Get tickets to the best West End shows right now
Discover Olivier-winning musicals like Back to the Future and Oklahoma!, or see upcoming shows like We Will Rock You and The Time Traveller’s Wife in London.
With hundreds of shows simultaneously running across the West End and London's Off-West End theatres, it can be difficult to decide what show to see. But, if you're looking for the best shows in London, then you've come to the right place. Enjoy classic West End musicals that continue to draw in the crowds, or be the first to see one of the newest shows opening in 2023 and beyond.
Discover the best shows to see in London right now, and make sure you've got your tickets to the must-see West End productions.
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Why should I see the best West End shows?
The West End is world-renowned for its spectacular theatre scene. When you walk down the streets of central London, you’ll see the homes of Frozen, Matilda, and more. You may have heard about incredible West End shows from your friends and family, but nothing beats seeing a show live. From the moment you step into the theatre, you’ll be transported to another world, and it’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
The sheer range of productions means there’s always something new and exciting to see. So if you want to see the classic, long-running shows, or want to enjoy the latest stories, there’s a show to suit you. Discover the best West End shows playing right now.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love made Michael Ball a nationwide sensation. Not only did he play Alex in the original cast, his recording of “Love Changes Everything” stayed in the UK music charts for 15 weeks. Nothing in the world could ever be the same for Michael Ball after this. 34 years later, the two-time Olivier-winning actor leads a lavish revival of the scintillating romantic musical as George.
Follow the romantic entanglements of actress Rose Vibert, soldier Alex Dillingham, Alex’s uncle George, and George’s mistress Giulietta, as they find themselves caught up in each other’s relationships. See how the couples try to put their mistakes behind them, only for past moments to surface in troubling ways. Australian opera soprano Danielle de Niese stars, alongside Jamie Bogyo, Laura Pitt-Pulford, and a West End debut from Anna Unwin.
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Where you’re going, you won’t need roads. You’ll only need tickets to Back to the Future. The Olivier-winning musical, based on the 1980s sci-fi film, explodes with 1.21 gigawatts of high energy for the show of a lifetime. From the moment you step into the Adelphi Theatre, Tim Lutkin’s futuristic lighting design will transport you to a psychedelic wonderland. Add in the film’s popular hits: “The Power of Love,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” and this is pretty heavy.
Marty McFly is your typical 1980s teenage boy. He rides around Hill Valley on a skateboard. He wants to impress his girlfriend Jennifer Parker. But, everything comes crashing down when he’s accidentally sent back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean. In order to make it back to reality, and save his existence, he needs his parents to fall in love again. By the end of Back to the Future, you’ll see how this world is made for the Dreamers.
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Shuffle, time step, and kick ball change your way to the West End this summer for Crazy For You. Charlie Stemp will lead the glossy Gershwin musical as Bobby Child, a theatre fanatic who makes his showbusiness dreams a reality. The only problem for Bobby? He has to bring Broadway to Deadrock, Nevada. Follow Bobby as he saves a local theatre, falls in love, and shines the spotlight on the power of community. The five-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Susan Stroman works her dancing magic on a grand, glitzy musical, all set to Gershwin’s popular melodies.
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Let the storm rage on! Be transported to an icy world ruled by the power of sisterhood at Frozen. It’s the Disney mega-musical of a generation; based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, queen Elsa runs away from Arendelle when she discovers the true extent of her icy powers. Her sister Anna sets off to find the new ruler, learning about friendship, kindness, and doing the right thing along the way.
Samantha Barks leads the Frozen cast as Elsa in a “magical spectacle of humour and heart.” Hear the Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go,” witness Christopher Oram’s costume magic, and explore a fictional fairytale land.
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Will lightning strike twice for the hit musical, returning to the Old Vic? When Phil Connors is sent to cover a local Philadelphia festival, he reluctantly takes part in the events. He’s there for Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog that is said to “predict” the weather and usher in the start of spring. But, when the weatherman wakes up, he’s stuck in his own time loop. Can Phil Connors break out of his shell and change his life?
Matilda creatives Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus now bring a second 1990s movie to life. So much so, it won two Oliviers, including Best New Musical. Discover the Olivier-winning at the Old Vic in summer 2023. Just don’t hold your umbrella up indoors; that’s unlucky.
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Guys and Dolls
Escape London for a whirlwind trip to Manhattan and Havana at Guys and Dolls. The five-star rave is “the jackpot of musical revivals,” introducing audiences to the Golden Age story for a new generation. Join gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson as they settle on a bet, only for their lives to change once they fall in love. Hear all the classics like “Luck Be A Lady,” “Marry The Man Today,” and “Take Back Your Mink” performed by an all-star cast, including Marisha Wallace and Daniel Mays.
