Get tickets to the must-see Tony Award-winning shows in London
Some outstanding productions that have earned a coveted Tony Award, are currently running on the West End. Check out this guide to the award-winning shows.
British theatre has transferred many of its finest productions to Broadway over the years (and of course vice versa). Not only that, but numerous homegrown shows have won the American theatre world’s top accolade: the Tony Award. At the 75th annual ceremony, held earlier this year, The Lehman Trilogy – which originated at the National Theatre in London – was the big play winner, coming away with five Tonys, while the West End, gender-swapped revival of Sondheim’s musical Company also won five.
In addition, this year’s Tonys saw multiple nominations for other British productions, such as Hangmen and the revival of Caroline, or Change, while Bob Dylan musical Girl from the North Country won for Best Orchestrations and the hugely popular Six won Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.
If that exciting transatlantic exchange has fired you up for seeing top Tony-garlanded work, then good news: there are multiple Tony Award-winning shows here in London – both British and American, plays and musicals – that you can book for now. Read on for our guide to these champion productions.
The queens finally got their chance to rule Broadway, following a Covid hiatus which delayed their scheduled opening – and, after all that, there’s no way they weren’t coming home with some serious bling! Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, who wrote the show back when they were students at Cambridge University, won a Tony Award for their witty, catchy and royally impressive score, and the show was also rightly recognised for Gabriella Slade’s diva-tastic costumes. Greensleeves? Oh, we’re green with envy.
It’s another triumph for this inspiring British musical, which grew from an Edinburgh Festival Fringe production through to a phenomenon spanning the West End, Broadway, national tours, and Australia and New Zealand. If this is the one you’ve been waiting for, then get down to the Vaudeville Theatre and see the amazing London cast in action, telling the stories of Henry VIII’s wives from a whole new perspective. You’d need a heart of stone not to cheer on our Tony-winning stars.
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There’s more Tony-winning decadence at the Moulin Rouge, with Baz Luhrmann’s explosively colourful movie-musical triumphing on stage too. The Broadway production won a whopping 10 statues at the 74th Tony Awards, including Best Musical, acting awards for Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein, and awards for Alex Timbers’ direction, Sonya Tayeh’s choreography, Catherine Zuber’s costumes and Derek McLane’s set.
You can understand why when you step into London’s Piccadilly Theatre, which is now home to a massive windmill and blue elephant – and that’s just in the auditorium. From romantic sojourns on the rooftops of Montmartre to the electrifying dance numbers, pairing period attire with head-spinning pop song mash-ups, it’s sheer opulent musical theatre. The West End production has new leads arriving this October, with Jamie Muscato taking over as Christian, Melissa James as Satine and Matt Rixon as Harold Dizler, giving you an excuse to visit this fabulous Tony-winner again.
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Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tell their colourful showbiz tale, from rags to riches, from chart-toppers to trouble with the mob, in this beloved musical. The fun twist is that each band member takes a turn leading the narrative – and they all have very different ideas of what the truth actually is. Add in a killer back catalogue and it’s no wonder Jersey Boys cleaned up at the 2006 Tony Awards, winning for Best Musical, lighting design, and for its performances by John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff.
The show won a Best New Musical Olivier Award, too, and ran in the West End for an astonishing nine years. Now it’s back, playing in the revamped Trafalgar Theatre, and delighting Londoners all over again with its wild tales and winning songs – from “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” and “Walk Like A Man” to “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. Don’t say bye bye baby, say hello again to the Tony-winning Jersey Boys.
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The still-remarkable Cabaret was the 1967 Best Musical Tony Award winner – plus it picked up gongs for Kander and Ebb’s score, Joel Grey’s performance as the Emcee and Peg Murray’s as Fraulein Kost, Hal Prince’s direction, Ron Field’s choreography, Boris Aronson’s set design and Patricia Zipprodt’s costumes. It’s since won more Tonys for its revivals (including for Alan Cumming’s performance in 1998), and the most recent West End revival, led by Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley, swept the Oliviers. If it heads to Broadway, expect yet more Tony Awards in its future.
For now, Londoners have the privilege of becoming wholly immersed in the Kit Kat Club and seeing this phenomenal musical anew thanks to Rebecca Frecknall’s revelatory production – one with eerie resonance given the current situation in Ukraine. The current West End company is led by Fra Fee and Amy Lennox, with Callum Scott Howells (Colin in It’s a Sin) succeeding Fee in October, and Madeline Brewer (Janine in The Handmaid’s Tale) becoming the new Sally.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is returning to the West End as if it never said goodbye. The show premiered here in 1993 and has had two West End revivals since, and a 2023 production starring Nicole Scherzinger is on the way.
In between, the story of the destructive relationship between an aging film star and struggling screenwriter captivated audiences on Broadway. The show won eight of its 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Be sure to take a trip to Sunset Boulevard for its 16-week run at the Savoy Theatre in September 2023.
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