When visting London, most travellers and tourists are drawn to the cities wealth of culture and wide variety of things to do.
One of London's longest running forms of cultural entertainment is theatre.
People form all corners of the earth flock to London's West End to see musicals or traditional playbills. With so many shows offering the highest possible standard of performances, it can be hard to choose where to go and what to see.
That is why we have put together a list of top shows for ALL audience members.
London's top long running production:
Sometimes it is best to stick to the classics, afterall the fact that they have survived the tough economy and continued to run for decades mean that they must be good!
There are some strong contenders for London's best long running show, with Chicago and the Lion King having graced the West End stages for over a decade, Phantom of the Opera, and Blood Brothers for over 20 years and Mousetrap at a whopping 60 years!
However in terms of ticket sales and public opinion comnbined, their is one reigning king of musicals and that is LES MISERABLES. Now in its 27th year, Cameron Mackintosh's French Revolution based musical is a sure fire hit.
London's top family production:
When travelling with children it can be difficult to know where to go and what to do that will entertain all members of the family. Taking them to a theatre show is often as there are many productions out there that intend to enterain the whole family. Perhaps the most entertaining for all age groups is SHREK the musical. It's cool, fun, filled with cheeky fairytale characters, not to mention everyone's favourite Green Ogre.
London's top jukebox musical:
With shows like Jersey Boys, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Mamma Mia, there are plenty of jukebox musicals out there. But the show that has audience members visiting it from all over the world, and often has visitors time and time again is the show showcasing the hits of musical legend Queen: We Will Rock You
London's top theatre production:
With so many musicals on the West End it is easy to forget that there are many pieces of simpler drama out there. Many theatregoers prefer to soak up the culture of a good play rather than be bombarded with the all singing all dancing musical. The most imaginative and critically acclaimed musical on the West End at the moment is War Horse. The show uses breathtaking puppetry to bring to life the story about a boy and his horse during a period of war.
Londons top musical:
For those who love the razzle dazzle of a great, albiet traditionally cheesey and feel good, musical then there is one in particular that has taken both America's Broadway and London's West End by storm; Wicked. Wicked is funny, magical and emotive at the same time as it explores the story of the Wizard of Oz from the Witch's perspective. Simple, easy and enjoyable entertainment with some fantastic original music.