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 – Ongoing
‘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

11 July 2018 – 5 January 2020
‘Six’
By Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
The Arts Theatre, London.
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.

13 November  2018 – 9 November 2019
‘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.

 

2019

FEBRUARY OPENINGS

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

16 February – 16 April
‘The Boy and the Mermaid’
Music & Lyrics by Darren Clark
Book devised by Paper Balloon
UK Tour
www.paperballoon.org.uk

On the farthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town. Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world…

Join three shanty-singing fishermen as they weave a fishy tale of musical merfolk, menacing monsters and spectacularly bad town planning. With live music, puppetry, a rapping octopus and a shifting set full of surprises – this enchanting tale is fun for all the family (5+).

22 February – 8 June
‘Trump: The Musical’
By Blowfish Theatre
Old Fire Station, Oxford (22 Feb), Alphabetti, Newcastle (26 Feb – 1 March), Carriageworks, Leeds (2 March), The Civic, Stourport (9 -10 March), Old Joint Stock, Birmingham (17-22 April),
King’s Head, London, (28 May – 8 June).

MARCH OPENINGS

10 March – 7 July
‘Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder’
By Blowfish Theatre
The Civic, Stourport (10 March), ​​Theatre Deli, Sheffield (10 -13 April), King’s Head, London (28 May-8 June), Old Joint Stock, Birmingham (3 -7 July).

13 March – 6 July
‘Vulvarine: A New Musical’
By Fat Rascal Theatre
UK Tour.

19 March – 20 April
‘Local Hero’

Book by Bill Forsyth & David Greig, Music & lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Based on the screenplay of the original film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

APRIL OPENINGS

6 – 18 April
‘A Ladder To The Stars’
By Simon Puttock & Douglas Irvine
UK Tour

11 – 12 April
‘Murder At The Gates’
Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by James Bourne
The Other Palace
lwtheatres.co.uk

A dark and stormy night. Cameron’s birthday. Sure, she could be a spot-on Gossip Girl, but she’s been through a grueling year. To her horror, her absent Dad is throwing her a Murder Mystery Party — with all her formerly closest, currently ghosting, friends. So, the stage is set — until the murder occurs. And… it’s for real. And now, the security system locks down. Everyone is suddenly trapped – with a murderer!
On the bright side, Cam’s party does have a theme: It’s Your Party, and You’ll Die if We Want You.

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Pippin, Hair), DEM Productions (Working, Spring Awakening) present a rehearsed reading of this electric and daring new musical written by Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and with music by James Bourne (Busted, Loserville).

15 – 20 April
‘The Copla Musical’
By Alejandro Postigo
Tristan Bates Theatre, London
www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

‘Copla became the expression of a gay Spain to dream about.’

A young man sets out on a journey of self-acceptance, inspired by the remarkable story of drag artist La Gitana who escaped from Franco’s dictatorship to perform her passion-filled Spanish folk music in America. She transformed and brought to life Copla songs beyond Spanish borders and yet struggled to merge her Spanish past with her American present.

Copla was an actual genre of music repressed by Franco’s dictatorship and ultimately lost into history… until you see this story unfold. La Gitana shares her subversive attempts to fit into a changing world through her Copla songs, as she expresses the longing, memories and sighs for her homeland.

19 – 20 April
‘Gretel! – A New Musical’
By Rebecca Lauren
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

It’s 1940s England: a country ravaged by war. When a young girl finds her mother’s abandoned storybook, Hansel and Gretel, she feels a glimmer of hope – but, faced with evacuation, her mother is too afraid to let her open the book and sink into the story, taking her attention away from her brutal reality. Inside the story, the characters are bored without an audience; growing irritable, restless and looking elsewhere. Only Gretel is desperate to connect to the real world to remind both mother and daughter the joy the story can bring. But up against an ambitious witch and some mischievous fairies, it’s going to take all her determination to succeed and rewrite her own tale. Can Gretel bring light and happiness to a lost child in a frightening world?

‘Gretel!’ is a tale of childhood, loyalty, and the power of fantasy to arm us against a dark reality. In a world where your past and future are written out in a storybook, it’s a reminder that we all have the power to create our own fate – for sometimes destiny could use a little help.

