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 distinct London areas to help you make your decision.
Top musicals in London: West End
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre) – From 6 November
A hit when it premiered in Sheffield earlier this year, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a rare beast. It’s a musical inspired by a TV documentary. That TV show told the story of teenage drag queen Jamie. And so does the musical. Jamie has a hard time fitting in, but with his mum on his side and a good group of friends he has the chance to be the person he wants to be. Featuring music by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells. BOOK NOW
Based on the film Les Émotifs Anonymes, Romantics Anonymous is a sweet love story. And when we say sweet, we mean it involves a chocolate factory owner and a chocolatier. Both have issues, and both are committed to solving them. Emma Rice, Shakespeare’s Globe’s Artistic Director, has adapted the piece herself.
Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre)
Depending when you see Dreamgirls this month, it’s either your last chance to see many of the original cast or your first to see the new. The switch happens on Monday, 20 November. Whichever cast you see, you’re sure to be blown away by this award-winning tale of a girl group trying to make it in the 1960s music industry. BOOK NOW
There’s a cast change at Annie, too, with Craig Revel Horwood leaving the role of Miss Hannigan on 25 November. Actor and writer Meera Syal replaces him from 27 November. We’re sure she’ll be just as evil as the orphanage owner who tries to swindle Annie out of the chance to find her parents in this classic family musical. BOOK NOW
The Book Of Mormon is always one of London’s hottest tickets. The story of Mormon missionaries spreading the word in Uganda is not for the easily offended. It’s co-created by the writers behind South Park and Avenue Q, which should tell you a little about its close-to-the-bone humour. Most importantly, of course, it’s a slick, entertaining, well-made musical. BOOK NOW
Top musicals in London: North London
Sirens Of The Silver Screen (Upstairs At The Gatehouse) – 7 to 18 November
In a show that’s arguably more cabaret than musical theatre, Beth Burrows brings three of Hollywood’s most iconic women to the stage. As Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, Burrows delivers some of their most loved songs and delves into the secrets of their careers.
Monty Python’s Spamalot (Watford Palace Theatre) – 7 to 11 November
Local company Cassio Productions stages the supremely silly musical based on Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Expect an over the top Lady Of The Lake, Knights who say Ni, a diseased peasant who refuses to die and much more medieval madness.
Top musicals in London: East London
Reasons To Be Cheerful (Theatre Royal Stratford East) – Until 4 November
Featuring the songs of Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Reasons To Be Cheerful is the story of a fan who’s desperate to see his heroes. But the concert has already sold out. Co-produced by Graeae Theatre Company, every show features audio description, captioning and BSL interpretation.
Lysistrata: A Musical Adaptation (Bridewell Theatre) – 14 to 18 November
The Greek tale is lifted to Second World War London, where Lysistrata and her female companions hope to bring about peace by refusing conjugal rights until a treaty has been signed.
Top musicals in London: South London
Cabaret (Churchill Theatre) – 21 to 25 November
Louise Redknapp plays Sally Bowles in Kander and Ebb’s dark musical Cabaret. Will Young joins her in the production that paints a picture of a decadent Berlin on the brink of the Second World War. As the Nazis’ power increases, the lives of the Kit Kat Klub’s performers and patrons change dramatically.
Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory) – From 25 November
PT Barnum was an American showman of the highest order. This musical is usually a spectacle of circus glitz, so it will be interesting to see how the intimate Menier Chocolate Factory deals with it. The London Bridge venue has a reputation for creating outstanding musical productions, with many transferring to the West End. Comedian Marcus Brigstocke leads the cast.
How To Win Against History (Young Vic) – From 30 November
The Christmas show, in Young Vic’s Maria theatre, tells the story of the fifth Marquis of Anglesey. He was one of the world’s richest men until he lost everything, “by being too damn fabulous”.
Let the sun shine in on the 50th-anniversary staging of this groundbreaking show. Set in 1967 New York, Hair is a tale of the young finding themselves, finding their voices and trying to change the world. This immersive production was first seen at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, where it received much acclaim.
Top musicals in London: West London
Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace) – From 1 November
A father-and-son tale, Big Fish follows Kelsey Grammer’s Edward Bloom. He has spent years filling his son’s life with wondrous stories. But when his offspring questions the truth of his tales, it sparks a journey that will change them both forever.
Cilla The Musical (New Wimbledon Theatre) – 7 to 11 November
The life story of Cilla Black is brought to the stage in this musical adaptation of the acclaimed ITV drama. Following Cilla from Liverpudlian teenager to music and TV star, it features hit songs including Anyone Who Had A Heart and Alfie.
The End Of History (Tristan Bates Theatre) – From 14 November
The End Of History is a brand-new musical exploring the lives of school friends struggling to cope with all the problems of being a teenager… including studying history! From the Treaty of Versailles to high-school crushes, it’s billed as “a musical for the 21st century which will appeal to anyone interested in the 20th century.”
The Woman In White (Charing Cross Theatre) – From 20 November
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is revived at the Charing Cross Theatre with songs that the musical theatre lord has reworked. The Victorian thriller follows Walter Hartright. His life is haunted by a chilling meeting with a woman dressed in white, who is desperate to share a terrible secret.
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