20th Century Boy the new musical based on Glam Rock Legend Marc Bolan, goes on a National Tour From 18 April 2014
and then is expected to transfer to London's West End. It is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, written by Peter
Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd, with music and lyrics by original glam rocker Marc Bolan. It showcases 24 of Marc
Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits including Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get It On.
Baz from the Daily Mail says reports that The Bodyguard will leave the Adelphi in August to make way for the musical version of the film Made In Dagenham. The Bodyguard may to transfer to another West End venue if one can be found.
Baz also reports Composer Gary Barlow and lyricist and show writer Tim Firth have been working on a musical version of Calendar Girls, produced by David Pugh.
It is reported that the The Royal Shakespeare Company versions of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up The
Bodies playing to sold-out audiences at the Swan Theatre in Stratford, are expected to transfer to the West End later
this year - - if a theatre can be found!
A musical version of Back to the Future, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will be opening in the West End in 2015, to
coincide with the 30th anniversary year of the film.
The film was written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and the duo are developing the stage musical version with Universal
Stage Productions, producer Colin Ingram and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The Back to the Future musical
will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard,
with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.
Coming up at the Olivier Theatre, from September to October 2014 are the co-productions with The National Theatre of
Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival THE JAMES PLAYS Three new plays about James I, II and III of
Scotland, by Rona Munro, directed by Laurie Sansom. Ensemble cast includes: Cameron Barnes, Daniel Cahill, Blythe Duff,
Sofie Grĺbřl, Sarah Higgins, James McArdle, Rona Morison, Mark Rowley, Fiona Wood. At the Festival Theatre Edinburgh,
Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014, exact dates and booking at the Olivier, The National Theatre London to be
Baz from the Daily Mail reports that the movie Groundhog Day is being turned into a stage musical by two of the
creators of the musical show Matilda - Tim Minchin who wrote the musica and Matthew Warchus who directed it. "They have
been working quietly with Danny Rubin, who created the screenplay for the 1993 movie about a dispirited weatherman forced
to relive the same day over and over again, until he has a sunnier outlook on life."
JK Rowling to co-produce a new stage play featuring the early years of Harry Potter. It is being produced by Sonia
Friedman and Colin Callender for the London stage, expected in 2015.
A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2014/15, produced by Fiery Angel.
The Stage reports that Bill Kenwright Limited is planning to bring up to 10 shows into the West End in 2014, much depends
on finding a suitable venue for them. Shows include stage adaptation of horror film Let the Right One In;
Foxfinder, which premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2011; the revival of French farce Chin-Chin with Simon
Callow and Felicity Kendal and The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo; Oleanna by David Mamet and a revival
of JB Priestly’s Dangerous Corner; the musical Fame and transfer Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s
production of The Sound of Music; Evita; and Cabaret, starring Will Young, could also return to
Shows that may becoming to the West End in 2014...
Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity, David Hare has adapted Katherine Boo's
non-fiction book set in a squalid backwater of Mumbai. Expected at the National Theatre in 2014, directed by Rufus
Bend It Like Beckham, a musical stage adaptation of the film, directed by Gurinder Chadha. Music by Howard Goodall,
lyrics by Charles Hart. Book by Gurinder Chadha and her husband, Paul Mayeda Berges. It is produced by Sonia
Bridget Jones The Musical
by Helen Fielding
A musical based on the life of Dusty Springfield is being planned. Written by Sandi Toksvig and produced by
Vicki Wickham and David Ian. Vicki Wickham said: It would be a proper musical, not a jukebox show, and would deal with
the light and dark side of Dusty’s personality." Dusty Springfield's hits include Son Of A Preacher Man, I Only Want To Be
With You, Wishin’ And Hopin’, and Yesterday When I Was Young.
Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks with producer Sonia Friedman to play Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner in
London, autumn of 2014.
Finding Neverland a stage musical version of the film, directed & Choreographed by
Rob Ashford. Music by Scott Frankel, lyrics are by Michael Korie and the book is by Allan Knee, whose novel was adapted
into the film.
Henry IV, Parts I & II, directed by Gregory Doran. A transfer from Stratford-Upon-Avon
at Barbican from 24 November 2014.
Here Lies Love, with lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, expected in London at The
National Theatre in 2014. The New York’s Public Theatre production deconstructs the journey of the former First Lady of
the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her meteoric rise and subsequent descent into infamy.
Kinky Boots, nominated for 13 Tony Awards, is expected to come to London.
It's based on Julian Jarrold's 2005 movie about a drag queen who helps a man who has inherited his father's shoe factory in
Northampton. Together, they create boots for cross-dressing fellas, and those kinky boots save the factory. The musical
stage version features a book by Harvey Fierstein, and songs by Cyndi Lauper.
Disney Theatrical Group are expected to bring its Broadway musical Newsies to London's West End in 2014. Score by
Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein. Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike
of 1899. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, tells the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of
a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies’, who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when
publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack
finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Made In Dagenham based on the movie, the story of the women workers who went on strike for equal pay at Ford’s
Dagenham plant is being turned into a West End musical. Stage Entertainment is producing the show with Stephen Woolley and
Elizabeth Karlsen. Richard Bean is writing the book. David Arnold is writing the score, with Richard Thomas providing the
lyrics. It is directed by Rupert Goold.
Stephen Fry is to play Lady Bracknell in a new West End production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being
Earnest Stephen said he sees his Lady Bracknell ‘as a little bit of Alastair Sim’s Miss Fritton, clutching pearls; with
a mixture of Stanley Baxter’s “Duchess of Brenda” '. Baz from Daily Mail says, producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers have
been in discussions with Stephen for more than a year. The plan is for the production to run at the Theatre Royal, Drury
Lane during the autumn of 2014.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies is expected back into the West End in 2014, following a UK tour. The
production will be based on the revised Australian version of the show that premiered in Melbourne in May 2011. It is being
produced in the UK by
David Ian and Michael Harrison.
Paolo Nutini, the Scottish singer-songwriter, is in negotiations to write the score for a stage show based on the
John Lennon film Nowhere Boy, which may get a West End run in 2014. Director Rupert Goold and producers Sally
Greene and Ecosse Films (who made the movie) want to listen to an original score, before they decide how to proceed, in
terms of the music. The film stopped before the Quarrymen travelled to Hamburg, so the show may not need to use any Beatles
Tom Hanks is in discussions about transferring the Broadway play Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron, to London in 2014 The
play probes the murky side of U.S. tabloid journalism.
Slumdog Millionaire musical stage version of Danny Boyle’s film, with Matthew Warchus directing.
Wind in the Willows musical with book by Julian Fellowes and music & lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe,
produced by Jamie Hendry.