Music can be a source of satisfaction and happiness. It can influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Have you ever felt pumped up while listening to your favorite track or been moved to tears by a lovey-dovey live performance? then you can easily understand the power of music to smash moods.
When it comes to music or operas London certainly is a place to enjoy an exciting musical production. With so much on offer from jukebox shows full of the hit songs from your favorite artists to musicals based on films and books, the West End provides audiences with some of the best form of entertainment possible.
London’s West End is famous for its music and shows. From long-running hit shows such as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables which have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years to welcoming some of Broadway’s most recent hits. While visiting London, If musicals aren’t your thing book theatre tickets it will leave marks on your memory.
Have a look at the best musicals and shows in London’s West End.
The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre
Walt Disney’s The Lion King continues to play to sold-out houses in London’s West End after 18 years at the Lyceum Theatre. Based on the hit 1994 animated film of the same name The Lion King features all the songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.
The Lion King redefines the meaning of magic on stage. As one of the most successful pieces of live entertainment ever created, audiences return year after year to be bowled over by this incredible and iconic musical.
Wicked – Apollo Victoria
Played at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End since September 2006. Wicked continues to be one of the world’s most popular musicals and is a must-see for any visitor to London. Based on the book by Gregory Maguire the musical takes a look over the rainbow to the magical world of Oz and examines everything that happened before Dorothy dropped in.
The Phantom of the Opera – Majesty’s Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera continues to bring in audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre over 30 years since it first opened. Based on the Gothic horror novel of the same name this sweepingly romantic musical went on to become one of the most successful pieces of live entertainment in history and continues to hold the record as Broadway’s longest-running musical of all time.
The Book of Mormon – Prince of Wales Theatre
One of London’s newer musicals, The Book of Mormon exploded onto the West End stage, transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre following a record-breaking Tony Award-winning opening in New York. From the creators of South Park, this musical comedy is frivolous, naughty and downright shocking and frequently leaves audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Thriller – Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live brings Michael Jackson’s hits to life on stage. Thriller Live features choreography from award-winning director Gary Lloyd, who has previously worked with the likes of Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud, with additional choreography from LaVelle Smith Jnr.
Matilda The Musical – Cambridge Theatre
The RSC’s musical production of Roald Dahl’s much-loved novel Matilda opened in the West End in 2011 and has consistently been delighting audiences since. Opening around the world including a Tony-nominated production on Broadway, Matilda the Musical has gone on to win over 50 major international awards, including 12 for Best Musical.
Mamma Mia! – Novello Theatre
The West End’s biggest party, Mamma Mia! is a show that you already know you’re going to love. Featuring ABBA songs this is one of the world’s most successful musicals and continues to attract audiences time and again to relive the musical comedy story, fun songs, and hilarious characters.
School of Rock – New London Theatre
School of Rock is a poptastic treat for all ages. You’re invited to tune your air guitar, raise your rock salute and discover the show that hits all the right notes. It follows an incredible cast of kids mangling guitars, beating drums and rocking outlive.
The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical chronicles the life of the rock ‘n’ roll legend who brought us hit songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Proud Mary”, “The Beast”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Better Be Good To Me
The role of Tina Turner was originated by American actress Adrienne Warren. Warren made her Broadway debut in 2012 when she appeared in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Bring It On at the St James Theatre.
Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre
The stage production of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the original film. It is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes.