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 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.

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. Audiences are saying “I’ve laughed at musicals, I’ve cried at musicals, but I’ve never cried and laughed at the same time.” The musical tells the true story of Yorkshire’s own CALENDAR GIRLS – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

9 February 2019 – 8 February 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

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

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

15 July – 2 November
‘Friendsical: The Parody Musical’
By Miranda Larson
UK Tour

25 July – 31 August
‘Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!’
Book and Lyrics by Andy Stanton, Music by Jim Fortune
The National Theatre, London
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Who likes bears? Everyone likes bears! Well, not quite everyone… Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals and fun of any kind – so when a big bear called Padlock strolls into town, trouble can’t be far off. Can nine-year-old Polly and her band of misfit friends help Padlock escape the villain’s evil clutches? Or will Mr Gum and his gruesome butcher sidekick prevail?

Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Author Andy Stanton creates the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune (Pericles). Full of outlandish characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs, this production is definitely not your average family fare.

AUGUST OPENINGS

28 – 29 August
‘Gatsby: The Musical’
Book by Linnie Reedman and Music and Lyrics by Joe Evans

Crazy Coqs, London

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.

30 – 31 August
‘A.L.I.C.E’
By Ellis Kerkhoven and Adam Gerber
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
britishyouthmusictheatre.org

We called the mission Wanderlust. No one could have predicted what would come next. Out in the darkness, in the vastness of space and time, what truths can be discovered, what fragments of data have been collected? What does A.L.I.C.E know?

From an exceptional young company of emerging talent, comes a highly innovative new musical exploring humankind’s eternal impulse to journey into the unknown. Featuring a powerful, original score combining contemporary electronic music with a live choral soundscape.

SEPTEMBER OPENINGS

2 – 7 September 
‘The Feeling’
By Kyra J Willis
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

A modern dark comedy musical about how friendships and the wrong kind of romance can be toxic. It showcases how seeing is not always believing, how people can read into situations that are not always there and friendships and partnerships are tested to the max.

Follow the stories of six friends Edie, Kasey, Jessie, Lexie, Archie and Mel who are all connected in ways that will unfold. Nothing is as it seems with this lot.

Join them in their laughter, their betrayals and most of all, join them in their misery.

13 – 21 September
‘Normality’
The Other Palace, London
By Jules Kleiser and Nige Reid
lwtheatres.co.uk

When prog-rock obsessed wannabe keyboard player and computer wunderkind Norman Goodman accidentally lands an IT job with a low-level City firm in London, his travails are just beginning. Tasked with designing an IT system to predict market trends, but finding himself embroiled in a Machiavellian financial scam, Norman is confronted with a life changing dilemma – who to trust, when all he holds dear is challenged in a morally bankrupt world? Normality is a satirical interrogation of corporate corruption and the fragility of our aspirations, conducted with quirky humour and real heart. Featuring a coterie of cracking tunes delivered by a superb cast, this is a musical that deals with universal issues such as love, loss and loneliness in a disarmingly down to earth manner.

17 September – 26 October
‘Eye of the Storm’
By Geinor Styles and Amy Wadge.
Edinburgh Kings Theatre (17th – 21th Sept), Swansea Grand Theatre (24th – 28th Sept), Portsmouth Theatre Royal (1st – 2nd Oct), Birmingham Hippodrome (8th – 9th Oct), Riverfront Newport (15th – 19th), Oct, Pontio, Bangor (22nd – 23rd Oct), Aberystwyth Arts Centre (25th – 26th Oct).
www.theatr-nanog.co.uk

Meet Emmie Price. For the last 5 years her life has been a whirlwind. It’s a world torn between caring for her bipolar mum, pursuing a passion for tornados, and proving she’s got what it takes at school. But Emmie knows one day that’s all going to change. One day she’s going to become a storm chaser… in America. When an opportunity to get a bursary to study in the USA comes up can she keep her place on the course and win the STEM competition with her invention for renewable energy?

