The Best Musicals in London

Matthew Murphy

THE BEST MUSICALS IN LONDON Everybody's talking about these top shows


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

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre ★★★★ Meat Loaf musical is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs. Until 27 Oct

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 6 Oct

Fun Home, Young Vic ★★★★★ Alison Bechdel's graphic novel becomes achingly intimate theatre. Until 1 Sep

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

Little Shop of Horrors, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★ Monstrously entertaining revival of a classic musical. Until 22 Sept

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 King and I, London Palladium ★★★★ Classic musical reborn with modern sensibilities in a golden production helmed by the incomparable Kelli O'Hara. Until 29 Sept

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?

Tina, Aldwych Theatre ★★★ Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a new bio-musical that plays it safe

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

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