Back to the Future stage musical to hit London’s West End in 2015

12:13 31 January 2014

Actor Michael J Fox, who played Marty McFly, a Back to the Future DVD launch party in 2002 (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Actor Michael J Fox, who played Marty McFly, a Back to the Future DVD launch party in 2002 (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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A Back to the Future stage musical, developed by the original film’s writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, will open in London’s West End next year.

Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote with Bob Gale the original film and will help develop the new stage musical ( Picture: Chris Weeks/Online USA)Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote with Bob Gale the original film and will help develop the new stage musical ( Picture: Chris Weeks/Online USA)

The production is set to mark the 30-year anniversary of the Back to the Future movie, and is a project its writers have been working on for ten years.

Gale - who will work with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment company and London producer Colin Ingram - said he and Zemeckis were “thrilled” and would “create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake”.

He added: “We know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the trilogy.

“We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage.

British theatre director Jamie Lloyd (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA)British theatre director Jamie Lloyd (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”


The musical will be directed by “thrilled” Jamie Lloyd, a former associate director of the Donmar Warehouse.

He said: “Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way.

“The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience.

“Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”

The Back to the Future film was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown, and took $360.6million at the box office.

In the well-known tale, Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.

There he has to make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love to save his own existence before finding his way back to the future.

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