Mary Poppins - Prince Edward Theatre

Top 10 best-selling musicals of 2021

It’s a giant understatement to say that 2021 was a funny year for theatre… and for everyone on the planet. But somehow the West End got through it, primarily down to the resilience and brilliance of the people working tirelessly in front of and behind the curtain.

Despite the setbacks, people who love theatre continued to buy tickets and go see a show, and our annual look at what sold the best on WestEndTheatre.com during 2021 is testament to that.

Here we are listing West End Musicals, ranked by numbers of tickets sold, and the Number One slot goes to Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s revival of Mary Poppins The Musical (pictured) at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Mary Poppins is closely followed by another Disney classic, the stage adaptation of their acclaimed animated – and now live action – The Lion King, now playing at the Lyceum Theatre. Other shows featured in the list are brand new – chiefly Back to the Future, which jumped into the West End in September at the Adelphi Theatre; and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Also check out our Top 10 best-selling plays of 2021.

So here’s the full list… and let’s keep on dreaming for a very theatrical 2022.



Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins The Musical London
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Mary Poppins tickets at the Prince Edward Theatre, London
Prince Edward Theatre
Mary Poppins returns to the Prince Edward Theatre in 2021
Disney's The Lion King
The Lion King
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Disney’s The Lion King tickets at the Lyceum Theatre, London
Lyceum Theatre
Disney's The Lion King, now playing at the Lyceum Theatre in London.
The Prince of Egypt
event: The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt tickets at the Dominion Theatre, London
Dominion Theatre
Based on the iconic Dreamworks animation film The Prince of Egypt
Wicked
Wicked, London Theatre Show
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Wicked tickets at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Experience the unforgettable, award-winning musical WICKED at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
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The Phantom of the Opera tickets at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London
Her Majesty's Theatre
Experience the thrill of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London
Come From Away
Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre
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Come From Away tickets at the Phoenix Theatre, London
Phoenix Theatre
The critically acclaimed feel-good musical Come From Away is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre.
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
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Tina -The Tina Turner Musical tickets at the Aldwych Theatre, London
Aldwych Theatre
Tina - a new musical based on the life of Tina Turner now booking until 2021
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
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Mamma Mia! tickets at the Novello Theatre, London
Novello Theatre
Featuring the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show now playing at the Novello Theatre.
Back to the Future
Back To The Future: The Musical
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Back to the Future: The Musical tickets at the Adelphi Theatre, London
Adelphi Theatre
A major new musical adaptation of hit Hollywood movie Back to the Future.
Cinderella
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, London Theatre Show
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Cinderella tickets at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
Gillian Lynne Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella premieres at the Gillian Lynne Theatre



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