From West End favourites to brand new productions, there are a host of top musicals in London to see this month.
We’ve picked our favourites and divided them into five distinct London areas to help you make your decision.
Top musicals in London: West End
Footloose (Peacock Theatre) – From 12 to 30 September
If you’ve been holding out for a hero, this could be the musical for you. The hit ’80s film about a town where dancing is banned comes to the stage. It brings with it a score packed with ’80s hits including Let’s Hear It For The Boy and the title track. It also boasts a cast led by pop star Gareth Gates. BOOK NOW
Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre) – From 28 September
This show promises to be a monster West End hit. Created by Mel Brooks – the man behind The Producers and Blazing Saddles – Young Frankenstein doesn’t worry about the crassness or silliness of a joke so long as it’s funny. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s grandson finds New Yorker Frederick choosing between his life as a brain surgeon or following the family tradition. BOOK NOW
The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre) – From 28 September
The cult musical heads to the West End after hit runs at Southwark Playhouse and the Edinburgh Festival. With music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, it follows Melvin, whose life changes when he’s thrown into a tub of toxic waste. But, as the old saying goes, what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger… or turns him into an environmental superhero. BOOK NOW
Follies (National Theatre)
On paper, this show is a musical theatre fan’s dream. Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett – all Olivier Award winners – lead the cast. In Stephen Sondheim’s musical they play three former performers meeting up to reminisce 30 years after they last took a bow together. A cast of 37 present one of the must-see shows of the autumn.
Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre)
Perk up the autumn by reliving the summer with this Greek Island-set musical packed with ABBA hits and bucketloads of fun. And you can get up to £25 off tickets to this long-running West End hit with Discover Theatre.
Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre)
Get in the mood for Halloween with Thriller… and a host of other Michael Jackson songs. Thriller Live is a spectacular showcase of timeless Jackson hits given a West End makeover. Save up to £45 with Discover Theatre.
Top musicals in London: North London
9 to 5 (Upstairs At The Gatehouse)
With summer at a close, put a spring in your step with a bit of Dolly Parton. This musical, based on the film of the same name, features a host of toe-tapping Parton hits and a story of three female co-workers who teach their boss a lesson. You can get 2-for-1 tickets for selected performances of 9 To 5 with Discover Theatre
Fossils (New Diorama Theatre) – From 19 to 30 September
A play with songs, rather than a musical, Fossils is the story of scientist Vanessa whose life is built around facts and proof. But when an intriguing photograph of Loch Ness emerges, she has to re-evaluate her ideas as she embarks on a very personal project.
Top musicals in London: South London
Son Of A Preacher Man (Churchill Theatre) – From 5 to 9 September
X Factor star Diana Vickers and Coronation Street’s Debra Stephenson star in this new musical featuring the hits of Dusty Springfield. Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, it’s the story of broken hearts, strangers and the spirit of a long-closed 1960s club known as The Preacher Man.
The State Of Things (Jack Studio Theatre) – From 7 to 23 September
This is a brand-new musical inspired by, well, the state of things. Six friends who’re preparing to sit their GCSEs discover that their school’s music course has been cut and their future plans wiped out. They react in the only way they know.
Legally Blonde (Churchill Theatre) – From 15 to 23 September
Eurovision contestant Lucie Jones plays Elle Woods in the hit musical inspired by the Reese Witherspoon film. Elle is one of the popular girls at her American high school, but when she’s dumped in favour of someone more serious, she heads to Harvard University to prove everyone wrong.
Boxed (The Vaults) – From 20 to 23 September
For six performances only, Boxed peeks into a London block of flats to tell seven unique stories. Be among the first audiences to see the first fully staged production of this show by Tori Allen Martin and The Voice finalist Vince Kidd.
Top musicals in London: West London
Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theatre)
Hit musical Five Guys Named Moe returns to London 25 years after its debut. Created by The Wire’s Clarke Peters, it uses Louis Jordan’s jazz hits to tell the story of downhearted Nomax. When his girlfriend dumps him, he is visited by a quintet of guys with the same name and the same intent who try to lift his spirits. BOOK NOW
35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace) – From 18 to 30 September
Adam Lenson directs this reimagining of Ryan Scott Oliver’s rock musical. Staged in The Other Palace’s studio space, the piece is inspired by the photos of Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy.
Cabaret (New Wimbledon Theatre) – From 21 September
Louise Redknapp and Will Young star in Kander and Ebb’s famous 1930s Berlin-set musical. In the seedy Kit Kat Klub, staff and guests live out the decadent dreams. But as the Nazis gain power, this carefree world is about to change forever.