The Time Traveller’s Wife The Musical announces West End Transfer

Last Updated on 9th February 2023

The Time Traveller’s Wife The Musical is to open at the Apollo Theatre, London from 7 October 2023 starring David Hunter and Joanna Woodward.

Time Travellers WifeA new musical based on the popular film The Time Traveller’s Wife is to open at the Apollo Theatre, London In October 2023 following an “out of town” try-out at the Storyhouse Chester in October 2022.


With a book by Lauren Gunderson, original music and lyrics by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart and additional music by Nick Finlow and additional lyrics by Kait Kerrigan, the production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst.  David Hunter will star as Henry and Joanna Woodward as Clare, reprising the roles they played in Chester, with further casting to be announced.

Henry and Clare’s relationship is like no other.  And yet, it’s like all others.  Clare is a talented sculptor and Henry is – well – a time traveller.  They meet, fall in love, and marry – but not in that order.  Flung apart by time but united by love, Henry is always trying to get back to Clare. Their journey is one of resilience, impossibilities and trying to hold on to each other when everything is pulling you apart.

Time Traveller's Wife
Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.

The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical is a joyous, uplifting celebration of the strange wonder of love, however, and whenever we experience it.  The musical weaves a heart-breaking and soaring original musical score by multi-Grammy Award-winning composers Joss Stone and Dave Stewart with one of the most beloved novels of the last 50 years.  All couples ask how to truly know one another, to trust, to commit, to build a family, to work at something bigger than ourselves.  Not all of us are time travellers.  How do you love across time?

Dave Stewart said, “Working with Joss Stone alongside Lauren Gunderson has been a thrilling experience. The world that director Bill Buckhurst has created for this very emotional love story brings magic to the stage. The songs Joss and I have written for this amazing musical have been woven together so brilliantly by composer/arranger Nick Finlow and, as we intended, the audience are enraptured in the joy of the story, the music and the complexities of close relationships.”

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David Hunter (Henry) and Joanna Woodward (Claire). Design: Anna Fleischle. Photo: Ant Clausen

Joss Stone said, “‘To say I’m excited is an understatement. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be part of creating a musical, let alone one that will be enjoyed in the West End! It’s truly wonderful to be part of such a talented group of people.”

The musical will also feature choreography by Shelley Maxwell, lighting design by Lucy Carter, illusions by Chris Fisher, video design by Andrzej Goulding, sound design by Richard Brooker, musical supervision & arrangement by Nick Finlow, orchestrations by Malcolm Edmonstone and wigs, hair and make-up design by Susanna Peretz.  Casting will be by Grindrod Burton Casting.  It will be produced by Colin Ingram, InTheatre Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Teresa Tsai, Crossroads Live, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.



Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 7EZ

Performance Times:

Performances: Mondays – Saturdays at 7.30pm*, Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm**

(*No performance on Monday 9 October; **No Wednesday matinee on 11 October)

Christmas Performance Schedule

MONDAY                    25/12/2023           No Performance
TUESDAY                   26/12/2023           7.30pm
WEDNESDAY MAT    27/12/2023           2.30pm
WEDNESDAY            27/12/2023           7.30pm
THURSDAY MAT       28/12/2023           2.30pm
THURSDAY               28/12/2023           7.30pm
FRIDAY                      29/12/2023           7.30pm
SATURDAY MAT        30/12/2023           2.30pm
SATURDAY EVE        30/12/2023           7.30pm

The Time Traveller's Wife
David Hunter and Joanna Woodward. Photo: Any Clausen


David Hunter‘s theatre credits include: Waitress (Adelphi and UK Tour); Kinky Boots (Adelphi); Once (Phoenix); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Adelphi, UK Tour); Songs for a New World (Palladium); Tommy (Prince Edward); Seussical (Arts); The Hired Man (Leicester Curve and Colchester Mercury); Pub and Spinach (the Royal Exchange); The Mayor of Zalamea (Liverpool Everyman).  His film and TV credits include: Nativity 3Holby City and Doctors (BBC); Superstar (ITV).  David’s pop/rock band Reemer had support slots, playing alongside The Feeling, Scouting for Girls and McFly on their full UK Arena Tour.

Joanna Woodward most recently understudied and played Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical(Piccadilly Theatre & Savoy Theatre).  Her other theatre credits include: Emily in Zombies: The Musicaland Eulpha Miziam in Confessions (The Other Palace); Mary in The Life (Southwark Playhouse); understudied and played Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Margaret in Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East); understudied Beth/Meg/KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre); Tinker Bell in Lost Boy(Finborough Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre); Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre).

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