News: School of Rock the Musical announces 2021/22 UK and Ireland tour

May 11, 2021
News: School of Rock the Musical announces 2021/22 UK and Ireland tour
Watch the final auditions video

Dates have been announced for the first ever tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit West End and Broadway musical School of Rock, set to open at Hull New Theatre in September 2021.

With full casting yet to be announced, auditions are currently in place and seeing super-talented youngsters rock out with some killer shred guitar and stage moves.

Based on the hilarious hit movie of the same name, starring Jack Black, the musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy!

While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

With 14 new songs from Lloyd Webber, as well as film favourite “Teacher’s Pet”, this big-hearted show played an acclaimed season at the New London Theatre – now the Gillian Lynne – swiping an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

School of Rock – The Musical features new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes. It was originally directed by Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium 2019) with choreography by JoAnn M.Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, with sound design by Mick-Potter.

2021 dates include Hull New Theatre from 7 to 18 September, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 20 to 25 September, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, from 27 September to 2 October, Sunderland Empire from 5 to 9 October, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, from 12 to 16 October, Regent Theatre, Stoke, from 19 to 23 October, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, from 25 to 30 October, Northampton Derngate Theatre from 1 to 6 November, Grand Opera House, Belfast, from 9 to 13 November, Concert Hall, Nottingham, from 16 to 20 November, Venue Cymru, Llandudno, from 22 to 27 November, Princess Theatre, Torquay, from 30 November to 4 December and New Oxford Theatre from 13 December to 1 January.

2022 tour dates include Palace Theatre, Manchester, from 4 to 15 January, The Hawth, Crawley, from 17 to 22 January, Edinburgh Playhouse from 25 to 29 January, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, from 31 January to 5 February, Milton Keynes Theatre from 8 to 12 February, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, from 15 to 19 February, Regent Theatre, Ipswich, from 22 to 26 February, King’s Theatre, Glasgow, from 7 to 12 March, Norwich Theatre Royal from 15 to 19 March, New Wimbledon Theatre from 21 to 26 March, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, from 28 March to 2 April, Grand Theatre, Leeds, from 4 to 9 April, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, from 12 to 16 April, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, from 19 to 30 April, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, from 3 to 7 May, Bristol Hippodrome from 10 to 14 May, Wales Millennium Centre from 16 to 21 May, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, from 23 to 28 May, Curve, Leicester, from 30 May to 4 June, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, from 21 June to 2 July, Liverpool Empire from 5 to 9 July, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from 18 to 23 July, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, from 25 July to 6 August and Bournemouth Pavilion from 8 to 13 August.

Check out the latest theatre news.