April 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Theatre in London’s West End and Off-West End: April 2014

April 2014 saw London’s West End maintaining its status as a world-renowned theatre hub, with an array of long-standing favorites and new productions, while the Off-West End offered a rich tapestry of innovative and provocative performances.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Masterpieces:

  • “Matilda the Musical” at the Cambridge Theatre continued to enchant audiences with its delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic, featuring memorable songs and clever staging.
  • “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre remained a crowd-pleaser, captivating viewers with its spellbinding story of the witches of Oz and its breathtaking performances.

2. New Arrivals:

  • “The Commitments” at the Palace Theatre brought the sounds of Dublin to London, delivering a high-energy performance filled with classic soul hits and rousing ensemble numbers.
  • “Fatal Attraction” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket offered a gripping stage adaptation of the iconic thriller, starring Natascha McElhone, which stirred up both intrigue and controversy.

3. Star-Studded Performances:

  • “Miss Saigon” returned to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre, with Eva Noblezada in the lead role, bringing new life to this epic tale of love and loss set during the Vietnam War.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe Delights:

  • “The Angry Brigade” at the Bush Theatre explored radical politics and rebellion in 1970s Britain, blending historical context with modern themes in a compelling narrative.
  • “King Charles III” at the Almeida Theatre by Mike Bartlett offered a thought-provoking and satirical look at the future of the British monarchy, sparking conversation and critical acclaim.

2. Immersive Experiences:

  • “Secret Theatre” at the Lyric Hammersmith challenged traditional theatre formats with its unpredictable and interactive performances, drawing audiences into unique storytelling environments.
  • “Fuerzabruta” at The Roundhouse brought a spectacular and immersive performance that defied categorization, combining physical theatre, dance, and aerial stunts to create a visually stunning experience.

3. Emerging Voices:

  • “The Light Princess” at the National Theatre showcased Tori Amos’ musical talent in a modern fairy tale with a strong feminist twist, revealing the diversity and dynamism of Off-West End productions.
  • “Pomona” at the Orange Tree Theatre offered a dark, surreal journey into a hidden world beneath Manchester, cementing Alistair McDowall as a rising playwright with a unique voice.

In April 2014, London’s West End continued to shine with blockbuster musicals and dramatic plays, while the Off-West End thrived with bold, innovative works, reinforcing London’s reputation as a diverse and dynamic theatre destination.

April 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at West End Savoy Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time casting announced
The Girls From Oz live at The Pheasantry
Jesus Christ Superstar North America Arena Tour 2014
Clive Wood and Eve Best star in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at The Globe
Shellshock a new British musical at Waterloo East Theatre
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Waterstone Biscuit
JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN announces programme of post-show talks
Rags The Musical in Concert at the Lyric Theatre 28th April
Review of Damn Yankees at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Pentabus Rural Theatre Company 40th Birthday Season
Review of Nina Kristofferson’s Billie Holiday Story
Casting is announced for Microcosm at Soho Theatre
Mike McGear McCartney SEX, DRUGS and ROCK N ROLL (I WISH!)
Review of Once: an Irish busker and a young Czech girl
Memphis The Musical London Meet the Creative Team
Review of Hetty Feather at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Olivier Awards Winners 2014
The Book of Mormon mormonopolises the 2014 Olivier Awards
Good People at Noel Coward Theatre opens 15th April 2014
Elaine Paige THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION Special Edition 2CD Set
THERESE RAQUIN Transfers: Finborough Theatre to Park Theatre
Review of Othello at Leicester Square Theatre
John Owen-Jones and Anna O’Byrne sing at The Bolshoi Theatre
City Stories returning to St James Studio 1st to 2nd May
Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook 2014 Tour
Jermyn Street Theatre presents South African Season
Zoe Wanamaker Stars in STEVIE at Chichester Festival 2014
Review of Translations at Rose Theatre Kingston
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG to transfer to West End Duchess Theatre
End of Moving Walkway Theatre Company launched
Review of Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings at Tristan Bates Theatre
Bash Latterday Plays transfers to West End Trafalgar Studios
Rare Music Video of Elaine Paige performing As If We Never Said Goodbye
Nicholas Parsons CBE to host The Great British Musicals In Concert
The Roundhouse announces a major new Multi-Arts Festival
Summer cocktail of Noel Coward at Yvonne Arnaud Guildford
Casting announced for Zanna Don’t! at The Landor Theatre
Sandra Thompson-Quartey appointed at Canal Cafe Theatre
Complete list of Tony Awards Nominations 2014 Video
The Scottsboro Boys in transfer to West End’s Garrick Theatre



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