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. 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

10 March – 7 July
‘Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder’
By Blowfish Theatre
The Civic, Stourport (10 March), ​​Theatre Deli, Sheffield (10 -13 April), King’s Head, London (28 May-8 June), Old Joint Stock, Birmingham (3 -7 July).

13 March – 6 July
‘Vulvarine: A New Musical’
By Fat Rascal Theatre
UK Tour.

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

20 April – 15 June
‘This Is My Family’
By Tim Firth
Minerva Theatre, Chichester

14 May – 15 June
‘Operation Mincemeat’
By SpitLip
New Diorama Theatre, London

14 May – 18 June
‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Book and Lyrics by Jethro Compton, Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Southwark Playhouse, London

19 May, 8 June & 13 July
‘Growl’
Book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman, Music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (19 May), Curve, Leicester (8 June), Rose Theatre, Kingston (13 July)
nymt.org.uk

We all think we know the story of the Big Bad Wolf.  How he’s mean and greedy, and likes blowing down the houses of innocent little pigs, and gobbling up grandmas just for the wicked fun of it. But that’s a fairy tale and the truth is a whole lot more surprising.  In this hilarious, action-packed new family musical, you’ll get to meet the real Wolf: the guardian of a beautiful forest and all the creatures who live there.  When a smooth-talking Woodcutter and his gang of henchmen turn up with deforestation and redevelopment on their minds, the Wolf is the only one standing in their way.  But once they’ve sown the seeds of doubt among his friends, the Wolf – and his woodland family – will be tested to breaking point, and even the gentlest of creatures will learn that there are times when you just have to be Big and Bad.

JUNE OPENINGS

14 – 29 June
‘The Sandman’
By Harry Blake, Jennifer Fletcher and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company.
The Southwark Playhouse, London

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.

17 – 22 June
‘Confessions’
By Kurt Kansley and Oliver Lidert
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

In this Workshop Performance of CONFESSIONS three beautiful, intelligent and seductive female spies step out of the shadows to confess their deepest secrets under the darkest circumstances. Follow their journey as they fall in and out of love, and discover the tangled web of lies that ensnares us and them. If you love spy dramas, secret agents, or international conspiracies this is the musical for you with original songs that pay homage to that genre.

“How wonderful to have discovered the Kansley & Lidert song book titled ‘Confessions’. It was most obvious from the moment the music began that the listener would instantly be transported to a world of female truth! An empowering musical experience!” – Tina Arena.

19 – 22 June
‘A Permanent State of Emergency’
By Joshua Val Martin and Toby Ingram.
Webber Douglas Studio, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London

20 – 22 June
‘The Stationmaster’
Book by Susannah Pearse, Music and Lyrics by Tim Connor
The Assembly Theatre, University Of Chichester
www.chi.ac.uk

The Musical Theatre Performance Company is very proud to present the World Premiere of this brand new British Musical as the third instalment of the New Musical – Summer Project.

How far would you go to cover up a fatal mistake? The Lake District, 1955. Railway stationmaster, Thomas Price, is the pillar of the local community. But one day he forgets to set a crucial signal and a train crash occurs down the line. Thomas chooses to cover up his part in the tragedy and is believed innocent by his community. But, as his lies begin to catch up with him, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to protect his good name. The Stationmaster is a gripping new musical drama about post-war Britain and the price of responsibility.

The Stationmaster is a new musical drama inspired by Horváth’s Judgment Day, translated by Christopher Hampton. This production is brought to you by Andrew Wright and the University of Chichester, by kind permission of Tim Connor and Susannah Pearse.

JULY OPENINGS

3 – 20 July
‘Fiver’
By Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees
The Southwark Playhouse, London

4 July
‘The Phase’
By Meg McGrady and Zoe Morris
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

As featured on the second episode of the All That Scratch podcast, The Phase (previously Just a Phase?) by Zoe Morris and Meg McGrady returns to The Other Palace for its first workshop sharing. The Phase is a coming of age story about a group of students at an all-girls catholic school whose band has been disbanded due to their “inappropriate” LGBTQ+ positive content which does not conform to the hetero-norms the school believes in. Told from the perspective of the lead guitarist Rowan, a now non-binary adult, this musical explores the struggles of mental health, relationships and the issues still facing LGBTQ+ pupils today.

