Moulin Rouge! The Musical to open in the West End in November

Last Updated on 15 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The hit Broadway musical based on Baz Luhrmann’s cult film Moulin Rouge is to open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in the autumn

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The UK premiere of hit Broadway show Moulin Rouge! The Musical has been announced, coming to the Piccadilly Theatre in London on 12 November 2021.

With casting still to be revealed, tickets will go on general sale on Monday 24 May. It is currently booking through to 12 March 2022.

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s film of the same name, the show originally opened on Broadway in July 2019. Featuring a lavish, immersive set, it follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running.

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of producer Global Creatures, said: “At its heart, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is about a group of artists fighting to keep their stage show alive. That element of the story has felt very real for us as a company as we’ve contended with the Covid shutdown and delay to our UK premiere.

“But now we are so excited and so honoured to finally confirm that our show will form part of a revitalised West End. We cannot wait for the red windmill to start turning in London.”

It is directed by Alex Timbers with a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine. The design team includes sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by Peter Hylenski, hair and wig design by David Brian Brown and make-up by Sarah Cimino. It is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke.

Timbers said: “The last 12 months have proven uniquely challenging in engaging with performers as we look to cast the UK production. Nevertheless we have all been astounded by the perseverance and sheer talent of those we have seen, and I am excited to see the cast coming together.

“It feels great to finally be confirming our UK premiere dates. I am thrilled now that we can look forward to bringing Moulin Rouge! to life in London and to welcome our audiences.”

Casting is by Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher. The executive producer in the West End is Patrick Murphy and general management in the West End is by Playful Productions.

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