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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, COMING UP AND ANNOUNCED FOR 2022

11th – 28th May 2022

Now Is Good

Written by: Tim Firth

Storyhouse Theatre

The major new musical from Tim Firth has its world premiere at Storyhouse

A brand new musical comedy about love and life on the high street, created by Tim Firth, writer of smash hits Kinky Boots, Calendar Girls the Musical, The Band is here!

Starring Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em) alongside a cast of stars from stage and screen.

 22 July to 6 August 2022

Great British Bake Off
The Musical

BOOK & LYRICS BY Jake Brunger

MUSIC & LYRICS BY Pippa Cleary

Cheltenham Everyman

Ahead of its West End transfer, be the first to see the official Great British Bake Off: The Musical this summer. Five years in the ‘baking’ , this great big new British musical is worthy of only the firmest handshake – and it’s coming to Cheltenham for it’s showstopping world premiere!

Great British Bake Off: The Musical stars John Owen-Jones (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera) and Rosemary Ashe (Les Miserables, The phantom of the Opera, The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins) who will lead a company of over 30, including Olivier nominated actors Claire Moore and Charlotte Wakefield. Joining them to bake the house down are Simbi AkandeMichael CahillDamian HumbleyJaye JacobsScott PaigeAharon RaynerJay Saighal and Catriana Sandison –  alongside a live orchestra.

Follow the trials and tribulations of our bakers, find out who will triumph as Star Baker, and who will fall foul of a soggy bottom. Bursting with laughter and packed full of memorable songs, expect to fall in love all over again with the nation’s favourite baking show, in this year’s biggest new musical, suitable for the whole family.

23rd September – 15th May 2022

The Famous Five – The Musical
By Elinor Cook and Theo Jamieson

Theatre Clwyd

Join Enid Blyton’s Famous Five for a daring musical adventure!

When George and her dog Timmy find out that her cousins Julian, Anne and Dick are coming to stay, they’re pretty sure the whole summer is ruined. But out in the bay lies Kirrin Island and a ruined castle filled with mysteries to solve. Together they embark on a daring mission with the future of the planet at stake – a mission that might just be the making of the Famous Five…

Based on Enid Blyton’s multi-million-selling novels, this new musical by the award-winning Elinor Cook, with music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, is an exciting and heart-warming treat.

Directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling).

19th May – 21st May 2022

The Crooked Spire

Ashgate Heritage Arts , Chesterfield

Created by Martin Coslett, Mary Hennessy and Peter Gray and adapted from the book by Chris Nickson, this new musical is a homage to Chesterfield and the iconic church spire in the centre of the town at the parish church, St Mary and All Saints. 

Directed by Jake Smith, this musical is produced by Ashgate Heritage Arts.

7 April to 21 May 2022

Our Man In Havana

Book & Lyrics by Richard Hough
Music by Ben Morales Frost

The Watermill Theatre

It’s 1958 and Havana is on the brink of revolution. All day and night, the streets are filled with dancing and the shadows are filled with criminals. In the midst of the warm tropical air, an English vacuum cleaner salesman lives a quiet life running a modest business, raising his teenage daughter Milly and collecting miniature whisky bottles.

Just as Milly’s love of shopping reaches new heights, James Wormold receives an offer from the British Secret Intelligence Service that is too good to refuse. What Wormold lacks in sleuthing experience, he makes up for with imagination. Nothing stays quiet for long in Havana and his life is soon turned upside down when the fictional events of his intelligence reports start to come true!

A roller coaster comedy full of colourful characters and uplifting Cuban inspired songs, this new musical is based on Graham Greene’s iconic novel that cleverly the fine line between truth and lies.

12 July – 28th August 2022

101 Dalmatians
By Johnny McKnight and Douglas Hodge

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

When infamous Cruella de Vil (Kate Fleetwood) sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies. Based on the classic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical adaptation, packed with puppetry, is perfect for a summer’s day.

12th-19th June 2022

Tír na nÓG
By Shauna Carrick.
Location: Dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

“There are two sides to every story, even those from days of old”.  We all know the classic tale of Oisín in Tír na nÓg, but what about Niamh?

Tír na nÓg is a new bilingual musical by Shauna Carrick with additional music by Aidan Byrne. It flips the well-known story on its head, bringing Niamh Cinn Óir into the spotlight to tell her version of events.

The story of Tír na nÓg is a popular Irish folk tale which tells the story of Oisín, a brave warrior and Niamh Cinn Óir, the princess of Tír na nÓg. In the traditional tale, Niamh is seen as a magical fairy-like woman who appears to Oisín from across a lake on the back of a white horse. She brings him back with her to the land of Tír na nÓg, where everyone is always happy and no one ever dies, to be her husband.

