Recommended shows for every West End audience member
Struggling to work out which West End show you should go and see? We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the different profiles that make up an audience, so you can get inspiration for what show will feature in your next trip to Theatreland. There’s a show guaranteed to provide an unforgettable night of live entertainment.
West End shows to suit every audience member
While you may not be a qualified theatre “expert”, these audience members are regularly seen at the latest West End openings. Seeing a variety of productions throughout the year, a regular attendee will catch the latest shows at the biggest theatres in London, as well as smaller productions that are only running for a few weeks.
For those wanting to see something a bit different and explore the theatre, we recommend The Man in the White Suit starring Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon, the London premiere of Ghost Quartet at the newly-opened Boulevard Theatre or the Broadway transfer of Be More Chill.
Going to a West End production for the first time is an exciting prospect. As a West End newcomer, you will be welcomed into a theatrical world like no other, with an abundance of plays, musicals, dance shows and operas which are diverse, exciting and innovative. For those embarking on their maiden trip to the West End, we recommend productions that have stood the test of time in London, as well as light-hearted shows with a positive message.
If you’re looking to see your first musical, we recommend Thriller, The Lion King and Mamma Mia as the perfect shows to break you in. Wowing audiences for over 50 years between them, these are enchanting productions that will leave you wanting to book tickets to even more shows straight away. For those wanting to see their first play, we recommend The Play That Goes Wrong, a comedy that will have you laughing throughout.
If you’re a traveller passing through London, we have a number of handy guides that will definitely ease your travel plans as well as navigating the city upon arrival.
The Star Spotter
West End shows are often led with a star-studded cast. The lead role may be performed by a veteran actor, as well as shows featuring a performer branching out into theatre for the first time. In recent years, the West End has seen performances from some of the biggest names in showbusiness.
For those who are looking to see the biggest names in West End plays, we recommend seeing Ian McKellen on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre, 9 to 5 with a star-studded cast including Brian Conley and Bonnie Langford. .
If you’re hoping to meet your favourite celebrities after the show, we’ve put a guide together full of information about waiting at the stage door.
Wanting to catch the latest show before the big crowds? If you’re looking to see the hottest shows around, you’ll be able to stand out from everyone around you with these choices. Mark yourself as a theatre trendsetter and check out the shows that will impress your friends and family.
If you’re wanting to see the latest shows that are set to light up the West End, we recommend the West End transfers of The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson and The Greatest Play in the History of the World and Fiddler on the Roof.
Journeying into London from afar to see a show may mean that visiting the West End is an irregular occurrence. If you’re looking to add a special touch to your next trip to Theatreland, it may be worth seeing a show that is just too good to miss.
The West End is home to The Mousetrap, currently the longest running production in the world. Enjoying a continuous run in London since 18th November 1952, it’s an unmissable murder-mystery which has sewn itself into the fabric of British theatre.
Looking for the perfect show to round off your day in London? We recommend Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. Both enjoying continuous residencies at Queens Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre respectively for over thirty years, they have each left a legacy in the history of the West End.
If you want to plan your day trip far in advance, we recommend Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, opening in 2019. Set to bring the television show to the stage, it will be a lovely-jubbly musical extravaganza parking Peckham in the heart of the West End.