Welcome to the third edition of The Mix. This month I’m taking a look at the musical genre, and which productions are around over the next few months. Hopefully you will find something that will appeal from these selections, taken from across London’s theatreland.

Friendsical, Ute Lemper as Marlene, The Magnificent Music Hall, Fanny and Stella, Six, Little Miss Sunshine
Friendsical, Ute Lemper as Marlene, The Magnificent Music Hall, Fanny and Stella, Six, Little Miss Sunshine

Six the Musical continues at the Arts Theatre throughout 2019.

Fanny and Stella runs from 8 May – 2 Jun at Above the Stag. It is a play with songs by Glenn Chandler, music by Charles Miller, and it is directed by Steven Dexter.

At Alexandra Palace Theatre, The Magnificent Music Hall on 30 October brings a touch of The Good Old Days to London.

Over at Arcola Theatre in Dalston, Little Miss Sunshine ends on 11 May and Ute Lemper portrays Marlene Dietrich for a week in Rendezvous with Marlene from 14-19 May.

Ashcroft Playhouse at Fairfield Halls welcomes Angela’s Ashes from 24 September – 5 October, then Friendsical from 28 October – 2 November.

Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, Yvette, Lipstick on Your Collar
Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken, Yvette, Lipstick on Your Collar

Barbican has Jesus Christ Superstar from 4 July – 24 August.

Battersea Arts Centre has We’ve Got Each Other, a Bon Jovi musical, from 16 – 18 May.

The Beck in Hayes has Lipstick on Your Collar: the 50s and 60s Musical on 11 May, and the Beck Theatre Summer Youth Project brings The Wizard of Oz to life from 22 – 24 August.

Bloomsbury Theatre‘s Performance Lab puts on Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken on 4 May.

The Bridewell Theatre has A Little Night Music from 7 – 11 May (Geoids Musical Theatre), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying from 15 – 25 May (Sedos), and HMS Pinafore from 5 – 8 June (Grosvenor Light Opera Company).

The Bush Theatre has Yvette, a new play with songs by Urielle Klein-Mekongo from 14 May – 4 June.

Drone, Home, Welcome to the UK, Amour
Drone, Home, Welcome to the UK, Amour

The Camden People’s Theatre, now in its 25th year, presents Drone, a live jam of sounds, visuals and poetry on the 2 May.

The Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice has a collection of new musical writing, Home, on 4 May.

Charing Cross Theatre has Amour, by Michael Legrand and Jeremy Sams, in residence from 2 May – 20 July.

Over at the Cockpit, Edgware Road, Borderline bring their satiric, humorous and musical show Welcome to the UK to the stage from 11 – 12 June.

Hot Crisps, Sweet Charity, The Marvelous Wondrettes, Three Emos
Hot Crisps, Sweet Charity, The Marvelous Wondrettes, Three Emos

The Donmar Warehouse continues to blaze a trail for the classic musical with Sweet Charity, until the 8 June.

The Etcetera in Camden hosts a night of sketches and songs with Hot Crisps on 14 – 15 May.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse says goodbye to the Marvelous Wonderettes on the 12 May but they reappear at the Theatre Royal Windsor from 16 – 25 May.

At the Greenwich Theatre Our House (a Mountview production) runs from the 26 April – 4 May, Smashing Mirrors Productions stop off with Three Emos on 12 May, and David Wood’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea visits from 26 – 28 May.

The Astonishing Singing Fish, Partenope, Blues in the Night, Vulvarine, Dead Dog in a Suitcase
The Astonishing Singing Fish, Partenope, Blues in the Night, Vulvarine, Dead Dog in a Suitcase

At the Jack Studio Theatre, Flying Dutchman showcase The Astonishing Singing Fish from 30 April – 4 May.

Jacksons Lane in North London welcomes Hampstead Garden Opera in a new production of Handel’s Partenope, a “sly take on opera seria”, from 17 – 26 May.

The Kiln Theatre welcomes a very busy Sharon D Clarke (fresh from the Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman), together with Clive Rowe in Blues in the Night, from 18 July – 7 September.

At the King’s Head, HMS Pinafore continues until the 11 May, and then The Worst Little Warehouse in London runs from 21 – 26 May. In the summer, Vulvarine: The Musical arrives from the Edinburgh Fringe and runs from 11 June – 6 July, with Tickle: The Musical running from 14 – 26 October.

The London Coliseum has another high-profile musical with Man of La Mancha, which runs for six weeks from 26 April. The leading male roles are played by Kelsey Grammer and Peter Polycarpou, and the leading female role is shared by Danielle de Niese and Cassidy Janson.

