Music makes the world go round. Well, it doesn’t. Angular momentums and gravitational fields do, but music sounds a bit more fun. Ever since the globe went back into motion after Covid, the theatre world has celebrated with a host of new openings (and re-openings) and we’re so excited.
Some of the most exciting tunes from the most famous musicians are coming to the stage, including Bob Marley, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beverley Knight and Olaf, that cute little snowman from Frozen. Expect to laugh, cry, sing, and maybe even dance a little bit. Because musical theatre’s back with a bang. What’s more, if you book before Sunday 5 September you can make the most of London Theatre Week, which has an array of discounted tickets.
Our favourite story of a prostitute (never thought we would say that) has made it to the West End. It actually opened in 2020 for about a month, but then, you know, Covid happened.
Pretty Woman, is held up on a pedestal as one of the greatest rom coms of all time, and it’s the film which helped spearhead Julia Roberts into the icon that we know (and obsessively love) today.
Watch as Vivian (a prostitute) and a wealthy businessman fall curiously, but sharply, in love. This production has been choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, and Grammy-winner Bryan Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance were tasked with the original score and lyrical masterpieces. Meanwhile, original screenwriter J.F Lawton and director Garry Marshall have co-written a book, so you know it’s gonna be a good’un. All we need now is a silky red ballgown and our very own Mr Gere on our arm…
When: Until 12 December 2021
Where: Savoy Court, The Strand, WC2R 0ET
Our favourite story of a prostitute (never thought we would say that) has made it to the West End.
Frozen The Musical
Samantha Barks of I’d Do Anything Fame has joined the cast for the biggest musical blockbuster this year. We can already hear the patter of tiny feet making their way to the front row, kids screeching the tunes at the top of their lungs and parents wishing the movie had never, ever been invented…
You can watch your favourite characters and listen to all your favourite tunes… wanna build a snowman?… as they are brought to life on stage with magical mastery.
When: Until 26 June 2022
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical opened in June but then immediately closed again (because, you know, Covid). Andrew threatened Boris that he would reopen the musical even if the government would fine him. Then he realised how much that would cost a theatre that has already lost all of its earnings and decided to impatiently wait instead.
The traditional story has been reimagined as a take on our modern obsession with appearances and our constant scrolling for perfection through social media. The story takes place in Belleville, a place of complete and overbearing perfection. Cinderella is the only one who sees through it, but when her friend Sebastian becomes heir to the throne after the mysterious disappearance of his brother, things suddenly take a turn…
Will there be love, will there be magic? But of course!
When: Until May 2022
Where: The Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
Will there be love, will there be magic? But of course!
The Drifters Girl
Beverley Knight is to the West End like what Chris Witty is to the Covid problem: indispensable. The leading lady is taking the title role of the brand new musical The Drifters Girl. The story follows The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them famous.
Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn this four-person band into a global phenomenon. From hit records to personal tragedy, it follows the efforts of the world’s first African American female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved.
When: From 4 November 2021 – 26 March 2022
Where: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
Get Up, Stand Up!
There’s not a huge amount of info on this musical, but all we do know if that the production team have unlimited access to Bob Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music to make this a seriously feel-good reggae show.
The show follows Bob Marley’s rise to the top from the hills of rural Jamaica to a global icon. A multi award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer), Clint Dyer (director) and Arinzé Kene (playing Bob Marley) are set to capture the rebellious spirit and story of this famous man with dreds. Expect dancing, jammin’ and chilled vibes all round.
When: From 1 October 2021 – 3 April 2022
Where: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
Life of Pi
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what a treat you’re in for with Life of Pi. This musical is a stage adaptation of the film and book, which follows the story of a young boy as he is stranded at sea alone in a little boat with nothing but a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger for company. Expect stunning puppetry and a magical world of new horizons.
Where: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA
If you've seen the film, you'll know what a treat you're in for with Life of Pi.
Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film is set to make a beeline onto the West End in November, bringing with it a season filled with the glitz, the glamour and the outright gaudy.
Having already caused quite the stir on Broadway, with 14 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, the 2001 original narrative that saw Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star as secret lovers will finally flourish at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The story follows a disheartened writer Christian who falls in love with Moulin Rouge singer Satine. Like all great love stories, their love isn’t quite as easy as a simple meet-cute, as Satine has to marry the Duke of Monroth in order for the Moulin Rouge establishment to continue funded and running.
Directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher), Moulin Rouge! The Musical will bring to life all of your favourite characters and the spectacular musical hits. Featuring 75 songs credited to 165 songwriters, the tunes and lyrics represent over 160 years of music, including more recent hits that have been released since the movie premiered 20 years ago.
When: From 12 November 2021
Where: Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Featuring 75 songs credited to 165 songwriters, the tunes and lyrics represent over 160 years of music.
This musical opened briefly in 2019 but was quickly shut again four months later (because, you know, Covid happened). The explosive, happy, trippy, fun and feel-good musical is back and reimagines the story of Romeo and Juliet, where Juliet doesn’t die.
When: From 24 September 2021 –
Where: The Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP
Back To The Future: The Musical
This new show arrived in London in August with a bang, thanks to Doc’s car. The mad professor and Marty McFly are reunited from the 1985 blockbuster film and pop culture phenomenon for another groundbreaking adventure.
For those that don’t know the story, Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown. He accidentally changes the course of history and now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.
When: Until 13 February 2022
Where: Adelphi Theatre, The Strand, WC2R 0NS