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Top 10 selling shows on WhatsOnStage in July

What were the hottest tickets in a very hot July?

The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The King and I both make our top-selling shows
© Johan Persson, Matthew Murphy

Now that July's wrapped up, we take stock and work out which shows have proven most popular with audiences. What were you watching last month?



The cast of Kinky Boots
© Matt Crockett

10. Kinky Boots

Adelphi Theatre, until 12 January 2019

We were gutted when Kinky Boots announced it'll be wrapping its West End run at the start of next year, after a huge amount of love for its time in the capital. The show is also kicking off its UK tour in September, so there's still plenty of Kinky to go around.



Kelli O'Hara and Billy Marlow in The King and I
© Matthew Murphy

9. The King and I

London Palladium, until 29 September

The Tony Award-winning production got a positive reaction when it premiered at the Palladium at the start of the month, and clearly punters have wanted to catch it before it sails away at the end of September. Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara leads the cast as the "I", while Ken Watanabe joins her as "The King".



Ammar Haj Ahmad Safi in The Jungle
© Marc Brenner

8. The Jungle

Playhouse Theatre, until 3 November

Joes Murphy and Robertson were responsible for penning this incredible piece, which has completely transformed the West End Playhouse Theatre into a replica of the Calais Jungle refugee camp. Running until November this really is essential viewing, something audiences have clearly twigged!



The company of Dreamgirls
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7. Dreamgirls

Savoy Theatre, until 12 January

West End audiences were rocked by the announcement that Dreamgirls would be wrapping up its London run in January 2019 (ahead of a UK tour), after a solid run at the venue. So expect the show to be a hot ticket for the remainder of its run as people rush to catch it before it closes.



Alexandra Burke
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6. Chicago

Phoenix Theatre, until 5 January

The razzle-dazzle was once more in the West End earlier this year when Chicago returned to the West End and a few weeks ago we announced that Alexandra Burke, fresh from her turn in Chess alongside Michael Ball and Cassidy Janson, was going to be taking over the role of Roxie Hart.



Denis Conway (Donny), Chris Walley (Davey), Aidan Turner (Padraic)
© Johan Persson

5. The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Noël Coward Theatre, until 8 September

Poldark star Aidan Turner continues his run in the West End as a cat-loving, gun-toting Irishman in the new revival of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, directed by Michael Grandage. Full of carnage, feline angst and enough blood splatters to make an assistant stage manager weep, this quirky piece has been a popular addition to the West End line-up.



The Glenn Miller Story at the Coliseum
© Pamela Raith

4. The Glenn Miller Story

London Coliseum, until 18 August

Tommy Steele leads the cast in the West End run of The Glenn Miller Story, based on the life of the best-selling Second World War artist. With Steele making his stage debut 60 years ago at the same venue in Cinderella, it seems only fitting that he finds himself there once again.



Motown the Musical
© Tristram Kenton

3 Motown the Musical

UK tour, from 11 October

It's having a steady run at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End, and in October Motown the Musical, featuring the major hits of Berry Gordy's back catalogue, will also kick off its UK tour, opening at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Punters clearly want to be singing tracks from the musical all night long, and dancing in the street after the curtain call.



Jeremy Jordan
© David Gordon

2. Jeremy Jordan

Cadogan Hall, 2 September

He topped our list last month and Jeremy Jordan is in at number two this time around. The Broadway star is coming back for a pair of special concerts in September. Expect some astounding performances from a musical theatre legend at the top of his game.



[L-R] T'Shan Williams (Heather Duke), Jodie Steele (Heather Chandler), Sophie Isaacs (Heather McNamara) and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Veronica Sawyer)
© Pamela Raith

1. Heathers the Musical

Theatre Royal Haymarket, from 3 September to 24 November

Could there be any other at the top of our list? After its sell-out run at The Other Palace the show will hop across the Mall to Theatre Royal Haymarket, for an autumn run in the West End. Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, the musical looks set to be a stalwart musical smash.

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