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Midweek matinees: Which West End shows have afternoon performances?


Midweek matinees: Which West End shows have afternoon performances?

Many West End shows having matinee performances during the week, so it’s a great way to break up the working week. If it’s a well-established show or you’re discovering a new production for the first time, an afternoon show is a wonderful way to spend the day and even come out of the theatre when it’s still light outside! There are matinees on most weekdays, but for the biggest selection of midweek matinees, then Wednesdays and Thursdays are your safest bet, as most shows run in the middle of the week before their weekend matinee (which is usually a Saturday). Our guide has the details on what shows have matinee performances on specific days, with links to buy tickets for every production.

Buy your tickets today for a wide range of matinee performances.

Tuesday matinee performances

The Mousetrap – St Martin’s Theatre
The Woman in Black – Fortune Theatre

The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof – Playhouse Theatre
The Lehman Trilogy – Piccadilly Theatre

Les Miserables

Wednesday matinee performances

Waitress – Adelphi Theatre
The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre
Joseph – London Palladium
The Night of the Iguana – Noel Coward Theatre
The Book of Mormon – Prince of Wales Theatre
Wicked – Apollo Victoria Theatre
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre
9 to 5 – Savoy Theatre

The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre
Rip It Up – Garrick Theatre
Six – Arts Theatre
Les Miserables – Queen’s Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre
Only Fools and Horses – The Musical – Theatre Royal Haymarket
Matilda the Musical – Cambridge Theatre
The Starry Messenger – Wyndham’s Theatre
Come From Away – Phoenix Theatre

Phantom of the Opera Matinee

Thursday matinee performances

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Ambassadors Theatre
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Harold Pinter Theatre
Education, Education, Education – Trafalgar Studio One
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre
Witness for the Prosecution – London City Hall

Present Laughter – Old Vic
The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre
Mamma Mia – Novello Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof – Playhouse Theatre
Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre
Sweat – Gielgud Theatre
Bitter Wheat – Garrick Theatre
On Your Feet – London Coliseum
Toast – The Other Palace
The Illusionists – Shaftesbury Theatre
Disney’s Aladdin – Prince Edward Theatre
School of Rock – Gillian Lynne Theatre
Jesus Christ Superstar – Barbican



Weekday matinee performances at the Underbelly Festival

Comedy Club 4 Kids – The Belly
Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall – Spiegeltent
Shakespearience – Spiegeltent
The Showstoppers Kids Show – The Belly
Trash Test Dummies – The Belly
Shark in the Park – Spiegeltent

How Does This Politics Thing Work? – The Belly
The Amazing Bubble Man – The Belly
Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret – Spiegeltent
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant – Spiegeltent
Chores – The Belly
A Simple Space – The Belly
Twirlywoos – The Belly








Our wide range of musicals, plays, operas, dances and live music in London means there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With daytime and evening performances available for many productions, feel the thrill of live entertainment at its very best in the West End.

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