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Top 10 Shows to see in the West End

When in London you can’t pass up the opportunity to watch a great West End show. They’re some of the best live performances in the world with skilled singers and dancers on stage delivering the best live entertainment from the classic Lion King, to Wicked, Mamma Mia and Jersey Boys. With so many to choose from, here are our top 10 West End shows. What’s more, our new Concierge Site means you have access to the best seats and tickets in the house.

  1. The Lion King

The Lion King is one of the most loved musicals of all time and the London show in particular is a firm favourite, winning multiple awards and accolades thanks to its talented director, Julie Traymor. Now in its 16th year on stage at the Lyceum, you can sing along to those much-loved songs, with music from Elton John, admire the brilliant costumes and chorography in a production to remember! Address: Lyceum Theatre

  1. The Phantom of the Opera

Deemed a “gorgeous operatic extravaganza” by the Sunday Express, The Phantom of the Opera is another one of our favourite London shows. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Gaston Leroux’s Beaux-Arts story is a classic and you can’t help but get swept up in the love story. With the London Pass you can save 40% on tickets... so it’s not one to be missed! Address: Her Majesty’s Theatre

  1. Wicked

A great family-friendly show, Wicked follows the tale of a reimagined Land of Oz and a moral story of good and evil. Wicked has spectacular sets, costumes and choreography which will enchant you as you follow their story. Held in the Apollo Victoria, you’ll have a great evening watching this animated musical at London’s Apollo. Address: Apollo Victoria

  1. Mamma Mia!

If you like ABBA you will love Mamma Mia! This feel-good musical will have you singing along and out of your seats to smash pop hits of the classic Swedish band. Mamma Mia! is set in the sunny Greek isles and follows the story of Donna and her daughter who’s to be wed – with a love-twist, too, involving men from her mother’s past. It’s a happy love story, great for everyone! Address: Novello Theatre

  1. Thriller

Celebrate the King of Pop at the hit musical Thriller. Michael Jackson’s musical career is brought to life through a phenomenal show of song and dance, bringing to the stage his best tunes and most iconic moves. Your eyes will be glued to the stage as you enjoy hit after hit, from Dirty Diana to Billie Jean. Address: Lyric Theatre

  1. Billy Eliot

Billy Eliot has been staged in the West End for a decade – and those who love the film will love the show even more! Go back to the days of Thatcher and into a mining village to follow the story of a boy struggling to live out his dreams. It’s a brilliant theatrical experience with exceptional choreography and skill – and with a score by Elton John, it’s hard to beat! Address: Victoria Palace Theatre

  1. Les Miserables

Les Miserables is one of the most popular shows around the world, also the longest running West End musical, and has been seen by over 70 million people in 22 different languages, so it’s a safe bet to say you’ll enjoy it. Les Miserables is set in 19th century France so you’re guaranteed big and beautiful costumes and stunning set designs. Address: The Queen’s Theatre

  1. The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is one of the most controversial shows of the last few years, exploring subjects of diversity, faith, sexuality and culture – with a thought-provoking, humorous style. It isn’t one for the faint hearted and will certainly inspire a conversation afterwards. It’s a show to remember and definitely not one you’ll have seen before. Address: The Prince of Wales Theatre

  1. The Railway Children

Set in Kings Cross Station itself, The Railway Children is a beautiful show for all the family. Follow these railway children in Yorkshire in this adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic novel. The set is complete with train tracks, platforms and a real life steam train so you’ll be transported to the rural railway of Yorkshire from your seats. Address: King’s Cross Theatre

  1. Jersey Boys

A classic rock and roll hit musical, the Jersey Boys has won 57 awards around the world for its spectacular production. The story is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and their rise to fame from the streets of New Jersey to one of the most popular bands in history. Sing along to their famous songs, and fall into a nostalgic dream of rock and roll classics as you follow their story on stage at the Piccadilly Theatre. Address: Piccadilly Theatre

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