Back to the Future Gets Re-Imagined as a Musical

By Shabana Arif on at

A Back to the Future musical is coming to London's West End in 2020, after its debut at the Manchester Opera House in February, where it'll run up until May 17.

Londonist reports that the musical has been inspired by the trilogy of films, so we may see more than Marty McFly's close-call with his horny teenage mother. The second film saw Marty and Doc head to the sci-fi future of 2015, while the third instalment took place in the Wild West.

The only cast member confirmed so far is Olly Dobson who will be playing Marty McFly. Bob Gale, who co-wrote the movies with director Robert Zemekis, is responsible for the stage adaptation that's been in the works for six years, so stalwart fans should have nothing to worry about.

"We’re thrilled that we can retell our story on stage in a brand-new way, and we’re certain that Back to the Future fans all over the world will share our enthusiasm," he said (via Manchester Evening News).

"In the words of Marty McFly, ‘your kids are gonna love it’ – and so will you and your parents. There’s truly no better way to celebrate the movie’s 35th anniversary, and we’re happy to say The Future is coming back!”

"Ever since Bob Gale told me about this, I've been eagerly anticipating it and, in particular, wondering what it will be like to hear Doc Brown sing," said Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc in the films. "So I’m really looking forward to attending the opening in Manchester to experience our wonderful movie as a musical. I’m only sorry I don’t have a real time machine so that I could see it tomorrow."

There seems to be a resurgence of older films getting a second lease of life on stage. Last month, a US high school put on its own production of 1979's Alien which went down a storm on social media, leading to the cast putting on an encore performance for Sigourney Weaver herself. That's Ripley for those of you too young or disinterested to know anything about the first film in the franchise.

Tickets for the Back to the Future musical go on sale on May 24 at 10am and you can grab yours for just under £20 at