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Saturday Matinees In London

Spend your weekend the right way with an afternoon trip to the theatre! There is no limit to what matinees are on in London on Saturday; this is the biggest day of the week for crowds flocking to the West End. Whether it’s a huge TV or film star on stage or a family-friendly musical, tickets are available for practically any show you want to watch.

Saturday theatre matinees start between 2pm and 2.30pm, leaving plenty of time to sightsee and have lunch before a show, and you can keep your evenings free to enjoy London’s best nightlife spots as well. You cannot beat the atmosphere of a weekend theatre trip, so check Sunday matinees for even more shows to book for now.

98 Shows in London

Wicked

Wicked

Discover the untold story of the witches of Oz, with spellbinding songs, a powerful story and incredible visual spectacles. Best for age 7+.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Disney’s spectacular musical features stunning puppetry and an unforgettable score by Elton John. Best for age 6+.

Hamilton

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hugely popular musical Hamilton follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of America.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Hear the people sing in the world's longest-running musical, which has been in the West End since 1985.

ABBA Voyage

ABBA Voyage

The Swedish pop group are projected into the ABBA Arena in a cutting-edge digital performance, promising a concert experience like no other.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Dance the night away to ABBA’s greatest hits at the hilarious West End musical that inspired the film.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Discover the life and career of a global superstar in this electrifying show, featuring hits "Proud Mary" and "River Deep Mountain High".

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical has been enchanting audiences since 1986 with its haunting tale of love and obsession.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

From the creators of South Park this outrageous, multi-award winning musical tells the hilarious story of two naïve Mormon missionaries.

Cabaret

Cabaret

A daring revival of the hit musical welcomes audiences to 1930s Berlin, via the immersive Kit Kat Club.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Immerse yourself in a world of spectacle and faded glamour at this unmissable jukebox musical, based on Baz Luhrmann’s film.

Matilda the Musical

Matilda the Musical

Tim Minchin's mischievous musical adaptation is a hilarious, heart-warming modern classic for the whole family. Best for age 6+.

Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

Make a reservation for this hilarious play, based on the ‘70s sitcom. Written by John Cleese & guaranteed to make you cry with laughter!

Back to the Future the Musical

Back to the Future the Musical

Great Scott! The legendary time-traveling comedy is back in this incredible musical adaptation that will delight the entire family.

MJ the Musical

MJ the Musical

Discover the creative mind and artistry behind the King of Pop in this Tony Award-winning musical, opening in 2024.

Frozen the Musical

Frozen the Musical

Experience Disney's modern classic on stage in this spectacular musical, featuring hit song “Let It Go”. Best for age 6+.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Discover the thrilling origins of the Upside Down in this incredible new prequel to the Netflix series, co-created by the Duffer Brothers.

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

The Bridge Theatre transforms into the streets of New York and clubs of Havana in a new, immersive production of the classic musical comedy.

A View From the Bridge

A View From the Bridge

Dominic West (The Wire) leads an all-star cast in this gripping revival of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of sexual desire and jealousy.

Sister Act

Sister Act

Hallelujah! The heavenly musical, based on the hit film, returns to the West End starring Beverley Knight and Alexandra Burke.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Standing at the Sky's Edge

The award-winning new British musical, inspired by Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill Estate, transfers to the West End.

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit is the world's longest running show. Can you keep the secret?

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

She’s in the West End, dearies! The classic Robin Williams film is now a hilarious, heart-warming musical comedy.

Hadestown

Hadestown

Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell's genre-defying take on Greek mythology takes audiences on an unforgettable trip to the Underworld.

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre’s hilarious comedy of errors will leave you in stitches, as an am-dram group's latest murder mystery goes awry.

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

The landmark production of Agatha Christie's courtroom thriller is set inside the magnificent council chamber of London County Hall.

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

Brush up your Shakespeare! Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block star in Cole Porter’s Golden Age musical as it returns to London.

The Constituent

The Constituent

James Corden and Anna Maxwell Martin star in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s smart and volatile new political drama.

Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

Olivier Award-winner Imelda Staunton returns to the West End! This beloved matchmaking musical plays a limited season at the Palladium.

Kathy And Stella Solve A Murder!

Kathy And Stella Solve A Murder!

There’s murder in the West End as this new British musical hits London! Can amateur podcasters Kathy and Stella solve the case?

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw star in a revival of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece that tore up the theatre rulebook.

