Submitted by: Chris Tomkins
As well as a host of popular long-running London musicals, there are new musicals opening in London’s West End theatres all the time, with plenty of exciting new shows coming soon! Mark your diary and book your theatre tickets early to be among the first to see one of these fantastic new London musicals.
All the Fun of the Fair
David Essex’s sparkling new musical All the Fun of the Fair opened at London’s Garrick Theatre on 18 April. Featuring the man himself performing some of his greatest hits, this hot new musical promises to be a real treat for fans. The story is inspired by David Essex’s debut album, and tells the tale of a widower funfair owner and his wayward son. Tickets are on sale now and selling quick!
Having been a sell-out hit at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory last year, the West End transfer of Sweet Charity is sure to be a big success at the Theatre Royal Haymarket when it opens on 23 April. With Tamzin Outhwaite playing the title role, this feel-good London musical is packed with classic hits like Hey, Big Spender. Based on the book by Neil Simon, the musical follows the romantic misadventures of the gullible Charity Hope Valentine, who always gives her heart to the wrong man.
The Fabulous Flutterbys
A fantastic new puppet show musical will be brought to life at the renowned Little Angel Theatre in North London from 1 May. The Fabulous Flutterbys follows the adventures of two hungry caterpillars as they search for their friend, meeting many fascinating creatures along the way. The music and lyrics are composed by jazz legend Barb Jungr, so accompanying adults are in for as much of a treat as the kids!
A brand new production of a musical classic is coming soon to London. The Fantasticks first opened in New York in 1960, and with an incredible 42-year run it is the longest running musical in history. Featuring music by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, this much-loved musical is loosely based on the play The Romancers, but also draws influences from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The musical will open at London’s Duchess Theatre on 24 May.
Into the Woods
London’s magical Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park will host an intriguing musical from 5 August. Into the Woods takes some of the popular Brothers Grimm fairytales like Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and gives them a dark and humorous twist. With music by Stephen Sondheim of Sweeney Todd fame and co-direction by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, this promises to be a great version of a Broadway classic.
Flashdance: The Musical
September sees the much-anticipated opening of one of the most exciting new London musicals this year. With choreography by the acclaimed Arlene Phillips, Flashdance: The Musical will feature some of the most memorable hits of the 80s, plus 10 new songs created specially for the musical. This brand new production will open at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on 27 September. Tickets are on sale now, book early to get the best tickets!
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