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16 March 2020: All London theatres close to fight coronavirus outbreak. Duration of closure uncertain. All tickets will be refunded or honored when theatres re-open.

During the shut-down, several theatres around Britain are putting past or current productions online and we will be reviewing them.  CLICK HERE for online theatre 2020.

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WHAT'S NEW . . . . . STOP PRESS:  Coronavirus closes all London theatres for an indefinite period. Watch this space for further news . . . . August 1: Theatres across Britain give up hope of a Panto season this winter . . . . July 16: A few shows scheduled for 2020 optimistically announce new opening dates in Spring 2021 . . . . July 3: UK government announces 1.5 billion fund for closed arts institutions . . . . July 1: THE MOUSETRAP will be the first West End show to re-open, with reduced capacity, in October . . . . June 18: Producer Cameron Mackintosh announces none of his shows will re-open until 2021 . . . . During the shutdown, some theatres offer productions online.  CLICK HERE for reviews. . . . . We are at last on Twitter. Follow us @theatreguidelon to be alerted to each new review . . . .


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Top Five - Classic

If you haven't seen them yet, we suggest you begin your London theatre experience with these classics

Phantom of the Opera

Les Miserables


Mamma Mia



 Top Five - Current

Here are the more-recently opened shows we've liked the most.


Dear Evan Hansen

Come From Away

The Welkin

Uncle Vanya - - - -
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