New Musicals Opening in London in 2015

With the new year comes lots of new musicals and shows opening around Central London and London’s famous West End. Home to so many fantastic hits, the theatres are always looking to bring in great new musicals for people all around the world to enjoy. Here’s a list of 10 new musicals opening in London in 2015 and they all promise to be unmissable…

 

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

This show follows the Tony Award nominated production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Broadway in 2010. Previews of this show have already begun, but the official opening night for the musical is on the 12th of January. Like the movie, the musical is set in Spain in the late 1980’s surrounding the messy love lives of various women. The main character Pepa, has a hard time with dealing being dumped by her boyfriend, Ivan. The storyline deepens as his ex-wife, Lucia and their son, Carlos, along with his fiancé show up. And if that wasn’t bad enough for Pepa, her best friend Candela, believes she is dating an international terrorist, ensuring chaos to erupt.

Opening night: January 12th, 2015.

Where: Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE.

 

ANYTHING GOES

This American musical classic is only running for 10 days, so be sure to get your tickets quickly. ‘Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is on her way from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but faces a problem as Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.’

Opening night: January 29th, 2015.

Where: New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG

 

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

This Tony award winning musical is coming from across the pond to the Aldwych Theatre. Beautiful is the true untold story of Carole King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her amazing rise to stardom.

Opening night: February 4th, 2015.

Where: Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

 

LET IT BE

An exciting show for any Beatles fans, as this musical show returns to London for its 4th run. Go back in time to The Beatles’ rapid rise from their ‘humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and ShoutShe Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits YesterdayHey JudeCome Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!’

Opening night: February 28th, 2015.

Where: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH

 

GYPSY

Imelda Staunton stars in this musical fable, Gypsy, which is the story of a stage mom, Momma Rose, who will go to any lengths to showcase her daughters’ talents, especially Baby June. Mama Rose is determined that Baby June will have a successful career, but after June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Loise, who eventually becomes a burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.

Opening night: March 28th, 2015.

Where: Savoy Theatre, Strand, London WC2R 0ET

 

SWEENEY TODD

Emma Thompson is set to make her first West End appearance for 25 years in Sweeney Todd. ‘The musical follows the Demon Barber as he returns to London as a convict from Australia seeking revenge against those who separated him from his loved ones. He soon meets Mrs Lovett, who owns a failing pie shop and recognises Todd as his real name Benjamin Barker. She quickly tells him his wife Lucy died at the hands of Judge Turpin, who keeps his daughter Joanna locked up as his ward, intending to marry her.’ Joining forces with Mrs. Lovett, he kills and she bakes his customers into her meat pies.

Opening night: March 30th, 2015.

Where: London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES 

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Honouring it’s 50th anniversary, The Sound of Music will surely excite both old fans and new. ‘The story takes place in the  Austrian Alps where Maria, a nun, is causing the Abbey trouble and is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. Maria teaches them to sing and Captain Von Trapp to love, but when the Nazis invade Austria, the whole family is forced to flee to safety.

Opening night: March 30th, 2015.

Where: New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG

 

BUGSY MALONE

This gangster musical is being seen on its first outing for 10 years at the Lyrics Hammersmith. ‘Set in prohibition era Chicago, Bugsy Malone is the the story of a broke boxing promoter caught in the middle of a war between rival gangs, one headed by his best pal Fat Sam who runs a raucous speak-easy, full of dancing girls and rambunctious gangsters, including the flirtatious Tallulah, a showgirl, who’s got eyes for Bugsy, much to the chagrin of his new girlfriend, Blousey Brown.’

Opening night: April 11th, 2015.

Where: Lyric Hammersmith, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, King Street, Lyric Square, London W6 0QL

 

HIGH SOCIETY

Adapted from the 1956 film, this musical is sure to be a vintage hit. ‘Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to try and win her back. A further twist arrives in the form of charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer we’re left guessing which groom the bride will choose!’

Opening night: May 14th, 2015.

Where: Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8NB

 

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

This 2002 romantic comedy is being brought to the theatre stage in London. Previews will begin from May 14, but the official opening of the show will be in June. The plot follows, Jess, as she ‘is facing the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, Jess needs to pick sides. From the first pass in the park to the final free-kick, Bend It Like Beckham is a joyous musical comedy with vibrant characters featuring a new score with a Punjabi kick. This brand new British musical is a funny, glorious and uplifting adaptation of the much-loved hit film about refusing to watch from the sidelines, bending the rules, and scoring that deciding goal.’

Opening night: June 24th, 2015.

Where: Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JP

 

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