All proceeds from the show will go to Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence and abuse charity

20 April
‘Sidekick’
By Alex Wilcox & Aron Sood
The Bridge House Theatre, Warwick

20 April – 15 June
‘This Is My Family’
By Tim Firth
Minerva Theatre, Chichester

MAY OPENINGS

3 May
‘Parenthood: The (Brand New!) Musical Revue’
By Fluffy Top Productions
Iris Theatre, London.
iristheatre.ticketsolve.com

Parenthood – The (Brand New!) Musical Revue takes the audience on the journey of parenthood, from the moment of conception right through to school, *deep breaths*… Teenagers, empty nest and grandparenting. In a series of vignettes, we see a multitude of parents experiencing the high highs and low lows of parenthood every step of the way. WARNING: This is not an Instagram version of parenting, this show is real, relatable, hilarious, heart-breaking and honest, true parenting, warts and all! Packed with comedy and an incredible original score, this show will have you laughing along in recognition of those key moments of parenting that we all share.

Follow our parents as they embrace sleepless nights, guessing the doodles, school politics, teenage tantrums, figuring out when the hell they will get to have sex again, their children leaving home and the absolute delight of being a grandparent… Join us for fun, laughter, maybe a few tears and some toe-tapping tunes!

3 May
‘Fresco’
Book, Music and Lyrics by Olivia Mace
Waterloo East Theatre, London.

11 May
‘Cleopatra – A New Musical’
Book and Lyrics by Robert Gould, Music by Lyndon Samuel.
Iris Theatre, London.
iristheatre.ticketsolve.com

Cleopatra was a charismatic woman who ruled Egypt in an age when the world was dominated by strong men, whose life simmered with splendour and sexual and political intrigue. Now this infamous Queen and lover is brought back to life in a musical with a soaring and lavish score by Lyndon Samuel (‘Ghost Story’) and book and lyrics by Robert Gould (‘My Land’s Shore’). ‘Cleopatra’ The Musical focuses on Cleopatra’s conflict between her desire for power and her need to be loved, the dramatic war-torn politics of the times and the tragedy of the two men (Julius Caesar and Mark Antony) doomed by their love for her. This intimate concert performance of the show directed by Brendan Matthew (‘My Land’s Shore, ‘The Hired Man’, ‘The Kissing Dance’) will be an opportunity for an audience to see and hear a brand new musical in development.

 

14 May – 2 June
‘Summer Street’
By Andrew Norris
Waterloo East Theatre, London

14 May – 15 June
‘Operation Mincemeat’
By SpitLip
New Diorama Theatre, London

14 May – 18 June
‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Book and Lyrics by Jethro Compton, Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Southwark Playhouse, London

21 May
‘Sunshine’
By Kath Haling
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

One man, one room and his journey to find the strength and courage to walk out that one door.  The setting sunlight seals a fate he simply cannot face. Sunshine, a new dramatic musical monologue from Kath Haling, follows Matthew as he faces the toughest decision of his life.

Writer: Kath Haling
Director: Katharine Farmer
Musical Director: Harry Haden-Brown

 

JUNE OPENINGS

15 June – 12 October 
‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 The Musical’
Book and Lyrics by Jake Brunger, Music and Lyrics by Pippa Cleary.
Based on an original story by Sue Townsend.
The Ambassadors Theatre, London
www.atgtickets.com

Move over Cats – It’s time for a mole!

This joyous new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend‘s best-selling book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ -The Musical arrives in London for a strictly limited season! A timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, he’s the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain.

With an infectious score and a script as sidesplittingly outrageous as the original novel, this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian’s story to life for a new generation of theatregoers. Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, directed by Luke Sheppard.

JULY OPENINGS

26 July
‘Sanditon’
Music by Vicky Clubb, Book & Lyrics by Chris Brindle
lwtheatres.co.uk

Anna is a song writer and lead singer in a girl band. In this narrated concert version of a proposed big-stage musical, she is played by Fern Teather supported by Sam Thurlow on drums, plus pianist/composer Vicky Clubb and three actor/musicians. When her band realises that the inspiration for their YouTube hits ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Shallow’ was Charlotte Heywood in Austen’s last satirical novel, Anna takes her band on a musical journey through Sanditon’s plot and characters.

Written when she was dying, Austen hoped that her beginning might encourage one of her nieces and nephews to becomes a successful writer. Twenty eight years later, niece Anna Lefroy started a continuation of ‘Sanditon’ but was unable to finish it. The musical is based on Chris Brindle’s filmed play completion of the two fragments, staged in Colchester in 2014.