Plus, there’s two seating options. Sit down and rock the boat in the seated sections of the auditorium. Or, be up close to the action with pit standing tickets.
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Mischief managed! Be transported to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and enjoy Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany’s spellbinding continuation of the Harry Potter stories. Set 17 years after Harry’s graduation, Harry’s son, Albus, now finds himself in his studying years. When he befriends Scorpius Malfoy, the pair could change the future of wizardkind. Expect spells, illusions, and battles in a play that’ll send your pulse racing.
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Meet Matilda Wormwood. Although she’s only five years old, her abilities surpass her years: Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and William Shakespeare are her reference points. Matilda's parents don’t like her, and her school headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, sends shivers down her spine. In this David and Goliath story, Matilda proves that sometimes it pays off to rebel in order to do what’s right.
The Matilda musical is a family-friendly hit with all ages. Children will love the fantastical storytelling and seeing kids take centre stage, while adults will enjoy the heartfelt tales and innuendo-laden story. Regardless of age, when you grow up, you’ll want to see Matilda.
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There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, especially with Oklahoma! in London. Often considered to be the original “book musical,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein tale is the talk of the town once more, thanks to Daniel Fish’s radical reworking, winning the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Meet cowboy Curly McClain and farmhand Jud Fry. They’re both trying to impress farmgirl Laurey Williams. But in an Oklahoma before state formation, the cowboys and the farmers struggle to see eye to eye. This modern retelling transforms the Oklahoma! story, all without changing a line of text. As our review states, “As a story about a divided territory with classes at odds, struggling to find common ground to become a unified state, the parallels with our divided world are painfully clear.”
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Love comes in all forms. But what does it mean to be in love? Discover all the heartfelt moments of a relationship in The Time Traveller’s Wife. Join Clare, a talented sculptor, and Henry, a librarian and time traveller. Temporally, they’re kept apart from each other. Mentally, they’ll always be by each other’s side. So when they have moments together, they make every second count.
Lauren Gunderson adapts Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel, complete with Joss Stone and Dave Stewart’s charming folk score. After a world premiere in Chester, the musical opens in the West End in autumn 2023. Put the bookmark down, and read into a love story like no other.
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Follow the yellow brick road all the way to the London Palladium for The Wizard of Oz. When Kansas native Dorothy Gale finds herself caught in a tornado, she’s whisked away to Oz, a magical wonderland filled with munchkins, witches, and wizards. Joined by a lion, a scarecrow, and a tin-man, Dorothy and her dog Toto undergo a miraculous journey to ask the Wizard for one thing; to go home.
Enjoy all the magic and spectacle of the Judy Garland film, complete with musical theatre traditions by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Plus, Ashley Banjo, Jason Manford, and Gary Wilmot star. Go somewhere over the rainbow to the West End.
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How did Tina Turner become the Queen of Rock and Roll? Discover how a Nutbush local became a vocal superstar in this renowned Olivier-winning musical. When Anna Mae Bullock grew up in Tennessee, she didn’t expect a life of fame and fortune. She released dozens of number one hits, including “Proud Mary,” and “River Deep Mountain High,” making her a Motown sensation.
But away from the spotlight, it wasn’t always breezy. She suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Ike Turner. The Tina Turner musical dramatises decades of music and personal history into a show that’s — to use the phrase — Simply the Best.
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Get your air guitars at the ready, because this Queen musical is set to supercharge the London Coliseum. 21 years after it all began in the West End, We Will Rock You returns for a limited summer season, starring fan favourites Brenda Edwards and Lee Mead.
When free sprits Galileo and Scaramouche team up to take down their global corporate leader, they discover a prophecy to change Earth’s future. Hear over 20 of Queen’s greatest hits, including “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Radio Gaga,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in this high-octane show that set a precedent for rock musicals. You’ll feel like a champion afterwards.
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How much do West End theatre tickets cost?
West End theatre tickets cost varying amounts, depending on where you choose to sit in the auditorium. If you’re wanting to catch a must-see show, then you may choose to sit closer to the stage, or in the front rows of a section, in order to guarantee the best views. These seats also offer great value on West End theatre tickets; tickets start from £15.
Where are the best seats in a West End theatre?
If you want to sit in the best seats, we recommend booking tickets in the premium sections. They’re often located in the front section of the theatre and in the middle of a row, allowing audience members to see the entire stage without missing any of the action. Check out our guide for the best places to sit in a West End theatre.
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