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What are the running times of West End shows?

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What are the running times of West End shows?

Going to see a West End show is always a great experience, but you may need to know the running time of a production before you go. There are some shorter shows as well as mammoth-length performances in the West End. Let us take you through the running times of Theatreland to find out how long West End shows are.

Want to see a show in the middle of the week? We’ve also put a guide together of when every matinee performance happens in the West End. 

Running time of West End shows

Shows with a running time of under 2 hours

Nominated for five Olivier Awards, Six is a one hour 15 minute musical whirlwind of Tudor history.

Come From Away is a whirlwind musical, with a performance time of just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

John Malkovich stars in Bitter Wheat that runs for 1 hour 50 minutes at the Garrick Theatre.

The Woman in Black has enjoyed a continuous run in the West End since 1989 and plays at the Fortune Theatre for 2 hour long performances.

Shows with a running time from 2 hours to 2 hours 29 minutes

Although it has had the longest run in the West End, performances of The Mousetrap run for 2 hours 15 minutes.

Witness

Witness for the Prosecution has a running time of 2 hours 15 minutes.

On Your Feet features Gloria Estefan’s greatest hits with a running time of 2 hours 15 minutes.

Jam-packed with Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, Thriller Live runs for 2 hours 20 minutes.

Shows with a running time from 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 44 minutes

On average, productions last for around 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval.

Saying “Hello!” to audiences, The Book of Mormon plays for 2 hours 30 minutes.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba becoming King of the Pride Lands in a musical that runs for 2 hours 30 minutes.

Phantom

Running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, The Phantom of The Opera has a running time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Aladdin sends audiences to the fictional town of Agrabah in a show with a performing time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Sending audiences into a rocking frenzy, School of Rock brings the battle of the bands to audiences for 2 hours 30 minutes.

9 to 5 tells the story of three female workers taking over their boss in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Only Fools and Horses is 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.

Serving up delicious pies in the West End, Waitress has a running time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Bringing the feel good vibes of ABBA to the West End, Mamma Mia runs for 2 hours 35 minutes.

Roald Dahl’s book comes alive in the stage adaptation of Matildatelling the story of the gifted child in 2 hours 40 minutes.

Based on a true story, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie plays for 2 hours 40 minutes.

Shows with a running time of over 2 hours 45 minutes

Tina Time

Be whisked away at Captain Corelli’s Mandolin with a running time of 2 hours 40 minutes.

With songs including “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limit”, Tina the Musical celebrates the life of Tina Turner with a running time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

Transporting audiences to the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the stories of Elphaba and Glinda with a running time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

Bringing the French revolutionary era to life, Les Miserables has ran in the West End with a performance time of 2 hours 50 minutes since it first opened in 1987.

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, Golde and his family in 2 hours 50 minutes.

The Night of the Iguana has a running time of 2 hours 50 minutes.

The running time of The Lehman Trilogy is 3 hours and 20 minutes, including two 15 minutes intervals.