The UK theatre scene is set for a dynamic transformation in 2024 with 20 new musicals slated for debut, encompassing a rich variety of themes and narratives. This lineup promises fresh theatrical experiences, as none of these shows have been staged in the UK before, ensuring a novel treat for audiences.
Leading the charge is MJ The Musical, capturing the essence of Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous world tour. With Myles Frost reprising his Tony Award-winning role, the musical is expected to begin at the Prince Edward Theatre in March.
Following closely is Clueless The Musical, debuting in Bromley with an original score. This adaptation of the 1995 cult classic film promises to enthrall audiences with its contemporary take.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre prepares to introduce Fangirls, an Australian musical focusing on a young girl’s obsession with a boy band member. Its UK premiere is set to explore the vibrant world of fandom.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is set to host Bhangra Nation, a dance-centric musical following a Bhangra team’s journey to the USA nationals. The show promises to be a cultural spectacle.
Manchester will witness the world premiere of Burlesque The Musical, featuring music by Christina Aguilera and Sia. The story of a young girl’s foray into the Los Angeles night scene is sure to captivate.
In a historical vein, Cable Street takes audiences back to 1936, dramatizing The Battle of Cable Street through a British musical lens. Southwark Playhouse Borough will host this insightful production.
The Devil Wears Prada, based on the famous movie and featuring music by Elton John, is scheduled for a run at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Dominion Theatre. This fashion-centric narrative is eagerly awaited.
For those fond of classics, 42 Balloons at the Lowry recounts the true story of Larry Walters’ unique flight over Los Angeles. This musical, starring Charlie McCullagh and Evelyn Hoskins, is expected to be a highlight.
Bhangra Nation, Before After, a British musical at Southwark Playhouse Borough, tells a touching love story with Grace Mouat and Jacob Fowler leading the cast.
The Churchill Theatre in Bromley will showcase Clueless The Musical, a new production inspired by the 1995 film and featuring a fresh score.
Bronco Billy, set for Charing Cross Theatre, is an adaptation of the 1980 Western film, promising a unique mix of drama and adventure.
London Tide, staged at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre, adapts Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend in a unique format, blending a play with songs.
Mean Girls, Tina Fey’s popular narrative, is set to charm London audiences at the Savoy Theatre, bringing a slice of American high school drama to the UK.
Frankie Goes to Bollywood, showcasing at Watford Palace Theatre, offers a glimpse into the Bollywood industry through a British South Asian lens.
Here You Come Again, a musical tribute to Dolly Parton, is expected to draw fans to Leeds Playhouse with its repertoire of iconic hits.
Just for One Day at The Old Vic will relive the historic Live Aid concert, featuring music by legendary artists, making it a must-watch for music lovers.
For a youthful audience, The Odyssey at Unicorn Theatre offers a modern take on Homer’s epic, catering to children aged eight to thirteen.
Opening Night, featuring Sheridan Smith, transforms John Cassavetes’ 1977 film into a musical drama at Gielgud Theatre.
Sherlock Holmes and the Poison Wood, a rock musical at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury, promises a contemporary twist on the classic detective tale.
Lastly, Starter for Ten at Bristol Old Vic will revive the coming-of-age story set in 1985, based on David Nicholls’ novel and the subsequent film adaptation.
This diverse range of productions underscores the UK’s commitment to fostering innovative and engaging theatre, promising an exciting year ahead for theatre-goers.