The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London

Top 20 longest-running West End musicals ever in London theatre history

Here’s an impressive list of the Top 20 (okay Top 24, but that doesn’t sound as sexy) longest-running musical shows in the history of West End theatre. And unbelievably, some of them are still running!

Top 20 Longest-running Musicals in West End history

  1. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (since 1985) – over 14,490 performances (1)
  2. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre (since 1986) – over 14,255 performances (1)
  3. Blood Brothers (1988 production, closed) – 10,013 performances (1)
  4. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre (since 1999) – over 9144 performances (1)
  5. Cats (1981 production, closed) – 8949 performances (1)
  6. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre  (since 1999) – over 8897 performances (1)
  7. Starlight Express (1984 production, closed) – 7406 performances (1)
  8. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre (since 2006) – over 6188 performances (2)
  9. Chicago (1997 revival, closed) – 6187 performances (1)
  10. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (1989 production, closed) – 5140 performances (1)
  11. We Will Rock You (2002 production, closed) – 4659 performances (1)
  12. Thriller Live (since 2009) – over 4613 performances (1)
  13. Billy Elliot The Musical (2005 production, closed) – 4566 performances (1)
  14. Miss Saigon (1989 production, closed) – 4264 performances (1)
  15. Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre (since 2011) – over 3841 performances (1)
  16. Jersey Boys, Piccadilly Theatre (2008 production, closed) – 3787 performances (1)
  17. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre (since 2013) – over 3391 performances (4)
  18. Jesus Christ Superstar (1972 production, closed) – 3357 performances (1)
  19. Me and My Girl (1985 revival, closed) – 3303 performances (1)
  20. Evita (1978 production, closed) – 2900 performances (1)

And numbers 21 to 24 are!…

  1. Oliver! (original 1960 production / closed, 2,618 performances) (3)
  2. Grease! (1993 revival / closed, 2,529 performances) (3)
  3. The Sound Of Music (original 1951 production / closed, 2,385 performances) (3)
  4. My Fair Lady (original 1958 production / closed, 2,281 performances) (3)

Information on performance numbers:

(1) Information provided by The Society of London Theatre as at July 2022

(2) 6188 performances as at 16 December 2022

(3) Information provided by The Society of London Theatre as at 7 February 2020

(4) 3391 performances as at 20 December 2022

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