June 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

June 2014 saw London’s theatre scene at its peak, with the West End showcasing a mix of musical marvels and dramatic masterpieces, while the Off-West End buzzed with fresh, avant-garde productions that pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Blockbusters:

  • “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre continued to mesmerize audiences with its poignant love story and stunning performances, marking a triumphant return to the West End.
  • “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre kept the laughter rolling with its irreverent and witty take on religion, showcasing the satirical genius of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

2. New and Noteworthy:

  • “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” at the Aldwych Theatre captivated audiences with their gripping adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, bringing the intrigues of Tudor politics to life with compelling performances and a rich historical narrative.
  • “A Small Family Business” at the National Theatre offered a darkly comic exploration of greed and morality in suburban Britain, with a stellar cast and a sharp script by Alan Ayckbourn.

3. Star Turns:

  • “Skylight” at the Wyndham’s Theatre saw Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy deliver powerful performances in David Hare’s poignant drama about love, loss, and class conflict, receiving critical acclaim and drawing large crowds.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe Innovation:

  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre explored the moral complexities of a virtual reality future, offering a provocative and technologically immersive experience that challenged audiences to confront ethical dilemmas.
  • “Jerusalem” at the Arcola Theatre presented a gritty and visceral exploration of English identity and rural discontent, resonating with its raw, authentic performances and vivid storytelling.

2. Avant-Garde Performances:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios continued to engage audiences with its immersive and interactive storytelling, allowing participants to explore a labyrinthine narrative set in a decaying film studio.
  • “Love and Information” at the Minerva Theatre, a transfer from the Royal Court, offered a rapid-fire exploration of contemporary relationships and communication, with a series of short, poignant scenes that captivated and intrigued.

3. Emerging Talent:

  • “Incognito” at the Bush Theatre showcased Nick Payne’s innovative writing in a play that interwove multiple narratives about memory and identity, highlighting the Bush Theatre’s role in fostering new voices in contemporary theatre.
  • “The Other School” at the St. James Theatre introduced audiences to a quirky, new musical by Dougal Irvine, with a fresh perspective on adolescent struggles and the challenges of fitting in.

June 2014 was a vibrant month for London’s theatre, with the West End dazzling with big-name productions and stellar performances, while the Off-West End offered a fertile ground for experimental and thought-provoking works, solidifying London’s reputation as a global theatre capital.

June 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Judi Dench to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Shakespeare
Review of Hiraeth’s production of Hamlet at Riverside Studios
West End to West Midlands in memory of Stephen Sutton
The House of Bernarda Alba at The King’s Head Theatre
Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard adapted by Brendan Murray
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Romeo and Juliet UK and Europe Tour
Review of Zanna Don’t! at the Landor Theatre
Review of Orpheus and Eurydice at The Rose Playhouse Bankside
Review of Shakespeare’s LEAR at the Union Theatre
Sensual Dreams at The Hippodrome Casino
New British musical The Good Enough Mums Club
Memphis The Musical launch at Ronnie Scott’s
The Turn of the Screw: The Dwindling House of Holland
Arcola Ala-Turka present THE INTRUDER and BALD PRIMA DONNA
The Five Stages of Waiting at Tristan Bates Theatre
Cast announced for Jennifer Haley’s The Nether at Royal Court
Billy Elliot The Musical broadcast live to cinemas
Review of Hobson’s Choice at Regent’s Park Theatre
More casting announced for MADE IN DAGENHAM THE MUSICAL
Review of SOUTH AFRICAN SEASON at Jermyn Street Theatre
Fashion Victim – The Musical! with songs by Right Said Fred
Laura Wickham as Alice in Alice through the Looking Glass
West End Fest is back with Songs from Broadway
Venue announced for RIFT’s immersive Macbeth
Lysette Anthony to star in NATURAL AFFECTION at Jermyn Street Theatre
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review 2014
Made in Dagenham: The Story Behind the Musical
Review of The Ted Bundy Project at Ovalhouse
The Palace Theatre Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I and II
Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures at Union Theatre
Twickenham new London theatre launches with Sweeney Todd
Fiona-Jane Weston in Wartime Women: The Khaki Cabaret
Seabright Productions presents THE LION at St James Studio
Handbagged at Vaudeville Theatre London
Let The Right One In West End Apollo Theatre
Review of Our Shadows Walk Unfinished Business Theatre Company
The Elephantom at the New London Theatre
The Snowman at Peacock Theatre London
Twelfth Night Re-imagined for everyone aged six and over
War Horse London West End
White Christmas London Dominion Theatre
Bugle Boy The Life Story of Glenn Miller London Musical
Hobson’s Choice at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Silver Tassie at the Lyttelton Theatre National
Shows for Children
Jack and The Beanstalk at Park Theatre
The Tiger Who Came To Tea returns to Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns…
John Barrowman announces UK Tour in 2015
Russell Grant to star as Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie
London concert for Depaul UK Charity for homeless young people
GREAT BRITAIN opens Monday 30th June at The National Theatre
Skylight London West End Wyndham’s Theatre
Laura Osnes to release new single by Daniel and Laura Curtis
Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love and Unlimited Festival
Thriller Live review Lyric Theatre London West End 2014
Louise Dearman and Jon Robyns headline West End musical celebration
Current and Forthcoming Film Adaptations of Stage Productions
Wicked casting News June 2014


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