Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed new reopening dates of his West End shows and the launch date of new musical Cinderella.
The Phantom of the Opera will reopen on 21 July 2021 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Lloyd Webber’s iconic show and one of the the longest running shows in West End history has been given a makeover whilst London’s theatre scene has been shuttered, as has Her Majesty’s Theatre which has undergone its first major renovation in over thirty years.
Laurence Conner’s 2019 West End revival of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat will begin its 10-week run at the London Palladium from 1 July 2021; principal casting features Jac Yarrow and Jason Donovan reprising their roles of Joseph and Pharaoh.
Lloyd Webber’s highly anticipated new musical Cinderella will commence performances on 14 July 2021. Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in the title role, the new musical promises to reimagine the classic fairytale for the 21st century.
Full casting for all three productions will be revealed in the coming weeks.
In a statement, Lloyd Webber said: “I am buoyed by the government’s roadmap announcement last week and am absolutely prepared to do my part to get theatre open again this summer. It is thrilling to see the big music festivals like Reading and Leeds on sale and that they have sold out in record time.
“I want to lead the way and give others confidence to follow suit by getting major musicals back open – they are the powerhouse of the West End – and have been out of action for almost a year now.
“So I have put the wheels in motion for a summer reopening. We start rehearsals for my new musical Cinderella at The Gillian Lynne Theatre today. The script is by multiple Golden Globe-nominated Emerald Fennell and isn’t like any Cinderella you will have seen. We have just finalised the new cast for The Phantom of the Opera, and Tim Rice and my first ever musical Joseph will return to The London Palladium this July.
“I cannot wait to welcome back audiences to live theatre and bring life, employment and joy back to our capital city after a harrowing past year.”