Here’s a round up of new musicals and revivals coming to London’s West End in 2021.
From a new show from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Broadway transfers, here are our top picks for the next year…
Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 27 August – Get tickets
Adapted from the 2013 animated film of the same name, Frozen the Musical features a book from Jennifer Lee, who wrote the film’s screenplay, with choreography from Rob Ashford and music from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez who wrote both the original songs for the film and more than 10 new songs for the stage show.
Frozen tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna as Elsa struggles to control her magical ice powers. Samantha Barks will take up the role of ice queen Elsa while Stephanie McKeon will appear as sister princess Anna.
They’ll be joined by Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Oliver Ormson as Prince Hans, Richard Frame as Duke of Weselton, Craig Gallivan as Olaf with Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall sharing the role of Sven.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
Gillian Lynne from 14 July – Get tickets
Teased as a new, modern spin on the all time classic fairytale, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Cinderella musical is scheduled to open in the West End at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in July 2021.
The musical will feature music from Webber with lyrics by David Zippel and an original story and book by Emerald Fennel.
Carrie Hope Fletcher was previously confirmed to play the title role of Cinderella. Joining her will be Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Death of a Salesman, In the Heights) in the role of the Stepmother. Newcomer Ivano Turco has been cast as Prince Sebastian, making his West End debut in the role.
Back To The Future
Adelphi Theatre from 20 August – Get tickets
Back To The Future: The Musical is coming to London’s West End, playing at London’s Adelphi Theatre from August.
Based on the iconic 1985 film of the same name, Back to the Future follows Marty McFly who finds himself travelling back in time 30 years thanks to a time-traveling DeLorean created by Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown. Encountering young versions of his parents he must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist, while also attempting to return to the present and save Doc’s life.
The cast will feature Olly Dobson in the role of Marty McFly, while Doc Brown is portrayed by Roger Bart.
Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical
Lyric Theatre from 1 October – Get tickets
This new biopic musical based on the life of Bob Marley will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre in October.
Penned by Lee Hall (Billy Eliott), the show is due to star Arinzé Kene (Misty) in the titular role. The show will feature some of Marley’s iconic songs, including “No Woman, No Cry”, “Exodus”, “3 Little Birds” and “Get Up Stand Up”.
London Coliseum – 21 June to 29 September – Get tickets
Hairspray the Musical is returning to London’s West End with a new revival. The original production of Hairspray – directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – will open in June 2021 at the London Coliseum.
Based on the 1980s movie of the same name, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland and follows Tracy Turnblad as her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show turns into a campaign for racial integration. Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad for the revival having won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for his work in the original production.
Comedian Paul Merton will appear in the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Rita Simons will appear as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin. Lizzie Bea will star as Tracy Tunblad with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Georgia Anderson as Amber von Tussle, Kimani Arthur as Little Inez and Dermot Canavan as Wilbur.
Amélie The Musical
Criterion Theatre – 20 May to 25 September – Get tickets
Amélie The Musical is to transfer to London’s West End, playing at the Criterion Theatre from Thursday, 20 May.
Based on the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated 2001 romantic comedy film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. It tells the story of a shy waitress living in Paris who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her.
Olivier-nominee Audrey Brisson will return to the role of ‘Amélie’.
Theatre Royal Haymarket from 21 June – 13 September – Get tickets
Heathers the Musical is to return to the West End in 2021 playing at Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run between 21 June and 13 September. Heathers previously ran at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2018 with a cast featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jodie Steele, Jamie Muscato and Sophie Isaacs. Casting for the new West End run is to be announced.
Heathers the Musical is based on the cult 1980s film of the same name which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the adaption has had productions across the world including its recent West End run starring Carrie Hope Fletcher.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
London Palladium – 1 July to 5 September – Get tickets
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is returning to London’s West End for 2021. Fresh from its 2019 run, the production will be back for another limited season next summer.
The musical will open on 1 July 2021 and play through until 5 September 2021 at the London Palladium.
Following his acclaimed appearance in the 2019 production, Jac Yarrow will return to the title role next summer.Jason Donovan will also be returning as the Pharaoh with further casting to be announced.
The Last Five Years
Vaudeville Theatre from 17 September to 13 October – Get tickets
The acclaimed revival production of The Last Five Years which first opened at Southwark Playhouse and later streamed online will run at Vaudeville Theatre between 17 September and 13 October.
Oli Higginson and Molly Lynch will reprise their roles as Jamie and Cathy respectively.
With a book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years is all about the relationship between Jamie and Cathy, two twenty-somethings living in New York.
Vaudeville Theatre 27-30 May – Get tickets
Following its streaming premiere, new musical Public Domain will play the West End this May. The piece is written and performed by Francesca Forristal & Jordan Paul Clarke who play two teenage influencers Z and Millie.
A teaser shares: “A dark, funny, verbatim musical about the internet: Those who own it; those who live in it; and you. Written and performed by Francesca Forristal & Jordan Paul Clarke, this high-adrenaline, electronic thrill ride, conceived specially for multi-camera streaming, is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users. It’s like ‘Black Mirror’ but real, and set to music.”
Barbican Centre – 23 July to 17 October – Get tickets
Making her West End debut, Emmy-award winning Will & Grace star Megan Mullally will play Reno Sweeney with Olivier Award and Tony-Award winner Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin.
The show, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter is scheduled to play a limited season between 23 July and 17 October 2021.
Trafalgar Theatre from 28 July – Get tickets
Jersey Boys is to return to London’s West End this summer, reopening the newly renamed Trafalgar Theatre.
Jersey Boys tells the true story of The Four Seasons, following the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history.
The show features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with songs including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Dawn” and “My Eyes Adored You”.
Bring It On The Musical
Southbank Centre – 8 December 2021 to 22 January 2022 – Get tickets
Bring It On The Musical will play London’s Southbank Centre this Christmas as part of its postponed tour.
Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On The Musical follows cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell. When she is forced to move to the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over but an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
The musical features a book by Jeff Whitty with music by To Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and lyrics by Miranda and Amanda Green.