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Musicals to See in 2016

Thursday, 7th Jan 2016

As the musical theatre year of 2015 comes to an end, fans will be looking on to 2016 for their West End fix. It is shaping up to be a big year for musicals with some high profile shows arriving in the capital whilst some old favourites continue to draw in the fans. We take a look at some of the stand-outs.

Mrs Henderson Presents

Year after year the Theatre Royal Bath sends a show to the West End with much success and 2016 is no different with Mrs Henderson Presents. Tracie Bennett takes on the role made famous on the big screen by Judi Dench, whilst Terry Johnson directs. As the production has already earned its praises in Bath there is no reason this won’t be a much talked-about show in the West End as well.

It will run at the Noël Coward Theatre from February and tells the story of Laura Henderson who opens the Windmill Theatre just before the Second World War. When the war breaks out and takes away the crowds she makes headlines by introducing audiences to the Windmill Girls.

The Phantom of the Opera

Keen theatregoers will know that this is not a new show for 2016, but The Phantom Of The Opera will celebrate its 30th birthday this year, having opened at its home of Her Majesty’s Theatre back in 1986, making it the second longest running musical in the capital (after Les Misérables, also continuing in 2016).

The story of the mysterious phantom lurking beneath the Paris Opera House is one of the most famous shows in London and audiences flock from around the world to see it. As it celebrates its 30th year here crowds will be looking forward to seeing the show many years into the future.


Now this is likely to be one of the most talked-about shows of 2016. Having already wowed audiences on Broadway, the hit stage musical adaptation of the Disney film finally lands in the West End. It joins another Disney adaptation – The Lion King – in bringing in fans of those Disney renaissance films and it is likely to be a big success.

The story of the ‘street urchin’ of the title who steals to feed himself in Agrobah, Aladdin re-introduces us to characters like Genie and Jafar as our hero tries to save the day.

These are just some of the big musicals to consider in 2016 and with new and old shows drawing in the crowd, it will be a great time to see some talented performers belt out some toe-tapping tunes.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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