Whether it’s classic theatre you enjoy, modern twists on the classics, or musicals, London theatres constantly offer fresh shows where most theatre goers will easily find something to their liking. Some shows are very much mainstream with high profiled actors, while other smaller theatres and productions often take a more quirky and alternative approach. When it comes to cultural events in London nothing is lacking and no matter how you identify yourself there’s something that’s right for you. Musicals such as Bend it like Beckham have become very popular and there are numerous other shows that are gaining traction with each day. Also, the West End is heaving with theatres that have arguably the best shows in London. The top 10 shows in London are great for a romantic date or a good way of starting (or ending) a night out in town. Practically all of these productions are of high quality and it’s no wonder that plenty of shows and acts began here before making their way to other parts of the world. We present to you a list of the best 10 shows at the moment in London.
Critics say that this musical starts off fairly slowly, but once the songs start picking up and the audience starts realizing where it’s all going, it becomes sheer euphoria. It’s a feel good kind of musical, and while it might be corny is some ways, the world needs more positive energy and the people need to start following their dreams. Thanks to shows like this one, perhaps people will feel motivated to pursue a life of happiness and good vibes.
Visiting address: 104 – 110 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
South Park fans probably heard about the Book of Mormon already. Ultimately when all is said and done, it probably doesn’t live up to expectations. But once you start looking at it from a different perspective, with no expectations, it starts making sense. There’s some very dark humor in the show, curse words and so on, but the creators have managed to create a show that’s very mild when compared to South Park for example. They succeed in pointing out the absurdities of Mormonism without being mean, and they do it in a very fun way.
Visiting address: Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Roald Dahl would probably be very proud to see this particular version of the show that was inspired by the immensely popular and beloved children’s book Charlie and the chocolate factory. It’s been showing for over two years and even after a few casts it seems as though it’s getting better with time. Willy Wonka lacks a bit of backstory is the show, but overall his strange and quirky character works amazingly well. We highly recommend this show to everyone interested.
Visiting address: Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Inspired by Mark Haddon’s novel about a teenage genius mathematician who has certain behavioral issues, this London show has managed to capture the imagination of all the people who have seen the show. It tells a tragic story of a family that’s slowly but surely being torn apart while looking after their son. However it’s difficult to feel depressed about the characters because there’s so much wit, charm, and warmth in the show. And this is where Marianne Elliot’s genius lies, in her ability to portray a struggling family as a whimsical optimistic one.
Visiting address: Shafterbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Billy Elliot the musical has managed to retain a reputation for one of the best shows in London for over a decade now. The current cast have brought a new vibe to the scene that everyone will feel. Showing in the Victoria Palace Theatre, Billy Elliot is one of the shows that no one should miss out on. This three hour show is an absolutely delight.
Visiting address: 126 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Even people who have never stepped foot inside a theatre have at least heard of this iconic show. Whether it deserves to be named as the best show of all time, we will let experts decide. However what we can say is that it definitely deserves to be seen. Amongst other things the high quality of the production really puts it on the map. An absolute must see!
Visiting address: 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Cameron Mackintosh’s hit show Miss Saigon has been around for some time now and it still managed to bring in the crowds and amuse the audiences. It lacks the depth some other shows strive to achieve and it’s exactly why it’s so popular and important. The actors do a magnificent job of keeping everything in line with the production’s ideas. Miss Saigon isn’t going anywhere and we hope to see plenty of revivals of it in the near and distant future as well.
Visiting address: 28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HS
Dark comedy fans sometimes have a difficult time of finding a show or movie they enjoy. If you happen to enjoy comedy that’s out there and doesn’t care for being rosy and pink, the Hangmen might be the show for you. It’s playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre and it probably one of the hottest shows in London at the moment. Critics and audiences seem to agree that it’s a true masterpiece.
Visiting address: Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
This somewhat cryptic and confusing French drama has finally received its English premiere. The audience is immediately fooled into thinking that they’ve got all the information from the beginning, but as the story evolves so does the mystery behind all the characters. Everything about this production is carefully made to confuse the audience, even the set design hides little clues into the characters’ minds.
Visiting address: Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Probably the finest show on offer in the West End of London is The Gypsy. It’s a revival of Jonathan Kent’s musical from the 50’s, and the modern cast with the new quality production has clearly worked miracles. For people in the 21st century the show is a nice throwback and a glimpse into a world and age that was more elegant. And of course it tells a story of struggles, heartbreak, and the trials and tribulations of life itself.
Visiting address: The Strand, London, WC2R 0ET