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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

Fri 19 Aug – Sun 28 Aug

To The Streets

Touring

An uplifting new concert musical, inspired by the Bristol Bus Boycott, performed in parks across the West Midlands.

It’s 1963 and the Swinging Sixties have arrived: The Beatles release their debut album, the mini skirt is born and the Civil Rights movement is gaining ground in America. Back in the UK, the country is emerging from the Big Freeze. As temperatures thaw, tensions are running high in Bristol where the Omnibus Company refuses to employ Black or Asian drivers or conductors.

Book by Roy Williams | Music & Lyrics by Tim Sutton | Directed by Christopher Haydon | Choreography by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe | Design by Soutra Gilmour

3rd – 29th August 2022

Making A Murderer The Musical

 Cowbarn at Underbelly’s Bristo Square 

Based on the real case and true events of Steven Avery, which inspired by the award-winning Netflix true crime documentary series and global phenomenon, this musical is created by and starring BAFTA-winning comedy writer Phil Mealey, known for co-creating Early Doors and co-writing episodes of the beloved The Royle Family. The show highlights the many flaws, biases and inconsistencies that contributed to both of Mr Avery’s convictions and that exist in the justice system today.

Making A Murderer: The Musical, which proudly supports The Innocence Project, follows Avery’s conviction, exoneration, and subsequent re-arrest for murder in his hometown of Manitowoc. Mealey’s captivating comedy-drama takes audiences on an emotional and eye-opening journey into the life and story of a man and his family’s fight for freedom that has enthralled people all over the world and has helped shine a light on the injustices and failings of a broken system. 

8 July – 7 August

Millennials

Written by: Elliot Clay

The Other Palace

Millennials is a brand new British musical that turns up the microphone on the lives, the losses, and the frustrations of young people in the modern world.

A generation that is so often defined by tabloid headlines, tweets and, of course, avocados, has picked up the mic and transported us inside their extraordinarily ordinary lives.

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.

3rd August – 28th August 2022

I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

Written by: Alexander S Bermange

Gilded Balloon

This comedic musical revue reveals everything you could want to know about being a musical theatre performer… if only there were any who’d dare admit it. Covering the journey from wide-eyed drama student to brattish diva, or past-it chorus member, or bitter has-been (or never-was), this show lifts the lid on awful auditions, debilitating dance routines, mid-performance mishaps, and backstage backstabbing – plus those magical moments that make it all worthwhile.

HELP! We Are Still Alive

5th September – 15th October 
 Seven Dials Playhouse

Jass and Finn have survived the apocalypse – but can their relationship take the strain? What do you do when the last person on earth no longer floats your boat? Help! We are Still Alive is a hilarious, gig-style queer, comedy musical about keeping the romance alive when everything else is dead as a doornail. It’s 28 Days Later meets When Harry Met Sally with catchy and heart-breaking songs.

Music and Lyrics by MMD member Tim Gilvin and book by Imogen Palmer and directed by Georgie Rankcom. To The Streets

26th July – 3rd December 2022

The Osmonds

UK Tour

You Loved Them For A Reason. Now, for the first time, you can see this sensational new musical and relive one of the world’s biggest ever boybands. THE OSMONDS: A new musical tells the official story from Jay Osmond about the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits decade after decade.

THE OSMONDS: A New Musical has a story By Jay Osmond and book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison, and will be directed by Shaun Kerrison, with choreography and musical staging by Bill Deamer.

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).

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

17th June – 2nd July 2022

Playboy of the West Indies

Birmingham Rep Theatre

Based on the Irish Classic The Playboy Of The Western WorldMustapha Matura’s hilarious reinvention Playboy Of The West Indies has been delighting audiences and critics alike world-wide for over 35 years

Now in this world premiere production the classic play has been transformed into a glorious new musical with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score firmly rooted in the Caribbean.

Written by Clement Ishmael (Five Guys Named Moe, The Lion King) and Dominique Le Gendre (Royal Opera House, Talawa Theatre) and co-direction from Nicolas Kent (Grenfell: Value Engineering, Ain’t Misbehavin) Playboy Of The West Indies transports you to the Caribbean in this witty, vibrant and joyful new musical.

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.

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.

1st-17th September 2022

Rehab The Musical
Music & lyrics by Grant Black and Murray Lachlan Young, book by Elliot Davis.
Location: The Playground Theatre

Keith Allen (The Comic Strip Presents…The Homecoming), Jonny Labey (BBC EastEndersStrictly Ballroom), Gloria Onitiri (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CinderellaThe Bodyguard) and John Barr (Batboy The MusicalLes Misérables) are to star in the new British musical Rehab The Musical’, a rock-bottom-to-redemption journey of the soul filled with thumpingly memorable songs.

It’s 1999 and jaded 26-year-old pop star Kid Pop finds himself in court after being caught red-handed in a drug-fuelled tabloid sting. An understanding judge gives Kid the choice between gaol time or six weeks in a rehabilitation centre. It seems a no-brainer: rehab will be a holiday. But how could Kid have got it so wrong?

Rehab The Musical has music & lyrics by Grant Black and Murray Lachlan Young and a book by Elliot Davis and is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live—12 years in the West End, Heathers).

5th October – 31st October

As You As Nervous As I Am?

Written by: Leighton James House, Simon Spencer, Shaun McKenna

The Greenwich Theatre

This story follows the journey of two sisters – Peggy and Janet – in their search for happiness. Fighting against their mother’s dysfunctional behaviour, they are forced apart to pursue lives away from their home in Wales.

Peggy sings. However, she is never propelled by a drive to become famous but instead to break unhealthy childhood patterns, find independence and build the loving family she always wanted. Janet struggles with her own demons, striving for the courage and support to live a truer and more honest life.

Set against the background of a century in flux, when the sisters reconnect, they are gradually empowered to positively transform their 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.  

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