With iconic venues like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre hosting productions featuring universally adored stage performers Dame Judi Dench, Sir Kenneth Branagh and so many others, no stay in London can truly be considered complete without visiting one of the many outstanding shows in London. From contemporary to classic productions, London is one of the premiere cities for taking in a stage production and every visitor ought to make a point to see at least one show during their visit. Each of the following top 10 best shows in London represents an opportunity to experience some of the world’s most gifted performers being showcased in some of the world’s most storied venues.
- The Winter’s Tale
This classic Shakespearean tale has amazed audiences from the moment it debuted, and contemporary audiences get to experience this show in the candlelit ambience of the Sam Wanamaker Theatre.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theater Tour and Exhibition
While not technically a show, the Globe Theater Tour and Exhibition is a must for anyone even remotely interested in stepping into the world of the greatest playwright to ever put pen to paper.
- Iphigenia In Splott
An updated, contemporary version of the Iphigenia from Greek mythology, this moving and powerful production has earned the praise of audiences and critics alike throughout its run at the National Theatre.
- The Master Builder
A fantastic show featuring the inimitable Ralph Fiennes, The Master Builder is a wide-ranging drama entirely worthy of a visit to The Old Vic.
As its name implies, Wonder.land is a contemporary version of Alice in Wonderland that has been updated to reflect the surreal, technology-centered world we now inhabit. With its powerful message and beautiful score, audiences have been flocking to the National Theatre for a chance to take in this fantastically produced show.
- Nell Gwynn
Hosted by the Apollo Theatre, Nell Gwynn shines a light on the Restoration Era and the life of its title character in this comedic yet moving stage production.
This opera from Philip Glass had been absent from London for three decades, but audiences are now able to visit the London Coliseum to experience the life and times of Pharaoh Akhnaten. Fans of Glass’s work will recognize this opera as part of the trilogy that also includes operatic biographies of Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein.
- The Play That Goes Wrong
A wildly popular play covering a theatre company’s amateurish attempts to bring a 1920s murder-mystery to the stage, The Play That Goes Wrong has consistently drawn riotous laughter from audiences at the Duchess Theatre.
A fantastical musical that has entertained audiences all over the world, Wicked has always met the lofty expectations of audiences seeing the play for the first time at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
- Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Audiences who appreciate the inherent uniqueness of improvisation are sure to be amazed by this musical currently hosted by the Lyric Theatre.