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Which shows are rumoured to be coming to the West End in 2016? We take a look at the new productions, UK transfers and Broadway transfers that could land in London's West End in 2016, including 'Finding Neverland', 'An American in Paris', 'Fun Home', 'Show Boat', 'The King and I' and 'Dreamgirls'. Read our full feature here!

Tom Hooper to direct film adaptation of Cats?
Cats the Musical Following on from his success with the film version of Cameron Mackintosh's 'Les Miserables', director Tom Hooper is reportedly in discussion to bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1981 musical to the big screen. It has been reported that he is currently developing the film for Universal Studios and Working Title, with production aimed for a 2017 or 2018 start date. It's not known if the film will use CGI animation, humans, or even real cats, but it's certainly going to be a project that gets people talking. The musical originally ran in London for 21 years, and returned to the West End in 2014 and 2015. The Broadway production originally opened in 1982 where it ran for 18 years, and the first revival is set to open at the Neil Simon Theatre on 2 August 2016.
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Posted 06 May 2016

Could Big the Musical transfer to London?
Big the Musical A new production of the 1996 flop Broadway musical Big by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr is opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November 2016 and is advertising itself as a 'pre-West End' production. The musical is an adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film, and was originally directed by Mike Ockrent with choreography by Susan Stroman. The show had a troubled out of town tryout and Broadway engagement, despite strong marketing links with FAO Schwartz, the Toy Shop featured in the film which is known for its scene with the big piano. The trials and tribulations of the show's journey to the stage were documented in Barbara Isenberg's diary 'Making it Big'. The new production reflects the changes made to the show ahead of its US National Tour, and are now part of the official licensed version.

The UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth will star Strictly Come Dancing winner and The Wanted vocalist Jay McGuiness as Josh. No official plans for a West End production have yet been announced, but it is thought the show may transfer in a similar way to 'Elf' in 2015, which also opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.
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Posted 04 May 2016

Could Cher the Musical land on Broadway?
Cher the Musical The New York Post has reported that Cher: the Musical could be one step closer to a Broadway production as writer Rick Elice has this week taken the first draft of the script to 'Hamilton' producer Jeffrey Seller. Based on the life of international pop icon Cher, the musical is thought to be biopic in nature and will include her hit songs "Believe", "Turn Back Time" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves". Rick Elice is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre writer behind hit shows such as Jersey Boys and The Addams Family has has reportedly been working alongside Cher since last year on a first draft of the script. Cher appeared on Broadway in 1982 in "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" but it is not known whether she would play herself in the production...
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Posted 20 Apr 2016

Will Britney Spears make West End debut?
Britney Spears Cinderella It is being reported that international icon Britney Spears may star in the upcoming pantomime Cinderella at the London Palladium. Numerous news outlets have reported that the singer is currently in talks to play the lead role, for a cool £500,000 contract that was also offered to Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, the production will be the first pantomime in the venue for more than three decades. We wait with baited breath to see if the "Oops, I Did It Again" singer graces the West End in what we're sure will be a spectacular production...
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Posted 15 Apr 2016

Will Hamilton open at the Victoria Palace Theatre?
Hamilton London Rumours are hotting up that Broadway smash hit Hamilton is heading to London in early 2017. According to reports the sell-out musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is being lined up to re-open the Victoria Palace Theatre and will be produced in London by Cameron Mackintosh.

Inspired by the book 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow the show was originally produced at the Public Theater and transferred to Broadway's Richard Rodgers from 13 July 2015, where it is currently playing to capacity houses and is sold out for months. Whilst members of the creative team have confirmed that the show will be opening in London early 2017, no official dates have yet been given. We will keep you posted!
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Posted 30 Mar 2016

Will Danny Boyle direct a Miss Saigon movie?
Miss Saigon The Daily Mail have reported that director Danny Boyle is currently in negotiations to direct a film adaptation of Miss Saigon for producer Cameron Mackintosh and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at Working Title Films, the team behind the film version of Les Miserables. The musical originally opened in London in 1989 where it ran for ten years, and recently ended a two year revival at the Prince Edward Theatre. No official timescale for the film release has been announced.
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New season of musicals at the Charing Cross?
Ragtime According the Charing Cross Theatre booking website, London is preparing for a return of the Southwark Playhouse's critically acclaimed production of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Titanic the Musical which will run at the Charing Cross Theatre from 28 May to 6 August 2016. This will be followed by new productions of Ragtime directed by Thom Southerland, and the UK premiere of Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday which runs from 3 December to 21 January 2017. Further details about the productions are yet to be announced.

