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The Top 20 Longest-Running Musicals In West End History #TopMusicals

With the news that Wicked has reached it's 3000th performance, we present a list of the top 10 longest-running musicals in West End history.


1.     Les Misérables – still running, 11,603 performances

2.     The Phantom of the Opera – still running, 11,272 performances

3.     Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances)

4.     Cats (closed, 8,949 performances)

5.     Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances)

6.     Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances)

7.     Mamma Mia! – still running, 6,115 performances

8.     Disney’s The Lion King – still running, over 5,884 performances

9.     Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances)

10.     We Will Rock You – still running, 4,441 performances

11.     Miss Saigon (closed - 4,264 performances)

12.     Billy Elliot The Musical – still running, 3,556 performances

13.     Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production / closed - 3,357 performances)  

14.     Me and My Girl (1985 revival / closed – 3,303 performances)

15.     Wicked – still running, 3000 performances

16.     Evita (original 1978 production / closed – 2,900 performances)

17.     Oliver! (original 1960 production / closed – 2,618 performances)

18.     Grease! (1993 revival / closed - 2529 performances)

19.     The Sound Of Music (original 1961 production / closed - 2,385 performances)

20.     My Fair Lady (original 1958 production / closed - 2,281 performances)

Information supplied and verified by the Society of London Theatre and correct as at 12 November 2013

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