Press-acclaimed musicals: What you should see

With the nights drawing in, now’s the perfect time to get to London's West End for a musical. Here, we pick the press' favourite shows for the season.



Les Misérables

'For sheer musical theatre spectacle and an emotional roller coaster, it quite rightly remains the best show in town' The Stage

Les Misérables is now the longest running musical in the world and its epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution, continues to sweep audiences away, night after night.

With the long-awaited film, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, sweeping the boards at the Oscars, this musical interpretation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece is more popular than ever.

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Matilda The Musical

'Hilarious, moving and magical – a glorious production' The Telegraph

The breakthrough smash, the RSC's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda has won several Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, the most such awards won by a single show.

Adults and children alike will be thrilled and delighted by an inspiring story that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

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Billy Elliot

'Billy's a whizz! He'll lift your spirits, make you cry and send you home high with hope' Daily Mail

Billy has been stamping, swearing and pirouetting his way across London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.?

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this is musical theatre at its finest.

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Jersey Boys

'Oh what a night of magical memories....This is an utterly wonderful show full of vitality, pace and power' Daily Express

Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they work their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom,

Now firmly established as one of the West End's longest running and most popular shows, and features such hits as 'Sherry,' 'Big Girls Don't Cry,' 'Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,' 'Oh, What a Night' and many more.

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