From West End favourites to brand new productions, there is a host of top musicals in London to see this month.
We’ve picked our favourites and divided them into five London areas to help you make your decision.
Top musicals in London: West End
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre) – Throughout April
Proud Mary, The Best, Nutbush City Limits – expect these songs and more from the new musical bringing the music and life story of pop icon Tina Turner to the stage. US star Adrienne Warren plays the title role with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner. BOOK NOW
Chicago (Phoenix Theatre) – Throughout April
The classic Kander and Ebb musical returns to the London stage with Cuba Gooding Jr in the role of Billy Flynn. The satirical show follows wannabe showgirl Roxie Hart who receives her shot at fame, but only when she is arrested for murder. BOOK NOW
Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre) – Throughout April
Baz Luhrmann’s tale about a champion ballroom dancer who chooses to compete under his own rules, whatever the cost, returns to its musical stage roots. Will Young, Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey star in the show, which is based on the movie adaptation and features songs including Time After Time and Love Is In The Air. BOOK NOW
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (Dominion Theatre) – From 2 April
The Meat Loaf musical returns in all its motorbike-revving, leather-wearing, hard-rocking glory. The story of youthful rebellion and troubled love is set in a dystopian future where a group of teenagers have been driven from the city. It features songs such as I Would Do Anything For Love and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. BOOK NOW
Chess (London Coliseum) – From 26 April
Musical theatre icon Michael Ball and pop star Alexandra Burke lead the cast of this musical revival. Created by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess tells the story of competing chess masters who are themselves being used as pawns by their respective governments. BOOK NOW
Top musicals in London: North London
Caroline, Or Change (Hampstead Theatre) – Until 21 April
Sharon D Clarke leads Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of the award-winning musical to London. In 1963 America, eight-year-old Noah finds solace hiding in the basement with his family’s black maid, Caroline. But all that is about to change.
Assassins (Pleasance Theatre) – Until 8 April
Catch Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the select group of people who have tried – and in some cases succeeded – to kill a president of the USA.
Buried: A New Musical (Pleasance Theatre) – From 10 to 15 April
The winner of the 2017 National Student Drama Festival receives a London run in Islington. At first glance, it is a simple love story. But these lovers discover that what they have in common is their shared enjoyment of killing. What happens when they join forces and try to have an adult relationship?
Top musicals in London: East London
Songs For Nobodies (Wilton’s Music Hall) – Until 7 April
Bernadette Robinson breathes life into five extraordinary female performers: Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. In this show created especially for her, Robinson remarkably recreates their voices and recounts their brief meetings.
A Spoonful Of Sherman (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) – From 15 to 17 April
The Sherman brothers wrote songs for films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins. This show brings those timeless tunes together for an evening of musical theatre entertainment.
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert The Musical (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) – From 27 April
A new production of the fabulous hit disco musical following a road trip across Australia. Based on the eponymous movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert tells the story of three drag queens as they embark on an unlikely adventure. Features songs including I Will Survive and Finally.
Top musicals in London: South London
Frankenstein (Battersea Arts Centre) – Until 7 April
Beatboxing takes centre stage in this gig-theatre piece. BAC Beatbox Academy performs songs, battles, improv and more inspired by Mary Shelley’s monstrous story.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) – Until 21 April
Puppetry and classical music combine in this unique production. While a sextet of musicians performs Vivaldi’s famous composition, puppets add narrative to the evening.
Teddy (The Vaults) – Throughout April
A story of teenage rebellion, love and optimism, Teddy is set in the 1950s as London recovers from The Blitz. Teddy and Josie are heading out to enjoy themselves, but somebody wants them dead. It’s nothing a little rock‘n’roll can’t fix.
Top musicals in London: West London
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles (The Other Palace) – From 5 to 14 April
Thomas Hardy’s classic novel receives a musical theatre adaptation. It’s a tale of love, ambition, manipulation and murder. Pippa Cleary, who wrote the songs for The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, provides the music.
Sunset Boulevard (New Wimbledon Theatre) – From 10 to 14 April
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical about a faded film star comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre as part of a UK tour. Ria Jones plays Norma Desmond, an ageing actress who snatches at a chance to regain her former fame when a poor screenwriter enters her world.
Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice (The Other Palace) – From 17 April
Hollywood superstar Kathleen Turner presents her one-woman show in which she shares anecdotes from her life and career and performs a collection of songs from the American songbook.