If you’re anything like us, musicals not only mark the start of winter alongside the hot chocolate, markets, and gingerbread lattes, but also a season of laughter, tears and many cheers. Luckily for you, we have got you covered on all grounds, so whether it be for a special occasion or a casual Saturday night, below are the best musicals in London this winter for you to check out.
A classic from 1999, Mamma Mia embodies the story-telling of some of ABBA’s hit songs, and it’s making its way to the Novello Theatre this winter. The musical is set on a Greek island paradise, and showcases themes of love, friendship and identity – a real feel-good show! Not only is it one of the best musicals in London this winter, but it is also a timeless, global phenomenon that you can’t miss.
Performing in Piccadilly Theatre this winter, Moulin Rouge is a tale about a young poet, Christian, who falls in love with a cabaret actress and courtesan in the beautiful setting of Paris. A musical extravaganza, as some would say, filled with glitz, glamour and beauty, Moulin Rouge is a spectacle definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Based on the 1995 novel ‘Wicked’, this musical tells the untold tales of the witches of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the famous story ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. This musical is packed with classic sing-a-long ballads, tears and laughter, telling the incredible story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women. Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West will be gracing the Apollo Victoria Theatre this winter.
Telling the story of two sisters, Frozen is another classic coming to London this winter. When Elsa flees after her secret powers of turning anything into ice are unveiled, her sister Anna sets out on a journey to find her – with the help of an iceman, a reindeer, and talking snowman, of course. A family musical made to make even the toughest man cry, Frozen is performing in Theatre Royal Drury Lane this winter.
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s book, ‘Matilda’, the musical follows a young girl with the gift of telekinesis, who has a great passion for reading. Overcoming the obstacles of disapproving parents and a difficult school, Matilda also helps her teacher to reclaim her own life. Making its on-stage debut in 2009 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the musical adaptation has gone on to win many awards and titles. It debuts at the Cambridge Theatre, and is definitely one of the best musicals in London this winter.
Named winner of Best New Musical, Dear Evan Hansen is a book adaptation that follows the life of an anxious, isolated high school student embarking on a journey of self-discovery. One that is definitely going to tug at the heart strings, this musical is a must-see in the Noe lCoward Theatre this winter in London.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is gracing the London theatres this winter once again, this time with his adaptation of the 1950s classic Cinderella. Creating a twist on the story we all know and love, Cinderella’s gender relationships are recast, and concerns surrounding beauty shaming are a critical thematic element. You can catch this spectacular show at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.