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
https://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

September 2017 – 10 July 2018
‘The Band’
Book by Tim Firth, Music & Lyrics by Take That
UK Tour
www.thebandmusical.com/tour-dates

It’s 1992 and we meet five 16 year old girls for who ‘the band’ is everything.  Join us on this emotional rollercoaster as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.


 

 

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

6 February – 7 July 2018
‘Son of a Preacher Man’
Book by Warner Brown, songs by various writers
UK tour

15 February – 29 June 2018
‘Skin Deep – The Musical’
Written by Chris Burgess
Touring various venues across Southern England

MARCH OPENINGS


6 March – 10 November 2018
‘Cilla the Musical’
By Jeff Pope, with songs by various writers
UK tour
https://www.cillathemusical.com/ticketsandtour

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.

 

 

13 March – 30 June 2018
‘20th Century Boy’
Music & Lyrics by Marc Bolan & T.Rex
UK tour

MAY OPENINGS

20 May, 30 June & 14 July
‘Super Hero’
Book and lyrics by Adam Johnson, Book music and lyrics by Henry Roadnight
Produced by National Youth Music Theatre
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Curve, Leicester & Rose Theatre, Kingston
https://nymt.org.uk/2018-season-productions/the-shows/

Sammy Simpson has the super power to turn everything he knows into a musical. It’s time for Sammy to do what all other super powered children must do, go to Hero High, a school for supernaturally gifted children. Meanwhile, the evil Miss Menace plots to take over Hero High. Sammy has just one chance to prove that he is a hero – and that it’s not so bad being different.

21 May – 9 June
‘Rufus Longbottom and The Space Rabbit’
By Filament Theatre (music and songs by Osnat Schmool, directed by Sabina Netherclift)
Touring production (Derby Theatre; Stratford Circus, London; Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes; Greenwich Theatre, London; Norden Farm, Maidenhead; South Street Arts Centre, Reading; Pegasus Theatre, Oxford)
https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/rufus-longbottom-and-space-rabbit

When Space Rabbit’s planet is destroyed by a meteorite she and her family escape in the nick of time. But a blast separates her space pod from the others, sending her hurtling towards earth, where she lands outside the Tandaria Care Home, frightened and alone. Inside is Rufus Longbottom, an old gentleman itching for one last adventure. Guided by her magical paws, the unlikely pair go on a journey in the search for a family and a place to call home. Filament’s show uses song, music and a bit of magic to delight and enchant audiences young and old alike.

JUNE OPENINGS

5 June
‘QU4RTER’
Written by Arun Blair-Mangat
The Other Palace

5 June – 30 June
‘San Domino’
Book and Lyrics by Tim Anfilogoff & Music by Alan Whittaker
Tristan Bates Theatre, London
https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/san-domino

“Mussolini never killed people, just sent them to holiday camps” – Silvio Berlusconi

Based on the reality of Mussolini’s persecution of homosexuals, this is the story of men sentenced to five years confinement for degeneracy. Actor-musicians conjure up an intimate tragi-comic world of love, loss and the struggle just to survive. ★★★★ “Joyous singing, witty dialogue and wonderful music” – Everything Theatre

11 June – 7 July (Wednesdays & Saturdays only)
‘Guy : A New Musical’
Music by Stephen Hyde, Lyrics and book by Leoe Mercer
Bunker Theatre, London – as part of Breaking Out season
https://www.leoeandhyde.com/guy.html

GUY is the love letter of a generation. It tells the story of a gay, fat, socially awkward millennial who’s looking for love – on an app which has a million unspoken prejudices based on appearance. A realistic look at the (hook)ups and downs of dating apps, GUY is a reminder that modern dating is a lot more than models having 24-hour sex. With unforgettable songs about being rejected on dating apps, clicking with another person, dealing with an eating disorder, and trying to get that beefed-up body, the music is unashamedly contemporary: think Sam Smith meets Stranger Things. All of us have a real-life rollercoaster story to tell about dating on- and offline, one which spans sexuality, race, body image, and personality type. This musical will leave you proud, empowered, and a little bit in love.

14 June – 19 August
‘ANiMALCOLM’
Based on the book by David Baddiel, Music by David Perkins, Adaptation, book & lyrics by Adam Fletcher-Forde
14-16 June at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, then touring UK, then 1-19 August at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh at Edinburgh Fringe

21 – 23 June
‘Notre Dame’
By Ed Court, based on the Hunchback of Notre Dame’ by Victor Hugo
Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis
Performed by the University of Chichester’s Musical Theatre Company.
https://alexandratheatre.co.uk/event/notre-dame/

Notre Dame is a new musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Pierre Gringoire, a Parisian playwright and poet, conjures up the timeless tale of Quasimodo, the legendary bell ringer. Quasimodo defies his controlling adoptive Father, the Archdeacon, Frollo, and escapes from the Cathedral.  After meeting the famous Gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, at the Feast of Fools, we see Quasimodo’s rite of passage from outcast to hero. A story of religion, prejudice, and the triumph of freedom over fate.

22 June – 4 August
‘Miss Littlewood’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Sam Kenyon
Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC
http://bit.ly/MissLittlewoodMusical

Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre. Born into poverty, she raged her way to have a lasting influence on British culture. Anti-establishment, communist, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan fired the imagination of a generation. Her unique Theatre Workshop was responsible for a raft of successes including Oh What A Lovely War!, and breathed new life into the Theatre Royal Stratford East. This new musical of Joan’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.

