December 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

December 2014 brought a festive flourish to London’s theatre scene, with the West End delivering a magical array of beloved classics and star-studded productions, while the Off-West End offered innovative and daring performances that pushed creative boundaries, making the city a vibrant hub of holiday cheer and artistic excellence.

West End Highlights

1. Festive Musical Extravaganzas:

  • “The Lion King” at the Lyceum Theatre continued to delight audiences with its breathtaking visuals and heartwarming story, making it a perfect holiday outing for families and theatre-goers of all ages.
  • “Mamma Mia!” at the Novello Theatre kept spirits high with its infectious ABBA hits and feel-good storyline, proving to be a popular choice for holiday revelers seeking a fun and uplifting experience.

2. New and Noteworthy:

  • “Made in Dagenham” at the Adelphi Theatre offered a rousing and inspirational tale of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike, with Gemma Arterton leading a dynamic cast that brought humor and heart to this powerful story of social change.
  • “Memphis” at the Shaftesbury Theatre dazzled with its high-energy portrayal of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, featuring stellar performances and a compelling narrative that had audiences dancing in their seats.

3. Star-Studded Productions:

  • “Electra” at the Old Vic, featuring Kristin Scott Thomas, continued to captivate with its intense and emotionally charged performance, receiving widespread acclaim for its powerful portrayal of Greek tragedy.
  • “Skylight” at the Wyndham’s Theatre wrapped up its successful run, with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy’s compelling performances in David Hare’s poignant drama about love and social justice drawing critical praise and large audiences.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Innovative and Immersive Theatre:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios concluded its immersive run, offering audiences a final chance to explore its sprawling, interactive world and experience a unique blend of theatre and adventure.
  • “Teh Internet Is Serious Business” at the Royal Court Theatre continued to engage audiences with its humorous and insightful take on the world of internet hacktivism, blending digital innovation with traditional theatre to create a distinctive and thought-provoking performance.

2. Fresh Perspectives and Experimental Works:

  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre provided a chilling exploration of the ethical implications of virtual reality, with a provocative script that challenged audiences to consider the future of technology and morality.
  • “Hope” at the Royal Court Theatre delivered a timely and politically charged narrative about the struggles of a local council facing budget cuts, offering a raw and engaging portrayal of contemporary social issues.

3. Emerging Talent and New Writing:

  • “The Distance” at the Orange Tree Theatre offered a poignant and emotionally resonant exploration of friendship and moral dilemmas, highlighting the theatre’s commitment to nurturing new voices and contemporary dramas.
  • “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Duchess Theatre continued to charm audiences with its hilarious slapstick and chaotic comedy, demonstrating the success of fringe theatre transitioning to the mainstream.

In December 2014, London’s West End sparkled with a festive array of musicals and dramatic hits, while the Off-West End thrived with innovative and boundary-pushing performances, making the city a vibrant and exciting destination for theatre lovers during the holiday season.

December 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Defiant Reality Theatre presents THE LARK at Rose Playhouse

Review of Aladdin at the Shaw Theatre London

Casting Announced for London Revival of BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
A Christmas Carol by the Q2 Players at Alexandra Room Kew
Winners of Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014
James McAvoy leads Trafalgar Transformed: Season 2 in The Ruling Class
Frantic Assembly’s OTHELLO Lyric Hammersmith January 2015
Cush Jumbo’s JOSEPHINE and I Transfers to New York 2015
5 Stars for The Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre
Alessia Francesca Muoio Winner of 2014 LSP Awards…
Casting announced for Liberian Girl at the Royal Court
5 stars for Billy The Kid at Rosemary Branch Theatre
ONCE Trailer with Ronan Keating London West End
5 star review for The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville Theatre
Sharon Rooney and the Henrys release cover of Glasvegas Daddy’s Gone
New cast for The Book of Mormon from 2nd February 2015
5 star review of Once London December 2014
Review of Outbreak Theatre’s State of Affairs at Camden People’s Theatre
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Jack and The Beanstalk at Park200 Park Theatre
Review of Winter’s Rages at The Rose Playhouse London
Review of Cinderella and the Beanstalk at Theatre503
Let It Be Tickets returns to the West End Garrick Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong recoups after 12 weeks in West End
LA SOIRÉE announces new acts to join the show this month
Fascinating Aida announce Final UK Tour Dates Spring 2015
LIGHT Barbican Centre International Mime Festival and UK Tour
TWELVE ANGRY MEN UK Tour Full Cast Announced
Review of ANTARCTICA at Battersea Arts Centre
5 star review of The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre
RAY DAVIES – CD SIGNING Thursday 18 December 2014 4.00pm Harold Pinter Theatre
Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS
Review of The Cat in The Hat at the Pleasance Theatre
5 star review of Beauty and The Beast at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Clod Ensemble National Tour of The Red Chair
Review of Letters from Everyone at Drayton Arms Theatre
World Premiere of ISLANDS at the Bush Theatre January 2015
Review of Charming A Farcical Fairytale at Old Red Lion Theatre
5 star review of CATS starring Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella
Review of Idle Motion’s BORGES AND I at the New Diorama Theatre
Review of Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
Review of The Winter’s Tale at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Damian Lewis to star in David Mamet’s play American Buffalo
PLAY OF THRONES Shakespeare that Inspired Game of Thrones
Review of Miss Havisham’s Expectations – Dickens With A Difference
Review of Sikes & Nancy – Dickens With A Difference
Review of It’s A Wonderful Life at Bridge House Theatre
Review of Lear’s Daughters at the Hope Theatre London
Review of A Christmas Carol at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Terry Jones’ NICOBOBINUS at Lost Theatre
Review of This is Not a Christmas Play at the Top Secret Comedy Club
The Waiting Room at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Fear In a Handful of Dust at CogARTs Space
Highlights for New Wimbledon Theatre 2015 Season
Review of THE UGLIES TAKE PENGE at Bridge House Theatre SE20
VAULT 2015 Festival presents Mini Vault for Under 11s
The Windsor Repertory Season – The Return of The Weekly Rep
Churchill Theatre Bromley is alive with The Sound of Music!
Walking the Tightrope: The Tension between Art and Politics
JERRY’S GIRLS at St James Studio March 2015
5 Star review of A Christmas Carol at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Lionboy at the Tricycle Theatre
A View From The Bridge
The Cat In The Hat UK Tour 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar UK Tour cast news
5 star review of A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall

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