The best feel-good musicals

08 September 2014 ( 26 March 2019 )

A trip to London should always include a West End show - they are the ultimate way to spend a few feel-good hours. These are the most feel-good musicals out there...


Speaking the universal language of rhythm, Stomp has been revamped to include brand new dance routines and music. The eclectic mix of tap dance, percussion and music, all with a healthy dollop of high energy, is bound to have you up on your feet. 

One of the few theatre experiences with no words and no plotline, focusing instead on incorporating everyday objects like paint cans, brooms and plastic bags into the electrically charged routines, Stomp is pure stage magic.

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Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! (pictured) is now in its 20th year at the West End and is as irresistible and hilarious as it's always been. Follow Sophie, who is on a quest to find out her real father – all set to the timeless songs of Abba. Millions of people over the world have fallen in love with this ultimate feel-good production; now it's your turn.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Fans of Jason Donovan's portrayal as Joseph in the 1990s London Palladium show will be over the moon with the latest incarnation of this multi-hued show - too mature now to portray Joseph, Donovan is returning in the role of Pharaoh for its limited return to the Palladium from June-September 2019. Sheridan Smith will also be turning in what is likely to be her tradesmark polished performance as The Narrator.

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Mary Poppins

Surely needing no introduction, Mary Poppins has been delighting children for decades both on screen and on stage, and this magical tale returns to the West End in October.

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Jersey Boys 

The backstory of how four young guys from the wrong side of the tracks rose to fame, if not fortune, as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is told from the band members’ four different viewpoints. This works well as, though the boys sang in perfect harmony, their intermingled lives were anything but harmonious. Intimately acquainted with the revolving door of prison, and with connections to the mob, success was a long time coming and, ultimately, that too brought plenty of personal problems in its wake.

Yet set against a bleak backdrop of pylons and stark scaffolding, this gritty tale is told with a deft, light touch. There are many laugh-out-loud quick-fire lines and moments of real poignancy, too. The show’s magic lies in preserving the complexity of the characters and their lives while simultaneously presenting a jam-packed jukebox of their hits songs: Sherry, Walk Like a Man, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Rag Doll and many, many more!

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