Gavin and Stacey musical: Will it work?

A ‘Gavin and Stacey’ musical is seemingly in the works after the show’s writer announced she’d love to see it in Theatreland.

Ruth Jones, who wrote the hit BBC comedy with funnyman James Corden, has revealed that a musical version could well be on the cards telling the Daily Star: "We'd love to do ‘Gavin and Stacey: The Musical’. I know it is something James [Corden] wants to do, too."


Lush?... Gavin and Stacey set to become a musical (Credit: BBC)


Today’s news means that the much-loved characters of Gavin, Stacey, Nessa, Smithy and Bryn could soon be treading the boards at a theatre near you. But the question is: Will it work?

Well, put simply, we reckon it will.

The original storyline features elements that seemingly tick the musical clichés that prove successful amongst the nation’s theatre fans.

The same old story of a couple falling in love, with all the romance of a Richard Curtis flick, has become a staple of the musical circuit. Add in trials and tribulations, putting the aforementioned relationship at risk before a Hollywood-style happy ending and you have a sure fire hit on your jazz hands.


It’s a surprise that more popular comedies haven’t been given the West End makeover as they are usually riddled with easy-to-use catchphrases that audiences willingly lap up. In this case, hilariously quaint Welsh phrases such as ‘no word of a lie, ‘lush’, ‘A'right Stace?’ and ‘where to you going?’ will all hit the mark with audiences.

We should expect to see comedy set-pieces littered throughout any ‘Gavin and Stacey’ musical; Stacey’s hen party is pure musical gold, Uncle Bryn and Jason’s awkward relationship should make for some uncomfortable giggles, Smithy’s bestman speech, Doris’ inappropriate advances at Gavin and of course Nessa and Bryn’s singing chops will bring the musicality to the forefront.

James Corden will have yet another opportunity to wheel out his popular Smithy character once more. His championed acting skills would definitely suit a live version of the show as he is currently starring in the critically acclaimed West End production ‘One Man Two Guvnors’.


Even if it doesn’t happen, fans will not be left disappointed as Jones said ‘Gavin and Stacey’, which also stars Mathew Horne and Joanna Page, will definitely return with another episode sometime in the future.

We might also finally find out what truly happened on that fishing trip too.

Is this a good idea or will it ruin what has become a modern TV classic? Let us know below?