August 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

August 2014 was a captivating month for London’s theatre scene, with the West End dazzling with blockbuster musicals and dramatic revivals, while the Off-West End showcased a diverse range of experimental and thought-provoking performances, reflecting the rich tapestry of the city’s theatrical offerings.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Blockbusters:

  • “The Lion King” at the Lyceum Theatre continued to captivate audiences with its stunning visual spectacle and timeless story, solidifying its position as a must-see for both locals and tourists.
  • “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre thrilled viewers with its enchanting tale of the witches of Oz, boasting powerful performances and mesmerizing special effects that made it a summer favorite.

2. Revivals and New Productions:

  • “Evita” at the Dominion Theatre brought Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic back to the West End, with Marti Pellow and Madalena Alberto leading a strong cast in a production that combined grandeur with emotional depth.
  • “The Commitments” at the Palace Theatre kept spirits high with its energetic portrayal of a Dublin soul band, offering lively performances and a soundtrack filled with classic hits that had audiences dancing in their seats.

3. Star Performances:

  • “Skylight” at the Wyndham’s Theatre continued its successful run, with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy’s powerful performances exploring themes of love, loss, and social justice, drawing critical acclaim and full houses.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe and Experimental Theatre:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios remained a highlight, offering an immersive, multi-sensory experience that allowed audiences to explore a sprawling narrative in a dilapidated Hollywood studio.
  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre delved into the moral complexities of a virtual world, combining compelling performances with a provocative script that challenged viewers to reflect on the ethics of technology and identity.

2. Fresh Perspectives and New Voices:

  • “Our Town” at the Almeida Theatre presented a modern take on Thornton Wilder’s classic, offering a minimalist and deeply moving exploration of everyday life that resonated with contemporary audiences.
  • “Pests” at the Royal Court Theatre delivered a raw and intense portrayal of sisterhood and survival on society’s fringes, showcasing powerful performances and a gripping narrative that left a lasting impact.

3. Emerging Talents:

  • “Incognito” at the Bush Theatre continued to intrigue with its exploration of memory and consciousness, highlighting the Bush Theatre’s role in fostering innovative and thought-provoking new works.
  • “The One I Love” at the Soho Theatre offered a fresh and intimate look at love and relationships, featuring a blend of humor and poignancy that captivated audiences.

In August 2014, London’s West End shone with a mix of timeless musicals and star-studded revivals, while the Off-West End offered a dynamic array of experimental and cutting-edge performances, underscoring the city’s status as a vibrant and diverse theatre capital.

August 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet tickets on public sale from 11th August 2014
Review of Out of the Lens and So What If I Dance?
Review of Dessa Rose at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Marry Me a Little at St James Theatre Studio London
Review of New Bard Productions Pasek and Paul’s Edges
Marry Me a Little review St James’ Studio
Les Mis v Phantom The Hat-Trick Charity Football Match
New Cast Announced for Record-Breaking Wicked UK Tour
Interview with William Ilkley
Alice Through The Looking Glass Promenade Version Review
Review of The Five Stages of Waiting at Tristan Bates Theatre
Zoe Birkett joins the cast of Sleeping Beauty
Rose Bridge Theatre Company – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Review of Grim: A new Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre
From Here To Eternity The Musical Soundtrack Original London Cast
Miss Saigon’s Hugh Maynard to mentor aspiring young actors
Review of Thérèse Raquin at Park Theatre
Black Sapphire Productions present Sapphire Soul The Launch
West End stars to perform in Philippine Dream Charity Gala Concert
Review of John Kristian’s The Homefront at the Union Theatre
Review of The Duchess of Malfi at New Diorama Theatre
Review of When You Say Goodbye a new musical at London Theatre Workshop
Review of The Picture of John Gray at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Troilus and Cressida/Coriolanus Tristan Bates Theatre
LOTTY’S WAR Starring Olivia Hallinan, Mark Letheren and Adam Gillen
Ramin Karimloo on banjo with Sergio Ortega on guitar: Bring Him Home
Aaron Sidwell and Louise English join the cast of BLOCKBUSTER
Radical new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard: Britain 1976
US News: Scavenger Hunt for Book of Mormon Tickets?
Clatterhouse Theatre in association with Drayton Arms present Othello
Review of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan
CJ de Mooi on Troilus and Cressida, and Coriolanus
Molly Marie Walsh to play Millie Dillmount opposite Russell Grant
Review of THE RING CYCLE PLAYS at The Scoop More London
World Premiere of new musical Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Review of English Repertory Theatre’s Twelfth Night at Oxford Castle
Barry Manilow’s COPACABANA The Hit Musical UK Tour
We Will Rock You star Mazz Murray to join IL DIVO as guest star
Flowers of the Forest starring Sophie Ward at Jermyn Street Theatre
Celebrate 25 years of Miss Saigon at the original prices
Casting announced for the new 32 week UK Tour of The Fully Monty
Odeon partners with MIND for Robin Williams Charity Screening
Fairground Theatre Company present THE WRITERS’ PLAYGROUND: An Evening of British Writers
IN BED with Adebayo Bolaji and Allyson Brown
Review of SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS Union Theatre
LET IT BE to hold open auditions for new cast members
Hugh Bonneville joins Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess with The Music of the Night
Rose Bridge Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Review of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
Review of Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus: Lazarus Theatre Company
The Return of the Soldier an intimate new chamber musical
Hadley Fraser releases new EP JUST LET GO
Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala Crashes Ticket Booking Website
Review of Avenue Q at New Wimbledon Theatre
LOVE IS ETERNAL: A SONG CYCLE at London Theatre Workshop
To Kill A Mockingbird to transfer to The Barbican Summer 2015
Richard Marsh’s Wingman at Soho Theatre after Edinburgh success
Wild Card Seeta Patel: Something Then, Something Now
THE WOMAN IN THE MOON at The Rose Playhouse
Disney’s The Lion King Open Auditions for Children
Thoroughly Modern Millie postponed to April 2015
The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton
Review of Diary of a Madman at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Neil La Bute’s Autobahn at King’s Head Theatre
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