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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!

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.

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.

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 National Theatre's press conference is coming up next week, when full details are expected to be announced.

It has been announced that a new production of Patrick Marber's play After Miss Julie directed by Anthony Banks and starring Helen George has hopes to land in the West End next year after opening at the Theatre Royal Bath and going on a UK tour.

According to the Daily Mail, 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."

Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that the Hampstead Theatre's production of The Moderate Soprano is looking to transfer to the West End next year. The Chichester Festival Theatre's Chekhov Season is also looking to transfer to the National Theatre.

Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that 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.

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 2016. 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, 2016."

Following the announcement that War Horse is to vacate the New London Theatre in 2016, Baz from the Daily Mail has announced that Cameron Mackintosh is showing the team behind Hamilton the venue, amongst others, in preparation for a production in 2017.

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.

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".

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."

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 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.

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!

Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Sonia Friedman Productions are in initial talks with Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw to bring a new production of Dreamgirls to the West End stage in 2016/17.

According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Gary Barlow hopes to bring his first foray into musical theatre - Finding Neverland on Broadway - to the West End in 2016. A concept album for the musical, featuring guest appearances by the likes of Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and Jessie J, is set to be released in April 2015. Finding Neverland is produced by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Baz from 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2015/16, produced by Fiery Angel.

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