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Disney Musical Newsies is coming to the West End

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 31 August 2022, Last Updated 1 September 2022

Read all about it! Newsies, the incredible new musical, is coming over to London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre this year, from 29 November. 

This brand new production of Newsies, Broadway, is coming to our side of the pond, with the cast to be announced. 

So here’s everything we know so far about the first ever production of cult classic hit Newsies in London.

Newsies on Broadway

Newsies is a 1992 Disney musical film released in 1992, based on the true story of the New York City Newsboys’ Strike of 1899. After the New York World publisher raises the prices of his papers to the young newspaper hawkers on New York Streets, they galvanize the Newsies from Manhattan to go on strike. 

After it gained a cult following, it was adapted for Broadway in 2012, where it delighted audiences for more than two years. You can even watch a filmed version of the stage show – recorded live on Broadway – as well as the original film, on Disney +.

The Newsboys in Disney’s Newsies, The Broadway Musical (Photo: Disney Theatrical Productions)

Newsies London

The only info we have so far about this exciting production – other than the date and the theatre – is that it will be a brand new, immersive, in-the-round production. It’s directed and choreographed by Matt Cole, who was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2020 for his choreography of Fiddler On The Roof at the Playhouse Theatre. He’s also been working on the choreography for Identical, the Parent Trap musical directed by Trevor Nunn.

Newsies Cast

There have been no announcements yet on the West End Cast of Newsies, but we’re waiting with baited breath. The original Broadway cast included John Dossett, Ben Fankhauser, Lewis Grosso, Capathia Jenkins, Jeremy Jordan, Andrew Keenean-Bolger, Kara Lindsay and Matthew Schechter.

The original 1992 film cast has some surprisingly big names in it, including, Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret and Robert Duvall.

Newsies Music

The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won two; Best Choreography and Best Original Score; and won Drama Desk Awards for its music and choreography too. It was even nominated for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards. So you can see why we have high hopes!

We’re keeping our ear to the ground for any news coming up about this West End premiere, so keep your eyes peeled and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear all the latest.


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