March 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

In March 2014, London’s West End continued to dazzle as the beating heart of the city’s theatre scene, while the Off-West End provided a vibrant alternative, offering experimental and emerging works.

West End Highlights

1. Long-Running Hits:

  • “The Lion King” at the Lyceum Theatre remained a family favorite, enchanting audiences with its stunning puppetry and timeless story.
  • “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued to draw crowds with its powerful music and compelling tale of revolution and redemption.
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre still captivated with its haunting romance and spectacular staging.

2. Fresh Productions:

  • I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical“I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical” opened at the London Palladium, bringing a humorous and satirical take on the popular television show, though it received mixed reviews.
  • “Blithe Spirit” at the Gielgud Theatre saw Angela Lansbury’s return to the West End in a performance that was both critically acclaimed and adored by audiences.

3. Star Power:

  • “Mojo” at the Harold Pinter Theatre featured a stellar cast, including Rupert Grint and Ben Whishaw, in Jez Butterworth’s gritty and darkly comic play about the seedy underworld of 1950s London.

Off-West End Gems

1. Fringe Theatre:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at the Temple Studios offered an immersive experience, inviting audiences to wander through a sprawling, interactive narrative.
  • “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Duchess Theatre (though soon moving to the West End) delivered side-splitting laughs with its tale of a disastrous amateur production.

2. Experimental Works:

  • “The Amen Corner” at the National Theatre presented an intense and moving portrayal of life in a Harlem church, highlighting racial and cultural tensions.
  • “Grounded” at the Gate Theatre, a solo performance by Lucy Ellinson, explored the psychological effects of modern warfare, showcasing the powerful potential of one-woman shows.

3. Rising Stars:

  • The Southwark Playhouse and the Finborough Theatre continued to nurture new talent and innovative productions, ensuring a steady stream of fresh voices and perspectives in London’s theatre landscape.

In March 2014, London’s West End dazzled with a mix of classic musicals and star-studded plays, while the Off-West End buzzed with creative energy and boundary-pushing performances, reaffirming the city as a global theatre capital.

March 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

X Factor Musical I CAN’T SING announces further postponement
Review of Rachael’s Café at Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Urinetown The Musical at St James Theatre
Review of Riptide the Slasher Musical at Rosemary Branch
Gemma Arterton stars in Made in Dagenham West End musical
Made in Dagenham The Musical London tickets on sale Now
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Featuring the East Coast Boys
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Wuthering Heights at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Dame Judi Dench now a Patron of Greyhounds In Need
BASH: latterday plays by Neil LaBute at Old Red Lion Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King holds Open Auditions for Children
Parallel Productions announce new album West End Switched Off
Review of Ben Moor’s comedy EACH OF US
Review of Blue Remembered Hills at the New Diorama Theatre
Review of The Patriarch at Moors Bar Theatre
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Imelda Staunton and Rupert Everett in Chichester 2014 season
Ghost the Musical rights aquired by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
West End Eurovision Dominion Theatre 22nd May 2014
Deena Payne and CJ de Mooi in On Tidy Endings and Safe Sex
Dandelion Heart by RSC Buzz Goodbody Award winner Nikki Moss
West End and Broadway stars unite for BBC Children in Need
Full Cast Announced for Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe
We Will Rock You to close at the Dominion Theatre May 31st 2014
West End star Marti Webb to reunite with David Essex
Brian May talking about We Will Rock You and Queen
Stage One awards funds to The Pajama Game producer Stephen McGill
Motown The Musical ‘in the West End’ Official Statement
The Commitments to play special St Patrick’s Day performance
Tom Conti joins the cast of Twelve Angry Men
Elaine Paige audio cd The Ultimate Collection due in April
Review of The Man Inside at the Landor Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber visits Japanese Love Never Dies Premiere
Review of AWAY FROM HOME at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of Ushers The Front of House Musical at Charing Cross Theatre
Les Saisons Russes du XX1 Siecle London Coliseum July 2014
The Full Monty to close at Noel Coward Theatre 29th March 2014
Released today: Love on 42nd Street featuring Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory announces 5 Golden Ticket work placements
Alistair McGowan stars as Henry Higgins in PYGMALION
Review of Paul Boyd’s Molly Wobbly The Comedy Musical
Once celebrates St Patrick’s Day with new cast
Old Vic Announces 2014 – 2015 Season
Review of Tonight’s The Night at New Wimbledon Theatre
London Festival Of Cabaret 6th to 22nd May 2014
Theatre tax relief confirmed in Chancellor’s new budget
Anthony Shaffer’s Murderer Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of Dracula at The Greenwich Theatre
Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Hamlet at the Barbican 2015
Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis to star in The Importance of Being Earnest
THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE extends to 18th May 2014
Review of The Dead Dogs at The Print Room
UK Tour of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Theatre Royal Bath
Ramin Karimloo: THE ROAD TO FIND OUT East EP
The state of London West End Theatres and elsewhere
Review of Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim Jermyn Street Theatre
I Can’t Sing The X Factor Musical Review London Palladium
Danielle Hope and Jon Robyns to star in The Last Five Years
YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL 2014 starts today 27th March
National Theatre Wales commemorates World War 1 with Mametz
Review of Bash Latterday plays at Old Red Lion Theatre
Alexandra Burke joins The Bodyguard to play Rachel Marron
Jeffery Dench has died at the age of 86
Olivier Awards 2014 performers and presenters announced
A Taste Of Honey at the Lyttelton Theatre National Theatre
A Bunch of Amateurs at The Watermill Theatre Newbury
Orpheus A Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre
Zanna, Don’t! makes London return at The Landor Theatre

 

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