Best Theatre Shows In London

So, what’s on at the theatre? If you are looking for the best theatre shows in London, whether you love musicals or prefer a bit of Shakespeare, we’ve got you covered with the best London theatre shows in 2024.

London has long been home to some of the best shows in the world, with incredible Victorian theatres and experimental venues dotted all across town. From icons such as The Royal Court, The Old Vic, and The National Theatre you can always expect quality productions with some of the world’s most talented theatre actors, and often the odd Hollywood A-lister. And what can be better than a cheap standing ticket at Shakespeare’s Globe on a sunny summer evening? Summer also brings a variety of outdoor theatre productions in London’s parks and it’s always worth keeping an eye on what Punchdrunk, the innovators of immersive theatre, are up to.

What’s On in London Theatres?

There are plenty of epic long-running shows on throughout the year in London, so you can catch a production of Mamma Mia!, The Mousetrap or Wicked most weeks. But some of the best London theatre shows in 2024 include Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall, Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre and The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre. There are a load of new musicals hitting the stage too, including Moulin Rouge!, Pretty Woman and Back to the Future.

How to Get London Theatre Tickets?

London theatre tickets don’t come cheap but if you book early enough then you can still get some bargains. And if there are no tickets available for the particular show that you want to see, don’t forget that many theatres will release a small number of extra tickets before each show.

Theatre shows in London have never been stronger, and Londoners are turning out in huge numbers to catch a show. There is more to life than Netflix after all, so grab some tickets for London theatre and catch one of these amazing shows.

2:22 A Ghost Story Is Back With Another Celeb Cast

25th May - 4th August 2024
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR

Danny Robins’ (best known for The Battersea Poltergeist podcast) 2:22 A Ghost Story, is returning to the Gielgud Theatre this summer and is changing up its cast once again. This time round, documentary presenter and former Strictly star Stacey Dooley will be making her stage debut as Jenny, while James Buckley (who you’ll all recognise as Jay from The Inbetweeners) will be reprising his role as Ben. Donna Air and Joe McFadden are also joining the cast for this latest run.  If it’s not been on your radar yet, 2:22 is a supernatural thriller that takes place over the course of one night when Jenny, who believes her new house is haunted, and her husband Sam argue with their old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben about ghosts and whether or not they exist. Part horror, part social commentary, the play is an exploration of the clash between belief and scepticism.

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) Is a Modern Take on a Rom-Com

Until 31st August 2024
Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, London

After a sold-out run at Kiln Theatre, British musical Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) has had its West End run at the Criterion Theatre extended to the end of summer. Written by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, the rom-com follows naive and upbeat Brit Dougal (played by Olivier Award-winner Sam Tutty), who’s flown into NYC for his dad’s second wedding and who meets NYC native and sister of the bride Robin (played by Dujonna Gift)​​.

Dominic West Is Starring in A View from the Bridge

23rd May – 3rd August 2024
Theatre Royal Haymarket, Suffolk Street, London

Following a sold-out run in Bath, A View from the Bridge starring Dominic West, Kate Fleetwood and Callum Scott Howells is transferring to the West End, running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket across the summer. The classic play from Arthur Miller, regarded as one of the best playwrights of the 20th century, tells the story of Italian-American Eddie Carbone living in 1950s New York, as he struggles to control his jealousy as his niece Catherine falls for an Italian immigrant with tragic consequences.

Tom Holland Is Starring in Romeo & Juliet

11th May - 3rd August 2024
St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG

He already has one iconic role to his name in Peter Parker aka Spiderman, and now Tom Holland is taking on another this summer in the shape of Romeo. This version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is being directed by Jamie Lloyd, who’s got a string of critically acclaimed productions to his name, most recently the award-winning revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Nicole Scherzinger. Francesca Amewudah-Rivers will be playing Juliet, with  Freema Agyeman as Nurse, Michael Balogun as Friar, Daniel Quinn-Toye as Paris, Ray Sesay as Tybalt, Nima Taleghani as Benvolio, and Joshua-Alexander Williams as Mercutio.

Punchdrunk Is Back With Viola's Room

14th May - 16th June 2024
Cartridge Place, London

Groundbreaking theatre group Punchdrunk is back with new show, Viola’s Room, which is being billed as “an intimate, linear, audio-driven adventure that promises to suffuse the dreams of those who dare to follow the light”. The immersive play is based on Barry Pain’s gothic short story The Moon-Slave and has been adapted for a new audience by Booker Prize-shortlisted author Daisy Johnson. Guests are told to expect a barefoot journey around a maze-like installation, guided by an unseen narrator – played by Helena Bonham Carter – through headphones.

People, Places and Things Is Back on the West End

3rd May - 10th August 2024
Trafalgar Theatre, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

After a smash hit run at the National Theatre in 2015, Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things is back in London, this time playing at the Trafalgar Theatre. Jeremy Herrin is directing, with Denise Gough reprising her Olivier Award-winning role as Emma. Sinéad Cusack, Malachi Kirby, Danny Kirrane and Kevin McMonagle are also starring the story of struggling actress Emma, who’s life is spinning recklessly out of control.

