Back to the Future musical heading to the West End for 2015

Marty McFly will be travelling back to 1955 once again as the hit 1980s film is adapted for the London stage next year

Marty won’t be McFlying too far forward in time for Back to the Future’s new incarnation. A musical version of the hit 1985 film is in the works, expected to debut on the West End stage in 2015 – the same year the character travelled to in the 1989 sequel.


The latest adaptation of the cult sci-fi comedy will reunite the film’s director Robert Zemeckis with his co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book, with original composer Alan Silvestri back on board to co-author music and lyrics with songwriter Glen Ballard. 

Coinciding with the first film’s 30th anniversary, the show will again see Marty McFly (originally played by Michael J Fox) accidentally travel back to his home town in 1955 where his own mother develops feelings for her future son, jeopardising his entire existence. 

The film – co-starring Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson – was a commercial and critical success, spawning two sequels, the 1989 follow-up and a second in 1990, both directed by Zemeckis who also helmed Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Forest Gump. 

Olivier Award-winner Jamie Lloyd (the man behind last year’s sell-out Macbeth production starring James McAvoy) has been recruited to direct the West End project, with Andrew Willis hired as a skateboard consultant. Casting details are yet to be announced.