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Complete guide to best London musicals

The reason for West End’s enduring popularity can be attributed to numerous factors. Perhaps the leading one amongst them is how the London musicals and plays hosted in the theatres have successfully held a mirror to society. While many legendary London musicals have come and gone, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, and Mamma Mia still leave thousands entranced day in and day out.

Watch award-winning London musicals at West End. With your London Musical tickets, enjoy last-minute bookings, preferred seating, and endless discounts.

What Makes West End London Musicals Special?

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London's West End is internationally recognized for its musicals. No visit to London would be complete without a night out at a majestic London theatre, watching one of its famous musicals. Magnificent sets, beautiful costumes, melodious songs, and brilliant actors performing some of the most amazing scripts are only some of the things that you can look forward to at a London musical.

Some London musicals are staple must-sees for any theatre enthusiast in the West End which play to standing ovations night after night and year after year. Not only that, but the West End also has an equal number of new shows, ground-breaking production announcements, and star casts every year.

West End London Musicals: A-Z

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London Musicals vs Plays

West End theatre is known for its colossal contribution to the catalog of musicals. But, how is it different from plays? While musicals aim to narrate the story in the form of lyrical verses and music, plays take the route of prose. Plays employ written script and dialogues while musicals use choreography to convey the message. Even though the distinction may seem all too clear, art does not always adhere to the rulebooks.

Back to the Future

West End Musicals & Off West End Musicals

With more than 40 theatres to its name, West End refers to the main district where the majority of the West End theatres like Apollo, Adelphi, and Piccadilly are located. Popular London musicals like Les Misérables are staged here. There are, however, numerous other theatres that are located outside the West End district, known as Off West End or fringe theatres. These theatres are generally smaller in size and can seat up to 400 guests.

The Phantom of the Opera

Best London Musicals

When it comes to the best London musicals, the verdict is quite subjective. Everyone has their own preference in terms of lyrical quality, plot, presentation, individual performance, and various other factors. However, there are some London musicals that have awed the critics and audiences alike with their near-perfect productions and have gone on to earn legendary status. Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera are two such ongoing London musicals that you can still catch in London and witness history.

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Longest Running London Musicals

In the world of London musicals, like in every other arena of performance arts, some creations attain a reputation that etches their names in stone. West End has seen quite a few such London musicals. The best part is that some of these London Musicals can still be experienced in West End.

What Are the Different Types of London Musicals?

While categorizing a show into a specific category is not always straightforward, there are some broad categories that a London musical can be classified under.

Let's have a look at some of the different types of London musicals.

Matilda London Musical
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
The Book Of Mormon
Back to the Future
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical
Cinderella

Finding the Right West End London Musical

There are various factors that you may need to consider before you decide which London musical will be the best fit for you. Read on to learn more on how to choose the best London musical for you.

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Wicked Musical

Earlier, it was thought that musicals were only suited to showcase romantic plots. However, those days are far behind. London musicals have now broken their own glass ceiling and have begun exploring uncharted territories. Theatre-goers can now pick from a wide range of musicals based on their personal preference. From comedy to crime, parody to period, London musicals have it all!

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The most popular factor to consider while choosing a London musical is the review of the production. There are several critics and media agencies that are devoted to bringing a detailed review of every London musical. You can use these sources to gain more information regarding various productions and have complete information before booking your London musical tickets.

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Choosing the Best Seats for West End London Musicals

Where you choose to sit for a London musical at West End can play a big role in determining the kind of experience you have. Let's take a look at some factors based on which you can select the best seat for watching a London musical.

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Best Views

The best seats in the house for almost all of West End’s theatres are near the middle of the stall area. These provide the best view of the stage and lie in the acoustic sweet spot of the theatre. As a result, these seats come at a higher rate than the rest of the seats in the area.

Budget-Friendly

If you are looking for budget options, head over to the Dress Circle, which is the first elevated section at any West End theatre. The middle section of the Dress Circle offers a good view of the stage without being too expensive.

Handy Tips for Watching West End London Musicals

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  • Watch out for early-bird discounts on London musical tickets online.
  • Book London musical tickets around the best seats in the house for a premium experience at a fraction of the cost.
  • Grab a bite at one of the restaurants close to a West End theatre before a show to avoid spending a fortune on theatre food.
  • Avoid driving to the theatre as free parking could be very limited or even unavailable at the theatre. Reach the theatre well ahead of time as you may not be allowed entry after the show commences.
  • Do not carry or use videography/audiography/photography devices during a London musical or any West End show as this is an unlawful act.
  • Do not leave during the curtain call as it is regarded as a rude gesture.
  • Visit the TKTS booth to score cheap London musical tickets.
  • Attend all shows in smart casual or semi-formal attire. Baggy tees and sweatpants could make you stand out in the crowd in a bad way.

Frequently Asked Questions About London Musicals

Q. What are the best London musicals?

A. London theatre is famous all over the world for its musicals. Find out more about the best London musicals playing in London.

Q. How do I buy tickets for West End musicals in London?

A. Purchase tickets to the best London musicals online for a hassle-free experience and avail of great offers and discounts.

Q. Where can I buy cheap tickets for West End musicals in London?

A. Buy London musicals tickets online for the best deals and discounts.

Q. Are there any discounts available on West End musicals in London tickets?

A. Yes, you can buy discounted tickets for many of the best London musicals online.

Q. How is a London musical different from a play?

A. A musical tells a story through song and dance whereas a play may or not have these elements. A play relies on dialogue over songs and dance.

Q. What are the best seats to watch a London musical?

A. The best seats in the house for almost all of West End’s theatres are near the middle of the stall area.

Q. What are the best London musicals for kids?

A. There are many lovely London musicals for kids playing at the West End that your kids are sure to enjoy. Find them all here.

Q. What are the most romantic London musicals?

A. You are sure to have a delightful and romantic date night when you pick a romantic show from the best West End shows for date night roundup.

Q. Which London musical comedies are playing at the West End?

A. If you are in the mood for a good laugh, you cannot go wrong with London musical comedies. Pick from the best West End comedies and have a riotous laugh.

Q. Which London musicals are playing in the off West End theatres?

A. Check out our list of off West End shows in London to know more about the London musicals playing this year.