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
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (4 – 8 Sep), Churchill Theatre, Bromley (11 – 15 Sep), New Theatre, Hull (18 – 22 Sep), The Sands Centre, Carlisle (25 – 29 Sep), Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (2 – 6 Oct), Curve Theatre, Leicester (9 – 13 Oct), 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.

JUNE OPENINGS

30 June – 29 September
‘Thor & Loki’
Created by Harry Blake, with House of Blakewell.
(As seen in BEAM2018)

Previews – Sat 30th June (Offbeat Festival Oxford), 25th July. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – within Edinburgh Fringe (1-26 August). Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, within HighTide Festival – Aldeburgh (15-16 September). Harlow Playhouse (21 September) and Lowry Studio (22 September). The Mix, Walthamstow, London, within HighTide Festival – Walthamstow (25-29 September).

thorandlokithemusical.com

A new comedy-musical by Harry Blake created with House of Blakewell. War rages; The End Of The World approaches. The fate of the Gods rests on Thor’s mighty shoulders, but he hates violence and prefers writing poetry. Half-Giant Loki is out for revenge, but beneath her monstrous form lies a heart of gold. Can these two misfits find the strength to be themselves? Expect epic battles, fierce ballads and a chorus of tap-dancing trolls in this big-hearted comedy about friends, heroes and changing the world. ‘Clever, funny, ultimately touching’ **** (Scotsman on We Can Make You Happy).

JULY OPENINGS

11 July – 14 October
‘Six’
By Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
11 – 15 July at Norwich Theatre Royal & Norwich Playhouse, 17 – 24 July at Cambridge Arts Theatre
1 – 27 August at Underbelly, Edinburgh, within Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 30 August – 14 October at Arts Theatre, London
www.sixthemusical.com

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude.

AUGUST OPENINGS

1 August – 22 September
‘Hamilton (Lewis)

By Fiona English with music & lyrics by David Eaton
Assembly George Square Studios (One), Edinburgh (1-26 August) – within Edinburgh Fringe, then Kings Head Theatre, London (5-22 September).

1 August – 29 September
‘Sparks’
By Jessica Butcher & Anoushka Lucas
Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath) – within Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1-26 August), then  Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, within HighTide Festival – Aldeburgh (14-15 September), then at The Mix, Walthamstow, London, within HighTide Festival – Walthamstow (28-29 September).

SEPTEMBER OPENINGS

1 September – 20 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

4 – 22 September
‘Sylvia’
By Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
The Old Vic Theatre, London

5 – 29 September
‘Midnight – A New Musical’
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Knapman, Music and Lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
Based on the play “Citizens of Hell” by Elchin
The Union Theatre

http://www.uniontheatre.biz/

As the clock ticks towards midnight on New Year’s Eve, a husband and wife talk nervously about what the future holds for them and their fellow citizens.Welcome to Azerbaijan, part of the police state of the Soviet Union in the dying minutes of 1937. The past year has been the worst of the Great Terror, in which the paranoid dictator Joseph Stalin unleashed wave upon wave of arrests. Millions have been tortured and executed. Informants and spies are everywhere. No one knows who to trust.And then comes the dreaded knock on the door. Is it the NKVD, the state’s ruthless secret police? Or a far more mysterious – and terrifying – visitor? Dark secrets emerge, time is suspended and the husband and wife are tested to breaking point – and beyond…

★★★★ “An exciting and edgy musical from a company building a great track record for creating vibrant adaptations of classic world texts.” Musical Theatre Review

6 September – 8 October
‘Wasted’
Music by Christopher Ash
Book & Lyrics by Carl Miller
Southwark Playhouse
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
(As featured in BEAM2016)

I am not an angel, and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.’ Charlotte Brontë. Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score, the Brontës ask – was it all wasted? This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

6 – 29 September
‘Return Of The Soldier
By Charles Miller & Tim Sanders.
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester.

8 – 29 September
‘Flowers for Mrs Harris’
Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Book by Rachel Wagstaff, Music & Lyrics by Richard Taylor
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

12 – 15 September
Oh My, Nellie Bly
Book by Nick Stimson, Music & Lyrics by Annemarie Lewis Thomas.
The Bridewell Theatre, London
www.sbf.org.uk

OH MY, NELLIE BLY, a brand new musical, tells the riotous true life story of America’s first female journalist. A trailblazing 19th century feminist, author of “Around the World in 72 Days” and the infamous “Ten Days in a Madhouse”. Directed by Simon Kane, choreographed by Chris Whittaker. Designed by Stewart J Charlesworth. The musical has been commissioned by The MTA.

12 – 15 September
‘The Problem with Fletcher Mott’
By Jack Miles
Tristan Bates Theatre, London – within Goldsmiths University’s New Musical Theatre Festival

12 – 22 September
‘Goodnight Sweetheart : The Musical’
By Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Brookside Theatre, London

13 – 15 September
‘Twilight Robbery: A New Musical Comedy’

Music by Matthew Spalding, Book and Lyrics by Joe McNeice
Barn Theatre, Surrey

13 – 15 September
‘Ferguson’s Gang’
By Martin Coslett
Yvonne Arnauld Theatre, Guilford
www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

The Five “Flapper” Girl members of the secret Ferguson’s Gang celebrate Peggy’s birthday at the Dorchester. Joy (The Nark) performs a song about ‘empowerment’ but news brings the meal to a sudden halt. “Stonehenge is under threat”. A masked gang delivers money to the National Trust offices 30th Dec 1930 and newspapers report the ‘modern day Robin Hoods’. The girls read about it as they picnic on the banks of the Thames and discuss a new book: “England and the Octopus” about the creeping tentacles of urban development overpowering Britain…

24 September
‘Cult!’
Music & lyrics by Tasha Taylor Johnson
Southwark Playhouse, London – within From Page to Stage Festival
(As featured in BEAM2018)

OCTOBER OPENINGS

2 October
10 Minute Musicals
5 Excerpts of new Brit

ish Musical Theatre from 5 writing teams
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

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

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

27 October – 22 December
‘Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Parody’
By Fat Rascal Theatre
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).

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

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

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’
By Adrian Kimberlin
The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue

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.

 

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.

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

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)


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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