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
uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com

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

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

9 February 2019 – 25 April 2020
‘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
onlyfoolsmusical.com

29 March 2019 – 15 December 2019
‘Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Musical’
By Brendan O’Carroll and Noddy Holder
UK Tour
mrsbrownsboys.com

12 October 2019 – 20 June 2020
‘Oi Frog & Friends!’
Adapted from stories by Kes Gray and Jim Field
Music by Luke Bateman
Lyrics by Richy Hughes
UK Tour
oifrogandfriendslive.com

24 October 2019 – 21 December 2020
Soho Cinders

Music by George Stiles, Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davies
charingcrosstheatre.co.uk

When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged London Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! James and Robbie’s worlds collide, forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending. Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders is a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella story with an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight!

25 October – 22 December
Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

By Fat Rascal Theatre
UK Tour
fatrascaltheatre.com

Disney villain, Octo-woman and plus-size icon, but who is the woman behind the tentacles?

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is the latest production from the multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre, creators of the sell-out hit musicals Buzz and Vulvarine. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and dubbed by WhatsOnStage as ‘a joke-laden romp that will be lapped up by Disney aficionados’, the musical parody tells the untold story of Ursula the sea witch including a tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers, finding out what really happened under the sea.

8 November – 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?

14 November – 4 January 
‘The Prince and the Pauper’
By Mark Twain
Adaptation and lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba
Music and lyrics by Tarek Merchant
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
watermilltheatre.org.uk

23 November – 5 January 
Cinderella: The Musical
By Michael Fentiman and Barnaby Race
Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton
nstheatres.co.uk

25 November – 5 January 
Oor Wullie
By Michael Fentiman and Barnaby Race
Adapted for the stage by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie for Noisemaker
Dundee Rep, Dundee
dundeerep.co.uk

27 November – 31 December
‘Mr Popper’s Penguins
Based on the novel by Florence Atwater & Richard Atwater
Lyrics by Richy Hughes, Music by Luke Bateman
Waterside Arts, Trafford
watersidearts.org

30 November – 11 January
Voldemort & the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody
By Laura Elmes Productions
The Kings Head Theatre, London
www.kingsheadtheatre.com

Returning for Christmas following a smash hit Autumn run. Before Voldemort became He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle, another moody teenager at Hogwarts. Join him in this brand new hilarious musical adventure as he learns the ways of love, proper snake maintenance and The Unforgivable Curses. Fresh from sold out performances at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two of the co-creators of Fringe sell-out smash-hit Thrones! The Musical bring you a Harry Potter musical parody that is sure to leave you spellbound. Packed with magic, hormones and more than a few murders, Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody tells the little-known tale of how Tom Riddle was once in a rock band with a giant squid, how he learned how to kiss from a snake, and that he once had a Hufflepuff girlfriend…

DECEMBER OPENINGS

5 – 28 December
Treasure Island
Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Book by Kate Ferguson
Music and lyrics by Susannah Pearse
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
octagonbolton.co.uk

The classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be sailing into Bolton this Christmas in a rip-roaring new stage adaptation of Treasure Island. Grownups never pay attention to children like Jim Hawkins. Stuck working in the family Inn, Jim is longing for adventure… could this be the day something exciting finally happens? When Jim meets a mysterious seafaring gentleman, adventure calls and it looks like there might be gold on the horizon.

But once they set sail, things start to look dangerous. Will Jim and friends escape from a gruesome gang of pirates and make their way back to dry land with the treasure? A fearsomely talented cast of actor musicians will help us set sail on our jolly way in a fun filled family adventure bursting with music, mutiny and talking parrots!

10 – 31 December
Pippi Longstocking
Original Story by Astrid Lindgren
Adapted by Mike Akers, composed by Stu Barker
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
royalandderngate.co.uk

Nine-year-old Pippi is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings mischief, chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary Midlands town. Pippi takes charge of her own crazy adventures, with her two new friends, Tommy and Annika. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain?

Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical Christmas adventure created especially for Christmas audiences.

