Top Five West End Shows 2019

Top Five West End Shows 2019

With so many fantastic shows and musicals on offer, there's never been a better time to enjoy the magic of London's West End. But where to start? At Celebrate in London, we're happy to help with our countdown to five of the best shows on offer in 2019.

9 to 5

Based on the 1980 Jane Fonda comedy, and featuring the classic songs of Dolly Parton, this smash-hit musical has been a riotous breath of fresh air to the West End theatre scene.

9 to 5 tells the story of Doralee, Violet, and Judy - three office workers pushed to the brink by their sexist and tyrannical boss. After hatching a plan to kidnap their supervisor (something we’ve surely all dreamed of) things are going swimmingly - as these three friends try to reform an outdated office culture. However, will a poorly-timed visit from the company’s CEO throw a spanner in the works?
Brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

The Woman in Black

Celebrating 30 years of creeping dread!

This evergreen show is now the second-longest-running West End show (second only to Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’) and remains as popular as ever.

Immortalised in the 2012 Daniel Radcliffe film of the same name, Stephen Mallatratt’s spare ghost story tells the story of Arthur Kipps: a widowed legal clerk whose employer has given him one last chance. He ventures to the secluded Eel Marsh House but is met with a frosty welcome - which only worsens as a series of sinister goings-on befall the townspeople.

Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning musical is the second-longest-running musical in the West End (after Les Miserables) and the longest-running Broadway musical of all time.

Seen by more than 140 million people worldwide, the musical centres on the beautiful Christine Daae - a young ballerina who becomes the object of The Phantom's secret affections. He begins to orchestrate the rise of her career at the expense of the opera house staff.

This romantic tragedy has captured hearts across the globe, with a seminal soundtrack including now-standards such as “The Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”, “Think of Me”, and of course, “The Phantom of the Opera”.


The ultimate story behind the story!

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a timeless piece of cinema history, with a story that endures throughout the decades. This, however, is not that story. At least not as you know it.

Adapted from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the musical is told from the perspective of the witches of Oz.

Highlighting the character of the wicked witch (rather than the character of Dorothy, immortalised by Judy Garland in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical) 'Wicked' focuses on the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (The Good Witch), who fall into rivalry, differences of opinion and a shared love interest - all leading to Elphaba’s tragic fall from grace.

The Mousetrap

The world’s longest-running play and the ultimate whodunnit - with rapt audiences keeping the secret for over 65 years!

This timeless Agatha Christie Mystery works as a blend of 1950s drawing-room comedy and murder mystery. The premise is elegantly-simple - all the characters are trapped inside the house, they have no means of contacting the outside world, and the murderer is among them. No one is quite what they seem. Every one of them has something to hide.

Can the case be solved in time? Or will the murderer strike again?

More than just a play, ‘The Mousetrap’ has become a part of the London experience - every bit as iconic as Big Ben or the changing of the guard.