The West End Is Still Drawing The Crowds!  

 The West End Is Still Drawing The Crowds!


Perhaps you’ve always promised yourself a trip to London to catch a show you’ve always wanted to see, but have never had the time. Well, now is the ideal time as Piccadilly Grand Condo the West End goes through a mini-revival, offering a fabulous choice of productions.

Theatres in London regularly feature exciting new productions, but there are also a handful that have been playing to packed audiences for many years, including one notable mystery thriller that has been performed continuously for well over half a century.

The current longest running production, beating its nearest West End rival by an incredible 23 years is Mousetrap. The classic ‘whodunit’ first opened at the New Ambassadors theatre on 25th November 1952, and after enjoying a 22 year residency moved to the St. Martins theatre where it still thrills audiences today, notching up well over 20,000 performances.

The musical with the longest current run in the West End is Les Miserables, recording 23 years of continuous performances. Close behind comes another classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Indeed, musicals account for seven out of the top ten longest running productions in the West End. Here is the top ten, including the genre of the production, and the amount of time they have been packing in the crowds:

Mousetrap (thriller) – 56 years

Les Miserables (musical) – 23 years

The Phantom of the Opera (musical) – 22 years

Blood Brothers (musical) – 20 years

The Woman in Black (ghostly thriller) – 19 years

Chicago (musical) – 11 years

Mamma Mia (musical) – 10 years

The Lion King (musical) – 9 years

We Will Rock You (musical) – 6 years

Stomp (vaudeville) – 6 years

In addition to the phenomenal long-running successes there has also been a glut of new productions over the last two years; many are musicals inspired by high-profile TV reality show competitions in whic


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