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2021 LONDON MUSICALS TO GET IN THE DIARY… 

George Maguire

We could all do with some real-life entertainment. With theatres beginning to kick back into action with new and very welcome creative energy, here is a roundup of 2021 London musicals that we excited to see either back in action or performing for the first time. The show must go on…

1. Cinderella – opens 21st June – tickets here 
 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella. Photo via Lwtheatres.co.uk
 
 
First up is the classic tale of Cinderella. Andrew Lloyd Webber new West End musical comedy reinvents the age old fairy-tale with Carrie Hope Fletcher (of Les Miserables) as the title role and a script by Killing Eve’s talented Emerald Fennell. Preparing this ‘modern take’ of Cinderella for the stage has been a long road filled with obstacles; a closed arts and culture scene, transnational Zoom rehearsals and extensive remote planning but come June Cinderella will be ready…
 
Where? 166 Drury Ln, Holborn, London WC2B 5PW
Book here
 
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2. Aladdin – Pantomime – opens 13th November – link here 
 

Aladdin. Image via Theatre Tickets Direct.
 
Another iconic archetypal mega story, Aladdin has been captivating audiences since well… we aren’t really sure. Variations of the story seem to have pretty much always been in rotations and with oscillating sources. A debut pantomime for comedian writer Vikki Stone, watch as Aladdin explores the world of laughs, love, and the power of a magic lamps… A great pick for the family. 
 
Where? Lyric Hammersmith, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, King Street, W6 0QL.
Book here
 
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3. Get Up, Stand Up! – Opens 1st October – link here 


Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley. Image via Reggaeville.
 
 
With actor Arinzé Kene (Death of A Salesman, The Lion King) as Bob Marley Get Up, Stand Up! is a welcome addition to the musicals planned for 2021. Following the story of Jamaica’s global icon, this Bob Marley musical will be going live in June. Follow Marley’s rebellious dream, vision of love and his talent with this story of love and cultural change. Backed by Marley’s most celebrated songs and a host of some of the best reggae artists in the scene – it’s bound to be a winner. 
 
Where? Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.
Book here
 
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4.  The Prince of Egypt – Opens 1st July – link here 


The cast of The Prince of Egypt. Link via Hollywood reporter.
 
Based on the DreamWorks motion picture of the same name, The Prince of Egypt will be showing at London’s art deco styled Dominion Theatre in 2021. Following the story of Moses as he travels through the scenes of the book of exodus; from a wicker basket in the reeds to the parting of the red sea. With music from Stephen Schwartz (of Wicked) and songs from the original film (hint: Whitney Houston) tickets are now available for the September show. 
 
Where? Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ. 
Book here
 
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5. The Drifters Girl – Opens 4th November - link here 
 

The Drifters Girl. Image via ATV Today
 
 
Beverley Knight, the ‘Queen of British Soul’ and MBE returns to the stage to act as Faye Treadwell, the manager of The Drifters; the renowned US vocal group that rose to fame in the 1950s. The Drifters Girl tracks the journey of the world’s first female African American music manager and is a story full to the brim with perseverance and love for the group that gave us legendary songs like Under the Boardwalk and Save the last Dance for Me. A great show to either revisit nostalgia or expose ourselves to classic tunes. 
 
 
Where? Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH. 
Book here
 
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