23 June – 14 July
‘Infinite Joy’
By Brendan Cull and Robert Scott,
Southwark Playhouse

29 June – 26 August
‘Knights of the Rose’
Created by Jennifer Marsden including songs by Bon Jovi, Muse, Bonnie Tyler & others.
Arts Theatre, London
knightsoftherose.co.uk/

Knights Of The Rose is a classic rock musical of Shakespearean proportions. Featuring the ultimate playlist including legendary ballads and timeless anthems from Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler, No Doubt and many more. In this epic tale of love, betrayal and sacrifice, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and their honour. Even as the chivalrous Knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the Age, and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph?

30 June – 26 August
‘Thor & Loki’
Created by Harry Blake, with House of Blakewell
Previews – Sat 30th June (Offbeat Festival Oxford), 25th July
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 – 23 September
‘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 – 23 September 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.

18 – 21 July
‘The Jury’
Book & lyrics by Amy Fletcher, Music & lyrics by Ashley Walsh
Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire

18 – 21 July
‘Nele Needs a Holiday : The Musical’
By Nele Van Den Broeck
Ovalhouse Theatre, London

18 – 21 July
‘Songs from the Seven Hills’
by John Hollingworth, Claire McKenzie & Scott Gilmour
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

24 – 25 July
‘Perfectly Ordinary’
Book & Lyrics by Matthew Rankcorn, Music by Joe Wilson

27 – 29 July
‘Paperboy’
Based on the memoir by Tony Macaulay, book by Andrew Doyle, music by Duke Special
Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/event/paperboy/

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. Based on the much-loved memoir by Irish writer and peace builder Tony Macaulay, and adapted for musical stage, with music from platinum-selling Belfast artist Duke Special and writing by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle.

AUGUST OPENINGS

1-4 August
‘Broken Wings’
Book & Lyrics by Nadim Naaman, Music by Dana Al Fardan, based on Kahlil Gibran’s book.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

227 August
‘Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret’
By Jonny Woo & Richard Thomas
Assembly George Square (Piccolo Tent), Edinburgh – within Edinburgh Fringe

3 – 25 August
Armoury: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard
Written by Shonagh Murray
Edinburgh Fringe, theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, Main Theatre

6-9 August
‘NoseR : the Startup Musical’
By Lily Smith and Luke Leighfield
Hen & Chickens, London – within Camden Fringe

9 – 12 August
‘A Little Princess’
Book & Lyrics by Carl Miller, Music & Lyrics by Marc Folan,
Additional Lyrics by Adey Grummet, Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Other Palace
https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk

From the heat of an Indian summer to a snowy English winter, a story loved by generations. Sara is uprooted from her Indian home to a boarding school in Victorian London. When the ‘Little Princess’ suddenly plunges from wealth to poverty, she makes painful discoveries about the world – and herself. This romantic, funny and thrilling drama gets an entirely new treatment, combining elements of classical Indian music and dance with a rich musical theatre score.

10-12 August
‘Help! Get Me Out Of This Musical!’
By John Nicholson, with music and lyrics by Alexander Rudd
Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK
South Hill Park, Bracknell
www.youthmusictheatreuk.org/shows/help-get-me-out-musical-2018

A fast-paced and devilishly drole pop-rock musical with a twist, about a boy whose life, to his growing horror, is turning into a musical! Written by John Nicholson with music and lyrics by award winning composer Alexander Rudd alongside West End Director Luke Sheppard (In the Heights).

 

11-13 August
‘The Sam Neill Experience: A Dance Musical’
By Gregory Akerman & Ian Bowkett
2Northdown, London – within Camden Fringe

13-19, 21-26 August
‘I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical’
By Alexander S. Bermange
Crazy Coqs @ Zedel, London

14 – 23 August
‘Closets’
Book & Lyrics by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Music by Ashley MA Walsh
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

16-18 August
‘Confessions of a Superhero’
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – within Camden Fringe
22 – 25 August
‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’
Book by Helen Watts, Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer
Story by Washington Irving
The Other Palace
https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk

New England, 1820: A body is laid to rest in the shadowy town of Sleepy Hollow. The grieving widow stands alone at the graveside, and the townsfolk talk in hushed tones of the strange events that led her to this place; tales of witches and ghouls, of wailing banshees and headless horsemen, and of course the tale of the enigmatic Ichabod Crane – once merely a man, but now become a legend.

23 August
‘Zeus on the Loose’
Script by Emma Rollason, lyrics & music by Elizabeth Harry
Cockpit Theatre, London – within Camden Fringe

25 – 26 August
‘Barrack Room Ballads’
By Conor Mitchell
Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK
National Army Museum, London
https://www.nam.ac.uk/

A vivid, emotionally-charged production inspired by Kipling’s World War 1 elegies, exploring the soldier’s experience. With music by renowned composer Conor Mitchell, this site-specific work has a vaudeville-esque resonance and will be performed at The National Army Museum.

 

 

SEPTEMBER OPENINGS

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

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

6 September – 8 October
‘Wasted’
Music by Christopher Ash
Book & Lyrics by Carl Miller
Southwark Playhouse
https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/wasted/
(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.

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

OCTOBER OPENINGS

2 October
’10 Minute Musicals’
5 Excerpts of new British 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

23 October – 31 December

‘Nativity: The Musical’
Book by Debbie Isitt, Music by Debbie Isitt & Nicky Ager
UK Tour

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

7 November – 8 December
‘Fanatical’
Music & lyrics Matt Board, Book Reina Hardy
Produced by The Stable
The Playground Theatre, London
https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/162366/chk/767a

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.

13 November  – 20 April
‘Calendar Girls’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth
UK Tour
http://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

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

(TBC) 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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