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WHAT'S NEW . . . .
LES MISERABLES  closes!  But only until December, while the theatre is refurbished. . . . In the interim a concert version will play at the Gielgud Theatre starting in August. . . . Our Top Five list to the right is overflowing - were it the Top Ten we would happily add A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM,  NOISES OFF, WHILE THE SUN SHINES, and RUTHERFORD AND SON . . . . FLEABAG coming to London in the form of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's solo show that started it all. We reviewed it HERE back in 2013 . . . . MAMMA MIA celebrates its 20th anniversary, THRILLER its 10th . . . . We are at last on Twitter. Follow us @theatreguidelon to be alerted to each new review . . . .

. Closing dates announced for JELLYFISH July 16, ROSMERSHOLM July 20, TOP GIRLS July 20, SWEAT July 20, RUTHERFORD AND SON August 3, PRESENT LAUGHTER August 10, SMALL ISLAND August 10, STARRY MESSENGER August 20, ALADDIN  August 24, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR  August 24, CAPTAIN CORELLI August 31, BITTER WHEAT September 14, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA September 28, ADRIAN MOLE  October 12, LEHMAN TRILOGY October 31, FIDDLER November 2,

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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.

Death of a Salesman

Small Island


Come From Away

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