The Hills of California

The Hills of California

Olivier Award-winner Jez Butterworth’s (Jerusalem) new play premieres in the West End, directed by Sam Mendes.

Heathers The Musical

Heathers The Musical

Join the murderous students of Westerburg High in this WhatsOnStage Award-winning musical, based on the cult film.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Enjoy a Christmas classic as London’s most popular festive ballet returns for another exhilarating season. Best for age 5+.

People, Places and Things

People, Places and Things

Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating play returns to London, starring Olivier Award winner Denise Gough as an actor struggling with addiction.

Oedipus

Oedipus

Rami Malek and Indira Varma star in an exciting new version of Sophocles’ tragedy about fate and free will.

Starlight Express

Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s exhilarating musical, performed entirely on rollerskates, returns to London at the dazzling Starlight Auditorium.

Six the Musical

Six the Musical

Henry VIII’s embattled ex-wives reign over the West End with their fist-pumping histo-remix.

Player Kings

Player Kings

Ian McKellen stars as Falstaff in a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by Olivier Award winner Robert Icke.

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Dress up for Time Warps and pelvic thrusts at the ultimate cult musical, starring Jason Donovan as the iconic Dr Frank’n’Furter.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Brian Cox returns to the West End after 10 years, in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional family.

Blippi: Wonderful World Tour

Blippi: Wonderful World Tour

Learn about the world around you with Blippi! The hit series brings its energetic educational show to London this summer. Best for age 2+.

2:22 A Ghost Story

2:22 A Ghost Story

The hit supernatural thriller is back in the West End for a sixth season of chills, thrills and things that go bump in the night.

Next to Normal

Next to Normal

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical makes its long-awaited West End debut after wowing audiences at the Donmar Warehouse.

The Choir of Man

The Choir of Man

Experience the ultimate pub lock-in in London, thanks to nine normal guys with incredible voices - and a real bar on stage!

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

Steve Coogan stars in the world premiere stage adaptation of Kubrick’s Cold War satire, adapted by Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It).

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Enjoy sparring lovers and mischievous plots as Shakespeare’s timeless comedy returns to the Globe in an Elizabethan dress production.

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

Click your heels and wish for fun! The technicolour musical returns, starring Aston Merrygold and The Vivienne. Best for age 6+.

Slave Play

Slave Play

Fisayo Akinade and Kit Harington star in the West End premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’ record-breaking play about sex, race and power.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

The iconic film becomes a fun and fabulous new musical, with songs by Elton John. Dress to impress because Miranda Priestly is on her way!

My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

The Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s film is a magical West End experience. Best for age 6+.

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

Tennesse Williams’ devastating memory play is as compelling as ever in Atri Banergee’s production, starring Geraldine Somerville.

Richard III

Richard III

Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry stars in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s thrilling history play.

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Boy meets girl has a 21st-century twist in this charming new British musical, in the West End after a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre.

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

Enjoy ogre-sized family fun this summer as blockbuster musical Shrek returns to London, for a hilarious adventure Far Far Away.

Oedipus

Oedipus

Lesley Manville and Mark Strong star in director Robert Icke’s radical version of the Greek tragedy, now a modern-day political thriller.

Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt

Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt

Back by popular demand, the comedy legend brings his latest show to the West End for another strictly limited run this summer.

Giselle

Giselle

Mary Skeaping’s striking production of the timeless ballet returns, with music performed by the English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors

Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors

From horrible Henry VIII to ruthless Elizabeth I, Tudor history has never been more fun in this hit stage show! Best for age 5+.

Magic Mike Live

Magic Mike Live

Let your hair down with a night of irresistible, temperature-raising entertainment, inspired by Channing Tatum’s sizzling film franchise.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Step inside the Globe for Shakespeare’s witty and barbed comedy. A battle of the sexes that divides opinion - so watch for yourself!

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile

This riotous family musical, based on Roald Dahl’s picture book, prowls into London for a scrumptious summer season. Best for age 4+.

Boys from the Blackstuff

Boys from the Blackstuff

Alan Bleasdale’s hit drama is adapted into a powerful play by James Graham. In London following a sold-out world premiere in Liverpool.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Enjoy a pop-fuelled history lesson at this hit musical, based on suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurt’s award-winning picture book.

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

Fetch news alert! Tina Fey's Mean Girls musical, based on the hit film, is coming to London.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy shines with mistaken identity, nostalgia and party spirit in this new staging at the Open Air Theatre.

