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)

Setting: London, England


A Minister’s Wife

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: London, England


A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Baxtresser

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Setting: London, England


Alice by Heart

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: London, England


Baker Street

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: London, England


Becoming Nancy

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: London, England


Bend It Like Beckham

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: London, England


Blitz!

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Setting: London, England


Bumblescratch

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: London, England


Busker Alley

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: A.J. Carothers

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Setting: London, England


Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: London, England


Chrysanthemum

Music: Robb Stewart  Book: Neville Phillips, Robin Chancellor

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: London, England


Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Setting: London, England


Darling of the Day

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Setting: London, England


Ernest in Love

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics/Book: Anne Croswell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: London, England


Finding Neverland

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: London, England


Jekyll & Hyde

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Setting: London, England


Kean

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Setting: London, England


Lift

Music/Lyrics: Craig Adams  Book: Ian Watson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: London, England


Lock Up Your Daughters

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: London, England


Made in Dagenham

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: London, England


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)

Setting: London, England


Mrs Henderson Presents

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: London, England


My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: London, England


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: London, England


Only Fools and Horses

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: London, England


Redhead

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: London, England


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

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

Setting: London, England


Salad Days

Music/Lyrics: Julian Slade  Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Setting: London, England


Scrooge

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: London, England


Sherlock Holmes – The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Setting: London, England


SHOUT! The Mod Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)

Setting: London, England


Soho Cinders

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: London, England


Something Rotten!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Karey Kirkpatrick  Music/Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick  Book: John O’Farrell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: London, England


Sunny Afternoon

Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies  Book: Joe Penhall

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

Setting: London, England


Sweeney Todd

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: London, England


Taboo

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Setting: London, England


The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics: Noël Coward  Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Setting: London, England


The Likes of Us

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

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

Setting: London, England


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Setting: London, England


The Threepenny Opera

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Musical Type: Play with Music (1928)

Setting: London, England


The Who’s Tommy

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: London, England


Musicals Partially Set in London

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music/Lyrics: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics/Book: Robert L. Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: London/England


A Tale of Two Cities

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Setting: London/France


Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Setting: London/England


Flowers for Mrs. Harris

Music/Lyrics: Richard Taylor  Book: Rachel Wagstaff

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: London/Paris


Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: London/England


Me and My Girl

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Setting: London/England


Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Setting: London/England


Moll Flanders

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Setting: London/England


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: London/NYC


Peter Pan

Music: Moose Charlap, Jule Styne  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Sir J.M. Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Setting: London/Fictional


Peter Pan

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Setting: London/Fictional


Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: London/Fictional


Stephen Ward

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: London/Various


The Rothschilds

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Setting: London/Germany


The Woman in White

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Setting: London/England


Top Hat

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, Matthew White, Howard Jacques

Musical Type: 1935 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Setting: London/Venice/NYC


Musicals Set in a Fictional London

Cats

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Setting: London (Fictional)


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

Setting: London (Fictional)


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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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