See Much Ado About Nothing at The Globe

25th April - 24th August 2024
Shakespeare's Globe, New Globe Walk, London

Shakespeare’s feel-good love story is opening at the Globe to kick off the theatre’s summer season. Directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes, Ekow Quartey and Amalia Vitale will star as Benedick and Beatrice, with the cast performing in Elizabethan dress.

A Spirited Away Play Is Running in London

30th April - 24th August 2024
London Coliseum, Saint Martin's Lane, London

Following in the footsteps of the smash hit My Neighbour Totoro, another Studio Ghibli play is showing in the city. Spirited Away, arguably one of the studio’s most impactful films, is running at London Coliseum this spring and summer. If you haven’t seen the film, the story follows 10-year-old Chihiro who gets lost in a fantasy world after her parents, after angering Shinto spirits by eating their food, are turned into pigs. She takes a job at a magical bathhouse while working to get her parents back and return to her own world. If you have seen the movie, you’ll know that bringing those characters to life is a real feat. Expect to see Kamaji, the spider-like boiler man, with 19-foot-long arms; No-Face played by as many as 12 actors; Haku’s transformation into dragon form; and more remarkable visuals. And, of course, the film’s legendary original score (composed by Joe Hisaishi) will be performed by a live orchestra throughout.

Journey Into the Underworld With Hadestown

10th February - 22nd December 2024
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

After a sell-out run at the National Theatre in 2018, the Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning musical Hadestown is back in London, this time at the Lyric Theatre. Written by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown takes you on a journey to the underworld, telling the love stories of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and Persephone through American folk music and New Orleans-inspired jazz.

Successions's Brian Cox Is Back on the West End

19th March - 8th June 2024
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

After playing Logan Roy on the small screen, Brian Cox is returning to the stage for his first West End role in almost a decade. He’s starring in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Widely regarded as one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night explores themes like love, hate, addiction and betrayal through the lens of a day in the life of the Tyrones, based on O’Neill’s own dysfunctional family. Jeremy Herrin is directing this production at Wyndham’s Theatre and Brian Cox will be starring as James Tyrone, opposite Patricia Clarkson as the matriarch Mary Tyrone, Laurie Kynaston as Edmund, Daryl McCormack as James Jr and Louisa Harland as Cathleen.

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy Is Back in the West End

Until 1st June 2024
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH

Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier-Award nominated For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy is back on the West End, this time at the Garrick Theatre, following three previous sold-out runs. Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s seminal work For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf and conceived by Ryan Calais Cameron in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing in 2012, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy uses six young Black men who meet for group therapy to explore themes like colourism, love, masculinity and trauma.

Jez Butterworth Is Back With The Hills of California

27th January - 15th June 2024
The Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London

Jez Butterworth, writer of Jerusalem and The Ferryman, is teaming up with director Sam Mendes to stage his new play The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Set in Blackpool, rather than the West Coast of America, the show centres around the Webb sisters who have returned to their dying mother’s run-down seaside guest house for one final time during the long, hot summer.

Standing at the Sky's Edge Is a Love Letter to Sheffield

8th February - 3rd August 2024
Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane, London

Standing at the Sky’s Edge, the Olivier Award-winning musical, featuring songs by Richard Hawley, is transferring to the West End after sell-out runs at The Crucible in Sheffield and the National Theatre in London. Directed by Robert Hastie and written by Chris Bush, the show is a love letter to Sheffield and the city’s Park Hill Estate, charting the story, including the hopes, dreams, love, and loss, of three generations over the course six decades.

A Mrs Doubtfire Musical Is Here

Until 16th February 2025
Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

The screen’s favourite housekeeper and babysitter is staying in the West End as Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical is on at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 2025. Based on the hit and much-loved film, this musical adaptation comes from the same award-winning team – made up of John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick – behind Broadway’s Something Rotten!

A Stranger Things Prequel Is on Stage in London

17th November 2023 - 25th August 2024
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JP

Missing Stranger Things? You can now get your fix as a prequel to the TV show is taking over the West End. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, being staged at the Phoenix Theatre, will be taking place in 1959 rather than Hawkins of the 80s, so that means there’ll be no Eleven, Mike and co, but there will be a young Jim Hopper and a young Bob Newby, who are just living their regular lives when new student Henry Creel arrives. That last name should ring a bell because that’s who goes on to become the season four baddie Vecna. OOOOOHHHHH. The stage show is written by Kate Trefry, based on an idea created by her, The Duffer Brothers (who made the TV show) and Jack Thorne (who did Harry Potter & The Cursed Child), with Stephen Daldry directing, so this is sure to be a smash hit.

