We’re just a handful of days into a new year now, and after such a difficult year last year for us all, including the theatre industry, one can only look forward to this new year with hope. In a recent article, I wrote about how, unfortunately, only 2% of Brits had attended a theatre to watch a play or musical in the last 3 months. It truly is heartbreaking. In situations like these, we have to keep look forward, and remember that theatre will come back home, one day soon. So, let’s take a look at some of the West End theatre that we can expect to look forward to this year.
Featuring songs including Beggin’, My Eyes Adored You and Walk Like A Man, this feel-good musical returns, hopefully, this April. The musical will open in Trafalgar Theatre, which will reopen after their recent multi-million pound restoration.
The musical, which follows the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, is expected to run until 31st October 2021.
You can’t stop my excitement for the musical Hairspray’s return this year. A fan favourite for many, and a musical that’s never long out of the spotlight, Hairspray will return with a star-studded cast, with Michael Ball, Paul MertA on, Marisha Wallace and Rita Simons amongst the household names.
The musical will return on 22nd April, from the London Coliseum, running right through to August. If you’re looking for a musical post-lockdown that will lift your spirits, this feel-good musical is certain a very good choice.
Back To The Future The Musical
Featuring all the songs and characters you already love from the iconic film, plus a whole lot more. This exciting, new musical will arrive at the Adelphi Theatre from May.
The musical previously had their 12 week run at the Manchester Opera House cut short due to the Coronavirus. The future of the musical looks bright, and we can’t wait to see this musical reach the West End very soon.
Cinderella The Musical
A reimagined version of the great fairytale and pantomime favourite. The musical will feature a score written by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cinderella the musical will open in May, fingers crossed, with Carrie Hope Fletcher. Carrie is one of the West End’s biggest current stars, playing the lead role.
The soundtrack is already very popular amongst musical fans, featuring songs including Bad Cinderella and Only You, Lonely You; both are certainly worth a listen and an add to your musical playlist.
Despite a postponement of the musical having just been announced, Frozen will hopefully make its West End debut later this year.
Frozen is of course a relatively new musical, in fact the Disney film was only released in 2013. Luckily, when Ben visited New York, he got to see Frozen on Broadway, and they’ve certainly set some high expectations for West End. That said, with Samantha Barks taking the lead role, we feel well assured that this musical is one to be taken seriously this year!
Another show this year to feature an A-lister cast is Sister Act. In this musical you may see the fabulous Jennifer Saunders, and the incredible Whoopi Goldberg. This alone makes the musical an absolute must-watch this year.
However, these two stars will only appear in fewer than 50 performances. With tickets selling fast, you should get your tickets ASAP.
Sister Act will also be touring the UK this year, coming to venues near you. Some performances will see theatre legends Jennifer Saunders, Brenda Edwards, Clive Rowe and Lesley Joseph perform, too.
Life Of Pi
Based on the hugely popular fictional book, which was later turned into a film of the same name; Life of Pi will transfer to the West End later this year, in September, after a successful world premiere in Sheffield, back in 2019. The play has already received the prestigious award of Best New Play at the Whats On Stage awards.
Sunday matinees will also be available for this show too, ideal for so many people, yet a rare occurrence.
And so much more!
Of course, there’s so much more than just the list above to look forward to. What are you most looking forward to seeing this year? Comment below or @ us on social media!