Rosalie Craig, Peter Polycarpou and John Owen Jones
Rosalie Craig, Peter Polycarpou and John Owen Jones
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10. South Pacific

Cadogan Hall


Presented by Alex Parker and directed by Jordan Murphy, South Pacific sees a 32-piece orchestra reviving Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical for one night only. Top billing is performer Rosalie Craig who stars as Nellie, a spunky Arkansas nurse in the midst of the Second World War.

See the full cast announcement here.


The company of 42nd Street
The company of 42nd Street
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9. 42nd Street

Drury Lane Theatre


42nd Street is an uproarious evening, the story of a show within a show told with non-stop vibrancy and energy. Based in the 1930s, the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical when it first debuted in 1980. "The razzmatazz of the staging is so preposterous that it makes you smile" said Sarah Crompton in her review for WhatsOnStage.



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8. Disney's Aladdin

Prince Edward Theatre


Trevor Dion Nicholas's Genie has already enchanted thousands of punters, but the magic of Disney's Aladdin is far from over for the production, now boasting a new titular actor in the form of Matthew Croke, who took over the role a few months ago.

Read our review of Disney's Aladdin here



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7. The Book of Mormon

Prince of Wales Theatre


The Book of Mormon went from a critical to audience classic in no time when it opened in the West End back in February 2013. With music and lyrics from Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, best known for their animated series South Park, the show's shock factor is only matched by its endless hilarity.

Find out more about the current cast of The Book of Mormon



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6. The Ferryman

Gielgud Theatre


Jez Butterworth's new play has the record for being the fastest selling show in Royal Court history when it debuted earlier this year. Coupled with the raft of positive reviews, the show has hit the West End with similar energy, already extending booking through to January 2018.

See our five star review of The Ferryman here.



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5. Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre


Wicked has become a West End classic, the firmest fixture at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in recent memory. The revisionist musical based on The Wizard of Oz has birthed classic showtunes including "Defying Gravity", "Popular" and "For Good". With a new cast announced only two weeks ago, this trend is guaranteed to continue when some new blood steps into the magical land of Oz.

See photos of the new cast of Wicked here.



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4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Apollo Theatre


Benedict Andrews' version of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof marks the first time the Young Vic has debuted a show directly on the West End. Touting a star cast including Jack O'Connell and Sienna Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play sees a desperate romance against the backdrop of the Mississippi Delta.

Read our interview with Jack O'Connell and Sienna Miller.



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3. What the Ladybird Heard

Lyric Theatre


The summer holidays are here, and children's theatre shows have come to the West End in bigger numbers than ever. Highest selling among them is What the Ladybird Heard, written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks. With bank robbers, barmy characters and bright colours, the show runs at the Lyric Theatre.

Read our interview with Lydia Monks here.



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2. Long Day's Journey into Night

Wyndham's Theatre


Eugene O'Neil's 1940s play was recently revived to critical and commercial success at the Bristol Old Vic last year, touting Jeremy Irons in the central role of James Tyrone alongside Lesley Manville. The show comes to the West End for a limited run early next year.

See our review from last year's performance.



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1. An American in Paris

Dominion Theatre


WhatsOnStage readers couldn't get enough of Christopher Wheeldon's delightful production of this dance show with music by George and Ira Gershwin. It features delicious designs by Bob Crowley and a superb cast lead by Leanne Cope and Ashley Day.

Read our five star review of An American in Paris.