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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.

 

WHAT’S ON 

On Hostile Ground
By Darren Clark, Charlie Westenra, Michael Henry and Juliet Gilkes Romero  

Online via Royal & Derngate from 16 March – 30 April 2021

Shining a light on the communities who have come to call Britain home, On Hostile Ground is a compelling new musical drama.  

Based on jaw-dropping real-life testimonies and featuring a classically influenced score, it interweaves the story of the cabinet meeting that created the brutal Hostile Environment Policy and of the people whose lives were devastated by it. 

New content is released from On Hostile Ground regularly across this running time, as well as events and event replays.  

The Fabulist Fox Sister – by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley 

Streaming online via Southwark Playhouse until 16 May.

Everything is Absolutely Fine –  by Alice Keedwell and Harry Blake (House of Blakewell)

Streaming online via The Lowry – 15 May

A new online comedy musical about anxiety disorders, caring and trying to keep going. With power ballads, show tunes and body percussion, HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL explore what it’s like to be human and to struggle.

Alice is making a new start. Things are going to be different. She has moved out of the big city to a small town, doing the job she loves as an Occupational Therapist. She is going to be a new person here, cool, calm and free. The kind of person who goes running everyday and can go to a cafe and sit on their own. She is going to make a difference, meet new people and become a new woman…BUT her old friend Anxiety has other ideas…

Stay Awake, Jake
By Tim Gilvin

Streaming online until 16 May 2021 via Southwark Playhouse 

Tim Gilvin’s multi-award-winning one-act musical Stay Awake, Jake is a bold and innovative new show that tells the story of one man’s journey across England’s deserted motorways in the middle of the night, as he drives from London to Carlisle in a frantic bid to save his relationship. 

Stay Awake, Jake is about love, responsibility, fatherhood, and ultimately what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Over the course of the show, we learn more about Jake’s life, his past, and what it was that made him decide to get in his car and drive the length of the country at 2am in the morning. 

Fiver: the Concert – By Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees 

Streaming online via Southwark Playhouse until 16 May.

#50days – by Thabo Stuck

17-19 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

Cake – by Jack McManus, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Tasha Taylor-Johnson

20-22 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

Housefire – by P Burton-Morgan and Felix Hagan

24-26 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

Millenials –  by Elliot Clay

24-26 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

Daisy –  by Caroline Kay

27-29 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

Tony! A Tony Blair Rock Opera – by Harry Hill & Steve Brown

27-29 May at MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre, then digital tour 31 May – 4 July.

AMDRAM : A Musical Comedy – by Katie Lam and Alex Parker at Curve, Leicester

27 – 29 May at Curve Leicester

Between baby yoga, the PTA and the local Scouts, Great Osterley North Amateur Dramatic Society – or GONADS, as chairwoman Honoria likes them to be known – reign supreme over the village hall. Or at least, they did, until the arrivals of a professional director and a new leading lady throw their production of musical classic The Golden Empress into chaos. Cast, crew and committee are forced to explore friendship, theatre and community with hilarious results, but with so much drama taking place off stage, will The Golden Empress ever make it to opening night?

Public Domain – By Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke 

27 – 30 May 2021 – Vaudeville Theatre

You Are Here  – Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram, Book by Brian Hill 

Southwark Playhouse, in person and online from 17 May – 22 June 2021  

8 June 2021

Game Theory
By Rachel Bellman and Josh Bird, developed by Perfect Pitch

Live at The Lowry – Tue 8 June at 7:45pm (limited capacity with social distancing in place)
Watch online at steam.theatre from Fri 11 June
A work-in-progress, concert style performance

Game Theory is a thrilling original musical about friendship, betrayal, and the lengths we will go just to belong.

Presented as a work-in-progress, concert style presentation, Game Theory tells the story of Cass, a university fresher desperate to feel like she belongs, and her three student friends hovering on the fringes of campus society, Mia, Tom and Luke. As the group are drawn into the black market underworld of endangered flowers (yes that’s a thing!) they all become entangled in a criminal investigation, and it’s soon clear that someone is lying to them.

But the real question is… how far would you go for your friends?

9 June 2021

A Mother’s Song
By Finn Anderson and Tania Azevedo

Live at The Lowry – Wed 9 June at 7:45pm (limited capacity with social distancing in place)
Watch online at stream.theatre from Sat 12 June

A concert-style performance

Three remarkable women at different times in history, all linked by bloodline, find connection through the traditional folk ballads passed down their family tree. These songs have traveled the globe, from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and into the Appalachian mountains. And in modern-day New York, Sarah’s rediscovery of these songs and the family stories embedded within them, help guide her through life-changing events and decisions. Can Sarah maintain her identity as an independent, queer woman in NYC, without abandoning the traditions of her childhood?

