“We’re going Back… to the Future!” Or at least you will be when this electric new musical hits London…
Ever wondered what the future holds? I don’t need a DeLorean to tell you it involves a Back to the Future musical, because that news has been confirmed without any time-travel shenanigans. Yes, an all-singing update of the classic 80s comedy is hitting the West End on May 14, 2021 and we can hardly wait. Sadly, we don’t have any means to nip into the future and see it, but we do have your tickets right here.
A tad unusually for a big splashy musical adaptation, Back to the Future began its UK run in Manchester before the pandemic hit. However, no-one can escape the pull of London for long, so the production will be hopping on the road (let’s face it, when time is of the essence, national rail is not your friend) and setting up in the West End come May.
You’ll find it at the Adelphi Theatre for an initial nineteen-week run, complete with all the characters, mishaps, and awkward mother-son infatuation the 1985 hit film provided. Back to the Future has already found its Marty McFly: Olly Dobson, who’s previously starred in West End productions of Matilda and Bat Out Of Hell, and took the lead role in Manchester.
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, creators of the original film, have helped bring the musical version to life, and they’ve already confirmed that the Absolute Bangers from the film – Johnny B. Goode, The Power of Love, Back in Time, et al – will be in the show. Additionally, a host of original songs from Grammy Award-winning composers Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard will feature in the production, which means you’ll finally get your chance to see Doc Brown sing…
Whilst – much as we’d like to – we can’t change the past six months, you can at least enjoy Marty McFly’s entertaining attempts to send himself back to the future. And with tickets on sale now, we’d advise you to gun for them at 88 miles per hour, before they disappear!
Also published on Medium.