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West End musicals on tour in 2021: 15 shows touring the UK

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2021 is set to see a selection of brilliant West End musicals touring the UK – some for the very first time.

If you didn’t manage to catch these productions in London, or just want to see them again, here’s your chance as they hit the road.

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Waitress

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Fresh from its Olivier-nominated spell in the West End, Waitress will be touring the UK and Ireland from November. Based on the film of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage.

The musical features a Tony and Grammy nominated score by Sara Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson and direction by Diane Paulus.

> See Waitress tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

SIX

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Six is the award-winning smash hit musical that has taken the world by storm. Currently touring the UK throughout 2021 and into 2022 alongside its ongoing West End production.

Nominated for five Olivier Awards, SIX turns Tudor queens into pop princesses as 500 years of historical heartbreak becomes an hour of 21st century sass.

> See SIX tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Beauty And The Beast

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Beauty And The Beast is hitting the road for a brand new UK tour in 2021. Based on the 1991 animated film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast stage adaption features a book by Linda Woolverton with music from Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

The magical tale tells the story of a prince, cursed to live as a terrifying monster until he finds true love, and a village girl called Belle, who draws the cold-hearted beast out of his isolation with help from some enchanted servants.

> See Beauty And The Beast tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

The Book of Mormon

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The Book of Mormon is the award-winning Broadway Musical from the creators of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone together with the composer of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. The comedy musical follows two Mormon missionaries in their attempts to convert the citizens of a remote Ugandan village to Mormonism.

Opening in 2011 on Broadway to rave reviews, The Book of Mormon transferred to the West End in 2013 where it won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Still playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End, a UK tour is continuing in 2021.

> See The Book of Mormon tour dates, venues and get tickets
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The Lion King

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Disney’s The Lion King will be touring the UK throughout 2020 and into 2021, alongside its ongoing run in the West End.

Based on the all-time classic animated film, The Lion King is set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa. Exploding with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music, it tells the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

> See The Lion King tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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A hit on the West End for the past three years – and with a movie also on the way – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is embarking on its first ever UK tour.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of Jamie New, a sixteen-year-old who lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

> See Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical is heading out on a UK and Ireland tour in 2021 and 2022 with Kevin Clifton leading the cast.

Strictly Ballroom is the story of an arrogant, rebellious young ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings. When his radical and daring dance style see him fall out of favour with Australian Federation, he must dance with beginner, Fran. Together they find the courage to defy tradition and discover that to win, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom!

Based on the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, Strictly Ballroom features classic songs including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps & Time After Time; from internationally acclaimed artists Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.

> See Strictly Ballroom The Musical tour dates, venues and get tickets
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The Rocky Horror Show

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The Rocky Horror Show is hitting the road for a new UK tour in 2021. With a book, music and lyrics by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show made its world premiere in London in the 1970s and has gone on to become one of the world’s most popular and produced musicals.

On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tyre trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank’n’furter and Rocky Horror reside.

> See The Rocky Horror Show tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Chicago The Musical

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A new tour of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s Chicago The Musical will start in Spring 2021 Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.

Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Chicago is one of the world’s longest-running on both Broadway and in the West End.

> See Chicago The Musical tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Rock Of Ages

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Rock of Ages is hitting the road for a new UK tour in 2021. Rock Of Ages is a jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s. Having proved a hit on Broadway, in Las Vegas and on the West End, it tells the story of an up and coming rockstar and wannabe actress.

The musical features classic rock songs from groups such as Starship, Journey, Styx, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Foreigner.

> See Rock Of Ages tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs & Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical.

With songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), including Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing, The Beautiful Briny and a new book, music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill; Bedknobs & Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Jamie Harrison (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Candice Edmunds.

The show will open at the Newcastle Theatre Royal in 2021.

> See Bedknobs and Broomsticks tour dates, venues and get tickets

 

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