Contentious List Names Phantom of the Opera as Best Musical and Love Never Dies as Worst

The Phantom of the Opera has been named the best West End show of all time with Love Never Dies as the worst.

The declaration is the result of a survey by, who polled 2000 adults about what they believe to be the best West End Show of all time.

Phantom of the Opera has been running at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket, London for 32 years, playing more than 12,000 performances.

Love Never Dies is the second Phantom musical, based on the novel Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth and set ten years after the original.

A 25 per cent of those taking part in the survey put the Phantom on the top spot, but Les Misérables came in at a close second with 23 per cent of the vote.

The Top Twenty Best Musicals of All Time:

1. The Phantom of the Opera
2. Les Misérables
3. Disney’s The Lion King
4. Mamma Mia!
5. Cats
6. Grease
7. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
8. We Will Rock You
9. The Rocky Horror Show
10. Blood Brothers
11. Wicked
12. Jesus Christ Superstar
13. Chicago
14. West Side Story
15. Evita
16. Jersey Boys
17. Starlight Express
18. Billy Elliot The Musical
19. Miss Saigon
20. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

And the worst:

1. Moby Dick! The Musical
2. Viva Forever
3. Behind the Iron Mask
4. Hunting of the Snark
5. Twang!!
6. Oscar Wilde: The Musical
7. Bernadette
8. Romeo & Juliet The Musical
9. Fields of Ambrosia
10. Love Never Dies, is running a West End Shows quiz to test your knowledge: