Why We Love the Classics at See Theatre

We’re celebrating The Woman in Black’s 27th birthday in the office this week and got to reminiscing about the brilliantly horrifying show and other great long runners in the West End.

We asked around the office and got people to give a mini review of their favourite long-running West End shows that have stood the test of time. Here’s why we love them and why YOU should make it your goal to see them all…

10. Thriller Live
First Performed on the 26th of January, 2009
Over 3,000 Performances
SEE-504-X-504-THRILLER2"Michael Jackson is back. Or so you'd think, it's mind-blowing. I couldn't help but sing along to all MJ's hits and the visual effects are amazing." - Paul from See

9. Jersey Boys
First Performed on the 18th of March, 2008
Over 3,000 Performances

"Incredible energy from start to finish. You will wish you had been a part of that era if you are too young, and you were still in that era if you’re just right." - Karen from See

8. Wicked
First Performed on the 27th of September, 2006
Over 4,000 Performances
14ShowPic_39"A brilliantly-written story, with songs you’ll find yourself singing for days. I could watch this over and over and never get bored. It’s brilliant." - A different Paul from See

7. Stomp
First Performed on the 25th of September, 2002
Over 5,000 Performances
hugojump1000"Loud, creative, captivating. A banging production." - Charlotte from See

6. The Lion King
First Performed on the 19th of October, 1999
Nearly 7,000 Performances
"Who doesn’t love a good Disney Classic? It’s just so beautifully performed, the costumes are amazing, just hearing the opening to Circle of Life is enough to give you goosebumps." - Ellie from See

5. Mamma Mia!
First Performed on the 6th of April, 1999
Over 7,000 Performances
.DC951-0548.jpg"You are guaranteed to have a blast at Mamma Mia, its bright, fun and full of those wonderful Abba songs – and the encore is the best in the West End!" - Nicolle from See

4. The Woman in Black
First Performed on the 7th of June, 1989
Over 10,000 Performances

"I was taken there as a child on a school trip and it terrified me. I went recently and I was still terrified – an exceptional show that manages to make everyone totally suspend their disbelief and get drawn into its mystery." - Morgan from See

3. The Phantom of the Opera
First Performed on the 9th of October, 1986
Over 12,000 Performances

"It makes opera accessible to all, with its soaring emotionally-charged melodies and flawless performances. Stunning show." - Lois from See

2. Les Misérables
First Performed on the 8th of October, 1985
Over 12,000 Performances

"It can still emotionally affect you and surprise you – even after your 20th time seeing it." – Laura from See

1. The Mousetrap
First Performed on the 25th of November, 1952
Over 26,000 Performances
Group Shot WEB (108)"An iconic piece of theatre adapted from the works of one of the most iconic crime writers in history. Celebrating its 64th birthday this year, it shouldn’t be missed." - Jayne from See

It's easy to see how these incredible West End shows have lasted so long. They've clearly made an impact on those who went to see it and continue to be just as popular as they ever were.


Which one/s of these timeless shows have you seen from the top ten? Which one/s haven't you seen from this list? Don't worry, we at See Theatre have got your back. We've included a link to our great value tickets for each show, in the show's title.

All that's left to say is Happy Birthday again to The Woman In Black, you don't look a day over 21.


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