Back to the Future (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Funny
About the Show
A musical adaptation of the 1985 smash hit film - winner of the Best New Musical Olivier Award.
When 80s kid, Marty Mcfly, meets an eccentric scientist Doc Brown, an experiment goes awry and Marty is transported back to the 1950s.
This American sci-fi classic has been adapted for the stage by the film's co-writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Helmed by Tony Award-winning Director, John Rando and starring Tony Award winner Roger Bart in the role of Doc Brown.
Back to the Future won the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This production is recommended for ages 6+.
This musical adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’s hit 1985 time-travel movie is enormous fun. Loyal to the story and the larky spirit of the original, it’s been deftly expanded by Zemeckis’s co-writer Bob Gale into a standalone stage work.
Again, your enjoyment is going to depend on how up you are for ‘Back to the Future’ cranked to the absolute max for virtually the whole night. Where this musical is going, you don’t need roads. But you might need a good lie down.
The show seems like a mashup of theatre and film...Despite its inventions and its abundant splashiness, it is an odd mishmash of originality and imitation, the DeLorean remaining its biggest star.
I suspect that if you’re a hardcore fan who knows every line of the film script you’re going to buy a ticket anyway. Others should beware...Yet even though the film’s co-creator, Bob Gale, is credited for the show’s book, John Rando’s West End production is middling at best.
And, in truth, it’s not exactly a musical in the traditional sense. After two viewings, I’d be hard pressed to reproduce much of the original score; the songs that stick are the pop hits used in the movie and triumphantly reprised here, “Johnny B Goode” and “The Power of Love.”