45+ Musicals Set in London – A Full List

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for 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 list for you! A full list of musicals set in London are included below.

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Musicals Fully Set in London”, “Musicals Partially Set in London”, and “Musicals Set in a Fictional London”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in London

A Christmas Carol

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Mike Ockrent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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A Minister’s Wife

Music: Joshua Schmidt  Lyrics: Jan Levy-Tranen  Book: Austin Pendleton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Baxtresser

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Alice by Heart

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Baker Street

Music/Lyrics: Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel, Jerry Bock  Book: Jerome Coopersmith

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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Becoming Nancy

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Bend It Like Beckham

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Blitz!

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

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Chaplin

Music/Lyrics: Christopher Curtis  Book: Thomas Meehan, Curtis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

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Darling of the Day

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Nunnally Johnson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Ernest in Love

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics/Book: Anne Croswell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Finding Neverland

Music/Lyrics: Frankel, Barlow, Kennedy, Korie  Book: Knee, Graham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Jekyll & Hyde

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse, Steve Cuden  Book: Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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Kean

Music/Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

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Lift

Music/Lyrics: Craig Adams  Book: Ian Watson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Lock Up Your Daughters

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Made in Dagenham

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George StilesAnthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1964/2004)

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Mrs Henderson Presents

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Only Fools and Horses

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Redhead

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields  Book: H. Fields, S. Sheldon, D. Shaw

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1964)

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Salad Days

Music: Julian Slade  Lyrics: Slade, Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Scrooge

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Sherlock Holmes – The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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Shout! The Mod Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Phillip George, David Lowenstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)

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Soho Cinders

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Something Rotten!

Music/Lyrics: Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick  Book: K. Kirkpatrick, J. O’Farrell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Sunny Afternoon

Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies  Book: Joe Penhall

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

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Sweeney Todd

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics: Noël Coward  Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

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The Likes of Us

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Leslie Thomas

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

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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The Threepenny Opera

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Musical Type: Play with Music (1928)

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The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Musicals Partially Set in London

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics: Freedman, Lutvak  Book: Robert Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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A Tale of Two Cities

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Lee Hall  Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Flowers for Mrs. Harris

Music/Lyrics: Richard Taylor  Book: Rachel Wagstaff

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Me and My Girl

Music: Noel Gay  Lyrics/Book: Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

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Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Moll Flanders

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Paul Leigh  Book: Claire Luckham

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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Peter Pan

Music: Styne, Charlap, Rittman  Lyrics: Comden, Green, Leigh  Book: Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Stephen Ward

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Taboo

Music/Lyrics: B. George  Lyrics: K. Frost, J. Themis, R. Stevens  Book: M. Markham, C. Busch

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

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The Rothschilds

Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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The Woman in White

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Top Hat

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Taylor, Scott, White, Jacques

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Contemporary (1935/2011)

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Musicals Set in a Fictional London

Cats

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

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Which of these musicals set in London is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in London? 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 Musicals Set in London.
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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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