Multi award-winning Theatr na nÓg present an unmissable original musical that’s guaranteed to seize your heart and capture your mind. Set in the Welsh Valleys to a toe-tapping soundtrack steeped in Americana from Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge (Thinkin’ Out Loud with Ed Sheeran, Keeping Faith) and performed live on stage by a cast of 8 talented actor musicians. This theatrical event of courage, determination and compassion is guaranteed to inspire adults of all ages and families with children aged 8+. The hit show boasts a memorable soundtrack written by the prolific songwriter Amy Wadge, best known for her Grammy Award winning song Thinking Out Loud (co-written with Ed Sheeran) and recent BAFTA for her soundtrack to BBC One’s Keeping Faith.

24 September – 5 October
‘Angela’s Ashes – The Musical’
Music and Lyrics by Adam Howell, Book by Paul Hurt,
Based on a memoire by Frank McCourt
Fairfield Halls, London

28 September
‘Frida and Diego’
By Ivo Mosley and Noah Mosley
The Nursery, London
www.presencetheatre.com

Based around the extraordinary love story of revolutionary Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera and of their encounters with the ‘American Way’. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera together comprised arguably the most ‘emblematic’ art couple of the 20th Century in its most tellingly transitional phase. Ivo and Noah Mosley’s musical theatre piece Frida and Diego miraculously combines the political acuity and relevance of a Rivera mural with the felt, magic-realist psychological richness and contemporary societal resonance of Kahlo’s boldest work, while maintaining the compelling emotional impact usually associated with the best examples of the mainstream musical theatre tradition.

28 September
‘Kelty Clippie: The Musical’
By Kingdom Theatre Company
Lochgelly Theatre, Lochgelly

5 October
‘Alpha Omega’
By Donald Gordon
The Other Palace
www.lwtheatres.co.uk

Written and composed by David Gordon, brother of renowned UK musician, Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens), Alpha Omega is a moving, theatrical song cycle of humankind’s never-ending pursuit of the meaning of existence, meanwhile practising perpetual destruction, caused by the failure of the so-called ‘great faiths’ to find common ground on which to unite all peoples of the world.

A concept album was recorded between 1976-79 performed by many of the well-known artistes of the day including David Essex, produced by Cat Stevens and released as a vinyl double album package. However, in the early stages of rehearsals for the musical, David Gordon became uncomfortable with how the work was developing and decided to close the production. 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, the end of WWII, and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A year of reflection, regret, and contemplation which is a context now appropriate for the UK premiere of Alpha Omega.

14 – 26 October 
‘Tickle: The Musical’
King’s Head Theatre,  London

16 – 19 October 
‘Daryl Griffith’s Zombies: The Musical’
By Daryl Griffiths
The Other Palace, London
www.lwtheatres.co.uk

A laboratory of government scientists – under extreme pressure from their funding benefactors – are desperately trying to cure the ravages of old age, when a clumsy mishap causes a terrible explosion and triggers a lab shutdown. Gerald, the Director of the Institute, is caught behind the safety glass and, overcome by fumes, ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. But is he?

Zombies: The Musical is an irreverent, comedic tale of two star-crossed would-be lovers, desperately searching for each other even in death. Containing catchy tunes and cheeky lyrics, the songs will infect your brain and plague your head long after the show is over. Be among the first to see this unique creation from three of the UK’s leading lights in theatre, film and TV. Daryl is formerly principal pianist and conductor at English National Ballet, and his music appears in programmes as diverse as The ApprenticeSex & the City and a Star Wars trailer. James has recently finished working on the new CATS movie and Disney’s live-action Aladdin, while Bradley’s credits include music-editing Baby Driver and Netflix’s Our Planet.

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

2 November
‘Terror at the Sweetshop’
By Gavin Brock and Nichola Rivers
The Other Palace, London
www.lwtheatres.co.uk

Schoolchildren Oscar, Reese, Ishy and Emma investigate the mysterious disappearance of their beloved sweetshop owner Mr McNulty after he is replaced by the diabolical, child-hating Miss Primrose. With the help of a talking cat, a foul-smelling stinkbomb and the world’s most explosive curry, the children vow to eviscerate the witch and save their local village from the most dangerous power the world has ever known. Shortlisted as a finalist for the Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award 2018, Terror at the Sweetshop is a funny and fast-paced family musical comedy featuring an upbeat, tuneful score inspired by gospel, soul and rock and roll.

Music & Lyrics by Gavin Brock. Book by Nichola Rivers. Based on the children’s book by Lawrence Prestidge. Directed and developed by Andrew Keates.

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?

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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David Luff, Soho Theatre

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