The Best Musicals in London

Alastair Muir

THE BEST MUSICALS IN LONDON From His Bobness to Jamie, we recommend the top shows

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★ Disney's latest blockbuster film-turned-stage show remains airborne – just

All or Nothing: The Mod Musical, Arts Theatre ★★★★ Tribute to the short but brilliant career of the Small Faces. Until 11 Mar

Caroline, or Change, Hampstead Theatre ★★★★★ Sharon D Clarke conquers as the award-winning musical returns in all its ferocity and glory. Until 21 Apr

Girl from the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre ★★★ Conor McPherson's dustbowl drama with Bob Dylan's music moves from the Old Vic to the West End. Until 31 Mar

Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre ★★★★★ Sensational! It's been worth the long wait for the girl group musical to reach London

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre ★★★★ Triumphant West End transfer for this big-hearted, inclusive and utterly joyful British musical. Until 21 Apr

42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ Sheer synchronised splendour in lavish revival delivering dazzle aplenty if not much depth

Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre ★★★★ Broadway Tony-winner comes home in its West End debut (original London cast pictured by Bill Knight)

Les Misérables, Queen's Theatre ★★★★ The longest survivor of them all still offers much more bang than whimper

Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre ★★★★ The RSC's production of Dahl's classic is a feast for eyes, ears - and heart

School of Rock, New London Theatre ★★★★ Andrew Lloyd Webber's transatlantic transfer is a blast

The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre ★★★★★ The dirty-talking, big-hearted musical from the talents behind South Park is satirical heaven

The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre ★★★★ Disney's anthropomorphic magic still holds its appeal for all the family

The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre ★★★★ Does the most successful entertainment event of all time still have it?

Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre ★★★★ Elphaba flies high for the ages in perennial audience favourite

Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre ★★★★ Mel Brooks musical is blissfully bonkers