Initially hosted at London’s Turbine Theatre in Battersea, MTFestUK 2021 is one of the major events aiming to reignite the theatre scene after lockdown, delivering a mix of live and digital musical performances.
From 17 - 29 May, the live shows are a chance for audiences to enjoy musical theatre in person again. Following this, the musicals will go on the ‘digital road’ at 12 national venues from 31 May to 4 July. Here is a glimpse at the eight musicals on offer.
- ‘Far From Heaven’ boasts a jazz-inflected score and is an adaptation of Todd Haynes’s 2002 film of the same name set in the 1950s.
- ‘#50days’ is a grime musical set in 1641 that follows King Charles and its creator Thabo Stuck describes it as “an interpretation of British history told through the eyes of underrepresented Brits today.”
- ‘The Man in the Ceiling’ is a collaboration between Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist and celebrated author, and Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa. It is an “uplifting tale about following your creative passion against all odds.”
- ‘Cake’, in the vein of smash Broadway hit Hamilton, combines rap and RnB with 18th century France to retell the story of Marie Antoinette that sparked a revolution.
- ‘Housefire’ is described as an ‘eco rock musical’ that follows a trio of endangered animals who form a rock band to protest against the climate crisis.
- ‘Millennials’ turns up the microphone on the lives, the losses and the frustrations of young people in the modern world and “runs the gamut of modern pop music”
- ‘Proud’ follows David, who is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and enters the setting of “a conversion camp for gay men”.
- ‘Tony! A Tony Blair Rock Opera’ is described as a “hilarious tragedy of political intrigue, religion, power and romance all set to rockin’ tunes”.
MTFestUK 2021 is leading the way for a new reality in the post-covid theatre scene. As we come out of lockdown, theatres must be able to organise performances that are both in-person and accessible online for audiences.
You can book tickets for MTFestUK 2021 here.