Top 10 longest-running West End Shows

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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.

Information by The Society of London Theatre as at 7 February 2020.

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. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre
8. Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre
9. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre
10. The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre

10 Longest-running shows in West End history

1. The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre (over 28,152 performances)
2. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (over 14,156 performances)
3. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre (over 13,877 performances)
4. The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre (over 12,573 performances)
5. Blood Brothers (10,013 performances)
6. Cats (8,949 performances)
7. Mamma Mia! (over 8750 performances)
8. The Lion King (over 8506 performances)
9. Starlight Express (7406 performances)
10. No Sex Please, We’re British (6761 performances)

20 Longest-running West End Musicals in West End history

1. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (over 14,156 performances and counting)
2. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre (over 13,877 performances and counting)
3. Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances)
4. Cats (closed, 8,949 performances)
5. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre (over 8750 performances and counting)
6. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre (over 8506 performances and counting)
7.  Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances)
8. Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances)
9. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre (over 5635 performances and counting)
10. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances)
11. We Will Rock You (closed, 4,659 performances)
12. Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre (closed, over 4613 performances)
13. Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre (closed, over 4566 performances)
14. Miss Saigon (original 1989 production / closed, 4,264 performances)
15. Jersey Boys, Piccadilly Theatre (closed, over 3787 performances)
16. Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre (over 3478 performances and counting)
17. Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production / closed, 3,357 performances)
18. Me and My Girl (1985 revival / closed, 3,303 performances)
19. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre (over 2900 performances
20. Evita (original 1978 production / closed, 2,900 performances)

Information supplied & verified by the Society of London Theatre, correct as at 7 February 2020.

Other long-running West End musicals


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


Date: 29 September 2014
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