Beetlejuice The Musical in London – What we know so far

Broadway’s smash-hit production of Beetlejuice The Musical is headed to London’s West End – that’s a given, but with producers remaining tight lipped on the London run here’s what we know so far.

What is Beetlejuice The Musical about?

Based on Tim Burton’s 1988 wonderfully demented film, Beetlejuice The Musical follows Lydia Deetz –  a strange and unusual teenager whose life takes an unexpected turn when she meets the former owners of her house, who just happen to be dead, and a degenerate demon from the Netherworld.  When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away her insufferable parents, he comes up with the perfect plan that involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.

Under its uproarious surface, this hilarious musical comedy is a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every day.

Who are the creative team behind Beetlejuice The Musical?

Beetlejuice has a Book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King (Broad City), Music and Lyrics by Eddie Perfect, and Musical Direction, Orchestration and Incidental music by Kris Kukul.

The show is directed by Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher), with choreography by Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom); Set design by David Korins; Costume design by William Ivey Long; Lighting design by Kenneth Posner; Sound design by Peter Hylenski; Projection design by Peter Nigrini; and, Puppet design by Michael Curry.

The show is based on the Geffen Company Picture distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures., with a story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson; and directed by Tim Burton.

It’s unlikely the full Broadway creative team will travel with the show when it comes to London, but you can expect Alex Timbers and Connor Gallagher to be onboard.

When will Beetlejuice The Musical open in London?

No official announcement has been made by producers, however rumour suggests Beetlejuice The Musical will open in London in Spring 2023. The show had been tipped to open in London in 2022 however covid has delayed numerous Broadway to West End transfers.

What theatre will Beetlejuice The Musical play in London?

With no official announcement on the run it’s impossible to confirm where Beetlejuice The Musical will land. Any new show always sees the closure of the one and demand for London theatre’s is currently at a premium.

It would be great at one of the larger theatre venues like the Dominion Theatre (2069 seats), the Prince Edward Theatre (1622 seats) or the Adelphi Theatre (1500), however it would probably land at one of the smaller venues like the Shaftesbury Theatre (1305 seats), Phoenix Theatre (1012), Gillian Lynne Theatre (1102), Savoy Theatre (1158) or even the Garrick Theatre (700 seats).

Who will star in Beetlejuice The Musical in London?

No news or rumours on Beetlejuice casting just yet. The Broadway production stars Alex Brightman as Beetlejuice. His many Broadway credits include School of Rock The Musical, Big Fish, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.

Can I book ticket to Beetlejuice The Musical in London?

Not yet. No official on sale date for Beetlejuice The Musical tickets has been announced, but you can be sure we will let you know as soon as they do.

Is Beetlejuice The Musical playing on Broadway?

Yes. This ghoulish new musical returns to Broadway on 7 April 2022, playing at the Marquis Theatre. The show premiered at the Winter Garden Theatre on 25 April 2019, following 27 preview performances, and closed on 10 March 2022 following 366 performances. Its early closure was due to the Broadway shutting down because of the covid pandemic.

Can I watch Beetlejuice The Musical online?

Not yet. But we think its coming.  It was rumoured one of the reasons the show was brought back to Broadway was so it could be filmed for release on one of the streamers and a potential theatrical release.

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