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Top reviewed West End shows to see

Our top picks of what to see in London!

"Blow High, Blow Low"
© Johan Persson

We run down the top reviewed shows currently playing or coming soon! (Fear not, we'll be repeating this for shows across the UK imminently!).


Five stars

Anything Goes – The sparkling new production sailed into the Barbican where it plays to Barbican Theatre, until 31 October 2021

Carousel – Timothy Sheader's radical twist on the R&H classic wowed critics when it first opened – Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, until 25 September 2021

Hairspray the Musical – The musical extravaganza continues to wow audiences after its much-awaited return – The London Coliseum, until 29 September 2021

Everybody's Talking About Jamie – Its new cast continues to cement it as one of the best new musicals in a long while – and it's soon going to "pause" its West End run – Apollo Theatre until 26 September

The Last Five Years – Jason Robert Brown's romantic two-hander will have its first major West End run – Garrick Theatre from 17 September until 17 October

& Juliet – The larger than life musical is back! – Shaftesbury Theatre, from 24 September

Pride and Prejudice* *(sort of) – It got five stars during its original run, and it's now back for a weighty West End spell! – Criterion Theatre, from 15 October

Life of Pi – The WOSAward-winning play has been gearing up for a West End run for a long time, so we can't wait for what is hopefully a lengthy, lengthy spell at the Wydham's Theatre – From 15 November 2021

Six the Musical – Its third London home will be the Vaudeville Theatre! A chance to see the six Queens in a fresh location – Vaudeville Theatre, from 29 September

Dear Evan Hansen – The cult fan favourite will be back in action post-pandemic, just in time for the movie release – Noël Coward Theatre, returning from 26 October 2021'

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman's fantasy adventure was an utter smash-hit at the National, and now returns – Duke of York's Theatre, from 26 October


Ivano Turco and the ensemble
©Tristram Kenton


Four stars

The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre

Come From AwayPhoenix Theatre

Mary PoppinsPrince Edward Theatre

Frozen – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Leopoldstadt, Wyndham's Theatre, until 30 October

Rockets and Blue Lights, National Theatre, until 9 October

Operation Mincemeat, Southwark Playhouse, until 18 September

Jersey Boys, Trafalgar Theatre

Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre

Amélie the Musical, Criterion Theatre, until 25 September

The Prince of Egypt , Dominion Theatre, until 8 January 2022

The Choir of ManThe Arts Theatre

Back to the FutureAdelphi Theatre

Les MisérablesSondheim Theatre, from 25 September

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