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The best musicals to see in London

London is rightly considered the capital of musicals. Like Broadway in New York, London's West End is one of the best areas in the world to see a quality show both for the direction and for the performance of the actors.

Here is a selection of musicals, applauded by the public and recommended by the British press.

Thriller Live: the musical tribute to Michael Jackson


With its 4 million spectators and its 6000 performances, Thriller Live is considered one of the best musicals in London.
Thriller Live is more than a musical, it's also a concert that pays homage to the king of pop of the Jackson Five era to his solo career.

Here is a superb show with dynamic and smiling singers and dancers, a successful staging and a festive atmosphere!

From 8 years.

Duration : 2 h20
Place of performance : Lyric Theatre
Last performance : April 26, 2020

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Mamma Mia! The Party: a theatrical dinner!


Mamma Mia! The Party is a theatrical dinner in a setting that is intended to be the replica of the tavern from the film with Meryl Streep.
For four hours, enjoy a spectacular show, a gourmet three-course Mediterranean meal and an ABBA nightclub to dance to !!!

You can arrive up to an hour before the start of the show to have a glass of ouzo and savor the appetizers. Drinks can be purchased separately.
Tables are reserved in the order in which the reservation is received. Group bookings will be held together, with smaller groups or couples allocated to tables of up to 8 and larger groups allocated to adjacent tables. The larger tables can accommodate 10 people.


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For students over the age of 5

Duration 4h00
Place of performance : 02 Arena
Last performance : 31 May 2020



Mamma Mia: the musical that puts the Abba group in the spotlight

With over 27 ABBA tracks playing on stage, such as Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia is a musical jukebox!

With over 30 million spectators, Mamma Mia is the most popular musical that puts everyone in a good mood.

The action takes place on a Greek island paradise where a young girl searches for her father the day before her wedding. Among the three former lovers of his mother, which will be his father? This story of love and friendship will end in tears and laughter ...

From 5 years.

Duration : 2 h35
Place of performance : Novello Theater
Last performance : September 19, 2020

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child


Based on a new original story by JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards in the West End. She won the record for nine Olives in 2017, including that for best director.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play presented in two parts. The two parts are intended to be seen in sequence on the same day (morning and evening) or two consecutive evenings.

Duration : First part: 2 h 40 (with 20 minutes intermission)
Second part: 2 hours 35 minutes (with 20 minutes intermission)
Place of performance : Palace Theatre
Last performance : January 19, 2022

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The Lion King: music by Elton John


The Lion King is the adaptation of the Disney cartoon The Lion King, originally created for Broadway in 1997. The musical immerses us in the adventures of Simba, a carefree and turbulent young lion cub who is destined to succeed his father Mufasa, king highlands ...

This colorful show offers magnificent special effects, costumes and majestic sets presenting the African savannah. The music is the work of the great Elton John, author of ten songs including The Madness of King, Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata or Can you Feel the Love Tonight.

From 5 years. Children under 3 are not admitted.

Duration : 2 h50
Place of performance : Lyceum Theatre
Last performance : July 5, 2020


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The Phantom of the Opera: the breathtaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Phantom of the Opera is a big budget musical that has been around the world and haunted Her Majesty's Theater for 27 years.

Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel, the plot takes place in Paris in the Opéra Garnier where a masked ghost sows terror out of love, so that his protege becomes the Prima Donna of the theater.

This tragic love story has been performed in over 90 cities around the world and won over 50 Awards!

Recommended from 10 years old. Children under 5 are not admitted.

Duration : 2 h30
Place of performance : Her Majesty’s Theatre
Last performance : October 17, 2020

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Mary Poppins: an award-winning musical from Disney and Cameron Mackintosh


Like The Lion King, Mary Poppins is a Disney stage production. Discover the famous story of Mary Poppins, a nanny who takes care of Mr & Mrs Banks' 5 children living in London. This housekeeper like no other plunges the Banks children into a magical world.

This great Disney classic is THE ultimate family musical, produced by Disney Theatrical and Cameron Mackintosh which covers songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman but also introduces new ones by George Stiles and Anthony Drew.

Recommended from 6 years old. Children under 3 years old will not be admitted.

Duration : 2 h30
Place of performance : Prince Edward Theatre
Last performance : July 26, 2020

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The Book of Mormon: A Hilarious Musical


Created in 2011 on Broadway, The Book of Mormon has received numerous accolades: nine Tony Awards in 2011 and a Grammy Award in 2012.

This musical tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who try to convert a Ugandan village. One is a passionate missionary and devoted believer, the other is an asocial and obese geek, knowing absolutely nothing about Mormon scriptures.

The Book of Mormon is both a hilarious spectacle and a scathing critique of religion, racism, and homosexuality.

Not suitable for young children. Ages 17 and up.

Duration : 2 h30
Place of performance : Prince of Wales Theatre
Last performance : 2 May 2020

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Wicked: the musical inspired by the Wizard of Oz

Released in 2003 on Broadway, this musical is inspired by Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. She received 3 Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards, the Oscars equivalents for musicals.

Wicked tells the story of the friendship between two young girls, Glinda and Elphaba, both witches in the Land of Oz.

Recommended from 8 years old. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted.

Duration : 2 h45
Place of performance : Apollo Victoria Theatre
Last performance : 28 November 2020

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Les Misérables: the French musical comedy!


Inspired by the novel by Victor Hugo, the story of Les Misérables takes place in revolutionary France in the XNUMXth century.
After 19 years of hard labor, a peasant Jean Valjean escapes from the Toulon prison. Barely free, he steals a bishop who offers him hospitality. The latter forgives him and encourages him to rebuild his life with honesty.

Les Misérables is at the same time a social plea, an epic tale and a hymn to love imbued with passion and destruction.

This musical is a staggering worldwide success, with more than 70 million spectators in 43 countries and in 22 different languages. She is also the record holder for the longest-running musical in the world ...

The music has been a multiple platinum record and the 8 Tony Award winning show.

Starting from 7 years old. Children under 4 years old are not admitted.

Duration : 2 h50
Place of performance : Queen’s Theatre
Last performance : 31 October 2020

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