There is nothing quite like a musical, you feel your heart swell as the emotions of the music, the flair of the performers and the razzle dazzle of the incredible costumes are revealed right in front of you. But with so many shows on offer, what will you see if you head down to Piccadilly Circus and visit the West End this year… Or alternatively – watch these awesome displays of the performing arts online at Cennarium?

To make it that little bit easier for you, we’ve brought you…

The 12 best West End Musicals On Stage in 2016!

1. The Lion King

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Simply one of the most impressive shows to ever grace the West End. The Lion King is a fan favourite, drawing from the magic of the 1994 Disney film. You’ll almost feel compelled to sing along as you hear incredible renditions of the music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Not only are the songs iconic but the costume designs are simply incredible. Every mask, headdress and full sized puppet is as striking as the last. On stage now at the Lyceum Theatre, you can book tickets online at the musicals official website here.

2. Les Miserables

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‘Les Mis’ is the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant released from prison who is swept up by the French Revolution on his way to starting a new life. Originally based on the novel by French poet Victor Hugo, the play has become a worldwide hit and since it opened in London on the 8th of October in 1985, the musical has been performed 12,355 times! The Show has won 8 tony awards and after the 2012 film starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the play shows no signs of slowing down. You can buy your ticket online to see Les Miserables at the Queen Theatre.

3. Wicked

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Wicked is the untold story of the Wizard of Oz, from the Witch’s perspective. Forget about Dorothy, this parallel universe might feel familiar but this extraordinary take on the classic story from Oz is a magical experience. This multi award winning musical is the 8th longest running show in the West End and you can see it now at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and purchase tickets online.

4. The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the greatest spectaculars ever to cross any stage across the world, whether it be at the  West End or Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s incredible musical started in London in 1986 and is one longest running musicals of all. Grossing $5.6 Billion worldwide, there are few performances more grand. This musical is truly one that everyone must see before they die. The plot centres on the romance between the mysterious, disfigured genius hidden behind the mask and the beautiful soprano Christine Daaé. See the masterpiece for yourself at Her Majesty’s theatre, see the website for more details.

5. The Book of Mormon

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From the creators of South Park Matt Stone and Trey Parker, The book of Mormon is a hilarious religious satire that follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scripture with the people of a remote African village. The show has both delighted audiences and attracted controversy with comedy that is anything but politically correct. Visit the official website of the Book of Mormon to find out more!

6. Mamma Mia!

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Love pop & disco classics that you can’t help but sing along to? Mamma Mia! is an uplifting jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA, and contains all your favourite hits like Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Thank You for the Music and Money, Money, Money. With amazing costumes, fantastic dance numbers and a heartwarming story. You’ll love Mamma Mia! Buy tickets online now and see the incredible stage show at the Novello Theatre!

7. Motown

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Motown combines the dazzling sounds of Broadway with the classic Detroit motor city sounds. You’ll hear incredible songs from acts like The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and many more of your favourite stars. You’ll relive history with this musical which is bursting at the seams with colour and talent. You can see this once in a lifetime hit at the Shaftesbury Theatre and book tickets online here.

8. Thriller Live

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Thriller Live takes you on a journey through the electrifying history of Michael Jackson. This musical is a non-stop visual, audio and emotional trip through pop, rock, soul and disco. This homage pays tribute to Jackson’s amazing performance and innovative flair. You’ll hear all the biggest hits from the amazing cast and live band. From ABC, Can you Feel it, The Way you Make me Feel, Smooth Criminal, to beat it and many more. You’ll simply adore this amazing music spectacular. You can see the musical at the Lyric Theatre now!

9. Funny Girl

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Funny Girl is a glorious, touching show that is an all-singing, all dancing stage mega-hit. The musical is adapted from the 1968 film, the songs people & Don’t Rain on My Parade are some of the biggest hits in musical history. The musical is one that you’ll simply love and with incredible costumes, performances and crowd numbers you’ll just adore this swinging show that will have you humming for days afterwards. You can find out more about Funny Girl and buy tickets online.

10. Kinky Boots

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Kinky Boots is the riotous story of straight laced Charlie Price and his unexpected adventure with Lola the drag queen. With music and lyrics by super star Cyndi Lauper, this glamourous play is truly one to marvel. This piece is about being who really are and who you really want to be. Be inspired by this big-hearted hit and see it at the West End now.

11. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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Your favourite hits from the 60s and 70s. This slick musical has all of your favourite songs from Carole King, the highs and heartaches are something truly special. Follow Carole King’s unlikely rise to stardom and hear such hits like You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman and much more.

12. Sunny Afternoon

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Sunny Afternoon is the tale of the London Rockers The Kinks, who get their story immortalized in this incredible musical. The band plays every song live and sound just like the band. Watch their story unfold as and tap your foot as the swimming sixties arrive in 2016 and experience the British Invasion for yourself. Find out more information and buy tickets online here.

Whichever show you decide to see this year, make sure you get the best experience possible by picking the right seats. SeatPlan.com offers independent seating advice for West End theatres, allowing you to read about other theatre-goers experiences and see photos of the view from different seats. Have a look before buying your tickets to ensure you’re getting the view that you want!

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