The Phantom of The Opera

This is one of the most successful musicals in the history of the West End. It is based on the horror film of the same name with an added amount of romance thrown in. Michael Crawford originally played the title role which has since been performed by many actors.

Les Miserables

This historical epic has been playing in London for over 30 years. Audiences love it for the sweeping numbers and fabulous set design. The story takes place in France during a time of revolution. The main characters struggle to survive as their lives become intermingled with the conflict.

Mamma Mia

The hit Swedish band ABBA provided their best selling songs for this story of mothers and daughters. It takes place on a Greek island just before a young woman is about to be married. She decides to track down her biological father so that she can invite him.


Michael Jackson was the undisputed king of pop. So it was only a matter of time before a musical was made that included his popular tracks. This show serves as showcase for the different eras of Jackson’s career. The title comes from his eponymous Halloween themed hit song.

Kinky Boots

This musical is based on the independent British film of the same name. It is mostly set in a shoe factory. The business is struggling to turn a profit and ends up producing more elaborate types of shoes.

If audience members fancy looking at an online shoe catalogue they can access sites such as Footway. These types of websites have a vast number of shoes to choose from. There is something for practically anyone.


Many people will be familiar with the Wizard of Oz. This show looks at the story from the Wicked Witch’s point of view. It paints her as a misunderstood feminist character. Idina Menzel originated the lead role and won a Tony Award for it. The show continues to be shown in London.


Comedian Tim Minchin wrote the music for this fun filled adaption of the Roald Dahl children’s book. It was already made into a film starring Mara Wilson in 1996. However, this show uses the original source material for inspiration. The eponymous Matilda is a gifted young girl who discovers that she has magical powers. She uses this to get revenge against teachers who are mean to her.

The Book Of Mormon

This was created by the makers of South Park. It is a parody of other musicals such as the Lion King and Les Miserables. It follows two Mormon missionaries as they struggle to convert an African tribe. The show is known for its obscene sense of humour and witty numbers.