Top 10 UK Tours To See Post Lockdown

August 09, 2020
My previous post about West End shows to see post lockdown did really well so I thought I'd share the UK tours I'm most excited to see next year. If you're reading this on the day it's uploaded it's actually my 18th birthday and as sad as it sounds every year on my birthday I always book myself tickets to see a show, so I'll for sure be booking one of these today!

1. The Addams Family

The Addams Family musical comedy first made an appearance on Broadway in 2010 and 7 years later made its way over to the UK for its first professional production. Andrew Lippa's well-written musical follows the story of The Addams Family we all know and love, focussing on Wednesday Addams, who is now 18 years old, and has fallen in love with a 'normal' boy from Ohio. In an attempt to make the families get along, Wednesday organises a dinner between the two families which doesn't go as planned. In a fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and it turns out The Addams Family aren't the only kooky family in town.

If you know me you know I absolutely love this show and I couldn't be more thrilled that it's touring again. I was supposed to be seeing it in Liverpool next week but luckily the tour has been rescheduled to next year and I know for sure I'll be seeing it quite a few times at different venues. Whether you're 12 or 312, The Addams Family is sure to entertain.

2. Heathers

Heathers tells the story of Veronica Sawyer: once-bullied, now-popular after she is taken under the wing of the schools most popular group, three girls called Heather. She soon meets JD, the mysterious-but kinda-hot new kid in school. Together, JD and Veronica become the school’s murderous power couple as they knock off teenagers within the school. As JD becomes blood-thirsty, Veronica sees the light and decides she’d rather not be with a psychotic, manipulative killer like him.

Again, if you know me you'll this is my favourite show and I've already got tickets to see the the tour in two different venues and I'm sure I'll be booking more. The show has everything I look for in a musical and I cannot fault it.

3. Waitress

Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a baker and waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. After Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her doctor. Looking for ways out of her troubles, she sees a pie baking contest and its grand prize as her chance.

I saw Waitress twice in the West End and fell in love with it. It's one of the only shows where I can listen to the full score and not skip a song. The songs are so well-written and I've already got my tickets booked for the tour.

4. Hairspray

Teenager Tracy Turnblad and her friend Penny Pingleton are avid fans of the Corny Collins show. When the chance to dance on the show is publicised, Tracy jumps at the opportunity. Not only does her dancing skills attract Corny Collins, but also the attention of teen heartthrob Link Larkin. Tracy emerges from being an victim of bullying due to her weight, to a television superstar. However, her journey is interrupted when she becomes involved in racial discrimination and decides to fight back.

Hairspray is a classic and I've been lucky to see it twice on tour with two incredible casts already. The tour has been rescheduled to next year and is actually in my hometown on my birthday next year so my plans are sorted! The show is filled with important messages that everyone needs to learn from as it is something the world still suffers with today. The score is fun, energetic and unbelievably catchy, it's certain to brighten anyone's day.

5. Mamma Mia

Set on a colourful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young Sophie is about to be married and discovers that she has three possible fathers. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother.

I'm over the moon Mamma Mia is touring again as I missed it last time and it's another one of my favourites. It's very rare that you'll meet someone that hasn't seen the film and loved it, not to mention Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again which I thought was even more incredible. The show is full of energy and perfect for anyone, even if they're not the biggest musical fan!

6. Footloose

Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of the Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

I was so happy to hear Footloose was touring as I saw a local amdram production of the show a few years ago and loved it. The movie has some amazing choreography and paired with it's great score it's sure to entertain.

7. Chicago

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Chicago is another show I saw a local company perform and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't know too much about the show before but I came out and absolutely loved it. It's quite dark storyline mixed with humour and feel good music is just perfect and I can't wait to see this one next year.

8. School of Rock

Based on the hit film, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn some extra money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turning his class into a rock band.

I'm so gutted I never got to see School of Rock whilst it was in the West End as it's one of my favourite films and I've heard amazing things about the show. This is another one which pretty much anyone can enjoy and you bet I booked my tickets as soon as they came on sale.

9. Sister Act

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she recues their failing church choir.

I saw Sister Act back in 2016 and I still can't get over how spectacular it was. If you love the film, the musical is even bigger and better and the score is outstanding. I'll definitely be booking tickets as soon as I can as I do not want to miss this one.

10. Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.

I've really no idea why I haven't seen Jamie yet as it's got fantastic reviews. Again. I don't really know too much about the full story and only know a few songs but my tickets for this July have been rescheduled to next April and I'm very much looking forward to it.

There are so many more UK Tours planned for next year but those are the 10 I personally am most excited to see.

Mia x

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