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THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Richard Hope and Mark Hawkins. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Theatre Spot Test: Longest-running West End productions

Published 21 September 2018

Theatre in London is steeped in rich history, with the West End having played host to vast swathes of the world’s best creative talent and performing prowess over the course of centuries.

But with such a vast plethora of historical productions having played to West End audiences, it’s easy to let big name shows – even some of the longest-running productions in West End theatre history – slip under your radar.

So, with 8 minutes on the clock – or a couple of stirring monologues, in more theatrical metrics – here’s your challenge: how many of Theatreland’s longest-running productions in history can you name, based on nothing but the venues they played in? Bear in mind that this includes London plays and comedies – it’s not just limited to West End musicals!

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First published 7 September 2017; updated 21 September 2018

Fancy another Theatre Spot Test from our archives? Why not try our “Try Not To Sing Along” challenge? Or how many Les Mis songsOlivier Award-winning musicalsinspirational musicals, movie-musicals, popular Phantom Of The Opera songsWicked songsLondon theatre charactersinspirational musicals, or West End theatres can you name?

*Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 9 July 2018. Ranked by number of performances.

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