And don’t delay: some of these gems are finishing their runs soon.

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The Time Traveller's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger’s enduring romantic time-travelling tale journey's into the West End this autumn. The Time Traveller's Wife features a new score by singer-songwriters Joss Stone and musician Dave Stewart, and will star David Hunter and Joanna Woodward. The Time Traveller's Wife follows the unconventional relationship between Henry and Clare, as the former's involuntary time-travelling threatens to separate them. Read what to expect from the show in our show guide.

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Standing at the Sky’s Edge

This homegrown hit began life in Sheffield, had a brilliant run at the National Theatre, and is now heading to the West End. Chris Bush’s book beautifully interweaves songs by Richard Hawley, as we follow three generations living in the same housing estate, from 1960 onward. It’s both wonderfully intimate, with real care taken over its characterisation, and an epic portrait of modern Britain. Hawley’s heart-pounding songs make the ordinary feel extraordinary.

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Mrs Doubtfire

She’s a West End wonder, poppets! This joyful musical adaptation of the Robin Williams-starring film comedy, about a divorced dad who uses his acting skills to pretend to be an elderly Scottish nanny, is a zany theatrical hit. It’s got all your favourite moments from the movie, but plenty of clever new elements too just for the stage, including inventive numbers by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. At its heart, it’s a real celebration of family, whatever form that might come in.

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The Little Big Things

Henry Fraser’s life was changed forever when a freak diving accident left this keen rugby player in a wheelchair. But, with the support of his family, he started a whole new chapter, and his remarkable story is told in this new British musical by Nick Butcher, Tom Ling and Joe White – which has extended its run by popular demand. The inclusive cast features Ed Larkin, Jonny Amies, Linzi Hateley and Amy Trigg, directed by Luke Sheppard.

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Bronco Billy The Musical

Charing Cross Theatre hosts the UK premiere of Bronco Billy The Musical. The rootin’-tootin’ tale follows the titular cowboy who has dreams of being a hero, and is the star of a Wild West show. But his world is shaken up by the arrival of heiress Antoinette. Written by Dennis Hacklin, Chip Rosenbloom, John Torres and Michele Brourman, and directed by Hunter Bird, this romp stars Emily Benjamin – a fantastic Sally Bowles in the West End Cabaret.

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Flowers for Mrs Harris

The wonderful Jenna Russell stars as Ada Harris, a widowed cleaning lady in postwar London who falls in love with the Dior dress she spies in her wealthy client’s wardrobe – and who sets her heart on travelling to Paris and buying one of her own. This gorgeous, heartfelt musical, which Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor have adapted from Paul Gallico’s novella, comes to London after runs in Sheffield and Chichester, and it tells its grown-up Cinderella story with delicate sincerity.

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Just For One Day

It was the day that music brought the whole world together: the Live Aid concert of 1985. In 2024, the Old Vic hosts the premiere of this exciting new musical revisiting the ground-breaking event. John O’Farrell writes the book, Luke Sheppard directs, and the show will feature music from the legends who took part in Live Aid: Bob Dylan, Queen, David Bowie, Status Quo, Diana Ross, and many more. Read all about it in our Just For One Day guide. https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/theatre-news/news/what-to-expect-from-the-live-aid-musical-just-for-one-day

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Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical

Take a trip back in time to the teen-tastic movie adaptation Cruel Intentions, starring the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy), Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Selma Blair as spoiled Manhattan rich kids who play power games for fun, their victims, and the one girl who outwits them. This fun musical adaptation has been staged in New York, LA and the Edinburgh Festival – now, London gets a chance to enjoy its seething drama, sexual dalliances, and a banging pop soundtrack.

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The Witches

Roald Dahl’s deliciously horrifying tale comes to the stage in a brand-new musical at the National Theatre. This promising project features a book by Olivier winner Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) and a score by Tony nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812). The exciting story features Luke and his Gran facing off against those evil witches and their dastardly plot against children. Lyndsey Turner directs, and the cast is led by Katherine Kingsley.

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Two Strangers (carry a cake across New York)

Will love bloom in this British musical romcom? Sam Tutty (Olivier winner for Dear Evan Hansen) and Dujonna Gift (Hamilton) play an opposites-maybe-attract pair. He’s optimistic Brit Douglas, who has travelled to New York for his father’s wedding; she’s the bride’s harassed sister Robin. Jim Barne and Kit Buchan’s has run in Northampton and Ipswich, and now has its London premiere, directed by Tim Jackson. Will you be saying “I do” to this new musical? Go find out!

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The Devil Wears Prada

Gird your loins! The stylish musical version of Lauren Weisberger’s tell-all book, which was also made into a Hollywood movie, is strutting into the West End. Follow Andy Sachs, assistant to the terrifying magazine editor Miranda Priestley, as she juggles ambition, family, love and ethics – all in six-inch heels. The musical, which features songs by Elton John, and new direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, has already played in Chicago and will hit the London runway in 2024.

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Fangirls

A big hit in Australia, Fangirls is heading to the UK next year. The pop musical phenomenon centres on 14-year-old Edna, who is in love with Harry, member of the world’s biggest boyband. How far will she go to meet him, and to make her crush a reality? The show has the adrenaline spike of a fantastic pop concert, but it goes beyond that too, asking why the world underestimates teenage girls, and what they can achieve. This intriguing import is a co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and Sonia Friedman.

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