5 July
‘Unicorn’
By AJ O’Neill and Simon Lock
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

Meet Ellie! She’s in her thirties. She’s single. And she’s trans. All Ellie wants is to go through life without being seen and bothered which is unfortunately difficult in a world that often refuses to see her as she sees herself. When a chance encounter with a likably weird newcomer up-ends her self imposed solitude, Ellie is forced to reconcile with her past for a chance at a happier future. But the past has a way of gripping on the harder you try to escape. Join Ellie and her friends and family as past and present collide in a story for anyone who has ever worried that they are different. A perfect tale for fans of Fun Home, Fleabag and… feeling seen. With a memorable score and funny, relatable characters, Unicorn is a love song to the family we choose and the people we lose on the way to finding our worth.

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

22 – 24 July
‘Perfectly Ordinary – A New Musical’
Book & Lyrics by Matthew Rankcom, Music by Joe Wilson
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

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.

26 July
‘When The Lights Come Up’
Music and Lyrics by Michaela Betts, Book by Bea Holland
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

Welcome to The Aureate Club! A dazzling place where magic is made and dreams come true. Anything is possible, everything’s up for grabs and everyone is welcome… or are they? Small-town girl Jen is desperate to leave her past behind and join the party. But as she navigates the rocky path to success the stranger everyone becomes…

When The Lights Come Up is immersive club theatre that’s funny, a little bitter-sweet, and almost entirely true. A wry and real look at the intoxicating allure of the bright lights and the bewildering price of fame. David Lynch meets the world of club beats, R&B, folk and glossy pop.

26 July
‘Sanditon’
Music by Vicky Clubb, Book & Lyrics by Chris Brindle
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

Anna is a song writer and lead singer in a girl band. In this narrated concert version of a proposed big-stage musical, she is played by Fern Teather supported by Sam Thurlow on drums, plus pianist/composer Vicky Clubb and three actor/musicians. When her band realises that the inspiration for their YouTube hits ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Shallow’ was Charlotte Heywood in Austen’s last satirical novel, Anna takes her band on a musical journey through Sanditon’s plot and characters.

Written when she was dying, Austen hoped that her beginning might encourage one of her nieces and nephews to becomes a successful writer. Twenty eight years later, niece Anna Lefroy started a continuation of ‘Sanditon’ but was unable to finish it. The musical is based on Chris Brindle’s filmed play completion of the two fragments, staged in Colchester in 2014. 

27 – 28 July 
‘Goblin Market
By Conor Mitchell and Kath Burlinson

Fairy-tale, musical theatre combine in this spectacular production last seen at the George Square Theatre, Edinburgh in 2005. Goblin Market is a 75 minute chamber opera charting the story of two sisters who are ‘tempted’ by goblin merchant men. The poem has been controversial since it was first written in 1862 but this production has been hailed by press and public alike as a huge success, the production setting new standards of excellence in youth theatre.

“A brilliant production…energetic, dynamic, exciting, superb… Conor Mitchell has excelled here with a demanding and ambitious score… phenomenal” IRISH NEWS. “Magical…Burlinson and Mitchell have created the ideal vehicle for such a versatile and talented company of performers” BELFAST TELEGRAPH.

AUGUST OPENINGS

1 – 4 August
‘Paperboy’
By Andrew Doyle and Duke Special
Based on the memoir of Tony Macaulay
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
lyrictheatre.co.uk

After a sell-out run last summer, the smash hit musical Paperboy is back! It’s 1975 and 12-year-old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round. Belfast in the seventies is like the newspapers he delivers: everything is black and white, albeit Orange and Green. There are bombings on the evening news, but Paperboy is more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers and outer space, and of course, Sharon Burgess. 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.