UPDATE 08/03/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

David Bowie musical Lazarus in London?
Lazarus David Bowie musical Lazarus is heading to London in a brand new production. The musical opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in December 2015 where it played to sold out audiences. Featuring music by David Bowie and book by Edna Walsh, it is directed by Ivo Van Hove with design by Jan Versweyveld. It was inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. No information regarding casting, venue or dates has yet been given.

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Kelsey Grammer making London debut?
Kelsey Grammer The Daily Mail have reported that 'Fraiser' star Kelsey Grammer could make his West End debut in the upcoming London production of Finding Neverland, reprising the role of Captain Hook from the original Broadway production. He is rumoured to be joining Alfie Boe in the West End production which is set to land in January 2017.
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King Lear and Strictly Ballroom
Strictly Ballroom It has been reported that Glenda Jackson will return to the stage to play King Lear at the Old Vic from November 2016, in a production directed by Deborah Warner. A new stage production of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom will open at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie. Could London follow?

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Andy Karl to lead Groundhog Day?
Andy Karl The Daily Mail have reported that Broadway actor Andy Karl will take the lead role in the Old Vic's upcoming musical adaptation of Groundhog Day, which is set to open at the South Bank venue in July before transferring to Broadway. Karl, who recently starred in musicals such as 'On the Twentieth Century' and 'Rocky' is set to play the role of the grouchy weatherman created on screen by Bill Murray. The Musical features a score by Tim Minchin, and is directed by Michael Warchus with choreography by Peter Darling and design by Rob Howell.

UPDATE 10/03/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

Show Boat to sail into the West End?
Show Boat The Mail have also announced that Daniel Evans's production of the classic musical Showboat, which recently ran at Sheffield's Crucible is looking to sail into the New London Theatre following War Horse's departure in March 2016. The production will be recast and aims to run in the West End until January 2017. Rights issues are apparently holding off the official announcement, but the show, which received numerous 5* reviews will be a welcome addition to London.

UPDATE 12/02/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

National Theatre new productions
National Theatre Over at the National Theatre, The Mail have announced that Helen McCrory will return to the venue in June to play Hester Collyer in Terence Rattigan's 1952 drama The Deep Blue Sea. The new season will also feature a new play by David Hare called The Red Barn based on Simenon's novel 'La Main' and directed by Robert Icke. The Chichester Festival Theatre's Chekhov Season is also looking to transfer to the National Theatre. The National Theatre's press conference is coming up next week, when full details are expected to be announced.

UPDATE 03/02/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

The King and I heading to the West End?
The King and I It has been reported that Kelli O'Hara, the Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic The King and I, may indeed travel over the pond with the production and make her West End debut in late 2016 or early 2017 at a theatre "in the Drury Lane area." Sources have confirmed that the production is currently looking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which will be vacant early next year as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory closes ahead of a Broadway transfer.
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The Wind in the Willows in the West End
The Wind in the Willows According to online sources, Stiles and Drewe's latest musical The Wind in the Willows is West End bound following an opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in October 2016, in a production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. The production was the first to offer co-producing shares in the production via an online platform, inviting members of the public to invest in the show. Stiles and Drewe were last in the West End with 'Betty Blue Eyes' at the Novello Theatre.
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Finding Neverland in London
Finding Neverland Take That singer Gary Barlow has revealed that plans are in motion for his Broadway musical Finding Neverland to transfer to London's West End in 2017. Whilst no theatre or dates have been cited, he said in a recent interview: "It has to come to London, they're ready for it. Specifics we can't say but it's coming to London next year, 2017."

UPDATE 12/02/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

Brokeback Mountain and Pride musical?
Brokeback Mountain A new adaptation of Brokeback Mountain is currently in development by Tom O'Connell Productions Ltd, with a production planned for a London opening in 2016. Producer Tom O’Connell has announced that he has acquired the stage rights for Annie Proulx’s award winning short story and Oscar winning feature film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Beresford, screenwriter of Pride, a British film starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, confirmed at a London screening of the movie that a stage musical adaptation is in development. Director Matthew Warchus is attached to the project, which is eyeing a West End run. Pride is based on a true story about a group of gay activists who raise money to help a Welsh community of miners affected by the long-running miners' strike of 1984-5.
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Pinocchio at the National Theatre
Pinocchio Somebody's been wishing upon a star... because the National Theatre is reportedly finalising a deal with Disney Theatrical to bring its 1940 animated classic Pinocchio alive on stage, according to the Daily Mail. The musical, which is being tipped for Christmas 2016, will be directed by John Tiffany and written by Enda Walsh and will feature the iconic Disney songs such as "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)," "I’ve Got No Strings," and, of course, "When You Wish Upon a Star."
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Hedwig and Something Rotten eye London?
Something Rotten It is being reported that Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch could be heading to the West End. John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book for the show, has said that the creative team are "trying to get the right person" to play the title role for a London venue. The production opened on Broadway's Belasco Theatre in April 2014 and is currently taking bookings to October 2015.

