List of the longest-running West End shows
Unless otherwise stated, the number of performances listed is for the original West End production of the show. M denotes a musical, P denotes a straight play, R denotes a revue, D denotes a dance musical, and S denotes a special case. An asterisk indicates an announced closing date for a currently-running show. All currently-running shows are updated as of 30 January 2019, unless otherwise stated.
|1||The Mousetrap||P||25 November 1952||27,672||Currently running at the St. Martin's Theatre
|2||Les Misérables||M||8 October 1985||13 July 2019||13,785||Opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Barbican Theatre.
|3||The Phantom of the Opera||M||9 October 1986||13,450||Currently running at Her Majesty's Theatre|
|4||The Woman in Black||P||7 June 1989||12,147||Currently running at Fortune Theatre|
|5||Blood Brothers (revival)||M||28 July 1988||10 November 2012||10,013||This is the longest running revival|
|6||Cats||M||11 May 1981||11 May 2002||8,949||Opened in London at the New London Theatre
|7||Mamma Mia!||M||6 April 1999||8,318||Currently running at Novello Theatre|
|8||The Lion King||M||19 October 1999||8,079||Currently running at Lyceum Theatre|
|9||Starlight Express||M||27 March 1984||12 January 2002||7,406|
|10||No Sex Please, We're British||P||3 June 1971||16 January 1987||6,761|
|11||Stomp||D||25 September 2002||7 January 2018||6,512||Opened at the Vaudeville Theatre
|12||Chicago (revival)||M||18 October 1997||1 September 2012||6,187|
|13||Wicked||M||27 September 2006||5,202||Currently running at Apollo Victoria Theatre|
|14||Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story||M||12 October 1989||3 March 2002||5,140||Opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre
|15||We Will Rock You||M||25 September 2002||31 May 2014||4,659|
|16||Billy Elliot the Musical||M||11 May 2005||9 April 2016||4,566|
|17||Miss Saigon||M||20 September 1989||30 October 1999||4,264|
|18||Thriller - Live||R||26 January 2009||4,186||Currently running at Lyric Theatre|
|19||Jersey Boys||M||18 March 2008||26 March 2017||3,787|
|20||The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)||P||7 March 1996||3 April 2005||3,744|
|21||The 39 Steps||P||14 September 2006||5 September 2015||3,731 [note 1]|
|22||Jesus Christ Superstar||M||9 August 1972||23 August 1980||3,357||
|23||Me and My Girl||M||12 February 1985||16 January 1993||3,303||This is a revival of the 1937 musical.|
|24||Evita||M||21 June 1978||18 February 1986||3,176 [note 3]|
|25||Matilda||M||24 November 2011||3,048||Currently running at Cambridge Theatre|
Oh! Calcutta! which opened in the West End on 30 September 1970 and closed in either January or February 1980, would have approximately 3,800 performances, but no closing date is known, so proper ranking cannot be made.[note 4]
- According to the show's official Facebook. Source
- Sternfeld, Jessica (2006). The Megamusical. Indiana University Press. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-253-34793-0.
- Exact number came from musicalheaven.com and This Is Theatre; 2900 given by Society of London Theatre is an estimate.
- The Duchess Theatre's next production was Private Lives, which was reviewed in The Times on 8 March 1980; therefore Oh! Calcutta! must have closed in the first two months of 1980.
- "Longest running shows in West End history". Society of London Theatre. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.