Visiting London and not watching one of the longest-running West End shows would be an incomplete trip. Theatre is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. The history of theatre dates back about 2,500 years or so. The theatre as we know it now has almost altogether transformed from what it was before. Unattainable concepts are now becoming a reality thanks to the rapid progress of human civilization. Some of the longest-running West End shows can attest to that.
An aspect of theatrical entertainment that has become feasible through technological development is enjoying a 21st-century adaptation of a well-known classic play or watching a mythological tale being performed on the stage with special effects to transport audiences back in time. You can enjoy any and all of the longest-running West End shows if you are in London and in the mood for some quality recreation. If musicals are what you prefer, opt for a performance of the fan favourite Les Misérables which has been staged at the Sondheim Theatre for over 30 years - truly one of the longest-running West End shows.
If you would rather go for a spot of mystery, The Mousetrap, which has been performed at St Martin's Theatre in London's West End since March 1974—making it the longest-running performance in history—offers all that and more. From the wonderful Wicked to the magical Matilda to the timeless Shakespearean plays to Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King, there is something for everybody in the list of longest-running West End shows in London. Still can’t decide? Take a look at the current longest-running West End shows and book your tickets to the longest-running West End shows now for the experience of a lifetime.
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