Heading to London's West End to catch a musical is a great escape for many.

Whether it's a Disney classic or a critically acclaimed show there is plenty to choose from.

London has a number of world class venues including Piccadilly Theatre, Apollo Victoria and Savoy, which host the biggest names and shows.

As Christmas is slowly creeping up people will be thinking of ways to get into the festive spirit and a musical is ideal.

The likes of Annie, Wicked and Dreamgirls are running across the Christmas period and beyond, and they're sure to keep the family entertained during the winter months.

If you're wanting to spend a night in the West End then it's best to book your hotel early at booking.com , Expedia or lastminute.com .

Find out below which musicals are showing in West End in 2017 and 2018.

Wicked

The award-winning Wicked is playing at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked is fast becoming a modern day classic as it continues to showcase spellbinding performances across the globe.

It is currently running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

It follows the story of good witch Glinda and misunderstood witch Elphaba in Oz before they fulfill their destinies as The Good Witch and Wicked Witch of the West in the beloved Wizard of Oz.

Where: Apollo Victoria Theatre.

When: Now to May 28.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls is currently showing at the Savoy Theatre

The hit musical Dreamgirls is playing to UK crowds 35 years after its original debut on Broadway.

It features songs including And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going, Listen and One Night Only and follows trio Effie, Deena and Lorrell as they play backup to a huge star.

The manager pushes the girls into the spotlight where they discover a new found fame which costs friendships and relationships.

Where: Savoy Theatre.

When: Now to February 10.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell the musical is back on the London stage in 2018

The multi-award winning musical is returning to the London stage in April for a huge run of shows.

It follows a series of sold out shows this summer in both London and Manchester.

The musical sees songs taken from Meat Loaf's most successful and beloved album of the same name.

Where: Dominion Theatre

When: From April 2

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Annie

Annie currently stars comedian Meera Syal as Miss Hannigan

Meera Syal stars at Miss Hannigan in the West End adaption of the classic musical Annie.

She will play the villain until September 18 when Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood takes over.

The story follows orphan Annie in 1930s New York who's chosen to spend Christmas with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

The Tony award winning musical features tracks including Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow.

Where: Piccadilly Theatre.

When: Now to February 18.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

The Lion King

Disney's Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London

Disney's classic The Lion King which has been reimagined for the live stage, has been winning over audiences across the globe for years.

There is still plenty of time to see Simba's story as well as the iconic soundtrack performed live at the Lyceum Theatre.

Where: Lyceum Theatre.

When: Now to February 4.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Matlida

Matilda the musical is currently running at Cambridge Theatre

Since 2011 one of Roald Dahl's classic has been transformed on the live stage for audiences across the world.

The award-winning musical became an instant hit on London's West End which follows Matilda, a girl with extraordinary powers who finds solace in books from her family and evil head mistress Miss Trunchball.

Where: Cambridge Theatre

When: Now until February 10 (2019)

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is currently showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre

This Tony award winning musical comes from the creators of South Park first debuted on the West End in 2013.

The story follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

Where: Prince of Wales Theatre.

When: Now to March 3.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

Aladdin

Disney's Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre

The live stage adaption of Aladdin features all the classic songs from the Academy Award winning score.

The colourful show features stunning sets and more than 350 costumes.

Disney's Aladdin live musical is also produced by those responsible for The Lion King, so you won't be disappointed.

Where: Prince Edward Theatre.

When: Now to January 6.

Tickets: Ticketmaster here

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