It’s good news for Back to the Future fans. The legendary 80s hit film will arrive at the West End in 2015.
Marty McFly and ‘Doc’ Brown will come to London’s West End
The show will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the affable teenager Marty McFly and the eccentric scientist “Doc” Brown’s first appearance on the big screen.
The Back to the Future musical will be co-written by Robert Zemeckis and Jamie Lloyd and Bob Gale, who were the film’s original screen writers. Lloyd will also direct the show. To accompany the musical, the trio will write a new book.
Music from the 50s and 80s will play centre stage in the musical adaptation of the iconic sci-fi movie. There will also be new music and lyrics by composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter Glen Ballard.
The Back to the Future plot needs little introduction. Set in a small American town, frustrated musician Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorian “time machine.” The iconic car was of course invented by the slightly mad scientist, ‘Doc’ Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd). During his hysterical trip back in time, Marty is forced to manipulate the future, ensuring his teenage parents fall in love, so he can get back to the future.
The fantastical film was so successful, it spawned two sequels. The 2015 theatre re-make will be based on the original film.
Being a popular method of transport in the latter half of the twentieth century, skateboards were a central feature in the Back to the Future films. Bringing the transport tradition back to life, the musical will even have its own skateboard consultant.
In a recent press statement, director Jamie Lloyd spoke of how when he was five he was a huge of the landmark movie.
“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,” said Lloyd.
The question on the lips of everyone who considers themselves a Back to the Future fan – will the West End show feature the iconic plutonium-powered DeLorian?
We’ll have to wait until 2015 to know for sure.
The West End-adaptation of Back to the Future is the latest in a series of London shows which are re-makings of classic 80s movies, including Dirty Dancing, Flash Dance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Ghost.