As COVID-19 lockdown rules are eased we’ve been keeping an eye on West End Musical plans. Here is a summary of what is known at the moment.
With most West End Musicals having been closed for over a year now, outdoor theatres, online productions and streaming services have kept the flame burning for theatre fans worldwide.
The feeling now is palpable that audiences, creatives and actors alike are eagerly awaiting the return of live theatre. While everyone is keen to get back to normal productions are being careful to keep audiences and performers safe by keeping within the issued guidelines. Most theatres are also now members of the See It Safely scheme where venues undergo verification of safety standards.
We will be updating this page to provide a rolling update of production restart dates and any restrictions that might apply (Please note – this may subject to change). Some theatres have already said that a negative COVID-19 test or proof if vaccination may be needed as a condition of entry although this has yet to be confirmed.
WEST END MUSICALS
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre, London
20 May 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as it triumphantly returns to the Apollo Theatre and fast approaches its 1000th performance.
Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the award-winning hit musical for today – bang up to date, more relevant than ever and specially updated for the times we live in today.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie re-opens starring Noah Taylor and Shane Richie along with Melissa Jacques, Sejal Keshwala, Hiba Elchikhe and Gillian Ford.
To assist with test and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.
SIX THE MUSICAL
Lyric Theatre, London
21 May 2021
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.
Six the musical features Jarneia Richard-Noel, Courtney Bowman, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Sophie Isaacs, Danielle Steers, Zara Macintosh, Cherelle Jay, Hana Stewart, Collette Guitart.
To assist with test and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.
22 June 2021
Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum for a strictly limited season.
Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up!
Hairspray the musical also stars Paul Merton, Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace.
Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
25 June 2021
A total reimagining of the classic story. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly anticipated new musical, Cinderella, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, is the exciting musical comedy set to completely reinvent the world’s best-loved fairytale.
Featuring a brand new score by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Oscar-nominated David Zippel, with a script from Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell.
Get ready for Cinderella… like you’ve never seen her before.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Opens 1 July 2021
Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.
The show will star Jac Yarrow, Alexandra Burke and Jason Donovan
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat enjoyed a completely sold-out season this year, with audiences giving the new production nightly standing ovations. Critics were also unanimous in their acclaim for the legendary musical – the first major collaboration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – as it returned to The London Palladium.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
Dominion Theatre. London
Re-opens 1 July 2021
Based on the Dreamworks animated film, The Prince Of Egypt tells the biblical story of Moses and Rameses. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever. With a score by Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz, The Prince Of Egypt features a cast of 38 including Luke Brady (Sweeney Todd), Liam Tamne. (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Lion King), Olivier award nominee and RSC Associate Artist Joe Dixon, and Olivier Award nominee Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard).
As epic a story as has ever been told in a stage musical, The Prince Of Egypt features a score by Stephen Schwartz of Wicked fame.
Savoy Theatre, London
Re-Opens 8 July 2021
Big news! Pretty Woman: The Musical returns to the West End from July 2021. It’s time to head back to Beverly Hills and experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time live on stage at its glamorous new home – the Savoy Theatre. London, Get ready to fall in love for a big night out, as the record-breaking box office smash-hit musical returns.
Pretty Woman the musical stars Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson. Jerry Mitchell’s production features a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The stage adaptation of the hugely popular movie had been wowing audiences pre-pandemic.
Barbican Centre, London
From 23 July 2021
Cole Porter songs and tap-dancing sailors, what’s not to love?’
All aboard for this saucy and splendid major new production of Cole Porter and P. G. Wodehouse’s classic musical of pure escapism, Anything Goes. Featuring a joyful, gold-plated score of theatre’s most memorable standards, including ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’, ‘You’re the Top’, ‘It’s DeLovely!’ and Anything Goes, it’s everything you want a big Broadway musical to be and more!