2020

JANUARY OPENINGS

23 January – 18 April
‘Dennis and Gnasher’
By Will Brenton
UK Tour
selladoor.com

28 – 29 January
‘Innervate’
By Liza Bec
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Network Theatre, London
vaultfestival.com

29 – 31 January
‘Catch of the Day’
By Red Fox Theatre
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Cavern, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

FEBRUARY OPENINGS

1 – 2 February
‘Jekyll vs Hyde’
By Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Network Theatre, London
vaultfestival.com

1 – 2 February
‘Connie Wookey: Denied’
By Connie Wookey
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Studio, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

4 – 16 February
‘The Jury’
Book by Amy Fletcher, Music and Lyrics by Ashley M A Walsh
Upstairs at The Gatehouse, London
upstairsatthegatehouse.com

8 – 9 February
‘And She’
By Bonnie & The Bonnettes
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Crescent, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

11 February – 7 March
‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’
By Living Spit
The Kings’ Head Theatre, London
www.kingsheadtheatre.com

18 – 23 February
‘Nearly Human’
By Perhaps Contraption
As part of Vault Festival 2020
The Forge, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

29 February – 1 March
‘Asian Pirate Musical’
By Nemo Martin and Zhui Ning Chang
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Pit, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

MARCH OPENINGS

3 – 5 March
In Our Bones
By Diniwe and the Hadedas
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Crescent, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

3 – 8 March
‘Ride
By Freya Smith and Jack Williams
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Forge, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

3 – 8 March
Stages
By Chris Czornyj
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Network Theatre, London
vaultfestival.com

10 – 12 March
Superman
By Rose Eye Productions
As part of Vault Festival 2020
The Forge, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

10 – 15 March
Sugar Coat
By Lily Pollard & Joel Samuels
As part of Vault Festival 2020
The Forge, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

12 March – 4 April
‘The Wicker Husband’
Book by Rhys Jennings
Music and lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
watermill.org.uk

‘Once upon a withy on the edge of a deep damp swamp, nestled in the arms of a winding river, stood a pretty little town…’

A folk-inspired new musical, The Wicker Husband, tells the timeless tale of the outsider. In a superficial world, where beauty is only skin-deep, meet the so-called ‘Ugly Girl’. Ostracised by the shallow townsfolk because she doesn’t fit in, the Ugly Girl becomes the envy of her neighbours when the mysterious Old Basketmaker makes her a strong and loving husband woven from living wicker. As bitter rivalry and jealousy threaten to tear the community apart, the townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan. Will the Ugly Girl’s happiness be ruined forever?

A captivating and powerful new musical, The Wicker Husband will have its world premiere at The Watermill. It was the winner of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016 celebrating new British musical theatre writers and was included in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.

20 March – 11 April
‘Milky Peaks’
By Seiriol Davies
Theatr Clwyd, Mould & UK Tour
theatrclwyd.com

APRIL OPENINGS

22 – 25 April
‘Berlin Girl’
Book by George Rennison
New Wimbledon Theatre, London
atgtickets.com

MAY OPENINGS

16 May – 21 June 
‘101 Dalmatians: A New Musical’
Based on a story by Dodie Smith
Book by Zinnie Harris, Music and Lyrics by Douglas Hodge
Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London
openairtheatre.com

Based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical is written by Zinnie Harris and Douglas Hodge. Timothy Sheader directs with puppetry created and directed by Toby Olié (Running Wild).

 

JUNE OPENINGS

11 June – 18 July
‘Our Man In Havana’
By Ben Morales Frost & Richard Hough
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
www.watermill.org.uk

JULY OPENINGS

31 July – 19 September
‘Identical’
Based on the novel ‘The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe, Music by George Stiles
Book by Stuart Paterson
Theatre Royal Bath & Nottingham Playhouse
www.identicalmusical.com

This is the world stage musical premiere of the classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later.

In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives. The show is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Sir Trevor Nunn responsible for some of the greatest hits in the world (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard).

Identical has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi award-winning writers of the West End hit Honk! who also created a new score for the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins and a book by Stuart Paterson.

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