London Theatre Rumours

Below are a list of our predictions of hot new productions tipped to be gracing London’s West End…

Below are a list of our predictions of hot new productions tipped to be gracing London’s West End…

Dear Evan Hansen – Bubbling

After being nominated for an incredible 9 Tony Awards, Dear Evan Hansen is the latest musical craze. With fans across the globe, it has already been heavily rumoured that the production is looking for a home across the pond. We can only hope that if it transfers, it brings the incredible Ben Platt with it!

Cilla the Musical – Bubbling

After announcing a national tour, Cilla – The Musical looks like it could come to the West End! Based on Jeff Pope’s BAFTA-winning ITV drama, the musical tells the true story behind one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers. Directed by Bill Kenwright, this bubbly jukebox musical could do very well in a London theatre!

Mary Stuart – Boiling

Juliet Stevenson has heavily hinted that the Almeida’s smash-hit production Mary Stuart could be West End bound. A brand new production of Schiller’s political drama adapted by Robert Icke, the show sees Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams flip a coin to decide who will play Mary or Elizabeth. Garnering five star reviews from audiences and critics alike, the production is tipped to return to London very soon!

Sleepless in Seattle – On the Back Burner

Real-life couple Danny Mac and Carley Stenson were set to star in the musical adaptation of Sleepless in Seattle before it was postponed due to overwhelming circumstances. Based on the 1993 comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, the musical was due to open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in April this year. Now, it looks as though the show may not be happening any time soon, although a London production could still be in the pipeline!

Young Frankenstein – Confirmed

Actor and comedian Mel Brooks announced that his 2007 musical Young Frankenstein is coming to London’s West End in 2017. Stating that it will be a “toned-down” version of the previous extravaganza, the musical is directed by Tony Award-winning Susan Stroman, and features a cast including Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble and Summer Strallen. A parody of cult horror films, the musical looks like a hilarious night out.

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The Addams Family – Bubbling

Currently on a well-received UK tour, the musical adaptation of the quirky The Addams Family could creep in to a West End venue sometime soon! Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher as the sardonic Wednesday Addams, as well as Les Dennis and Samantha Womack, we expect a spooktacular arrival in London in the near future.

Waitress – Simmering

Broadway’s smash-hit musical Waitress has been enjoying huge success and was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical. Composed by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, it is rumoured that the production is looking for a West End venue to entertain London audiences!

The Band – Bubbling

BBC TV show Let it Shine discovered a boy band fit to star Gary Barlow’s new musical The Band, which features the music of Take That. After announcing a UK tour, the show broke records in sales across the country. With such high ticket sales and ample interest from fans, it seems likely that The Band will make a stop-off in the West End.

Wicked film adaptation – Confirmed

Produced by Universal, the film adaptation of Wicked has finally been confirmed for 2019, with rumours flying around about who could play the green queen Elphaba. Stephen Daldry is to direct, after originally leading the Broadway production starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

Moulin Rouge – Bubbling

A stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge is currently in development, and is rumoured to find its feet on a West End stage! Featuring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in the original flick, the musical features popular songs such as the “Elephant Love Medley” and “Roxanne”. We can’t think of a better show to arrive in London!

Hamilton – Confirmed

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton has been confirmed for London’s West End. Broadway’s most successful musical in history, Hamilton has been wowing American audiences for the past year and is set to do the same for London at the Victoria Palace. Opening in October 2017, tickets have already sold out.

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Finding Neverland – Simmering

Gary Barlow’s magical musical adaptation of the film about J. M. Barrie has enjoyed huge success on Broadway, with a cast starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammar. Following Barrie as he befriends the family that leads him to write Peter Pan, Barlow’s musical was created alongside Elliot Kennedy and James Graham. Finding Neverland was rumoured to transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre with Alfie Boe, but whispers have since died down.

The Hunger Games – On the Back Burner

Suzanne Collins’ world-famous franchise The Hunger Games was is set to branch out into theatre, with a 360 degree experience in a purpose-built venue proposed. Produced by Lionsgate and Imagine Nation, the show is set to open at a new venue called Wembley Theatre, situated next to Wembley Stadium. Originally said to open in summer 2016, any news has disappeared!

Back to the Future: the Musical – On the Back Burner

A musical of the cult classic 80’s film has been mentioned year after year and was rumoured in 2015 to come to the Dominion Theatre. It was reported that the production’s director Jamie Lloyd pulled out of the project after he and Bob Gale, who wrote the original films, disagreed on the overall concept. Lloyd told Baz from the Daily Mail that his decision was “just a case of wanting to stand by my vision”. Back to the Future: the Musical has a confirmed creative team, including a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd and music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with the original music from the film also appearing.

Brokeback Mountain – On the Back Burner

September 2015 saw a lot of commotion surrounding a stage adaptation of Brokeback Mountain that was rumoured to receive a London premiere in late 2016. After producer Tom O’Connell secured the rights to Annie Proulx’s short story that inspired the Oscar-winning film of the same name, the venue and production is still yet to be announced.

Bridget Jones the Musical – Simmering

After the release of Bridget Jones’ Baby, Helen Fielding claimed in an interview that a musical version of the popular character’s life could be set for the stage. Earlier in the year a musical was definitely on the cards, with music by Lily Allen and a star cast led by Sheridan Smith. Since Lily Allen backed out, the project went suspiciously quiet.