London Theatre TicketsMusicalsBack to the FutureFrom reel to stage: How the DeLorean made her way to Adelphi Theatre

From reel to stage: How the DeLorean made her way to Adelphi Theatre


In the realm of timeless classics, Back to the Future stands tall as an iconic American science fiction/comedy movie that has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg, the film first graced the silver screen in 1985, captivating audiences with its thrilling time-travel narrative. 

The narrative unfolds around Marty McFly, a young man who inadvertently journeys back in time, setting in motion a sequence of events that imperil his future existence. Notably, the film achieved remarkable success at the box office, raking in $210 million and securing its position as the top-grossing film in 1985.

The concept of taking Back to the Future from the screen to the stage was not conceived until 2005 when Robert Zemeckis' wife allegedly posed a question that would eventually spark a creative journey: Would the story ever be seen on stage? The idea gained traction in 2012, leading to the exploration of a musical adaptation. Workshops for the musical were held in 2014 in London and Los Angeles, signalling the ambitious intent to bring Marty McFly's adventures to the theatrical stage.

However, the path from conception to realization was far from smooth. In 2014, the original director, Jamie Lloyd, departed the production, citing "creative differences" with Zemeckis, causing a temporary setback. Despite the challenges, the creative team pressed forward, undeterred in transforming the beloved film into a theatrical spectacle.

The culmination of years of dedication and perseverance resulted in the Back to the Future: The Musical premiere at Manchester Opera House in February 2020. The musical's success in Manchester paved the way for its triumphant transfer to the prestigious Adelphi Theatre in London's West End in 2021.

The show, featuring original music and beloved songs from the film, became an instant hit. Critics and audiences alike lauded the production for its ability to capture the essence of the original film while introducing a fresh and dynamic element through the musical format. The laurels continued to pour in as Back to the Future: The Musical clinched the coveted Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2022.

The musical pays homage to the original film. It breathes new life into its narrative, proving that the spirit of adventure and innovation that defined the 1985 classic is very much alive on the West End stage. As audiences continue to be transported through time with Marty McFly, it is clear that the magic of Back to the Future transcends generations, solidifying its place as a cultural touchstone for years to come.

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