Listings

Welcome to Musical Theatre Network’s listings page! This is a space where we can keep you up to date on all the new British musicals being produced or premiered in the UK. You can submit the details of your new British musical for our listings here. Listings of musicals produced/hosted by MTN members can additionally include an image, bookings link and short description.

NOW PLAYING

November 2011 – Now booking until February 2019
‘Matilda’
Book by Dennis Kelly, Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Authored by Roald Dahl
Cambridge Theatre, London & UK Tour
uk.matildathemusical.com

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty…

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London. Matilda began its first UK & Ireland Tour in March 2018

November 2016 – Ongoing
‘School of Rock’
Music by Andrew LLoyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Julian Fellowes.
New London Theatre, London

November 2017 – Ongoing
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells, Book & Lyrics by Tom McRae
Apollo Theatre, London

MARCH OPENINGS

6 March – 1 December 2018
‘Cilla the Musical’
By Jeff Pope, with songs by various writers
Grand Theatre, Leeds (16 – 20 Oct), Floral Pavillion, New Brighton (23 – 27 Oct), Grand Theatre, Swansea (6 – 10), The Hawth, Crawley (13 – 17 Nov), Darlington Hippodrome (20 – 24 Nov), High Wycombe Swan (27 – 1 Dec).
www.cillathemusical.com

A spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. It tells the extraordinary story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

JULY OPENINGS

11 July 2018 – 5th May 2019
‘Six’
By Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
30 August 2018 – 14 October 2018 at Arts Theatre, London. 31 October 2018 – 4 November 2018 at Rose Theatre, Kingston. 16 January 2019 – 5th May 2019
www.sixthemusical.com

SIX, ‘the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre’ (✭✭✭✭✭ The Evening Standard) is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! Critically acclaimed across the UK with a sound-track storming up the UK pop charts, the sell-out intoxicating Tudor take-off is back! From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

SEPTEMBER OPENINGS

1 September – 21 October
‘Eugenius! The Eunique Musical’

By Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
The Other Palace
www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Eugenius! is back!  It’s kicking off a strictly limited re-run at The Other Palace and it’s even better! Eugenius! boasts a ton of totally original songs that you’ll go nuts for even on first hearing – Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins have written a show full of instantly addictive hits – and they’ll be buzzing in your brain for the rest of the year.  Plus there’s a sassy script that’ll make you laugh, gasp, sing, cry, and shout ‘Go Eugenius!’ along with everyone else. This is a show where geeks rule, dreams do come true, and everyone finds the superhero inside themselves – now they know where to look. #GoEugenius

14 September – 17 November
‘Misty’
By Arinzé Kene
Trafalgar Studios
trafalgarentertainment.com

Here is the city that we live in,
Notice that the city that we live in is alive…

Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene’s ‘big popular hit’ (Evening Standard) Misty transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited season.

In a playful, profound and unique take on modern life, Misty is a powerful lyrical journey through the heart and soul of inner-city London.  Accompanied by a pulsating original score, Arinzé (Girl from the North Country, Lion King, One Night in Miami) grapples with everything from night bus arguments to life as an artist loaded with others’ expectations. Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands) directs this epic, heartfelt and hugely entertaining new play from one of Britain’s most exciting writer-performers.

 

OCTOBER OPENINGS

2 October – 17 November
‘Twelfth Night’
A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Young Vic Theatre, London

8, 15 & 22 October
‘Relativity – The Einstein Musical’
Book & lyrics by Phil Wilmott, Music by Phil Wilmott & Sonum Batra
Finborough Theatre, London

16 – 27 October
‘It Tastes Like Home
By Lorna Wells
The Bread & Roses Theatre, London

17 – 20 October
‘A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
By Jon Brittain, Music by Matthew Floyd Jones. Presented by Silent Uproar.
The Lowry, Salford
www.thelowry.com

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.

18 – 21 October
‘Love Thy Fro: The Musical
Written by L-R, Malachi Green, Casey Elisha, Ronald Nsubuga, Stephen Adu-Antoh, Deshaun Green, Terry Nii-Odio and Joslyn Jerome Gayle.
Theatre Peckham, London

20 October
‘One Life Stand
Written by Eve Nicol, Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood.
The Lowry, Salford
www.thelowry.com

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover really her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for real-life intimacy across a city obsessed with sex and screens, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is the latest production from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

23 October – 31 December
‘Nativity: The Musical’
Book by Debbie Isitt, Music by Debbie Isitt & Nicky Ager
UK Tour

26 October
‘The Lightning Road: A New Musical’
By Workin Progress
The Actor’s Church, London
actorschurch.ticketsolve.com

Emmeline Quinn’s life has fallen apart since the death of her mother. One night she walks out into the middle of a storm, and when lightning strikes, it changes everything. Cole Van Buren is running away from his past and desperately looking for something, or someone, to renew his faith. When their paths cross, both their lives are changed forever.

