The top 20 longest-running shows in West End history

  1. The Mousetrap - opened 25 November 1952, 25,393 performances
  2. Les Misérables - opened 8 October 1985, over 11,603 performances
  3. The Phantom of the Opera - opened 9 October 1986, over 11,272 performances
  4. Blood Brothers - opened 27 August 1988/closed 10 November 2012, 10,013 performances
  5. The Woman In Black - opened 15 January 1989, over 9,970 performances
  6. Cats - opened 11 May 1981/closed 11 May 2002, 8,949 performances
  7. Starlight Express - opened 27 March and closed 12 January 2002, 7,406 performances
  8. No Sex Please, We’re British - opened 3 June 1971/closed 16 January 1987, 6,761 performances
  9. The Crazy Gang - opened 17th April 1947/closed on 19th May 1962*
  10. Chicago - opened 18 November 1997/closed 1 September 2012, 6,187 performances
  11. Mamma Mia! - opened 6 April 1999, over 6,115 performances
  12. Disney’s The Lion King - opened 19 October 1999, over 5,884 performances
  13. Buddy - opened 12 October 1989/closed 19 May 2002, 5,140 performances
  14. Stomp - opened 25 September 2002, over 4,694 performances
  15. We Will Rock You - opened 14 May 2002, over 4,441 performances
  16. The Black & White Minstrel Show - opened 1960/closed 1972, 4,344 performances
  17. Miss Saigon - original production opened 20 September 1989/closed 30 October 1999, 4,264 performances
  18. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - opened 7 March 1996/closed 3 April 2005, 3,744 performances
  19. Billy Elliot The Musical – opened 11 May 2005, over 3,450 performances
  20. Jesus Christ Superstar - opened 9 August 1972/closed 23 August 1980 3,357 performances.
  21. Me & My Girl - opened 12 February 1985/closed 16 January 1993, 3,303 performances
  22. The 39 Steps - opened 14 September 2006, over 2,954 performances
  23. Wicked - opened 27 September 2006, over 3,000 performances
  24. Evita - opened 21 January 1978/closed 8 February 1986, 2,900 performances

*There were various shows under the The Crazy Gang banner, but not one continuous long-running show)

Non musical

Information supplied & verified by the Society of London Theatre - correct as at 14 November 2013

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