London West End Shows You Have To See Before They Close

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London is well known as one of the best places in the world to see theatre. With its iconic West End and fringe theatre scene bringing a steady flow of talent and entertainment into the city, visiting London is perfect for the theatre lover in all of us. Whatever your tastes, there are plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it events in London, even among the biggest shows in the city. If you’re visiting the Piccadilly London West End in the coming months, you’ll find a range of show stoppers which are finishing their runs early next year.

Dream Girls

Running until January 2019, the Savoy Theatre is currently playing host to this soulful musical about girl band The Dreams as they work tooth and nail to make it big in 1960’s America. This rags to riches story is one of the most popular musicals out there, with countless runs through the years and a film adaptation. Nothing beats this uplifting West End hit, which ahs previously dazzled audiences around the world.

Kinky Boots

This amazing musical about a drag queen changing their life for the better through opening a shoe factory in Northampton was adapted from the hit film starring Cillian Murphy, with music from the iconic Cyndi Lauper. This musical takes you through Drag Queen Charlie’s battles to save his late father’s factory from closure whilst also coming up with the cutting edge “kinky boot”, saving the family business in the process. This show is running for the rest of the year, but with its star-studded musical cast and its dazzling sets, you better hurry as tickets are selling as fast as the titular shoes.

Strictly Ballroom

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s film of the same name, this first instalment of the “red curtain trilogy” tells a story of romance and ballroom dancing competitions. With divine costumes, thrilling set pieces and a whole lot of dancing, this dazzling musical will have everyone in the audience tapping along to the rhythms. Full to the brim with Luhrmann’s eye for music and spectacle, this musical is one for musical and dance lovers alike.

Pinter Season

The Pinter season at the Harold Pinter theatre has been showcasing some of the lost short plays of the late British playwright. Arguably the best British playwright of the 20th century, Harold Pinter’s short plays have been staged here in tension filled and nuanced performances, by some of the best stage actors in the business. Hurry though, the Pinter season is just that, a season.


Dawn King’s thrilling play has its West End debut this autumn, with Iwan Rheon taking the titular role of a government agent sent to rid a farm of the pesky critters, who have been blamed for a slowly eroding Britain. This theatre piece is a great example of new writing which ahs had new life breathed into it with a transfer to the West End. Based at the Ambassadors Theatre, this tense play has a strictly limited season running until the 5th of January.