 

27 October – 22 December
‘Beauty and the Beast: The Gender-Swapped Musical Parody’
By Robyn Grant, Daniel Elliot and James Ringer-Beck.
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (27-28 October), Kings Head Theatre, London (31 October – 17 November), Old Joint Stock Pub Theatre, Birmingham (28 November – 2 December), The Civic, Stourport (7 December), Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (15 December), Theatre Deli, Sheffield (18th – 22nd December). Bookings

Belle is Beau. Gaston is Siobhan. Maurice is Maureen.

After a critically acclaimed London run, Fat Rascal Theatre tour the UK with their Off West End Award nominated, gender-swapped musical parody of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
A fairytale land, far, far away. A handsome young bookworm who always dreamt of more. A hideous beast, in her cursed castle… It’s a tale as old as time, as you’ve never heard it before. Brace yourself for 90 minutes of boundless energy and musical mayhem as Fat Rascal Theatre explore whether fairytales really can come true – even when the princess doesn’t quite the slipper.
Join us – before the inevitable lawsuit.

★★★★★ “Show of the year” London Theatre 1
★★★★★ “Fat Rascal Theatre might be the saviour of British comedy musicals” Theatre Bubble
★★★★★ “politically relevant, clever yet hilarious” West End Wilma
★★★★★ “I can’t overstate how goddamn funny this show is” London City Nights
★★★★★ Plays to See ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly ★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls ★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

 

31 October – 24 November
‘Brass’
Book, Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Till, Additional Lyrics by Sir Arnold Wesker and Nathan Taylor.
The Union Theatre, London
www.uniontheatre.biz

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day this November, the Union Theatre is proud to present the professional premiere of Benjamin Till’s Award Winning musical, Brass. Based on real stories, real people and years of history that will not be forgotten, we follow the stories of a Leeds amateur brass band who enlist together to fight in World War I and the women who must pick up the pieces in the munitions factory while they await their boys’ return.

Gaining 5 star reviews and receiving Best Musical in 2014, this heartfelt tale set between Leeds and the frontline is one of love, loss and the futilities of war.

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

1 November
‘The Chronicles of Electra Cute’
By Isla Van Tricht and Guy Woolf
JW3, Jewish Community Centre London
www.jw3.org.uk

A heart-warming and original one-woman drag show about a young Jewish girl trying to find her voice. Electra struggles to reconcile conflicting elements of her identity: can she tell her queer friends she’s Jewish and her Jewish friends that she’s queer? You’re invited to the party she’s throwing to find out. With show-stopping songs and comical but compelling storytelling, The Chronicles of Electra Cute is a cabaret show like no other: exploring what happens when Jewish and queer cultures collide.

“Listen to Electra sing Rise Like a Phoenix and your soul will be healed.” Kate Copstick, THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★★
“Electra Cute, the outfit’s Sporty Spice…with a will-to-power rendition of Rise Like a Phoenix.” Brian Logan, THE GUARDIAN ★★★★
“The fragility of comic genius is exposed by Guy Woolf’s touching portrayal” THE STAGE

3 November
‘Home Fires’
Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Flynn
Etherley Methodist Church, Durham

6 – 10 November
‘Postcards From God – The Sister Mary Musical’
Book, music & lyrics by Marcus Reeves, Arrangements by Michael Roulston
South London Theatre, London

7 November – 8 December
‘Fanatical’
Music & lyrics Matt Board, Book Reina Hardy
Produced by The Stable
The Playground Theatre, London
www.tickettailor.com

In a distant Galaxy – the ragtag misfit crew of cargo ship Angel 8 are under the command of fearless pilot Iris Aucht. Meanwhile…at a conference centre, somewhere in England – a ragtag misfit collection of 1,000 fans gather from all across the UK for Eight Con One, the first ever official convention of the cult TV show Angel 8. Fanatical is about being true to oneself, finding love against the odds, and snatching triumph from the jaws of disaster – proving that no power in the universe can keep a story from its fans.

(As seen at BEAM2016)

8 – 10 November
‘The Stars That Remain’
Book, music & lyrics by Adrian Kimberlin
The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue, Birmingham
www.oldjointstock.co.uk

A brand new contemporary musical, exploring both the endurance and the erosion of love. Set in a humdrum British town, The Stars That Remain also addresses the fragility of life and the nature of addiction – with a cast of criminals, good and bad cops, florists and exotic dancers thrown in for good measure!

