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Thursday Matinees In London

If you’re wondering what theatre matinees are on Thursdays, the short answer is most of them! No other weekday has as many afternoon performances to choose from, and the long-running musicals are all available to book including Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera and Cabaret. Thursday matinees begin between 2pm and 2.30pm, so you can avoid rush hour in central London, and tickets are often cheaper than Saturday and Sunday matinees. If you have annual leave to use up, clear your calendar for a midweek theatre trip and check out Wednesday matinees for even more weekday afternoon entertainment.

65 Shows in London

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.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

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

Hamilton

Hamilton

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

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+.

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".

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.

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!

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+.

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.

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.

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.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

Six the Musical

Six the Musical

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

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.

Oedipus

Oedipus

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

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.

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+.

Heathers The Musical

Heathers The Musical

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

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Experience the breathtaking spectacle of Derek Deane and English National Ballet’s production, performed with a live orchestra.

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.

Starlight Express

Starlight Express

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

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.

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 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+.

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.

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).

Richard III

Richard III

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

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+.

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 Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

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

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.

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!

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

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

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.

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.

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.

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+.

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.

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.

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.

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

Giant

Giant

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

Bluets

Bluets

Maggie Nelson’s touching book about grievous heartbreak and the colour blue is adapted for the stage, starring Ben Whishaw.

FANGIRLS

FANGIRLS

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

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+.

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.

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.

Death of England: Closing Time

Death of England: Closing Time

Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Erin Doherty star as in-laws at odds in the final part of Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ blistering trio of plays.

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.

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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