Directed by Katie O’Halloran, with choreography by Douglas Reddan and design by Brian Mitchell, Tír na nÓg will premiere in the dlr Mill Theatre this June.

Our Man in Havana – A new musical version by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 07 Apr – 21 May 2022

Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary
Queens Theatre Hornchuch, 28 Apr – 21 May 2022

Playboy of the West Indies by Mustapha Matura, Clement Ishmael, Dominique Le Gendre and Nicolas Kent
Birmingham Rep, 10 Jun – 2 Jul 2022

27th July- 27th August

Tasting Notes

The Southwark Playhouse

“Perhaps it’s not so bad if this is it..?”

If you could see one day played out in the lives of several different people, all from inside their heads, would everything be the same? During a seemingly normal 24 hours, Tasting Notes, a new musical by Richard Baker and Charlie Ryall, highlights the things we don’t see when we’re not looking. Join us as we dip into the life of a wine bar; the people who serve us, the people who drink and the people we meet on our way to wherever we’re going.

Fancy a glass? Meet you at LJ’s. 

Music & Lyrics Richard Baker
Book & Lyrics Charlie Ryall Director Shelley Williams
Musical Director Richard Baker

19 Aug – 3 Sep 2022

Identical – a twintastic new musical based on the novel The Parent Trap by George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Stuart Paterson

The Lowry, Salford – also playing at Nottingham Playhouse – 6 Jul – 14 Aug 2022

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.

Standing on the Sky’s Edge by Richard Hawley and Chris Bush.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – 10 Dec 2022 –  21 Jan 2023

14 Dec 2022 – 8 Jan 2023

Claus the Musical
By Simon Warne and Andy Collyer

The Lowry, Salford

From the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes the world premiere of Claus The Musical. Based on the beloved children’s book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, this brand-new musical is as magical as Christmas itself.

With spellbinding songs from Andy Collyer, heart-warming storytelling, enchanting sets, and a whole load of festive fun, discover the story of Claus and how he became a man forever in our hearts, and on Christmas Eve, forever in our skies.

Abandoned as a baby in the magical Forest of Burzee, he is gifted to Necile, a wood nymph, who showers him with love and names him Claus.  With a helping hand from the mystical inhabitants of the forest – Fairies, Knooks and Ryls – she teaches him that kindness is the most important lesson of all, a gift that Claus eventually shares with us, as he embarks on a journey to bring the miracle of Christmas to the whole world.

Adapted for the stage by Simon Warne, Claus will warm the hearts of kids from 1 to 92, and is a truly joyful production for the whole family to cherish and enjoy together.


TOURING PRODUCTIONS IN 2022

4 Feb – 22 Apr 2022

An Evening with The Good Enough Mums Club
By Emily Beecher

Touring across the country from Jan – Apr 2022, including to MAST Mayflower Studios and The Lowry.

Not perfect? Join the club! Join us for an evening of laughter, tears, and music with the songs from hysterical and heart-breaking new musical, The Good Enough Mums Club. This concert performance is hosted by the show’s creator, Emily Beecher ahead of the full production in 2023. Hear the songs from the show, confess your parenting sins, and join the cast & creative team for a chat about all things motherhood. An Evening With The Good Enough Mums Club is the perfect excuse to take the night off!

Can’t escape for the evening? Join us for a child-friendly matinee that fits around the school run! All wee ones welcome – although be warned there is some swearingx

School of Rock – by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater Julian Fellowes
Touring until 13 August 2022 across the UK.

Everybody’s Talking About JamieMusic by Dan Gillespie Sells, Book & Lyrics by Tom McRae
First opened on the West End in November 2017. UK tour begins 23 February until 30 April 2022. Also playing in Los Angeles Jan16 – Feb 20 2022.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
By Miranda Cooper, Jennifer Decilveo and Chris Bush 

Touring across the UK from Tue 5 April – Sun 12 June 2022.

Join inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey she is surprised to meet the original and incredible Wonder Women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few. 

Fisherman’s Friends the Musical
Touring from 1 Sep – 19 Nov 2022 across the UK.


LONG RUNNING NEW MUSICALS 

SixBy Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

First opened at The Arts Theatre – July 2018

Now playing at the Vaudeville Theatre, West End, as well as playing the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway, touring the UK and Australia and New Zealand, with US tour dates planned.

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 

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.  

Cinderella – by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emerald Fennell, David Zippel
Performances resume at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 3 February 2022.

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