Making her West End debut is the award-winning and internationally renowned American actress, comedian and singer, Megan Mullally as the delectable Reno Sweeney. Mullally, won hearts, as well as three SAG awards, two Emmy awards and four Golden-Globe Nominations, for her iconic role as Karen Walker in the hit TV sitcom Will & Grace. Mullally will be joined by three-time Olivier Award and Tony-Award winner Robert Lindsay, as Moonface Martin. Lindsay has become a household name with British audiences over the years, including starring in the hugely successful BBC sitcom My Family.
Joining them in this all-star line-up, are acting royalty and Evening Standard Theatre Award-winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life / Much Ado About Nothing) as Evangeline Harcourt and much-beloved leading West End Legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago / Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Elisha Whitney.
From 28 July
The beloved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS is returning to London’s West End, opening at the sparkling new Trafalgar Theatre.
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning, true-life phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. They were just four guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s too good to be true.
The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.
THE LION KING
From 29 July
You will never forget the theatrical event that is Disney’s internationally celebrated musical The Lion King. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
For over twenty years The Lion King has been delighting London audiences of all ages. It’s Disney magic at its best combined with a score by Elton John, Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer and Lebo M.
COME FROM AWAY
From 21 June
Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Come From Away has taken the West End by storm. Playing to nightly standing ovations at London’s Phoenix Theatre, Come From Away also continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA and in Canada.
This joyous new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world that became grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.
As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stories would become a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.
Awarded the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Tony® and Grammy® nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
Re-opens 25 August
Celebrate over 20 years of Mamma Mia! in London where it all began…
Join the fun as the world’s favourite feel-good musical, Mamma Mia!, celebrates its twentieth anniversary in London’s West End. Since premiering there in 1999, the irresistible smash-hit has become a global phenomenon that’s captured the hearts of millions around the globe.
The sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island idyll, all unfolding to the magic of ABBA’s timeless pop masterpieces, has now been seen live on stage by over 65 million people across the world, and turned into two record-breaking movies – Mamma Mia! The Movie and Mamma Mia!! Here We Go Again.
BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL
From 20 August
Welcome to Hill Valley! Take an electrifying ride back in time as the 1985 blockbuster film and pop culture phenomenon arrives in London’s West End as a groundbreaking new musical adventure!
When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.
Adapting this iconic story for the stage are the movie’s creators Bob Gale (Back to the Future trilogy) and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump). The production features original music by multi-Grammy winners Alan Silvestri (Avengers: Endgame) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), alongside hit songs from the movie including The Power of Love, Johnny B Goode, Earth Angel and Back in Time.
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Re-opens 24 September
Romeo & Juliet final scene. Juliet picks up the dagger and….gets a life.
& Juliet is the irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she…wrote her own story?
& Juliet soars with some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years from acclaimed songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Everybody (Backstreet’s back), Love Me Like You Do and Can’t Feel My Face, all brilliantly arranged by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman.
This timely and vibrant new musical is directed by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights) with a story by David West Read (Netflix’s Schitt’s Creek), choreography from Jennifer Weber and set design from Soutra Gilmour.
A riotous comic blast of fun and glorious pop music, & Juliet proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Opens 22 June 2021
Heathers the Musical returns to Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited 12 week run following a 2019 sold out run.
Greetings and salutations. Welcome to Westerberg High where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teachers her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder being a somebody…
Wickedly funny and with dazzling book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, Heathers the musical is based on the 1988 cult hit, that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills. With direction from Andy Fickman and electrifying choreography by Gary Lloyd, this is one class production you can’t afford to skip.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
From 22 June
Matilda arrived at The Cambridge Theatre with a dream selection of talent assembling under the banner of a Royal Shakespeare Company production.
Stadium-selling comedian Tim Minchin provides original songs, prolific Matthew Warchus directs, and the acclaimed writer Dennis Kelly delivers the book. Together they create a stunning new musical, based on the original story by the inimitable Roald Dahl.
Matilda is a captivating musical that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dared to change her destiny. This magical show is pure escapism for all ages and the lead performance of the young Matilda has to be seen with your own eyes to believe. Never before has such a young talent filled a West End stage so magnificently.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world première production has mesmerised young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre.
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