The Top 20 Longest Running Musicals in West End History

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Here at Superbreak we are massive ambassadors of the London Theatre Break, so you can imagine how excited we were when this Top 20 list landed in our inbox! We believe that London is the greatest city in the world for musical theatre and that the West End is a truly magical place! With so many world class theatres, musicals and performers, what better place to spend a short break absorbing the electric atmosphere of the West End? Here’s a run down of the Top 20 Longest Running Musicals in West End History…


1.      Les Misérablesstill running, 11,603 performances

2.      The Phantom of the Operastill running, 11,272 performances

3.      Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances)

4.      Cats (closed, 8,949 performances)

5.      Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances)

6.      Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances)

7.      Mamma Mia!still running, 6,115 performances

8.      Disney’s The Lion Kingstill running, over 5,884 performances

9.      BuddyThe Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances)

10.    We Will Rock Youstill running, 4,441 performances

11.     Miss Saigon (closed4,264 performances) (Miss Saigon is opening again in May 2014)

12.    Billy Elliot The Musical – still running, 3,556 performances

13.    Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production / closed – 3,357 performances)

14.    Me and My Girl (1985 revival / closed3,303 performances)

15.    Wickedstill running, 3000  performances

16.    Evita (original 1978 production / closed – 2,900 performances)

17.    Oliver! (original 1960 production / closed2,618 performances)

18.    Grease! (1993 revival / closed2529 performances)

19.    The Sound Of Music (original 1961 production / closed2,385 performances)

20.   My Fair Lady (original 1958 production / closed2,281 performances)

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N.B Information supplied and verified by the Society of London Theatre and correct as at 12 November 2013

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