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October 5, 2023

UK Amateur Theatre: Find Your Next Show


Looking for inspiration for your next show? Concord Theatricals has you covered! Here’s an exciting selection of celebrated and noteworthy titles that would be perfect for you and your audience.

First, we’ve listed a broad array of great musicals, organised by cast size and further subdivided into contemporary or classic shows. Below that, you’ll find a selection of outstanding plays organised the same way. If you’re skimming the list, here’s how they’re arranged:

  • Large-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • Large-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • Small-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • Small-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • Large-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • Large-Cast Plays (Classic)
  • Small-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • Small-Cast Plays (Classic)

For more ideas, visit Concord Theatricals in the UK. Break a leg in your upcoming season!





Large-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)

Be More Chill by Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz & Ned Vizzini
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 6m +Ensemble)

Carrie: The Musical by Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford, Lawrence D. Cohen & Stephen King
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 5f, 2m +Ensemble)

Doctor Zhivago by Michael Weller, Michael Korie, Amy Powers, Lucy Simon & Boris Pasternak
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 3f, 5m)

Rock of Ages by Chris D’Arienzo
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 10f, 7m)

The Grinning Man by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler
(Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 5f, 7m)

The Lightning Thief by Joe Tracz, Rob Rokicki & Rick Riordan
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7 any gender +Ensemble)

The SpongeBob Musical by Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau & Others
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 16 any gender)


Large-Cast Musicals (Classic)

42nd Street by Harry Warren, Al Dubin, Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble & Bradford Ropes
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7f, 6m + Ensemble)

Anything Goes (2022 Revision) by Cole Porter, P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 4m +Ensemble)

An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & Craig Lucas
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 5m)

Footloose by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7f, 8m +Ensemble)

Gypsy by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim & Gypsy Rose Lee
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 2m +Ensemble)

Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin, Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 7m, 3girls) 1boy)

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin, Gordon Greenberg & Chad Hodge
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 3m, 1 boy +Ensemble)

Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 5f, 6m +Ensemble)

Nice Work If You Can Get It by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & Joe DiPietro
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 5m)

Oh What A Lovely War by Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood & Gerry Raffles
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 4f, 11m)

Raisin by Robert Nemiroff, Charlotte Zaltzberg, Judd Woldin, Robert Brittan & Lorraine Hansberry
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 6f, 9m)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Enchanted Version) by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II & Tom Briggs
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 4m +Ensemble)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 6m +Ensemble)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Tom Briggs & Louis Mattioli
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7f, 9m, 1girl)

Spend Spend Spend by Steve Brown, Justin Greene
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7f, 8m)

The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon & Frances Hodgson Burnett
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 10f, 12m, 1 girl, 1 boy +Ensemble)

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Herbert Stothart
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 3f, 5m, 16 any gender)

Top Hat by Irving Berlin, Howard Jacques & Matthew White
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2f, 4m)


2013 Broadway production of First Date (Joan Marcus)


Small-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)

[title of show] by Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2f, 2m, 1 any gender)

American Psycho by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Duncan Sheik
(Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 8f, 8m)

First Date by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 3m)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2018 Version) by Joe DiPietro & Jimmy Roberts
(Musical Revue, Comedy / 2f, 2m)

Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 2m)

Ruthless! by Joel Paley & Marvin Laird
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7f, with flexible gender casting)

The Canterville Ghost by Peter Quilter & Oscar Wilde
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 2m, 6m or f, 2boys or girls)


Small-Cast Musicals (Classic)

Nunsense by Dan Goggin
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing, conceived by Walter Bobbie
(Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy / 3f, 2m)

Smoke on the Mountain by Connie Ray, Alan Bailey, Mike Craver & Mark Hardwick
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 4m)

Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 5m)

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer & Andrew Lippa
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2f, 4m +Optional Ensemble)


2011 Flea Theater production of She Kills Monsters (Joan Marcus)



Large-Cast Plays (Contemporary)

‘Allo ‘Allo 2 – ‘The Camembert Caper’ by Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft, David Pibworth, David Lovesy and Steve Clark
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 6f, 11m)

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
(Short Play, Drama / 3f, 5m, 5m or f)

Chariots of Fire by Mike Bartlett
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f, 32m, 2boys, 7m or f)

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand & Martin Crimp
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 4f, 10m)

Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World by Peter Quilter
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 2m)

I, Joan by Charlie Josephine
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 4f, 6m, 1m or f)

Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 3f, 5m)

Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall, Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 18m)

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 3m)

Stepping Out by Richard Harris
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 9f, 1m)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon & Simon Stephens
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 5f, 5m)


Large-Cast Plays (Classic)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 7m, 1 boy)

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3f, 10m)

Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 4m)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman & Ken Kesey
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 13m)

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 7f, 17m)

The Ghost Train (Revised) by Arnold Ridley
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 4f, 5m)

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 5m)


2022 Public Theater Production of A Raisin in the Sun (Joan Marcus)


Small-Cast Plays (Contemporary)

Alice in Wonderland by Poltergeist Theatre, Jack Bradfield & Gerel Falconer
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 2m)

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood & Simon Reade
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f, 3m)

Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 3m)

Constellations by Nick Payne
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f, 1m)

Denouement by John Morton
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 2m)

Hansard by Simon Woods
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f, 1m)

Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 2m)

Mustard by Eva O’Connor
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f)

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2f, 2m)

Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f)

Teechers Leavers 22 by John Godber
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f, 1m)

The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1f, 1m, 2 any gender)

The Son by Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 3m)

Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos & Cheryl Strayed
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1f, 3 any gender)


Small-Cast Plays (Classic)

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2f, 4m)

Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5f, 2m)

Educating Rita by Willy Russell
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1f, 1m)

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza & Christopher Hampton
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 2m)

Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1m)

No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 4m)

Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1f, 1m)

The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 1m)

The Odd Couple, Female Version by Neil Simon
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 6f, 2m)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 1boy)



For more great plays and musicals, visit Concord Theatricals in the UK.

Header image: 2014 West End production of Shakespeare in Love (Johan Persson)