UK Premiere of ‘The Devil Wears Prada: A New Musical’ Set to Wow London’s West End

Fashion enthusiasts and theatre lovers are abuzz with excitement as the highly anticipated UK premiere of ‘The Devil Wears Prada: A New Musical’ was officially unveiled at a glamorous event in the heart of London last month.

Adapted from the iconic film starring Hollywood legends Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt, this sensational production is set to make its debut at the prestigious Theatre Royal Plymouth, offering an exclusive preview during the scorching summer of 2024. Following this exciting sneak peek, the show will grace the illustrious Dominion Theatre in the West End in the autumn of the same year. For those who might have been living under a fashionable rock for the past two decades, the narrative follows the journey of Andy, an aspiring journalist who embarks on an internship at the prestigious fashion magazine, Runway, under the formidable and enigmatic Miranda Priestly.

What makes this theatrical spectacle even more electrifying is the music maestro behind the score—none other than the legendary Elton John himself. Paired with lyrics by the talented Shaina Taub and a book penned by Kate Wetherhead, this musical promises to be an unforgettable experience. Fans of Sir Elton John can now secure their tickets to witness his musical genius brought to life on stage.

CANNES, FRANCE. May 16, 2019: Elton John at the photocall for the “Rocketman” at the 72nd Festival de Cannes.
Picture: Paul Smith / Featureflash

While the show did have a previous run on the other side of the Atlantic, this new UK production promises to be a game-changer. In the director’s chair for the UK premiere is the renowned Jerry Mitchell, known for his transformative work on shows like ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Kinky Boots.’ In a recent interview, Mitchell hinted at the spectacle audiences can expect, going so far as to suggest the possibility of an actual runway inside the auditorium—an idea that has set the rumour mill spinning.

Mitchell also shed light on why Elton John is the perfect composer to adapt a film like ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ for the stage, saying, “If you go to a Spotify playlist and type in fashion, you get so many different kinds of music. And Elton knows that—so audiences should definitely expect dance tracks, techno, classic rock, showtune tracks; everything will be represented in the show.”

Having worked on numerous stage adaptations of films, Jerry Mitchell understands the craft of bringing cinematic stories to life on the stage, stating, “There’s a craft to bringing movies to the stage. You have to surround yourself with the right sort of creatives.” One such creative is Kate Wetherhead, who happens to be the mastermind behind the roles of Kate and Chutney in the original Broadway production of ‘Legally Blonde.’ Adding to the production’s brilliance is Tim Hatley, acclaimed for his award-winning designs for ‘Back to the Future,’ which have been captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

One burning question on everyone’s mind is: Who will step into the iconic shoes of Miranda Priestly? Co-producer Kevin McCollum tantalisingly teased, “The world’s available! There have been some quiet calls going out, but we’ll see what the world brings us…” The anticipation surrounding this casting choice is palpable, promising a star-studded performance.

With the combined talents of Elton John, Jerry Mitchell, and a stellar creative team, ‘The Devil Wears Prada: A New Musical’ is poised to be a dazzling addition to London’s theatre scene, promising to transport audiences into the glamorous and cutthroat world of high fashion like never before. Fashionistas and theatre-goers alike can mark their calendars for this extraordinary event, set to light up London’s West End in 2024. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this fashion-forward musical extravaganza.

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