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
uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com

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

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
onlyfoolsmusical.com

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

OCTOBER OPENINGS

24 October – 16 November
Seagulls
Book, Music and Lyrics by Beth Hyland
Inspired by Checkov’s The Seagull
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
octagonbolton.co.uk

24 October – 21 December
Soho Cinders

Music by George Stiles, Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davies
charingcrosstheatre.co.uk

When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged London Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! James and Robbie’s worlds collide, forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending. Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders is a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella story with an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight!

25 October – 22 December
Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

By Fat Rascal Theatre
UK Tour
fatrascaltheatre.com

Disney villain, Octo-woman and plus-size icon, but who is the woman behind the tentacles?

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is the latest production from the multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre, creators of the sell-out hit musicals Buzz and Vulvarine. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and dubbed by WhatsOnStage as ‘a joke-laden romp that will be lapped up by Disney aficionados’, the musical parody tells the untold story of Ursula the sea witch including a tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers, finding out what really happened under the sea.

30 October – 30 November
‘The Marriage of Kim K

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leo & Hyde
UK Tour
www.leoandhyde.com

Returning after a critically-acclaimed UK tour in 2017, leo&hyde’s award-winning The Marriage of Kim K is a Gogglebox-inspired opera-musical which celebrates learning to love what you hate by fusing “high art” with “popular culture”. Three pairs of lives unfolding on stage – reality star Kim Kardashian and her 72-day husband Kris Humphries, Mozart’s tempestuous Count and Countess Almaviva from the Marriage of Figaro, and a young couple fighting over which of these to watch on TV – turns into a genre-defying smorgasbord of slick electronic pop, classical opera, and contemporary musical theatre.

It’s a familiar set-up: a young couple, in conversational musical theatre, are arguing about what to watch on TV: The Marriage of Figaro (in traditional classical opera) or Keeping up with the Kardashians (a slick electronic pop musical). The boundaries of reality increasingly blur as the character’s lives fall apart…​

30 October – 23 November
‘The Green Fairy’
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jack Sain
Lyrics by Stephen Libby
The Union Theatre, London
uniontheatre.biz

NOVEMBER OPENINGS

1 – 30 November
‘The Season’
By Jim Barne & Kit Buchan
Royal & Derngate, Northampton & New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
www.royalandderngate.co.uk
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

It’s Christmas Eve and Dougal has travelled from Northampton to New York for his father’s wedding. At JFK Airport he’s greeted by Robin. Tomorrow her sister becomes his stepmother and Robin’s dreading it. Dougal can’t wait. Thrown together for a wild weekend in the city that never sleeps, their adventure becomes a musical whirlwind of confession, frustration and excess. Will these two endearing misfits provide the ultimate test for the theory that opposites always attract?

This brand new romantic comedy is filled with heart-warming and hilarious songs from writers Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, winners of the 2018 MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award, celebrating the very best of emerging British song‑writing talent. #TheSeasonMusical

5, 9 & 11 November
‘Boses’
By Melisa Camba
As part of Maiden Speech Theatre Festival
Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London
lexiclareproductions.com

5 – 14 November
‘Reputation’
By Alick Glass
The Other Palace, London
www.lwtheatres.co.uk

Hollywood in the late 1930’s: a time when the major studios are struggling to feed the insatiable worldwide demand for new talkies. Freddy Larceny is a con artist running a scam to pass-off the work of new writers as his own. He strikes gold when Michelle Grant, an aspiring novelist and student at a Paris language and deportment college, spots his advertisement in the ‘Variety’ trade newspaper. Larceny plagiarises her script for a film – credited to him as writer – that then goes on to receive an Oscar nomination.

Reputation, a major new retro musical by Alick Glass, is a compelling story of plagiarism and the female struggle for equality. It follows Michelle’s fight for recognition and the recovery of her stolen work, told through 25 original songs and romantic ballads written in the flamboyant style of the best-loved lyricists of the mid 1900’s.

5, 10, 14 & 16
‘The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English’
By Tania Nwachukwu
As part of Maiden Speech Theatre Festival
Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London
lexiclareproductions.com

7 & 11 November
‘Asper-Girl’
By Amy Le Rossignol & Hannah Cound
As part of Maiden Speech Theatre Festival
Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London
lexiclareproductions.com

8, 9 & 15 November
‘Chronic’
By Catherine Bensley
As part of Maiden Speech Theatre Festival
Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London
lexiclareproductions.com

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.

9, 13, 16 November
‘Weapons Of The Weak’
By Nancy Salt
As part of Maiden Speech Theatre Festival
Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London
lexiclareproductions.com

12 – 16 November
‘The Stunners’ Opera’
By Joanne Harris and Howard Goodall
Backstage Theatre, Mountview, London
www.mountview.org.uk

In this new musical by Joanne Harris and Howard Goodall, a tour group of women find themselves locked-down in a London gallery where they encounter the “Stunners”, the models and muses of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. This sparks a cross-century conversation about the unique quality of female strength, courage and perseverance.

