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)

2002 Getty Images

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.”

Skateboarding

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.

Related articles

Latest Stories

50 minutes ago
The boy was killed after a collision in St John Fisher Road, near the junction with Kale Road (Picture: Google StreetView)

A six-year-old boy died after being hit by a car in south east London as he walked along the road with his mum yesterday evening.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:53
Eliott Diffley

A data stick full of child porn fell out of a pervert’s bottom in Islington Police Station.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:50
The most sureal moment at the Commonwealth Opening Ceremony was the sight of some giant dancing Tunnocks tea cakes (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Did you watch the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night? It made us misty-eyed for London 2012, when the whole world was watching our city, so we decided to compare Glasgow 2014 to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony. Be prepared for a blast from the past!

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more