Longest-running musicals on the West End in London by number of performances as of January 2018

Longest running West End musicals in London 2016 This chart provides a ranking of the longest running musicals on the West End in London by number of performances as of January 2018. Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera are two of the longest running musicals in West End History, with over 13 thousand performances each since they began in the 1980s.
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Musical title (year)Number of performances
Les Misérables (1985)*13,341
The Phantom of the Opera (1986)*13,008
Blood Brothers (1988)10,013
Cats (1981)8,949
Mamma Mia! (1999)*7,871
Disney's The Lion King (1999)*7,634
Starlight Express (1984)7,406
Chicago (1997 revival)6,187
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (1989)5,140
Wicked (2006)*4,746
We Will Rock You (2002)4,659
Billy Elliot The Musical (2005)4,566
Miss Saigon (1989)4,264
Jersey Boys (2008)*3,787
Thriller Live (2009)*3,745
Jesus Christ Superstar (1972)3,357
Me and My Girl (1985 revival)3,303
Evita (1978)2,900
Oliver! (1960)2,618
Matilda The Musical! (2011)*2,601
Musical title (year)Number of performances
Les Misérables (1985)*13,341
The Phantom of the Opera (1986)*13,008
Blood Brothers (1988)10,013
Cats (1981)8,949
Mamma Mia! (1999)*7,871
Disney's The Lion King (1999)*7,634
Starlight Express (1984)7,406
Chicago (1997 revival)6,187
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (1989)5,140
Wicked (2006)*4,746
We Will Rock You (2002)4,659
Billy Elliot The Musical (2005)4,566
Miss Saigon (1989)4,264
Jersey Boys (2008)*3,787
Thriller Live (2009)*3,745
Jesus Christ Superstar (1972)3,357
Me and My Girl (1985 revival)3,303
Evita (1978)2,900
Oliver! (1960)2,618
Matilda The Musical! (2011)*2,601
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This chart provides a ranking of the longest running musicals on the West End in London by number of performances as of January 2018. Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera are two of the longest running musicals in West End History, with over 13 thousand performances each since they began in the 1980s.
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2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
January 8, 2018
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* Performances still running, therefore the figures are correct as of January 8, 2018. Performances by all other musicals are closed.

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