Catch West End favourites before they hit Hollywood
When Les Misérables – the world’s second longest-running musical – hit the big screen in 2012, it won numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and we’re confident that next year’s release of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson will follow suit. There are plenty of other film adaptations in the pipeline, so whether you didn’t catch a big-seller in the West End or you want to watch your favourite shows on repeat in your living room, there’s bound to be one for you.
Catch them while you can
Being able to pause and rewind scenes has its advantages but nothing quite beats the thrill of having everything take place in front of you. So if you want to see all the action live on stage, contact our Theatre team to book your tickets to the charming story of Matilda, as told through the brilliant songs of Tim Minchin. The classic Roald Dahl tale has already had huge cinema success, in 1996, but the new adaptation that is due to begin filming later this year will feature songs from the West End score.
Finding Neverland is another show that was adapted from screen to stage and is now due to repeat the process in the other direction. Following its successful Broadway run that ends in August, the production will transfer to the West End in 2017, and producer Harvey Weinstein has already announced that a musical re-make is in the offing and will be set around Gary Barlow’s original score.
Elsewhere in London, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is still playing to a packed house every night, so it’s little wonder that Tom Hanks has seen the potential to turn it into a silver screen biopic.
A little north of Theatreland, in King’s Cross, there’s still time to catch In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning, Latin-infused musical about the residents of a New York neighbourhood. After the rights to film production were dropped by Universal Pictures in 2011, it has now been confirmed that Weinstein has picked it up to add to his roster of upcoming movies.
If you’re a fan of the classics, Guys and Dolls is currently running at the Phoenix Theatre, where you can hear favourites such as Luck Be a Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat. The long-rumoured film reboot looks to be making headway now as Tony-winning British director Michael Grandage has signed on to oversee the project.
Contact our Theatre team to secure tickets to these and any other theatre shows.
Alternatively, if you’d like to see Carole King perform in person at London’s Hyde Park, contact our Music team to source tickets.
Make up for lost time
With so many shows to choose from, it can be hard to see them all before their runs end or they transfer to another location, but upcoming films mean you’ll be able to see some of the capital’s smash hits while enjoying a large helping of popcorn.
Cats remains one of Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s most successful shows but the closest it has come to the silver screen was a live recording in 2000. However, Les Misérables director Tom Hooper will take the helm for a film version which is sure to include all the show’s catchy songs such as the unforgettable Memory.
This year also saw a revival of the musical maestro’s Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Rumours are strong that she will reprise her role for the Paramount Pictures version and we hope her remarkable performance is captured for posterity.
The rumour mill is also full of talk about another leading lady, Barbra Streisand taking up the role of Rose in a Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of Gypsy, following rave reviews of the London revival last year, which starred Imelda Staunton.
Theatre’s other titan, Cameron Mackintosh, has his next two movies lined up. Miss Saigon is set to be directed by Danny Boyle and will tell the heartbreaking story of a young girl orphaned by war, who is then torn apart from her lover by war once again as Saigon falls around them. Meanwhile, Toby Haynes has signed on to direct a new re-telling of Charles Dickens’ moving story about Oliver, a young orphan who escapes life in the workhouse but falls into the hands of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, including the Artful Dodger.
Keep your fingers crossed
It seems that West End and Broadway are becoming a popular source of inspiration for filmmakers and we’ve heard reports of early talks about a cinematic adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot, which is due to return to London’s Arts Theatre over the summer. Also hoping to make it onto the big screen is Wicked which is still enjoying huge success at the Apollo Victoria; plus a re-make of the currently touring musical, Little Shop of Horrors, rumoured to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Let us know if you would like to be updated about the release of any of these films.
Pictured: the cast of Guys and Dolls – photo by Paul Coltas