Marie Curie The Musical

Marie Curie The Musical

After wowing audiences in South Korea, this new musical about scientific pioneer Marie Curie celebrates its English-language premiere.

Giant

Giant

John Lithgow stars as Roald Dahl in the world premiere of Mark Rosenblatt’s debut play, based on real events.

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s tragedy returns to the Globe for the first time in 10 years. A stunning new production with Spoken English and BSL.

The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson’s story about helping others is adapted into an engaging family musical. Best for ages 2+. Babes in arms under 12 months

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Discover Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic in a new adaptation, performed amidst the burgeoning nature of Regent’s Park.

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Long-lost siblings, mistaken identity and incredible plot twists abound as Sean Holmes’ exuberant production returns by popular demand.

Frankie Goes to Bollywood

Frankie Goes to Bollywood

Dive headfirst into the glitzy, make-or-break world of India’s film industry in this vibrant new musical about being British in Bollywood.

Wedding Band

Wedding Band

Alice Childress’ classic drama about interracial marriage in the American Deep South comes to London in a stirring new production.

Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good

Timberlake Wertenbaker's powerful drama about British prisoners in colonial Australia returns to London, reimagined for the 21st century.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Introduce your children to the magical world of live theatre as their favourite picture book bursts onto the stage! Best for age 3+.

Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April

One of manga’s greatest romantic tearjerkers becomes a stunning musical, which plays a full season following sold-out performances.

Yamato: The Wings of Phoenix

Yamato: The Wings of Phoenix

The world-famous Yamato Drummers return to London to celebrate 30 years of exhilarating Japanese taiko drumming.

Play On!

Play On!

Get your toes tapping as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night becomes a spectacular Jazz Age musical, featuring the music of Duke Ellington.

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

Leicester Curve’s celebrated revival of this classic Broadway musical comes to London for a limited season in summer 2024.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama, set in Chicago’s South Side, is back in London, directed by Tinuke Craig.

Death of England: Delroy

Death of England: Delroy

Paapa Essiedu stars in the second part of the Death of England trilogy - a bold monologue about race and identity in modern Britain.

Babies

Babies

Heartstopper’s Bradley Riches stars in this brand-new British musical about teens tackling an off-beat sex education project.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show that is now a West End favourite! Best for age 3+, babes in arms under 18 months.

FANGIRLS

FANGIRLS

Australia’s pop musical juggernaut that celebrates teenage girls premieres in London - and promises one of the best nights out around!

Echo

Echo

Discover a play that pushes the boundaries of unrehearsed cold reads in this ambitious, magical and uncompromising production.

Death of England: Michael

Death of England: Michael

Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s acclaimed series of monologues about British identity are performed together for the very first time.

Rough Magic

Rough Magic

Join Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters as they cook up a magical and surprising family show, based on Macbeth. Best for age 5+.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Delight in the laughter and emotion of this classic musical about faith, family and love as it closes the Open Air Theatre’s 2024 season.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

The smash-hit comedy thriller, inspired by Hitchcock’s classic film, returns to the West End for the first time in 10 years this summer.

A Night with Janis Joplin

A Night with Janis Joplin

Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies stars as Janis Joplin in this acclaimed jukebox musical’s UK premiere.

Why Am I So Single?

Why Am I So Single?

The creators of smash-hit musical, SIX, bring you a big new fancy musical about two besties who find themselves very, very single.

Princess Essex

Princess Essex

The Globe welcomes an Edwardian beauty pageant in Anne Odeke’s new play about a trailblazing woman who shook up the competition.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story of a man who ages in reverse becomes a dazzling folk musical set on the coast of Cornwall.

Aladdin: The Pantomime

Aladdin: The Pantomime

Hop onto a magic carpet ride over the streets of Hammersmith with this exuberant family show!

Peppa Pig's Fun Day Out

Peppa Pig's Fun Day Out

Join Peppa on an exciting adventure at the beach and zoo this Christmas! Perfect for the youngest theatre fans. Best for age 3+.

Only Fools and Horses the Musical

Only Fools and Horses the Musical

Join Del Boy and Rodney in this pukka musical, created by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, back in London for three weeks only!

Circa's Duck Pond

Circa's Duck Pond

Ballet and circus collide for a Christmas show like no other in this inventive reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Best for age 8+.

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