Musical Lists

75+ British Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Whether you’re auditioning for musicals, setting up your rep book, or simply looking for some new musicals to get into, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this full list of British musicals for you below, sorted alphabetically.

The following list is divided into three categories: “British Musicals“, “Musicals That Premiered in England” (without featuring a British writing team), and “Musicals With British Composers” (without having premiered in England).


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British Musicals

The following musicals had their premiere in England/West End and have been composed by writing teams with at least one British member.


A Slice of Saturday Night

Music/Lyrics/Book: The Heather Brothers

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)


All the Fun of the Fair

Music/Lyrics: David Essex  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Aspects of Love

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black, Charles Hart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)


Bad Girls

Music/Lyrics: Kath Gotts  Book: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Bend It Like Beckham

Music: Howard Goodall  Lyrics: Charles Hart  Book: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Betty Blue Eyes

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Blitz!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart  Book: Joan Maitland

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)


Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Music/Lyrics: Buddy Holly, Various  Book: Alan Janes

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)


By Jeeves

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Alan Ayckbourn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Calendar Girls

Music/Lyrics: Gary Barlow  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Canterbury Tales

Music: John Hawkins, Richard Hill  Lyrics/Book: Nevill Coghill  Book: Martin Starkie

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Cats

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn, Richard Stilgoe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)


Charlie Girl

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker, John Taylor  Book: Hugh Williams, Margaret Vyner, Ray Cooney

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Chu Chin Chow

Music: Frederic Norton  Book: Oscar Asche

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1916)


Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Eugenius!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ben Adams, Chris Wilkins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Music: Dan Gillespie Sells  Lyrics/Book: Tom MacRae

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Finding Neverland

Music/Lyrics: Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy  Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Allan Knee, James Graham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


Flowers for Mrs Harris

Music/Lyrics: Richard Taylor  Book: Rachel Wagstaff

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


From Here to Eternity

Music: Stuart Brayson  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Bill Oakes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Half a Sixpence

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker  Book: Beverley Cross

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Hex

Music: Jim Fortune  Lyrics: Rufus Norris  Book: Tanya Ronder

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)


Honk!

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Jerry Springer: The Opera

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Jolson

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Francis Essex, Rob Bettinson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1968)


Just So

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)


Lock Up Your Daughters

Music: Laurie Johnson  Lyrics: Lionel Bart  Book: Bernard Miles

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)


Love Story

Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall  Lyrics/Book: Stephen Clark

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Made in Dagenham

Music: David Arnold  Lyrics: Richard Thomas  Book: Richard Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


Martin Guerre

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil  Lyrics: Edward Hardy, Stephen Clark

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Moby Dick

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert Longden, Hereward Kaye

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Mr Cinders

Music: Vivian Ellis, Richard Myers  Lyrics/Book: Clifford Grey, Greatrex Newman

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1928)


Mrs Henderson Presents

Music: George Fenton, Simon Chamberlain  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Terry Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Nativity!

Music/Lyrics: Nicky Ager  Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood & Theatre Workshop

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Only Fools and Horses

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Whitehouse, Jim Sullivan  Music: John Sullivan, Chas Hodges

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Our House

Music/Lyrics: Madness  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Pickwick

Music: Cyril Ornadel  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Wolf Mankowitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Return to the Forbidden Planet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bob Carlton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Salad Days

Music/Lyrics/Book: Julian Slade  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)


Scrooge!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Sherlock Holmes – The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)


Six

Music/Lyrics/Book: Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Soho Cinders

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe  Book: Elliot Davis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


Song and Dance

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black, Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)


Spend Spend Spend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Steve Brown  Lyrics/Book: Justin Greene

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Starlight Express

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alistair Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe, David Yazbek, Nick Coler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)


Stephen Ward

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Sunny Afternoon

Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies  Book: Joe Penhall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


Sunset Boulevard

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Taboo

Music/Lyrics: Boy George  Music: Kevan Frost, John Themis, Richie Stevens  Book: Mark Davies Markham, Charles Busch

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Tell Me on a Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker  Lyrics/Book: Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


The Great British Bake Off Musical

Music/Lyrics: Pippa Cleary  Lyrics/Book: Jake Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)


The Likes of Us

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1965/2005)


The Little Big Things

Music/Lyrics: Nick Butcher  Lyrics: Tom Ling  Book: Joe White

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)


The Phantom of the Opera

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Charles Hart  Lyrics/Book: Richard Stilgoe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)


The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Music/Lyrics: Pippa Cleary  Lyrics/Book: Jake Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


The Wind in the Willows

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


The Woman in White

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Charlotte Jones

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Barne, Kit Buchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Whistle Down the Wind

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Jim Steinman  Book: Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Musicals That Premiered in England

The following musicals premiered in England but were not written by British composers.


& Juliet

Music/Lyrics: Max Martin, Various  Book: David West Read

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Bumblescratch

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


I and Albert

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Jay Presson Allen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Love Birds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


The Bodyguard

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


The Light Princess

Music/Lyrics: Tori Amos  Lyrics/Book: Samuel Adamson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Musicals With British Composers

The following musicals were written by British composers, but did not premiere in England.


Jesus Christ Superstar

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Willis Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Last Ship

Music/Lyrics: Sting  Book: Lorne Campbell, John Logan, Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


The Lion King

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


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Which of these British musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above British musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, Author of British Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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