Immerse Yourself in Manhattan and Havana at Guys & Dolls

Until 4th January 2025
Bridge Theatre, Potters Fields Park, London

The Bridge Theatre is staging one of the greatest musicals of all time with this production of Guys & Dolls, starring Timmika Ramsay as Miss Adelaide, Owain Arthur as Nathan Detroit, Celinde Schoenmaker as Sarah Brown and George Ioannides as Sky Masterson. Prepare to be immersed in the streets of Manhattan and bars of Havana, with all those big numbers to tap along to.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Is Spectacular Spectacular

Until 15th June 2024
Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London

It’s spectacular spectacular news for musicals fans – after ten years in development, a run on Broadway, and a delay due to the pandemic, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is finally here at the West End. Alex Timbers’ stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film follows the original story – penniless writer Christian falls in love with courtesan Satine but the pair have to hide their relationship so nightclub owner Harold Zidler can secure funds for the venue’s transformation from The Duke, who wants Satine for himself. All the iconic songs like ‘Come What May’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’ are in there too along with a whole load of new additions, including hits from Whitney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Adele and Lady Gaga, so there’ll be even more songs to can-can along to. 

Head to the Kit Kat Club for Cabaret

Until 29th June 2024
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Cabaret, one of the most iconic musicals of all time, is back in the West End. This immersive production has taken over the Playhouse Theatre and turned it into the Kit Kat Club so prepare to lose yourself in the world of Weimar Berlin.

Watch Simba Grow Up at The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London

You’ve seen the movie, now see The Lion King on stage and watch Simba grow from young cub to king of the pridelands with Timon and Pumba by his side. The award-winning show features all the classic songs, including ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Circle of Life’, with all the animals of Pride Rock brought to life with incredible puppetry, costumes and special effects.

Great Scott, a Back to the Future Musical Is Here

Until 22nd December 2024
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London

Great Scott, a Back to the Future musical has come to the West End! And the actual creators of the film trilogy – Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale – are behind it. All the regulars like Doc, Marty, Biff, George and Lorraine are making a return but this time they’re belting out the tunes. Obvs the absolute classics like ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ will be involved, but as it’s a musical there’ll be some new songs to learn and sing your heart out to as well. Get into your DeLorean and roll up to the Adelphi Theatre.

See How Henry VIII's Wives Could Have Ended Up at This Musical

Until November 2024
Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s smash-hit Six The Musical, which is a modern retelling of Henry VIII’s wives complete with pop-inspired soundtrack, is back on stage at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Pass Judgement on This Murder Mystery Inside a Courtroom

Until 29th September 2024
County Hall, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7GP

The Olivier Award-nominated Witness for the Prosecution brings Agatha Christie’s famous tale to life in a whole new way thanks to its staging in the debating chamber of County Hall. The set design is so well executed that you do really feel like you’re sitting in criminal court, which adds a new level of tension to the testimonies of Leonard Vole, accused of murdering a wealthy widow, and the witness trying to send him down.

The Mousetrap Is Still Going Strong

Until 14th September 2024
St. Martin's Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9NZ

Having been performed over 28,000 times, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest running play in the world and after a brief pause, it’s back at St Martin’s Theatre. The murder mystery is known for its twists and turns so you’ll be trying to guess whodunnit right up until the end.

The Play That Goes Wrong Is an Absolute Riot

Until 3rd November 2024
3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA

The award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which stated life at fringe venue in London with only four punters in the house, has had a remarkable run in the West End and shows no signs of slowing down. The show is (shockingly) about a drama society putting on a play that goes wrong, collapsing sets and all, and it’s an absolute riot.

Hip-Hop Meets History in Hamilton

Until 28th September 2024
Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA

Hip-hop meets history in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical about the US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an Caribbean immigrant who fights in the War of Independence and becomes the country’s first Treasury Secretary. Even if you think you don’t care about American history, you’ll find yourself rapping about the 1776 the Declaration of Independence and Aaron Burr for weeks afterwards.

Catch Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Take on Mormonism

Until 15th June 2024
Coventry St, London W1D 6AS

If you like your musicals to be wildly politically incorrect and funny as hell, The Book of Mormon is the one for you. Created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the minds that brought you South Park, the show follows two Mormon missionaries on their journey to convert Ugandan natives to their religion. The lyrics may inappropriate, bordering on offensive, but the songs are bloody catchy and you won’t be able to stop laughing.

Soak Up ABBA's Greatest Hits With Mamma Mia!

Until 28th September 2024
Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London

Over 20 years on stage and two record-breaking films and we’ve still got Mamma Mia fever. The musical, which tells the tale of a mother, a daughter and three fathers set on Greek island to a soundtrack of ABBA’s greatest hits, has been seen by almost 9 million people in London since it premiered in 1999 and it’s still going strong at the Novello Theatre.

Explore Oz Before Dorothy Arrived With Wicked

Until 2nd June 2024
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London

The award-winning Wicked, London’s 14th longest running show, is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, which is set in the land of Oz way before Dorothy and the gang got there in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The show tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University, who eventually become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.