The Creators Of SIX Are Bringing A New Musical To The West End

By Charlie Colville

4 months ago

Plus all the new shows to have on your radar this year


Curious to know what’s going on in theatreland this year? Here are all of the new musicals coming to the West End in 2024, from returning classics to adapted screenplays and new stories.

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New Musicals Coming To The West End In 2024 & 2025

Why Am I So Single?

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss – aka, the writers of SIX– are no strangers to making smash-hit anthems and toe-tapping storylines. So, when we heard that they would be bringing another musical to the West End, Why Am I So Single?, we were nothing short of massively excited. Described as a 21st century romance, the show follows two best friends who find themselves consistently unlucky in love as they navigate modern life – and try to find an important subject for their next show (did we mention they happen to be musical theatre writers?). The lead cast has already been announced, with Jo Foster (& Juliet; Just For One Day, West End) and Leesa Tulley (SIX, UK Tour; Kin, Theatro Technis) taking up the roles of the two best friends.

Details: Coming to Garrick Theatre (2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH) from 27 August 2024 to 13 February 2025. Tickets are on sale now at whyamisosingle.com

Opening Night

A brand new musical is coming to the West End in spring 2024, with Sheridan Smith in the lead role. Written, directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove with music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright, Opening Night is based on John Cassavetes’ legendary film following a theatre company’s preparations to stage a major new play on Broadway. But drama ignites behind the scenes when their leading lady is rocked by tragedy, and her personal turmoil forces everybody to deliver the performance of their lives.

Details: Coming to Gielgud Theatre (Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR) from 6 March to 27 July 2024. Tickets are on sale now at delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Sheridan Smith in new musical Opening Night

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Mean Girls

Get in, loser – we’re going to see Mean Girls make its West End debut. The cult noughties classic was given the theatrical treatment back in 2018, with a run on Broadway receiving glowing reviews. And now, the musical is coming to the West End. The show will closely follow the film’s storyline, as formerly home-schooled teenager Cady Heron tries to fit in at an American high school – only to fall in with the Plastics. Backed by new songs by Nell Benjamin and Jeff Richard, this shows is guaranteed to be totally fetch.

Details: From June 2024 at the Savoy Theatre (Savoy Court, The Strand, London WC2R 0ET). atgtickets.com

 

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Sister Act

Getting back in the habit for a limited run this year is Sister Act, the smash-hit musical based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg as nun-on-the-run Deloris van Cartier. The task of stepping into the shoes of Deloris this time round, however, will be a two-part affair – with Olivier Award winner Beverley Knight starring in the first half of the show’s run and pop icon Alexandra Burke picking up the second half.

Details: Coming to Dominion Theatre (268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ) in March 2024. Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Currently booking until August 2024. sisteractthemusical.co.uk

 

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Starlight Express

It’s official: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express is coming back to London. Taking over the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre with a specially designed Starlight Auditorium, audiences will be able to see the cast whizz amongst (and above) the stalls on roller-skates and perform the show’s iconic soundtrack. The story sees a children’s train set come to life, and race to become the fastest engine in the world.

Details: Coming to Starlight Auditorium at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre (3 Fulton Road, Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0SP) in June 2024. lwtheatres.co.uk

The Devil Wears Prada

Seeing a musical? In London? Groundbreaking. Strutting its way into the West End in 2024 is none other than The Devil Wears Prada, a new musical adapted from the infamous book and film of the same name. Spearheaded by Sir Elton John, the musical rendition has been in the works since 2017. While details on casting and music are still sparse, we can expect main plot-lines to be close to the original source material. Find out more about The Devil Wears Prada musical here.

Details: Coming to Dominion Theatre (268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ) in October 2024. devilwearspradamusical.com