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The West End is the home of the best theatre and musical shows in the world. Whether you are a fan of comedy, Musicals and plays, you will everything that matches you mood. To help you decide what to see, we have compiled a list of the 6 longest running shows on the West End right now. These shows have proven to be popular and successful for years, and they are still going strong. You can book your London theatre tickets online and secure your seats for these fantastic shows. Here are the 6 longest running shows on the West End right now:
1. The Mousetrap (Opened 25 November 1952, now playing at the St Martins Theatre)
Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery is the longest running show on the West End and the longest running play in the world. For over 70 years the play has kept millions of people on the edge of their seats. The mystery thriller is based on the book by one of the best-selling novelists of all time.
The story follows a group of 7 strangers who find themselves snowed in at a country house in the middle of nowhere when news spreads of a suspicious murder that has happened back in London. Then out of nowhere a police sergeant shows up at the door and they realise the killer is in their midst. One by one they reveal their sordid pasts but the real question is… who did it??
Book now to see this thrilling tale of mystery and intrigue that is sure to keep you in suspense from start to finish. Book The Mousetrap theatre tickets now, currently playing at the St Martins theatre.
2. Les Misérables (Opened 8 October 1985, now playing at the Sondheim Theatre)
The longest running musical in the world LES MISERABLES has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 52 countries and 22 languages.
With an unbelievable score, an incredible ensemble cast Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is currently playing at the Sondheim Theatre.
Including iconic songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘Bring Him Home’. Book your Les Miserables theatre tickets now.
3. The Phantom of the Opera (Opened 9 October 1986, now playing at His Majesty’s Theatre)
The hauntingly beautiful love story is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless musicals. It has been playing in the West End for over 35 years and is currently playing at the recently renamed His Majesty’s Theatre.
The show has played to over 145 million people in 41 countries, 183 cities and 17 different languages.
Featuring the iconic musical score with songs such as ‘Music of the Night’, ‘All I Ask of You’, ‘Masquerade’ and of course the title song.
Book PHANTOM OF THE THEATRE ticket now.
4. Mamma Mia! (Opened 6 April 1999, now playing at the Novello Theatre)
Since 1999 MAMMA MIA has delighted West End audiences as the ultimate feel-good musical. The show is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in London next year and continues to play to sold-out audiences’ night after night.
With music and lyrics from ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and featuring some of the bands timeless hits MAMMA MIA remains one of the West End’s most popular shows. With songs like ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Honey Honey’ and ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ this musical will have you singing and dancing the whole way home.
Combined with a contemporary love story from British playwright Catherine Johnson and set on a sunny Greek Island, what more could you want from a musical? Book Mamma Mia theatre tickets now for the best night out in London, now playing at the Novello Theatre.
5. The Lion King (Opened 19 October 1999, now playing at the Lyceum Theatre)
Disney’s THE LION KING is still a fan favourite in the West End and has been since the show opened in 1999. Based on the 1944 hit movie, the musical comes to life on stage in spectacular colour with stunning special effects and enchanting music by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Following the story of a young lion cub named Simba and his journey to become the king of the pride land, THE LION KING is a joy for all the family. Book The Lion King Theatre tickets now, currently playing at the Lyceum Theatre.
6. Wicked (Opened 27 September 2006, now playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre)
One of London’s most popular musicals WICKED has recently celebrated 17 years in the West End. This musical takes the classic story of The Wizard of Oz and tells the untold story of the witches of Oz.
The show follows the unlikely friendship between Elphaba and Glinda and their encounter with the ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, which leads them to fulfil their destinies as ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’ and ‘Glinda the Good’.
This unforgettable musical continues to ‘defy gravity’ night after night, with music and lyrics by the incredible Stephen Schwartz, this unforgettable musical transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz, providing marvels beyond the imagination…
Book London Thetre Tickets now for an ‘Ozmipolitan night out because there really is ‘no place like WICKED!’