16 brand new musicals to see over the coming months
There are some exciting shows on the horizon!
It's a turbulent time for theatres right now but we wanted to give you some exciting tidbits on the horizon!
A new Andrew Lloyd Webber is always a momentous occasion, and with the performance calibre of Carrie Hope Fletcher leading the cast (which also features Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and newcomer Ivano Turco, this new take on the classic Cinderella story might well the perfect post-Covid tonic. Bring on opening night – Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) supplies the book. Gillian Lynne Theatre
The coolest musical of the lot! Frozen has already unveiled casting with the wonderful Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks playing the two sisters Anna and Elsa. A gargantuan film franchise, we expect similar results when the live version finally lands in the West End. The show will run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 27 August 2021
The Sherman Brothers certainly know how to craft an iconic tune – so we're very excited to see the eagerly anticipated stage version of the 1971 Disney film
UK and Ireland tour opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal on 14 August
If you don't think you know the music of The Drifters, then we can guarantee that you know the music of The Drifters, with hits including "Under the Boardwalk" and "Save the Last Dance for Me". West End legend Beverley Knight stars in this brand new show, with book by Ed Curtis and direction by Jonathan Church. Newcastle and the West End in autumn 2021
Bob Marley is an iconic musical figure, so it'll be extra special to see his story come to life on stage, with stalwart performer Arinze Kene of Misty fame in the lead role. We're already excited and it doesn't even open until October ! Lyric Theatre, from 1 October 2021
The RSC's big new musical has revealed 2021 dates after being postponed. Kate DiCamillo best-selling book, about a magical flying mammal, looks set to be the sort of wondrous fun that will captivate audiences this festive season. Thursday 14 October 2021 to Saturday 1 January 2022
We're rather surprised that there hasn't been a Tom Jones musical before, but with a crack team led by wonderful director Luke Sheppard (of & Juliet fame), we've got high hopes for this new show. Birmingham Rep, from 8 October 2021.
The sci-fi musical epic will open at the east London venue – with a score by Gianluca Cucchiara, lyrics by Andrew James Whelan, and book by Michael Conley. Hackney Empire from 22 to 31 October
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
A new musical by songwriter Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo and book by Chris Bush, the show tells the story of the likes of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst. Touring from 6 November, beginning at MAST Mayflower Studios
It's an epic Broadway bonanza and already audiences in the UK are eager to get a slice of the bohemian knees-up. The soundtrack is enough to keep us sated for now, but it won't be long before we're clamouring for sequined excess and larger-than-life numbers. The show will head into the Piccadilly Theatre later this year, with casting currently unconfirmed. Piccadilly Theatre, from 12 November
Bring It On
Another Broadway import long overdue, the stage version of the hit film will open on out and play throughout Christmas at the Southbank Centre! With more choreography than you could ever dream of, this one will definitely bring the cheer. Tour begins 26 November 2021.
Police Cops: The Musical
The physical theatre geniuses return with a musical take on their powerhouse comedy blockbuster – set to provide the perfectly comic Christmas treat. New Diorama Theatre, from 23 November to 23 December.
Exploring a group of men going through a crisis of masculinity while twirling "ribbons of fire" to international acclaim, Southwark Playhouse will host some rings of fire this winter. Southwark Playhouse from 2 December to 8 January 2022
A new musical isn't something the National has done since the five-star Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear (and before that a certain award-winning Hadestown): so the cast and plans for Hex already have us intrigued! National Theatre from 4 December to 22 January.
The story of the family-led supergroup will be kickstrting its tour in 2022 now – you can find out more about tour dates here. Opening at Curve in Leicester on 3 February 2022
Do you believe in life after lockdown? We sure do – and there will be no better way to celebrate than with this jukebox show based on the music of Cher. The tour will open at the Leicester Curve on 15 April 2022.
Audiences will be seeing double when this brand new musical, based on the The Parent Trap novel (responsible for those pretty brill films), opens in Nottingham before transferring to Bath with direction from the fabled Trevor Nunn. Featuring identical twins (hence the title) the piece sees two sisters use a classic switcheroo to try and bring their family back together. 2022 dates tbc