Listings

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 

#50days – by Thabo Stuck

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

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

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

Housefire – by P Burton-Morgan and Felix Hagan

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

Millenials –  by Elliot Clay

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

Proud – By Graham Lappin, Mark Anderson & Lee Freeman

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

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

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

Far from Heaven – by Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel & Michael Korie

On digital tour 31 May – 4 July as part of MTFestUK

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

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

From Fri 11 – 27 June 2021 – online

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 stream.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?

From Sat 12 – 27 June 2021 – online

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.

From Sun 13 – 27 June 2021 – online

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.

Lady Chatterly’s Lover – By John Robinson and Phil Willmott

Shaftesbury Theatre, 18 and 19 June 2021

Ride – By Jack Williams and Freya Catrin Smith

Garrick Theatre, 21 June 2021, at 3pm and 8pm

23rd June – 17 July 2021

Bloody Elle – a gig musical
By Lauren Redding

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Eve’s eyes are green like guacamole, she has posh-hair and a freckle on her chin (that might be chocolate) and when she puts her hand on Elle’s arm…

This heart-warming and belly-achingly funny story is stuffed full of those stomach-flipping-time-stopping moments, a touch, a glance, a kiss, that everyone will recognise.

BLOODY ELLE is set to an original score, building loops and layers of sound that make you feel like there is a ten-piece band on stage, transporting the audience to a sweaty, packed out gig in the back of a pub or a 10,000 seat arena.

24th – 26th June 2021

MARRIAGE Á LA MODE
By Victoria Saxton and Charles Miller

The Assembly Theatre, University of Chichester

Should one marry for money or for love?
 
Posh (but poor) Percy and rich (but common) Cecilia are forced to wed by their parents. And soon wind up dead. Gin soaked, syphilis riddled 18th century London meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ in Marriage Á La Mode, a witty new musical inspired by Hogarth’s legendary paintings.
 
Real-life history echoes today’s self-obsessed society in this comic – yet cautionary – tale, set to a soaring musical score.

Composer Charles Miller and Librettist Victoria Saxton joined forces to create a new musical inspired by the paintings of William Hogarth. This piece was workshopped and presented at London School of Musical Theatre in 2014 and University of Chichester are delighted to be delivering the first fully produced version of this hilarious new British musical with original orchestrations by Daniel Jarvis.

Errol’s Garden – By Caroline Wigmore and Jen Green

Touring 26 June – 10 July

From Here – By Ben Barrow and Lucy Ireland

Chiswick Playhouse, 1 – 31 July 2021

9 July 2021

Chronic
By Cat Bensley and Stuart Foulston

Southwark Playhouse, as part of SWK Fest

Chronic is a ‘hysterical’ one-woman reflection on a journey that navigates an invisible chronic illness, exploring the unconscious medical bias that was experienced along the way. It questions how far we’ve really come since the Freudian days of medical misogyny.

Through music and humour, we follow Cat’s journey from her initial symptoms to an acceptance of the disease, experiencing the challenges she faces, not only from her doctors, but mentally and physically. Cat’s initial aspiration is overshadowed by her illness, but this doesn’t stop her finding joy in the most unexpected ways; not in the actualisation of goals, but in simply just ‘being.’ Something we should all be striving for, chronic disease or not.

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. 

Operation Mincemeat ‘work in progress’ run – by Splitlip

Southwark Playhouse, 23 July to 7 August 2021

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency  – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry with Cardboard Citizens

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 9 – 16 October 2021

6 – 30 November 2021

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

MAST Mayflower Studios, Southhampton.

The world premiere of a brand new kickass-pirational pop musical will burst to life at the Mayflower Mast Studio this Autumn as the Fantastically Great Women take to the stage to tell their stories. 

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. 

Also touring to the Norwich Playhouse (where it play from 23 November to 5 December) and Liverpool Playhouse (8 December to 2 January 2022).

From December 2021

Hex
By Tanya Ronder, Jim Fortune and Rufus Norris

Olivier Theatre, National Theatre

The National Theatre will premiere a new musical based on the Sleeping Beauty folk tale.

Titled Hex, the piece is directed by the venue’s artistic director Rufus Norris. Penned by Tanya Ronder with music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by Rufus Norris, the piece tells the classic tale from the perspective of the fairy trying to make everything better.

It has set and costume design by Katrina Lindsay (Small Island) as well as orchestrations by Simon Hale, music supervision by Marc Tritschler, music direction by Tarek Merchant, lighting design by Paul Anderson, choreography by Jade Hackett with consultant choreography by Bill Deamer and sound design by Simon Baker.

Spring 2022

Orphans
By Douglas Maxwell, Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly, based on the film by Peter Mullan

Touring to Greenock, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness

A musical version of Peter Mullan’s cult classic Orphans will premiere next spring as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s season.

Directed by Cora Bissett, the piece has book by Douglas Maxwell with lyrics and score by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly.

Set in 1998, the piece follows a group of siblings together after the death of their mother. The cast includes Amy Conachan, Robert Florence, Chloe Hodgson, Reuben Joseph, Harry Ward and Dylan Wood, with the creative team featuring set and costume designer Emily James, sound designer Pippa Murphy, lighting designer Lizzie Powell, cultural consultant Kerry Michael, assistant director Niloo-Far Khan.

The show will open at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow before visiting King’s Theatre, Edinburgh and Eden Court, Inverness, with previews at Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.


Postponed (but hopefully returning soon), or dates to be announced

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!” 

Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba, with music by Ben and Max Ringham

Produced by Paines Plough, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, in Association with tiata fahodzi. National tour dates TBC.


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 at the Apollo Theatre

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. 

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie – National Tour – Being rescheduled due to Covid

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

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. 

Six – National Tour – Being rescheduled due to Covid

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

First opened – November 2011 

Expected reopening – September 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.

Cinderella – by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emerald Fennell, David Zippel

Previews begin 25 June 2021, with opening scheduled for 14 July 2021 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre

Welcome to Belleville! The most aggressively picturesque town in the history of the world, populated exclusively with gorgeous townsfolk who stop at nothing to achieve perfection. Maintaining this façade is a full time job, and one that is taken very seriously indeed.

The only person steadfastly refusing to live in the fairy tale is Cinderella, loud-mouthed, dripping with disdain, and more likely to roast Hansel and Gretel for dinner than play the demure and downtrodden maid, Cinderella is desperate to escape. But underneath it all, the loneliness that comes with being the town pariah is wearing on her.

SUPPORTERS

Rebecca Applin
"Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of types of shows and platforms.  Meeting and working with lots of different directors and creatives has been incredibly valuable and I hope the start of collaborations that will carry on into the future."
Rebecca Applin

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