 

27 – 28 July 
‘Goblin Market
By Conor Mitchell and Kath Burlinson

Fairy-tale, musical theatre combine in this spectacular production last seen at the George Square Theatre, Edinburgh in 2005. Goblin Market is a 75 minute chamber opera charting the story of two sisters who are ‘tempted’ by goblin merchant men. The poem has been controversial since it was first written in 1862 but this production has been hailed by press and public alike as a huge success, the production setting new standards of excellence in youth theatre.

“A brilliant production…energetic, dynamic, exciting, superb… Conor Mitchell has excelled here with a demanding and ambitious score… phenomenal” IRISH NEWS. “Magical…Burlinson and Mitchell have created the ideal vehicle for such a versatile and talented company of performers” BELFAST TELEGRAPH.

AUGUST OPENINGS

1 – 4 August
‘Paperboy’
By Andrew Doyle and Duke Special
Based on the memoir of Tony Macaulay
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
lyrictheatre.co.uk

After a sell-out run last summer, the smash hit musical Paperboy is back! It’s 1975 and 12-year-old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round. Belfast in the seventies is like the newspapers he delivers: everything is black and white, albeit Orange and Green. There are bombings on the evening news, but Paperboy is more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers and outer space, and of course, Sharon Burgess. Paperboy is a heart-warming, coming-of-age, new musical drama that bubbles with humour; set against the gritty backdrop of 1970s Belfast on the Upper Shankill Road.

“A snapshot of West Belfast back in the day” THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH. “Made us laugh & made us nearly cry” THE IRISH TIMES.

10 – 11 August
‘The Accidental Time Traveller’
By Clare Prenton and David Hewson
Based on the novel by Janis Mackay
Plymouth Barbican Theatre
britishyouthmusictheatre.org

Adapted from Janis Mackay’s award winning book, The Accidental Time Traveller is a magnificent new musical extravaganza for all the family. Playful yet profound, this face-paced, time-traveling adventure is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action. Agatha Black is from 1813, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back to her time. With help from his buddies Will and Robbie, he tries to figure out how to make time travel happen. Directed by David Hewson and Clare Prenton, this production brings the magic and wonder of childhood imagination and creativity to life.

16 – 18 August
‘Peter Pan’
By Jimmy Jewel and Nick Stimson
Theatre Royal Margate
theatreroyalmargate.com

Peter Pan and the Lost Children are back, bigger and more raucous than ever before! This terrifically modern musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, takes us back to the magical heart of the story – a place where children become adults and adults become children again. Embark on a journey to Neverland with the boy who never grew up, his trusty side-kick Tinkerbell, his unlikely partners Great White Panther and the Red Indians, and the cunning, cowardly Captain Hook with his motley crew of pirates. This truly memorable family show by popular composer Jimmy Jewell and writer Nick Stimson combines a fabulous pop/rock score, and features the stunning ensemble work for which BYMT has become renowned.

29 August – 1 September
‘Fight Like A Girl’
By Nick 
Stimson and James Atherton
Mountview Academy of Arts, London
britishyouthmusictheatre.org

Fight Like A Girl is a musical set against the backdrop of the remarkable rise of women’s boxing. Drawing upon real-life accounts from young female boxers, this gritty contemporary drama challenges long-held gender stereotypes and questions identity in the 21st century. See the dynamic physicality of boxing brought to life and discover what happens when you’re faced with fighting more than just your opponent. The show is a promenade piece where the audience will be moving/standing throughout. The duration is 90 minutes with an interval. Please note that Fight Like a Girl contains adult themes.

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

8 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
‘The Boy In The Dress’
From the Novel by David Walliams, Book by Mark Ravenhill, Music & Lyrics by Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon
www.rsc.org.uk

‘I think I might be different. I might not be the same.’

Dennis is 12 years old and his school football team’s star striker. But when Mum leaves home, life is tough. The only reminder Dennis has of Mum is a photo of her in a beautiful yellow dress. A dress rather like the one on the cover of Vogue on sale at Raj’s newsagents. And also a bit like the one that Lisa James, the coolest girl in the school, is sketching in her note book. What do you do if you like both football and dresses? And what will Mr Hawtrey the headteacher do when he discovers that his strict uniform code has been broken by a boy in a dress?

David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, script by former RSC playwright in residence Mark Ravenhill and in a production for all the family directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

 

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"This is an exciting development for British musicals."
Rachel Tackley, English Touring Theatre & President of TMA

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