Directed by Annabel Bolton, Musically Directed by Nigel Lilley. Annabel Bolton is an Associate Artist of The Old Vic. Credits include The Divide (Old Vic/EIF), Future Conditional (Co-Director, Old Vic), Love Story (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia), One Voice (Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Associate Director, West End).

14 November – 4 January 2020
‘The Prince and the Pauper’
By Mark Twain
Adaptation and lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba
Music and lyrics by Tarek Merchant
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
watermilltheatre.org.uk

15 November 
Say Yes To Tess
By Tess Seddon and Harry Blake
Leeds Playhouse, Leeds
leedsplayhouse.org.uk

In 2016, Tess lived in London and didn’t follow politics. In 2017, she stood as a candidate for the Yorkshire Party in the UK General Election.

What began as research into the seemingly hopeless case for a Yorkshire Parliament became a journey into the heart of UK democracy. Say Yes To Tess is an off-beat, comedic and heart-warming new autobiographical musical about activism, Yorkshire grit and learning to vote for yourself. Tess Seddon in association with Leeds Playhouse. This event is part of Furnace Festival

16 & 17 November 
Confessions of an Ex-Drag Queen
By Jack Stone
Chapel Playhouse, London
www.chapelplayhouse.co.uk

30 November
Voldemort & the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody
By Laura Elmes Productions
The Kings Head Theatre, London
www.kingsheadtheatre.com

Returning for Christmas following a smash hit Autumn run. Before Voldemort became He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle, another moody teenager at Hogwarts. Join him in this brand new hilarious musical adventure as he learns the ways of love, proper snake maintenance and The Unforgivable Curses. Fresh from sold out performances at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two of the co-creators of Fringe sell-out smash-hit Thrones! The Musical bring you a Harry Potter musical parody that is sure to leave you spellbound. Packed with magic, hormones and more than a few murders, Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody tells the little-known tale of how Tom Riddle was once in a rock band with a giant squid, how he learned how to kiss from a snake, and that he once had a Hufflepuff girlfriend…

DECEMBER OPENINGS

5 – 28 December
Treasure Island
Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Book by Kate Ferguson
Music and lyrics by Susannah Pearse
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
octagonbolton.co.uk

The classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be sailing into Bolton this Christmas in a rip-roaring new stage adaptation of Treasure Island. Grownups never pay attention to children like Jim Hawkins. Stuck working in the family Inn, Jim is longing for adventure… could this be the day something exciting finally happens? When Jim meets a mysterious seafaring gentleman, adventure calls and it looks like there might be gold on the horizon.

But once they set sail, things start to look dangerous. Will Jim and friends escape from a gruesome gang of pirates and make their way back to dry land with the treasure? A fearsomely talented cast of actor musicians will help us set sail on our jolly way in a fun filled family adventure bursting with music, mutiny and talking parrots!

2020

JANUARY OPENINGS

28 January
‘Innervate’
By Liza Bec
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Network Theatre, London
vaultfestival.com

FEBRUARY OPENINGS

1 – 2 February
‘Jekyll vs Hyde’
By Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Network Theatre, London
vaultfestival.com

11 February – 7 March
‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’
By Living Spit
The Kings’ Head Theatre, London
www.kingsheadtheatre.com

29 February – 1 March
‘Asian Pirate Musical’
By Nemo Martin and Zhui Ning Chang
As part of Vault Festival 2020
Pit, The Vaults, London
vaultfestival.com

MARCH OPENINGS

12 March – 4 April
‘The Wicker Husband’
Book by Rhys Jennings
Music and lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
watermill.org.uk

‘Once upon a withy on the edge of a deep damp swamp, nestled in the arms of a winding river, stood a pretty little town…’

A folk-inspired new musical, The Wicker Husband, tells the timeless tale of the outsider. In a superficial world, where beauty is only skin-deep, meet the so-called ‘Ugly Girl’. Ostracised by the shallow townsfolk because she doesn’t fit in, the Ugly Girl becomes the envy of her neighbours when the mysterious Old Basketmaker makes her a strong and loving husband woven from living wicker. As bitter rivalry and jealousy threaten to tear the community apart, the townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan. Will the Ugly Girl’s happiness be ruined forever?

A captivating and powerful new musical, The Wicker Husband will have its world premiere at The Watermill. It was the winner of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016 celebrating new British musical theatre writers and was included in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.

JUNE OPENINGS

11 June – 18 July
‘Our Man In Havana’
By Ben Morales Frost & Richard Hough
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
www.watermill.org.uk

JULY OPENINGS

31 July – 19 September
‘Identical’
Based on the novel ‘The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe, Music by George Stiles
Book by Stuart Paterson
Theatre Royal Bath & Nottingham Playhouse
www.identicalmusical.com

This is the world stage musical premiere of the classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later.

In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives. The show is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Sir Trevor Nunn responsible for some of the greatest hits in the world (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard).

Identical has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi award-winning writers of the West End hit Honk! who also created a new score for the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins and a book by Stuart Paterson.

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