The Lyric Hammersmith presents Kneehigh Theatre and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) from 21 May – 15 June.

Operation Mincemeat, Evita, Pilgrims, Sexy Lamp, Broken Wings
Operation Mincemeat, Evita, Pilgrims, Sexy Lamp, Broken Wings

At the New Diorama, SpitLip (a new musical theatre collaboration between three members of comedy troupe Kill the Beast, and glam-punk composer Felix Hagan) “mix Singin’ in the Rain with Strangers on a Train” in Operation Mincemeat, which runs from 14 May – 15 June.

The New Wimbledon Theatre is home to Amelie: the Musical from the 22 – 25 May, before the show tours across the UK and in Dublin.

The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham presents Sexy Lamp, a one-woman comedy with songs, from 9 – 11 May.

In Regent’s Park, the Open Air Theatre‘s big summer musical is a revival of Evita, which runs from 2 August – 21 September.

The Orange Tree in Richmond has Elinor Cook’s new play Pilgrims, which mixes folk songs, war and women, from 5 – 11 August.

The Other Palace welcomes a workshop performance of Broken Wings this Sunday, Kath Haling’s new musical Sunshine runs in the Studio on 21 May, 200 Years Later – Jane Austen’s Sanditon goes rock in the Studio on 26 July, and a major revival of Falsettos opens on the 30 August.

Fame, Pelleas and Melisande, Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show
Fame, Pelleas and Melisande, Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show

The Peacock plays host to a revival of Fame from 11 September – 19 October.

The Playground, Latimer Road, presents Opera on the Move’s Pelleas et Melisande on 8 and 10 May.

Ealing’s Questors Theatre will have Gloc Musical Theatre’s production of Side Show (about the Siamese twins the Hilton Sisters) from 15 – 18 May in the Playhouse, and The Brit Youth Theatre’s production of High School Musical from 21 – 25 May in the Studio.

Richmond Theatre showcases Les Musicals on 10 May, and welcomes back cult favourite The Rocky Horror Show from 25 – 30 November.

At the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Stagecoach presents The Sound of Music from 16 – 17 August. Friendsical stops off between the 9 – 14 September, and Six brings the Tudor Queens into residence from the 12 – 16 November.

The Song Project, Ubu, The View UpStairs, Soho Cinders
The Song Project, Ubu, The View UpStairs, Soho Cinders

The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court presents The Song Project, a collaboration between nine artists, with co-creators Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight, and words by EV Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson. It runs from the 12 – 15 June.

Kneehigh show up at Shoreditch Town Hall between 5 – 21 December with Ubu: a sing-along satire.

The Soho Theatre presents Max Vernon’s new musical The View UpStairs, “a rainbow rollercoaster” inspired by the true story of the 1973 arson attack on the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans. It runs from 18 July – 24 August.

The Southwark Playhouse is currently playing host to Ain’t Misbehavin’, which runs until 1 June. Alongside that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the film, runs from 15 May – 8 June, and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company, and the British Theatre Academy present What Was Left (15 – 29 June) and My Son Pinocchio (26 July – 14 August) respectively.

At the Stockwell Playhouse, Stiles and Drewe’s musical Soho Cinders, presented by Artsed Sixth Form Musical Theatre Company, runs between 22 and 23 May.

Noye's Fludde, Summer Street, Dido, Elegies, Seven Deadly Sins
Noye’s Fludde, Summer Street, Dido, Elegies, Seven Deadly Sins

Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde marks the first collaboration between Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera, and runs from 1 – 13 July.

The Unicorn Theatre presents Dido, a reimagining of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, from 11 May – 2 June.

The Union Theatre has a revival of the marvellous Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, which runs from 15 May – 8 June.

Waterloo East plays host to Aussie soap satirical musical Summer Street from 14 May – 2 June.

Meow-Meow and Laura Morera collaborate on a ballet chante by Weill and Brecht, Seven Deadly Sins, which plays at Wilton’s Music Hall on 8 May.

Happy musical theatre travels!

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3 thoughts on “The Mix: Musicals! A bowl full of London theatre buzz #3

  1. I am the one waiting to see another musical this year. After seeing Fiddler on the Roof at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis and Miss Saigon at the Belk Theatre in Charlotte, my hometown, my next hopes is Aladdin- which is not coming until September. When you rely on tours, you do a lot of waiting.

      1. It is nice to live in Charlotte- to get the shows is a blessing. Aladdin ends the current season. Blumenthal’s upcoming season is one of their strongest seasons.

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