The Evening Standard reports that the Tony-nominated musical comedy Something Rotten!, which opened on Broadway on 22 April 2015, may premiere in the West End as early as 2016. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the show is set in the 1590's where two brothers - Nick and Nigel Bottom - attempt to outdo everyone's favourite celebrity, William Shakespeare, by creating the world's first... musical!
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Broadway hit Hamilton in London?
Hamilton London The latest hit Broadway musical Hamilton, which has recently officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, may soon be on its way to London's West End. The show, which is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton features music and lyrics by Lin Manuel-Miranda, the writer of Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights and originally opened off-Broadway. It has since become the hottest ticket in town after unanimous critical reviews and exceptional audience word of mouth. British producer Cameron Mackintosh told London's Evening Standard that there is "every intention" for the show to transfer to London, saying it could open as soon as 2017. Miranda supported the statement, saying "I would be honoured to open the show in London".

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Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein The Daily Mail reports that comedian Mel Brooks is looking at remounting his musical version of Young Frankenstein in London's West End alongside director and choreographer Susan Stroman. No dates or venue have been mentioned, but Brooks is confident he can make significant changes to the musical for a London audience and has already written a new song for the production.

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Dreamgirls the Musical London premiere
Dreamgirls Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Sonia Friedman Productions are in initial talks with Book of Mormon and Aladdin director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw to bring a new production of Dreamgirls to the West End stage in 2016/17. Despite being a hit on Broadway in the 1981/2 season, the show has never been professionally staged in London. Audition notices were posted for actors for each of the main roles and ensemble, although it has not been confirmed who is in talks to play the iconic roles.

UPDATE 05/02/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

McKellen and Stewart team up for London?
No Man's Land The Daily Mail reports that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are set to star in the West End, in No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Firm dates for the West End run have yet to be finalised, but the production could arrive sometime in 2016. McKellen and Stewart previously performed the play in repertoire with 'Waiting For Godot', by Samuel Beckett, at Broadway's Cort Theatre from October 2013 to March 2014.

UPDATE 11/03/2016: Confirmed! Click for full story

The Hunger Games stage adaptation
The Hunger Games It has been reported that the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games is being adapted for the stage and will be produced by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. World premiere performances are expected to begin in the Summer of 2016 in a new purpose-built theatre, right next door to Wembley Stadium. Planning permission was submitted to the council for the new arena, although no further information about the production, cast or creative team has been revealed.

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Back to the Future: the Musical
Back to the Future Baz from The Daily Mail reports that the musical version of Back To The Future has been delayed to till at least 2016, following news that director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn ‘amicably’ from the show after he and Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels, disagreed over the production’s direction. There were reported behind-the-scenes ‘creative differences’ just as workshops of the show were due to be staged. Jamie Lloyd told Baz that his decision to withdraw was ‘just a case of wanting to stand by my vision...You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point,’ he said. Gale will now write the version of the show that he favours, and send it out to directors later next year. The Back to the Future musical will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.

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Al Pacino returning to the stage?
Al Pacino Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Hollywood film actor and Oscar winner Al Pacino will star in a West End production of Salome, by Oscar Wilde, in 2016. Pacino has previously performed the play in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and this will mark the star's first role in the West End since 1984, when he performed in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Duke of York's Theatre. He recently starred in the Broadway premiere of Mamet's 'China Doll' which opened to a strong advance but bad reviews, following many complaining at the Oscar winners inability to learn lines and his reliance on TV screens and earpieces to feed him the material.

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We Will Rock You stage sequel?
We Will Rock You II The sequel to the Queen musical We Will Rock You has received a workshop performance. Written again by Ben Elton, it is provisionally titled 'TSMGO' (The Show Must Go On)'. It is not known if and when a West End show will be coming, but since the original production closed at the Dominion Theatre on 31 May 2014, London audiences have been missing Queen's epic songs. The original creative team included Christopher Renshaw, Arlene Phillips and Mark Fisher, although it is not known if the same group will reunite for the project.

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Me and My Girl West End revival
Me and My Girl A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2015/16, produced by Fiery Angel. The show was last seen in the West End in 1985, when it ran at the Adelphi Theatre from 12 February 1985 to 16 January 1993 for an eight-year run and 3,303 performances. The revival starred Robert Lindsay as Bill Snibson, Emma Thompson and Frank Thornton. It went on to win two Olivier Awards: Musical of the Year and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical (Robert Lindsay) and successfully transfer to Broadway. Names such as Damien Lewis have been attached to a 2016/17 revival, although no further news has been announced.

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