A Strange Loop to open at London’s Barbican Theatre this summer

The award-winning Broadway musical A Strange Loop is transferring to London – coming to the Barbican Theatre this summer 2023.

The show opens at the Barbican Theatre in June 2023, playing a 12 week summer season in London, from 17 June to 9 September 2023.

Michael R Jackson’s musical won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Book, and countless other New York awards.

Set to a bouncy Broadway beat with vibrant songs and cutting lyrics, this razor-sharp musical is a quirky, comically entertaining metafictional piece about identity, race and sexuality.

It’s currently not clear if the show’s original Broadway creative team are coming over to London to stage the show: Director Stephen Brackett, Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, Music Supervisor Rona Siddiqui, Orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, Scenic Design by Arnulfo Maldonado, Costume Design by Montana Levi Blanco, Lighting Design by Jen Schriever and Sound Design by Drew Levy.

The show closed on Broadway in January this year, having played 301 regular and 13 preview performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.

The production is produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions, The National Theatre, Barbara Whitman, and Wessex Grove.

For the last two years at the Barbican, Howard Panter and Trafalgar have produced Anything Goes, with summer musicals fast becoming a tradition at the Barbican Theatre.

Michael R. Jackson said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing A Strange Loop to London.  This show has been a true labor of love since my early twenties, and to have it continue its extraordinary journey from Musical Theatre Factory, to Off-Broadway, to Woolly Mammoth, to Broadway and now to London is a dream I never knew I had come true. I can’t wait to share the story of Usher and his thoughts with new audiences.”

Kate Varah, executive director for the National Theatre, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the transfer of this Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award-winning new musical into London this summer.  A Strange Loop is a vital piece of new work by American playwright, Michael R. Jackson and we are so excited to be working with our producing partners to share this special story with UK audiences.”

Howard Panter said: “A Strange Loop is nothing short of a spellbinding masterpiece. When I saw it on Broadway I was transfixed and knew immediately that London audiences, like New York, would love this unique, moving and funny musical.  Michael R. Jackson is a complete genius and we look forward to welcoming him to these shores for a very successful season at the Barbican this summer.”

Barbara Whitman, originating producer of the Broadway production, said “I’m overjoyed to be bringing A Strange Loop to the Barbican, and I can’t wait to introduce London to the work of the singularly brilliant Michael R. Jackson. It feels so right to have this be the next step for this uniquely original musical.”

Casting for the London run of A Strange Loop is to be announced.

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