Some people are excited because the pubs are now open, I’m happy for the theatres to finally reopen! It’s been 14 months since I’ve sat in an uncomfy seat, excited for overpriced ice cream at the interval. As most of you know, theatre is my biggest passion in life (along with sport) so I’m not even overreacting when I say I’m desperate to get back there! Because of that, I’ve compiled a list of 15 shows on my 2021 theatre bucket list. It’s a mixture of touring productions and West End shows.
I’m a huge fan of going on a trip to London; however, the West End will survive this. Local theatres are much more at risk and need our money more so I urge you to see as many tours and local shows as you can over the next year and beyond. Many of these theatres have still had staff working, processing refunds and answering queries.
Six – Hull New Theatre (July)
Slightly cheating to begin with because I’ve already got tickets for this. This is last year’s rescheduled tour and I am beyond excited! As most of you know, I am obsessed with Six and often talk on socials about performing my one-woman Six show. I’m hoping the crowd are alive during this because it’s such a fun, upbeat show! I might even purchase another ticket and see it multiple times in one week!
The Last Five Years – Vaudeville Theatre (October)
The only other show I have booked in this year so far is my first trip to London in 2021 too. The Last Five Years is one of my favourite movie musicals (Jeremy Jordan can do no wrong in my eyes) and I’ve never seen it on stage before. I’m really interested to see how it will work with just two main characters!
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Hull New Theatre (November/December)
The Jamie tour is coming to Hull and I am all over it! Again, I’ve not seen it on the West End before but I love the soundtrack. I’ve seen a few clips from various TV and award shows and it just looks like the most fun show! Whilst I know the story of Jamie and have seen the original documentary that inspired the musical, I can’t wait to see it come to life on stage. I also used to be a huge fan of The Feeling back in the day so I knew I would love the music written by Dan Gillespie Sells.
9 to 5 – Sheffield Lyceum (June/July)
Originally, I had planned on seeing this show but chose to get a refund. However, if I feel comfortable travelling on a train, I’m heading over to Sheffield for the midweek matinee. I missed the show in the West End so I’d love to see it on stage in some capacity. I’ve never seen the film but Dolly is a legend (not just because I love country music). I have a vague idea of the plot and have listened to the soundtrack but I’ll be seeing the production as a novice really!
Heathers – Leeds Grand (July/August) or Sheffield Lyceum (September)
Another tour I was meant to see but didn’t was Heather. As you can see, I visit theatres around Yorkshire to see my theatre so I tend to see matinees. Heathers looks like one of those shows I’d absolutely love so of course, it’s on my list. Again, I’ve listened to the original soundtrack many times so I’ll be that annoying person in the audience singing along (not too loudly though, I’m not that rude).
The Midnight Bell – Sheffield Lyceum (Sept) or York Theatre Royal (Sept-Oct)
I’ve pretty much seen every traditional ballet multiple times so I love to see new works. Anything Matthew Bourne does instantly goes on my watchlist (his Swan Lake tour was a highlight of mine). I was gutted when The Red Shoes tour got cancelled last year so I’d love to see his new production, The Midnight Bell. It looks super dark and sexy, which is definitely rare for a ballet!
Bedknobs and Broomsticks – Sheffield Lyceum (October) or Leeds Grand (December/January)
One of my all-time favourite movies as a stage musical? Of course, I’m there! I’ve no idea how it will work on stage but I’m excited to see it. It sounds like it’s going to be padded out a bit more with additional songs and arrangements. The casting is yet to be revealed so I’m intrigued by that too!
Rent The Concert – Leicester Curve (August)
Some of my favourite musical songs come from Rent yet I’ve never seen it on stage. The film version isn’t a favourite of mine as I think it works better on a stage personally. I’ve never been to Leicester before so I’m hoping to get there for August. It’ll be a push but I’m going to try!
A Chorus Line – Leicester Curve (Dec)
It sounds more feasible that I’ll be able to see A Chorus Line. Again, it’s one of my favourite movie musicals (and one of the most underrated too) and I’ve yet to see it in a theatre. It will be the perfect ode to everything we love about theatre at Christmas time. I imagine it’s a fairly cheap production to run as it is purely down the talent of the performers for the most part. I’m interested to see how it translates on stage though!
Anything Goes – London Barbican (July-Oct)
You won’t find many musical numbers more contagious than they are in Anything Goes! Actual Sutton Foster is going to be heading up the production too and will be making her West Ed debut reprising her role as Reno Sweeney from the Broadway show. The casting on this one is sensational too and we’re going right back to the golden age of musicals!
Hairspray – London Colesium (June-Sept)
I’m hoping there will be an extension on Hairspray because there are just so many productions and so little time to see them in when you have to travel! I had originally planned on seeing this last year but we all know what happened! Michael Ball as Edna is already award-winning so I can’t wait to see him reprise that role. Hairspray is such a feel-good musical with themes that are just as relevant today as they were back in the 60s.
Pretty Woman – Savoy Theatre, London (July-Dec)
So I’m going to admit I’ve never seen the film and have only heard the soundtrack once but Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson as a duo look sensational and are crazy talented! Danny is probably the best dancer ever to appear on Strictly and he still didn’t win (not bitter at all, still). Nevertheless, I love that he’s back doing musicals and along with Aimie, this production will finally get a West End run!
Carousel – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London (July-Sept)
Probably one of the saddest musicals ever made (yes, even a black heart like mine still cries at the movie). I saw this on stage when I was younger but probably didn’t really understand the storyline! In fact, I think I even auditioned for a role during a tour back in the day! It sounds like this is going to be a contemporary version but it sounds right up my street!
Singin’ in the Rain – Sadler’s Wells, London (July-Sept)
If you know I love musicals, you’ll also know Gene Kelly is my absolute idol. Singin’ in the Rain is probably the most perfect movie musical so I’m always curious to see it on stage instead. However, with Adam Cooper and ‘Grimsby’ Kevin Clifton (my fave Strictly pro), it’s sure to be incredible. I’m also positive that the choreography will be out of this world!
Amelie – Criterion Theatre, London (May-Sept)
Another musical I don’t know a lot about but it seems to be somewhat of a cult classic. Just like when I went to see City of Angels, often the best shows I’ve seen are something I know nothing about! I know I need to give the soundtrack a few listen before I go to ease myself in though!
I’m planning a big London trip at the start of 2022 so I’ve left off some West End shows that are showing until then (Mary Poppins, The Prince of Egypt, Cinderella, Jersey Boys) as well as some that I’ll probably be seeing on tour but would still love to see in London (Heathers, Six, ETAJ). As you can see, my 2021 theatre bucket list is long but varied. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of going to the theatre so I see as much as I can!
Have you got anything booked from my 2021 theatre bucket list yet? Any other recommendations that I need to look out for? If you want to hear more of my love of musicals and keep up with me as I tick as many off my 2021 theatre bucket list as I can, head to my Instagram or Twitter!