West End Live 2023: Full line-up of shows including The SpongeBob Musical and how to get there

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West End Live will once again take over Trafalgar Square this month.

Musical theatre is set to take over Trafalgar Square once again this month for a day filled with performances from some of the West End’s most popular shows. A number of popular titles will perform in the central public square as part of the 2023 edition of London’s West End Live.

The weekend-long event sees performers from across the capital’s theatre district perform on the same stage before London crowds. Now in its 18th year, West End Live has become a staple event in the city.

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The annual event invites more than 400,000 theatre fans to make their way to London’s Trafalgar Square to see some of the West End’s most beloved shows take to the stage. Each year performers from just about every major West End musical in the city all have their own slot over the weekend event.

This year is no exception as fans can expect to see performances from Disney’s Frozen, Mamma Mia! and Six all in one place. The free event allows fans to get a taste of some of the shows that are currently performing in the city.

Here’s everything musical theatre fans need to know about West End Live 2023 from when it starts and ends to what shows are set to perform over the two days.

When does West End Live 2023 start and finish?

The weekend of musical theatre will kick off later this month, from June 17 to June 18. The start and finish times across the Saturday and Sunday events are listed below:

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  • Saturday, June 17 - 11am – 5pm
  • Sunday, June 18 - 12pm – 5pm

West End Live 2023 entry times

Guests will be able to enter the event from 10.15am on the Saturday and 11.15 on the Sunday. As the event is a non-ticketed event, entry is on a first-come, first-served basis meaning you may be turned away if the event’s capacity has already been reached.

After this point, entry will be based on a one-in, one-out basis. While guests can choose to queue, whether they get in is dependent on other guests exiting the event to make room.

Full West End Live 2023 lineup and set times

Saturday, June 17

  • 11 am – Disney’s Frozen and The Lion King
  • 11.20am – Wicked
  • 11.25am – The Wizard of Oz
  • 11.35am – Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • 11.40am – Grease The Musical
  • 11.50am – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
  • 12 midday – Crazy For You
  • 12.10pm – Cabaret
  • 12.20pm – The Book Of Mormon
  • 12.30pm – The Phantom of the Opera
  • 12.45pm – Les Misérables
  • 12.55pm – Hamilton
  • 1.05pm – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • 1.20pm – Aspects of Love
  • 1.30pm – Jersey Boys
  • 1.40pm – Operation Mincemeat
  • 1.50pm – Mamma Mia!
  • 2pm – Glory Ride
  • 2.10pm – The Choir of Man
  • 2.25pm – Six
  • 2.40pm – Divas London
  • 2.50pm – Magic Mike Live
  • 2.55pm – Roles We’ll Never Play
  • 3.10pm – RSC’S Matilda The Musical
  • 3.20pm – The Little Big Things
  • 3.25pm – Annie Get Your Gun
  • 3.40pm – La Bamba!
  • 3.50pm – Vocal Xtr3me
  • 4.05pm – Khiyon Hursey in Concert
  • 4.10pm – I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical
  • 4.20pm – Then, Now & Next
  • 4.30pm – Lizzie The Musical
  • 4.40pm – Hiba Elchikhe
  • 4.50pm – Finale

Sunday, June 18

  • 12 midday – Heathers The Musical
  • 12.15pm – 42nd Street
  • 12.25pm – A Strange Loop
  • 12.35pm – Tarantino Live
  • 12.45pm – RSC’S Matilda The Musical
  • 12.55pm – Ain’t Too Proud
  • 1.05pm – Idiot’s Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical
  • 1.10pm – We Will Rock You
  • 1.15pm – Back to the Future The Musical
  • 1.25pm – Lucie Jones
  • 1.35pm – Death Note: The Musical
  • 1.45pm – La Bamba!
  • 1.55pm – The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical
  • 2.10pm – The Choir of Man
  • 2.25pm – Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
  • 2.40pm – Magic Mike Live
  • 2.45pm – Queenz: The Show With Balls
  • 3.05pm – The Barricade Boys
  • 3.20pm – The Little Big Things
  • 3.25pm – Treason
  • 3.35pm – Babies
  • 3.40pm – Ride
  • 3.55pm – The SpongeBob Musical
  • 4pm – Trevor Dion Nicholas
  • 4.05pm – Leanne Jones
  • 4.10pm – Rachel Tucker
  • 4.20pm – Westway Music Presents
  • 4.45pm – G4

What’s the nearest underground station to West End Live 2023?

The public entrance to the event will be in the northwest corner of Trafalgar Square, close to the National Gallery. There are a few nearby tube stops which are all just a brief stroll away:

  • Charing Cross - 2-minute walk
  • Embankment - 9-minute walk
  • Leicester Square - 3-minute walk
  • Piccadilly Circus - 5-minute walk

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