Back to the Future The Musical to open in the West End in May 2021
The new musical based on the classic 1985 movie will start previews at the Adelphi Theatre from 14 May 2021.
Set your DeLorean for May 2021, Back to the Future The Musical is coming to town. Producer Colin Ingram and the film trilogy's creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale announced that the new musical will land in the West End in 2021. The production premiered at the Manchester Opera House earlier this year, but the run was cut short due to the Covid-19 theatrical shutdown. The musical will start previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 14 May 2021.
“Bob Zemeckis and I are over the moon to finally be opening Back to the Future The Musical in the West End at the historic Adelphi Theatre, and we can't wait for audiences to experience our show. I promise, everyone will be delighted with how we've translated the movie to the stage," Gale, who wrote the book for the musical, said in a statement. "We've got all your favourite songs from the movie, and over a dozen new ones, brought to life by an incredible cast, along with some groundbreaking stagecraft, which we firmly believe raises the bar for production design and illusion. You will be convinced that the DeLorean really does go 88 miles per hour!"
Roger Bart and Olly Dobson, who originated the roles of Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly in Manchester, will be returning to the characters for the West End production. The cast will also include other actors from the Manchester production including Hugh Coles as George McFly, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine Baines, Cedric Neal as Goldie Wilson, Aidan Cutler as Biff Tannen, and Courtney-Mae Briggs as Jennifer Parker.
The response we received from audiences and critics in Manchester for this show was incredible — men and women, young and old, film fans and newbies were all blown away by this heartening, hilarious story set to multi-Grammy winners Silvestri and Ballard’s fantastic new songs, alongside the original classics from the movie," Ingram said in a statement. "When the West End reopens, we believe people will want to go back to the theatre, with Back to the Future… Great Scott Marty, just don’t set the DeLorean to March 2020!”
Based on the hit film, the musical tells the story of high schooler Marty McFly, who accidentally finds himself travelling back in time thanks to his friend Doc Brown's time-travelling DeLorean. Marty runs into his high-school-aged parents in 1955, and he must make sure his parents fall in love so that he doesn't erase his own existence. The musical features a book by the film's screenwriter Gale and a new score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard in addition to songs from the movie, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode."
The musical is directed by John Rando, with choreogrphy by Chris Bailey, set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, lighting consultant Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Gareth Owen, video design by Finn Ross, musical supervision and arrangement by Nick Finlow, orchestrations by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, dance arrangements by David Chase, and illusions by Chris Fisher.
Photo credit: Roger Bart and Olly Dobson as Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly in Back to the Future the Musical (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)