Top musicals in London to see this month

With so many marvellous musical theatre shows to see in London, where do you start and how do you choose? We have a few suggestions.

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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

Footloose at Peacock Theatre
Footloose at Peacock Theatre

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

Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre.
Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre.

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 Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre.
The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre.

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) 

Follies at National Theatre
Follies at 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)

Kate Graham, Sara Poyzer and Jacqueline Braun in Mamma Mia! (Image: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg)
Kate Graham, Sara Poyzer and Jacqueline Braun in Mamma Mia! (Image: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg)

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)

Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live at 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) 

9 to 5 at Upstairs At The Gatehouse
9 to 5 at 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

Fossils at New Diorama Theatre
Fossils at New Diorama Theatre

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

Son Of A Preacher Man at Churchill Theatre
Son Of A Preacher Man at Churchill Theatre

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

The State Of Things at Jack Studio Theatre
The State Of Things at Jack Studio Theatre

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

Legally Blonde at Churchill Theatre
Legally Blonde at Churchill Theatre

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

Boxed at The Vaults
Boxed at The Vaults

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)

Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre
Five Guys Named Moe at 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

35mm at The Other Palace
35mm at The Other Palace

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

Cabaret at New Wimbledon Theatre
Cabaret at New Wimbledon Theatre

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.