A contemporary new musical with an original pop-folk score from award-winning composer Finn Anderson.

10 June 2021

34
By Drew Dillon

Live at The Lowry – Thu 10 June at 7:45pm (limited capacity with social distancing in place)

Watch online at stream.theatre from Sun 13 June.

A concert-style performance

A one man musical with a pop infused score, 34 tells the story of a young gay man navigating life and love in Belfast while wrestling with the politics, relationships and the pull of the place he calls home.

12 July – 17 July 2021

The Red Side of the Moon
By Zoe Woodruff and Kathryn Tindall

Iris Theatre Summer Season, London

‘What if we could live our lives, have it all and not have to make minds shift?’

Ellen and Beth meet in a bar at an open mic night in the early 2000’s. They are thrust head first into the public eye and whilst audiences are falling in love with them, they are falling in love with each other. 

Join us this summer for the world premiere of this folk inspired new musical from an all female creative team. The beautiful, uplifting, original score will whisk you away on a journey about love, superstardom and the courage to be who you truly are.

17 July – 31 July 2021

Gin Craze
By April de Angelis and Lucy Rivers 

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

 A booze soaked love ballad from the women of Gin Lane. 

Two lovers, each with hidden secrets, struggle to prosper as gin hawkers. At a time in the 18th century when the average Briton drank 1.5 litres of gin every day, women were being locked up in cells to sober up and disorder was breaking out on every street corner, panic spreads among the upper classes who look to the magistrates, the Church and even their tipsy Queen to restore sobriety. 

This raucous satire invites you down to the gin dive! Come on a journey through the joyous excesses of Hogarth’s Britain in this anarchic, ingenious and irreverent new musical. 

Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba, Ben Ringham and Max Ringham. Produced by Paines Plough. National tour dates TBC.


Postponed, but hopefully returning soon

You And I: A New Musical
By Cordelia O’Driscoll and Tom Williams 

The Other Palace, London 

What do you do when the world’s first super-intelligent robot turns up at your door asking about the origins of the universe, karaoke and the meaning of porn? Fran is about to find out. ‘You and I’ follows the story of this aspiring musician as she learns to conquer fear, cope with loss and find her voice, all through her new friendship with a robot named Robert. 

After a critically acclaimed run in 2019 that delighted audiences from around the UK, ‘You and I’ is set to take The Other Palace by storm. Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll’s sophomore show comes after the huge success of their debut, ‘Buried’, which recently won them the Best Book and Best Music awards at the New York Musical Festival. With a soulful folk score from this award-winning duo, this touching new musical comedy explores what it really means to be human. 

No Limits: A Song Cycle
By Sam Thomas

The Other Palace, London 

Everybody’s getting married and being promoted and having babies and moving elsewhere, but it doesn’t mean you’re losing if you’re not!No Limits is an exciting new song-cycle by Sam Thomas that shatters the notion of falling behind in life – because there’s really no such thing. It follows characters as they dare to believe in themselves and strive for a better tomorrow. 

From confessing their dreams of becoming a rock star to catfish-ing their attractive neighbour, this powerful collection of songs sees characters let go of their anxieties, take leaps of faith and fight for what they’re worth. Featuring relatable stories of the heartfelt, soul-baring and even kinky variety, it highlights how we’re really all in the same boat, and that with enough self-belief, we can always overcome what’s holding us back. A show with heart, humour and a message we should all take on board… “Know no limits!” 


LONG RUNNING SHOWS  

Everybody’s Talking About JamieMusic by Dan Gillespie Sells, Book & Lyrics by Tom McRae

First opened November 2017  

Expected reopening – 20 May 2021, with a UK national tour being rescheduled in 2021 due to covid.  

The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell. The musical follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen. 

SixBy Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

First opened at The Arts Theatre – July 2018

Expected reopening – May 21 2021 at the Lyric Theatre and from 24 August 2021 at The Arts Theatre, as well as on tour in 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. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. 

MatildaBook by Dennis Kelly, Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Authored by Roald Dahl

First opened – November 2011 

Expected reopening – 22 June 2021  

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.  

School of Rock – by Andrew LLoyd Webber

Tour due to start mid 2021

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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