The Stars That Remain is an entirely original musical drama, with book, music and lyrics all by Adrian Kimberlin. The Birmingham writer has cast the musical with performers from the Midlands and it will premiere in Birmingham at the city’s principal fringe theatre, specialising in musicals.

8 – 17 November
Brass
Book, Music & Lyrics by Benjamin Till
Additional Lyrics by Sir Arnold Wesker & Nathan Taylor
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London
www.mountview.org.uk

When a brass band joins up together to fight in World War I, the women left behind must pick up the pieces in the munitions factory while they await their boys’ return. Written and directed by Mountview alumnus Benjamin Till, Brass is presented to honour the centenary of the Armistice.

Benjamin Till trained at Mountview. His musical film Our Gay Wedding: The Musical (Channel 4) was BAFTA-nominated. Brass won the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2014 when it was performed at City Varieties, Leeds for NYMT.

Commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

9 – 16 November
‘The Star of Strait Street’
Written by Phillip Glassborrow
Voila Europe Festival, London (9 – 10 November), OSO Arts Centre, London (13 – 14 November), Nutshell Arts Centre, Winchester (16 November).
www.starofstraitstreet.com

Based on a true story from World War 2, ‘Star Of Strait Street’ takes us back to the wild days of Valletta’s notorious red-light district. Glamorous dancer Christina Ratcliffe arrives in Malta to entertain the troops. Then she meets a daredevil RAF pilot. And the rest is history! Christina volunteers with Fighter Control in the secret underground world of the Lascaris War Rooms, becoming Captain of her Watch. She’s awarded the British Empire Medal, and becomes known as ‘Christina of George Cross Island’. Starring Polly March, Larissa Bonaci and Geoff Thomas, this one-act musical is written and directed by Philip Glassborow. Sponsored by The Mackintosh Foundation

 

13 November  – 20 April
‘Calendar Girls’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth
UK Tour
www.calendargirlsthemusical.com

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical comedy CALENDAR GIRLS is touring the UK in 2018 and 2019 after receiving fantastic 5 star reviews in the West End. The musical tells the true story of Yorkshire’s own CALENDAR GIRLS – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

 

15 – 17 November
‘The Country of the Blind’
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dougal Irvine. Based upon a story by HG Wells.
Ivy Arts Centre, Surrey
gsauk.org

H G Wells’ famous short story has been adapted into this fantastic new musical by Dougal Irvine, one of the most exciting current writers in British musical theatre. This updated version introduces an American military pilot who finds herself in the legendary country of the blind. Its melodic and imaginative score embraces the freshest contemporary musical theatre.

 

29 November – 31 December
‘The Snow Queen’
By Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie, from original by Hans Christian Andersen
Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee
Co-commission by Dundee Rep and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

DECEMBER OPENINGS

6 – 7 December
‘The Season’
Written by Jim Barne & Kit Buchan
Brasserie Zedel, London (6 December) & The Other Palace, London (7 December)
www.theotherpalace.co.uk
www.brasseriezedel.com

It’s Christmas Eve, and Dougal meets Robin at JFK. Tomorrow, his father is marrying her sister. Robin’s dreading it, Dougal can’t wait. Stuck together for 24 hours, the two misfits traverse New York in a whirl of confession, frustration and excess, as the wedding inexorably approaches.

Winner of the Stiles and Drewe MTI Mentorship Award, The Season is a bittersweet new musical about Christmas, Tinder and the pursuit of happiness, written by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan.

6 – 13 December
‘Mrs Beeton Says’
Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Book by Helen Watts
The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

18 December
‘The Little Fir Tree’
By Megg Nicol & David Stoll, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Kings Place (Hall One), London

2019

FEBRUARY OPENINGS

3 February – 20 April
‘Local Hero’
Book by Bill Forsyth & David Greig, Music & lyrics by Mark Knopfler
The Old Vic Theatre, London (3 February – TBC), Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (19 March – 20 April)

9 February – 22 June
‘Only Fools and Horses’
Based on the programme ‘Only Fools and Horses’ written by John Sullivan
Additional lyrics by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

MARCH OPENINGS

15 March – 6 April
‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
By Michael Wynne, based on an idea by Matthew Dunster, music and lyrics by Richard Hawley.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

JUNE OPENINGS

June 2019
‘The Stationmaster’
Book by Susannah Pearse, music & lyrics by Tim Connor
Performed by the University of Chichester’s Musical Theatre Performance Company.

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