Tina Turner the Musical

The Best London Musicals 2021

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After an undeniably gloomy year, an evening of all-consuming singing and dancing is just what the doctor ordered. Celebrate the return of theatre by booking a seat at one of London’s best musicals, from long-standing classics to much-anticipated shiny newbies.

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The Best Musicals in London 2021

 

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Cinderella

Cinderella

Gillian Lynne Theatre

This year’s most talked about theatrical launch is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, his first musical in six years. There have been countless stage adaptions of this classic fairy tale – but none by such an exciting writer as Emerald Fennell, the name behind recent Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman. This version shakes up tradition too, with Webber describing his Cinderella – played by Les Miserables alumni Carrie Hope Fletcher – as ‘fiesty and fiery’.

25 June 2021 – 13 February 2022, andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com

Pretty Woman The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical

The Savoy Theatre

The musical version of iconic 90s film Pretty Woman was poised to put on a sell-out season at the start of 2020, but then Covid happened. It’s back though, this time at the Savoy Theatre, with Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac taking on Vivian and Edward, originally played by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Expect outstanding choreography from Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell alongside an uplifting original score from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

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Tina Turner the Musical

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Aldwych Theatre

This acclaimed production about the life of artist Tina Turner smashed Box Office records when it debuted in 2018. It returned to the Aldwych Theatre this July, with Aisha Jawando taking on the role of Tina alongside Jammy Kasongo as Ike.

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Wicked

Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre

Now in its 15th year, Wicked is one of the longest running West End musicals of all time. No surprise to anyone who’s seen it: from the heart-warming story to its epic costumes and endlessly catchy songs, Wicked is a true masterpiece. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the play re-imagines the Land of Oz, proposing an alternative universe to that of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. At its core, Wicked is the story of a deep friendship between two young women: the ostracised green Elphaba – later known as the Wicked Witch of the West – and beloved blonde Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.

Tickets available from 15 September 2021, wickedthemusical.co.uk

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Hamilton

Victoria Palace Theatre

If you haven’t seen Hamilton yet, where have you been? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s jewel of a hip-hop musical about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton has garnered rave reviews worldwide – and the hype is going nowhere.

Tickets available from 19 August, hamiltonmusical.com

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Les Misérables

Sondheim Theatre

The world’s longest running musical, Les Mis returns to the refurbished and renamed Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s) for a limited season this summer. Set in 19th century France, the musical dramatises Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel about ex-convict Jean Valjean, who is hunted for decades by the policeman Javert.

Tickets available until 13 February 2022, lesmis.com

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The Apollo Theatre

Lively, funny and life-affirming, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is just what we need right now. It draws on the real-life story of Jamie Campbell, showcased on-screen in a 2011 documentary, a then-teenager living on a council estate in Sheffield who yearns to be accepted as a drag artist.

Tickets available now, everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk

The Lion King by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre

This one needs no introduction. The theatrical version of Disney classic The Lion King returns to its London home for more than two decades this July, where it has been enjoyed by over 16 million people. Londoner Kayi Ushe takes on the role of Simba in his journey from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pridelands – a great one to see with the kids.

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Main image: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Manuel Harlan