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

24 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

14 November 2016 – Ongoing
‘School of Rock’
Music by Andrew LLoyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Julian Fellowes
New London Theatre, London

8 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.


 

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

19 December 2017 – 5 May 2018
‘The Grinning Man’
Book by Carl Grose, Lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris,
Music & Lyrics by Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler
Trafalgar Studios, London

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

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

21 March – 6 May 2018
‘Miss Nightingale’
Book, Music and Lyrics by Matthew Bugg
The Hippodrome Casino Theatre
http://missnightingale.co.uk/

An intimate underground cabaret club opens in the heart of London. A saucy new star shines under the spotlight. Two men struggle to bring their illicit love out of the shadows. The war-torn capital has never been so revealing! Welcome to the Glitz of the Blitz; where showgirls, secrets and scandal abound.

 

 

28 March – 2 June 2018
‘All or Nothing – The Mod Musical’
By Carol Harrison, featuring the songs of The Small Faces, Ambassadors Theatre
https://www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/

A new phenomenon erupted out of London’s East End. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. All Or Nothing- The Mod Musical follows the rise and demise of Small Faces, the band who encapsulated all that was mod – a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes-obsessed and street-wise – but most of all, a dedication to rhythm ‘n’ blues.

 

29 March – 3 June 2018
‘Teddy’
By Tristan Bernays, songs by Dougal Irvine
The Vaults, London

APRIL OPENINGS

4 -14 April
‘The Selfish Giant’
By Oscar Wilde, adapted and composed by Guy Chambers
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton (4-7 April)
Vaudeville Theatre, London (10-14 April)

5 – 14 April
‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’
Music & Lyrics by Pippa Cleary, Book by Gerry Flanagan
The Other Palace, London
https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Free-spirited country girl Tess Durbeyfield knows nothing of the world outside her own village. When she is caught between her manipulative cousin Alec and the handsome Angel Clare, a dark love story unfolds leading to seduction, abandonment, and murder. Tragedy is unavoidable as Tess find she is powerless to change her fate.

 

7 – 14 April
‘Jabberwocky’
Music by Rebecca Applin, Book & Lyrics by Susannah Pearse
The Other Palace, London
https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Delve into an absurd, wacky world full of larger-than- life characters with dancing creatures and plenty of laughs! Flora and Jess are separated by more than a century, but a chance meeting across time leads them to a magical world beyond the mirror, where the triumph of hope rests with the power of friendship and imagination

 

10 – 15 April
‘Buried’
By Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll
Pleasance (Main House), London

11 April – 5 May
‘Twang!!’
Music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart, Book by Julian Woolford
Union Theatre, London
http://www.uniontheatre.biz/twang.html

Twang!! is a comical celebration of the classic folklore hero Robin Hood and his more-than-merry-men. Enjoy a jaunt through mythical, musical England in this brand-spanking new production, full to the brim with catchy songs, broad slapstick and plenty of delicious one-liners!

 

13 April – 12 May
‘Liver Birds Flying Home’
Lyrics by Barb Jungr, Music by Mike Lindup,
Book by Barb Jungr, George Seaton, and Linda McDermott,
Based on ‘The Liver Birds’ by Carla Lane & Myra Taylor, Royal Court Liverpool
http://www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/liver-birds-flying-home/

Beryl and Sandra were the Liver Birds, the embodiment of 1970s swinging Liverpool. Red and blue, north and south, posh and streetwise, the world was theirs for the taking. But one stayed… and the other left. Forty years after they tore up the city, the Liver Birds are reunited as if nothing has changed, but everything has. Can things be like they used to be – or are their lives like a bag of broken biscuits?

19 April – 5 May
‘Moonfleet’
Music by Russel Hepplewhite, Book and Lyrics by Gareth Machin
Based on the novel by J Meade Falkner
Salisbury Playhouse

17 April – 5 May
‘Free Solo’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jack Godrey and Celine Snippe
Drayton Arms Theatre, London

20 April – 5 May
‘Pieces Of String’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Gus Gowland
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/pieces-of-string/

When Jane returns from her father’s funeral to start clearing the house she grew up in – packing away the family photographs, closing a chapter – she isn’t prepared for the untold story she’s about to discover threaded through her past, a story that threatens to unravel her relationship with her own children and shake her understanding of who she is.

 

20 April – 12 May
‘The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth
Theatr Clwyd, Wales
https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/the-assassination-of-katie-hopkins/

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember? It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe behind the anonymity of a keyboard, just like, share and subscribe. But as the digital mob polish their pitchforks, the world starts to question just how free should free speech be?

 

MAY OPENINGS

3 – 12 May
‘Made in Dagenham’
Book by Richard Bean, Music by David Arnold, Lyrics by Richard Thomas
Mountview Academy student production
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

9 May – 2 June
‘H. R. Haitch’
Music by Luke Bateman, Book & Lyrics by Maz Evans
Union Theatre, London

http://uniontheatre.biz/hrh.html 

Its 2012 and Chelsea’s future is bright. She has a new man and there’s a new progressive Prime Minister to light the days ahead (#blessed). The media can stick their obsession with the identity of Prince Albert, the secret royal who’s been in hiding for 20 years. Bertie has something big to tell Chelsea. He’s down on one knee, but it’s not a ring he has in store… it’s a crown. And Chelsea will soon discover that travelling from Barking to Buckingham Palace takes more than a topped-up Oyster Card.
14 – 18 May
‘The Rhythm Method’
Music, Book and Lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert and Diane Samuels
The Landor Space
https://www.landorspace.com/rythm-of/

THE RHYTHM METHOD is an extraordinary new British musical in the making – about the stuff that’s difficult to talk about – sex, relationships and contraception. THE RHYTHM METHOD tells the emotional and physical journies of the people that meet at the Tea Room, where the brew is hot and the eggs are freshly laid – all served with love and understanding. After all, this address sports a weathered green plaque outside, for it was once the first Marie Stopes’ Mothers’ Clinic founded in 1921. And the work continues into the twenty-first century…..

17 – 18 May
‘Suicide’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Robert S J Lucas
The Other Palace, London
https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/suicide

John is a typical man, with a typical job, living his very typical life, but when things start to take a turn for the worse John isn’t sure what to do. Can he continue with a life of deja vu and disappointment or is the only option to end it all once and for all? Told through a contemporary score by Robert S J Lucas and with direction by Michael Davies, Suicide is a roller coaster of emotions guaranteed to make you think about the very real modern issue of male suicide.

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.

JUNE OPENINGS

5 June – 30th June
‘San Domino’
Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker
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

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.

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

JULY OPENINGS

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

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

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.

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 a man become a legend.

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).

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

1 – 22 September
‘Sylvia’
By Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
The Old Vic Theatre, London

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

13 – 15 September
‘Ferguson’s Gang’
By Martin Coslett and Thomas Forbes Briscombe
www.echotime.co.uk/

The true story begins in the 1920’s when five “flapper” girls are banqueting at the Dorchester and news brings the meal to a sudden halt. “Stonehenge is to be desecrated”. This inspires the girls to form the secret Ferguson’s Gang. Subsequently a masked gang delivers money to the National Trust Offices 30th December 1930 and the newspapers report the ‘modern day Robin Hoods’. Eventually, huge sums are raised in supporting the Trust to avoid the tentacles of creeping Urban development.

 

OCTOBER OPENINGS

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

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

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.

 

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