“A snapshot of West Belfast back in the day” THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH. “Made us laugh & made us nearly cry” THE IRISH TIMES.

2 – 3 August
‘The Dickens Girls’
Book and Lyrics by Rachel Bellman, Music by Elizabeth Sybil Charlesworth
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Julia Mosley has nothing. No home, no family, no future. She is a prisoner in Victorian London. A ‘fallen woman’. But when Charles Dickens and Angela Burdett-Coutts set up a house for fallen women in Shepherd’s Bush, Julia and a select group of girls have the chance to turn their lives around. These girls have a year to transform themselves into respectable, skilled women before being shipped abroad as domestic servants and prospective wives. Which girls will succeed, and which will be thrown back to the streets? This powerful new musical by Rachel Bellman and Elizabeth Sybil Charlesworth features a vibrant original score and questions the expectations placed on young women then and now.

P.S – This is a true story. Winner of the BYMT New Music Theatre Award 2019

5 – 25 August
‘Musik’
By Jonathan Harvey & Pet Shop Boys
Assembly Rooms (Bijou Venue), Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

10 – 11 August
‘The Accidental Time Traveller’
By Clare Prenton and David Hewson
Based on the novel by Janis Mackay
Plymouth Barbican Theatre
britishyouthmusictheatre.org

Adapted from Janis Mackay’s award winning book, The Accidental Time Traveller is a magnificent new musical extravaganza for all the family. Playful yet profound, this face-paced, time-traveling adventure is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action. Agatha Black is from 1813, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back to her time. With help from his buddies Will and Robbie, he tries to figure out how to make time travel happen. Directed by David Hewson and Clare Prenton, this production brings the magic and wonder of childhood imagination and creativity to life.

 

14 – 17 August
‘Legend Trippers’
Book and Lyrics by Scott Gilmour and Music by Claire McKenzie
The Other Palace, London
lwtheatres.co.uk

What do a cheerleader, a science geek, a sports jock and a hard-core emo all have in common? They’re all members of the Legend Trippers – a group of unlikely high school heroes who band together to conquer their town’s most haunted spots and sites. But when a new girl comes to town, the Trippers find themselves in a legend of their own.

A brand new musical by Noisemaker – award-winning writing partnership of bookwriter/lyricist Scott Gilmour and composer Claire McKenzie – LEGEND TRIPPERS uses joyous, energetic storytelling and song to examine the legends we are passing on today, and how we might benefit others by questioning them.

16 – 18 August
‘Peter Pan’
By Jimmy Jewel and Nick Stimson
Theatre Royal Margate
theatreroyalmargate.com

Peter Pan and the Lost Children are back, bigger and more raucous than ever before! This terrifically modern musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, takes us back to the magical heart of the story – a place where children become adults and adults become children again. Embark on a journey to Neverland with the boy who never grew up, his trusty side-kick Tinkerbell, his unlikely partners Great White Panther and the Red Indians, and the cunning, cowardly Captain Hook with his motley crew of pirates. This truly memorable family show by popular composer Jimmy Jewell and writer Nick Stimson combines a fabulous pop/rock score, and features the stunning ensemble work for which BYMT has become renowned.

24 – 25 August
‘Hot Wheels’
By Ellie Jones

Plymouth Barbican Theatre
barbicantheatre.co.uk

Nothing can block your way.  Believe in the team. If you have a clear mind and a strong will you can’t lose. On the track you are invincible, unstoppable and ferocious in your attack. This is roller derby, the perfect escape. But sometimes winning isn’t the most important thing.

From an exceptional young company of emerging talent, comes an extraordinarily empowering new musical featuring a fearless all-female cast. Expect daring movement and spectacular harmonies and ensemble work. Girl power at its best. Get ready for the grand slam.

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 Aug 2019
‘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’
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.

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.

OCTOBER OPENINGS

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

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

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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"Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of types of shows and platforms.  Meeting and working with lots of different directors and creatives has been incredibly valuable and I hope the start of collaborations that will carry on into the future."
Rebecca Applin

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