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A list of the top 10 longest-running shows in the West End, including the Top 10 longest-running shows currently playing in the West End and the Top 20 longest-running London Theatre shows ever.

List updated 29 September 2014

Information by The Society of London Theatre as at 24 September 2014.

10 Longest-running shows now playing in the West End

1. The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre
2. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre
3. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
4. The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre
5. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre
6. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre
7. Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre
8. Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre
9. The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre
10. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre

 

10 Longest-running shows in West End history

1. The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre
2. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre
3. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
4. The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre
5. Blood Brothers
6. Cats
7. Starlight Express
8. No Sex Please, We’re British
9. The Crazy Gang
10. Chicago

 

20 Longest-running West End Musicals in West End history

1. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (over 11,963 performances and counting)
2. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre (over 11,632performances and counting)
3. Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances)
4. Cats (closed, 8,949 performances) – returns to the London Palladium this Christmas 2014
5. Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances)
6. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre (over 6,479 performances and counting)
7. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre (over 6,250 performances and counting)
8. Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances)
9. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances)
10. We Will Rock You (closed, 4,659 performances)
11. Miss Saigon (original 1989 production / closed, 4,264 performances) – revival now playing at the Prince Edward Theatre
12. Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre (over 3,952 performances and counting)
13. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre (over 3,358 performances and counting)
14. Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production / closed, 3,357 performances)
15. Me and My Girl (1985 revival / closed, 3,303 performances)
16. Evita (original 1978 production / closed, 2,900 performances) – revival now playing at the Dominion Theatre
17. Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre – still running, over 2,739 performances
18. Oliver! (original 1960 production / closed, 2,618 performances)
19. Grease! (1993 revival / closed, 2,529 performances)
20. Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre – still running, over 2,391 performances

Information supplied & verified by the Society of London Theatre, correct as at 24 September 2014

 

 

Archive Lists

TOP 20 LONGEST-RUNNING WEST END MUSICALS EVER

As at August 2014:

1. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (over 11,905 performances and counting)
2. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre (over 11,574 performances and counting)
3. Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances)
4. Cats (closed, 8,949 performances) – returns to the London Palladium this Christmas 2014
5. Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances)
6. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre (over 6,422 performances and counting)
7. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre (over 6,195 performances and counting)
8. Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances)
9. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances)
10. We Will Rock You (closed, 4,659 performances)
11. Miss Saigon (original 1989 production / closed, 4,264 performances) – revival now playing at the Prince Edward Theatre
12. Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre (over 3,894 performances and counting)
13. Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production / closed, 3,357 performances)
14. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre (over 3,304 performances and counting)
15. Me and My Girl (1985 revival / closed, 3,303 performances)
16. Evita (original 1978 production / closed, 2,900 performances)
17. Oliver! (original 1960 production / closed, 2,618 performances)
18. Grease! (1993 revival / closed, 2,529 performances)
19. The Sound Of Music (original 1951 production / closed, 2,385 performances)
20. My Fair Lady (original 1958 production / closed, 2,281 performances)

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29 September 2014

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