The best musicals streaming on Netflix UK right now

Netflix has rapidly become our first choice for lazy day entertainment, providing us with hours of bingeable material at the touch of a button. To those of you with an account (which is almost everyone, right? Find out your mum’s login details if not!): Once you have eventually caught up on Orange Is the New Black – and maybe had a shower, peeled back your curtains and engaged in some human interaction – you’ll be delighted to hear that you have access to some of the best musical theatre from the comfort of your own home!

From timeless classics like Annie and Funny Girl, to modern creations like Mamma Mia!, Netflix can satisfy every theatrical desire. Here are the top 8 musicals available for streaming right now:

1. Annie (1982)

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Follow 11-year-old Annie, the world’s favourite urchin, as she transforms from rags to riches after capturing the heart of Daddy Warbucks with her adorable innocence and optimism. It’s a charming, feel-good classic complete with unforgettable songs. Perfect entertainment for a rainy day.

A brand new production of Annie starring Miranda Hart opens at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 23 May. Book tickets here.

2. Dreamgirls (2006)

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Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical, and taking strong inspiration from the true story of The Supremes, Dreamgirls explores the evolution of 60s & 70s R&B music through the eyes of American girl group The Dreams. Tensions arise for the girls when their manager replaces lead singer Effie with the more ‘marketable’ Deena. Boasting a star-studded cast of Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, this is a real must-see.

3. Funny Girl (1968)

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Follow the life-story of Broadway star Fanny Brice in the semi-biographical musical film Funny Girl. Based on the 1963 musical, the romcom – starring Oscar Award-winning Barba Streisand – highlights Brice’s hostile relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It’s an old classic that’s definitely worth a watch.

4. Grease: Live (2016)

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Be transported back to the 1950s to follow the whirlwind high-school romance between innocent Sandy and greaser Danny in a live television special starring Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepson. Incorporating elements from both the 1978 film and the original stage production – as well as brand new songs – it’s an uplifting, one-night musical extravaganza you don’t want to miss!

5. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)

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In the fantasy musical film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Barbra Streisand stars as a brash New Yorker who, at the request of her conservative fiancé, undergoes hypnotherapy to diminish her smoking habits. While under hypnosis, she shifts between present day and her past life in early 19th-century England. The film adaptation, and the oldest musical on Netflix, is described by Paramount as “a delightful combination of comedy, drama, fantasy and music.”

6. Mamma Mia! (2008)

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Embrace the lovable hits of Swedish pop band ABBA in Mamma Mia! – the film adaptation of the 1999 West End musical. A single mum is preparing for her daughter’s wedding on the Greek isle of Kalokairi, when her three ex-lovers (and potential fathers of the bride-to-be) arrive for the big day. With a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters – and ABBA’s most-loved songs – Mamma Mia! promises to delight and uplift.

7. Puss in Boots (1988)

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Much to his dismay, Corin inherits only a cat from his father. However, he is soon stunned to learn that the cat transforms to a human being when wearing a pair of boots. Follow the adventures of the magical cat as he helps his young master win the heart of a princess! Jason Connery and Christopher Walken star in this lovable musical film adaptation of the classic fairy tale Puss in Boots.

8. De-Lovely (2004)

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Explore the life and career of American composer and songwriter Cole Porter in the 2004 musical biopic De-Lovely. From the night he first met his devoted wife, up until the day he died, you’ll witness his life unfolding much like one of his musicals.

Also, some of the most amazing musicals have been released in DVD in 2016, including Miss Saigon, Gypsy and more – have a look at the list we have compiled to complete your at-home-musical-indulgence!

CELEBS ON STAGE

A number of celebrities are making London & West End Theatre appearances this year. We have the full low-down on which of your favourite actors are taking centre stage!

ALFIE BOE AND KATHERINE JENKINS 

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Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins makes her West End debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel as it comes to the London Coliseum this April, alongside English tenor and actor Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean in Les Misérables). 

Opens 7 April. Book tickets.

AMANDA HOLDEN

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ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden stars in Maria Friedman’s wonderful and heart-warming comedy Stepping Out. 

In an attempt to tap away their troubles, seven women and one man join a weekly dancing class. After a shaky start, the group is barely getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to participate in a charity gala…

Opens 1 March. Book tickets.

AMBER RILEY

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American actress, singer and author Amber Riley – best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones in Glee – makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre.

Open now. Book tickets.

DAMIAN LEWIS AND SOPHIE OKONEDO 

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Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody in Homeland) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) return to the West End to star in Edward Albee’s darkly comic masterpiece, The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? 

Martin is at the pinnacle of life when he embarks upon an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return, and familial relationships begin to collapse.

Open 24 March. Book tickets.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE 

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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will star in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead as it returns to The Old Vic Stage in its 50th anniversary production.

Opens 6 March. Book tickets. 

DAVID BADDIEL

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British comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel returns to the West End this March for the final time with a massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of his late mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin.

Open 28 March. Book tickets. 

DAVID TENNANT

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David Tennant, best known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, returns to the West End in Patrick Marber’s funny, sexy and shocking Don Juan in Soho.

Opens 18 March. Book tickets.

ED HARRIS

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Five-time Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (The Truman Show, Pollock) makes his West End debut in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child.

Ends 4 March. Book tickets.

GRIFF RHYS JONES, LEE MACK AND MATTHEW HORNE

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Two-time Olivier Award winner Griff Rhys Jones (Not the Nine O’Clock News), Lee Mack (team captain on BBC’s Would I Lie To You?) and Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) star in the major revival of Molière’s classic comic masterpiece The Miser.

Opens 1 March. Book tickets.

IMELDA STAUNTON AND CONLETH HILL

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Olivier and Bafta Award-winning Imelda Stainton (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and Nanny McPhee) & Olivier Award-winning Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) will star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Opens 22 Feb. Book tickets. 

JOHN BOYEGA 

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John Boyega (Star Wards: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) stars in Jake Thorne’s production of Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written.  

Opens 20 May. Book tickets.

 

TOM HOLLANDER

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Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice & BBC’s The Night Manager) portrays Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich in 1917, in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution.

Opens 3 February. Book tickets.