November 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

November 2014 was a vibrant month for London’s theatre, with the West End featuring a dynamic mix of beloved musicals and groundbreaking new plays, while the Off-West End buzzed with innovative and thought-provoking productions that highlighted the city’s rich theatrical diversity.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Spectacles:

  • “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre continued to enchant audiences with its haunting melodies and lavish production, solidifying its status as a timeless West End staple.
  • “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre maintained its strong appeal, combining sharp satire with irreverent humor, making it a must-see for both newcomers and repeat visitors.

2. New Openings:

  • “Sunny Afternoon” at the Harold Pinter Theatre celebrated the rise of The Kinks, blending rock ‘n’ roll energy with a compelling narrative that delighted fans and critics alike. Its portrayal of the band’s journey to fame was both entertaining and deeply engaging.
  • “The Scottsboro Boys” at the Garrick Theatre made a powerful impression with its provocative and innovative use of minstrel show techniques to tell the harrowing story of racial injustice in 1930s America, receiving critical acclaim for its bold and impactful approach.

3. Star-Studded Productions:

  • “Electra” at the Old Vic, featuring Kristin Scott Thomas, delivered a riveting and emotionally charged performance in this modern take on Sophocles’ classic tragedy, attracting significant critical praise and audience interest.
  • “Speed-the-Plow” at the Playhouse Theatre continued to draw attention with Lindsay Lohan’s high-profile involvement in David Mamet’s biting Hollywood satire, generating both curiosity and debate.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe Innovation:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios continued its run, captivating audiences with its immersive, exploratory experience set in a sprawling, interactive world, allowing each visitor a unique journey through the narrative.
  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre provided a chilling and thought-provoking look at the ethical implications of virtual reality, challenging audiences with its dark and compelling storyline about a futuristic online world.

2. Fresh Voices and Experimental Theatre:

  • “Teh Internet Is Serious Business” at the Royal Court Theatre offered a humorous and insightful exploration of the internet’s influence on modern life, blending digital innovation with theatrical storytelling to create a uniquely engaging experience.
  • “The Distance” at the Orange Tree Theatre explored the complexities of friendship and moral dilemmas with poignant performances and sharp writing, underscoring the theatre’s commitment to new and contemporary works.

3. Emerging Talent:

  • “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Duchess Theatre continued to entertain with its slapstick comedy and chaotic charm, demonstrating the potential for small-scale productions to achieve mainstream success and popularity.
  • “Teddy” at the Southwark Playhouse introduced audiences to a gritty and vibrant rock ‘n’ roll musical set in post-war London, showcasing the theatre’s role in presenting fresh and innovative talent.

In November 2014, London’s West End shone with a captivating mix of classic musicals and exciting new plays, while the Off-West End thrived with an array of experimental and thought-provoking performances, solidifying the city’s reputation as a hub of theatrical excellence and diversity.

November 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Review of Rattigan’s FIRST EPISODE at Jermyn Street Theatre
World Premiere of SHELTERED at The Tabard Theatre
Casting announced for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET THE 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Line Up Announced for Vault Festival 2015
Review of Dance ’til Dawn Aldwych Theatre London
TRIPSPACE PROJECTS new performance space in East London
Wilton’s Music Hall presents The Chrysalis Club
5 Star Review of Made In Dagenham The Musical
The Great Yorkshire Fringe celebrates first tickets on sale!
5 Star Review of GOOD COP BAD COP Leicester Square Theatre
Review of THE CHERRY ORCHARD at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
Theatre Royal Stratford East consultation for new arts venue
THE HIDDEN HOUSE a new immersive Christmas Experience
Fear in a Handful of Dust at COG ARTSPACE Islington
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical London
Philip Quast to join Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Sweeney Todd
The Watermill Theatre Newbury Announces Spring 2015 Season
Royal Court presents Day of Action on Climate Change
The Hunger Games theatrical experience summer 2016 London
Review of John and Jen at The Delfont Room
Interview with Kellie Shirley
ALADDIN starring Ben Richards and La Voix
Fairy Tale Heart at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the Voila! Festival
Review of Jasmin Vardimon’s Park at Sadler’s Wells
Review of What Worries me at The Red Hedgehog
Review of Stuart Slade’s Cans at Theatre503
A Midas Christmas for The Teenage Cancer Trust
Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey
Marion Deprez is Gorgeous at The Vaults
JEKYLL AND HYDE at Greenwich Theatre and UK Tour
Gerard McCarthy cast as George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life
Clout Theatre’s How a Man Crumbled at Mimetic Festival
Review of Temporary Theatre’s BUNCO
Review of SIRO-A The Christmas Edition
Review of Lizzie Bates: Reprobates at the Etcetera Theatre
Louie Spence joins Jason Manford in The Producers
A View from a Bridge in West End transfer
Review of Not About Heroes at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Portmanteau’s The Hemline Index at COG ARTSpace
Warehouse of Dreams world premiere at Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre
Review of Norris Church Mailer’s GO SEE at The King’s Head Theatre
GRACE NOTES celebrates 15+ years offering global theatre news
5 Star Review of La Soiree at the Southbank Centre
SG Productions presents for Christmas 2014 A LAD IN TIGHTS!
Launch of Stage Door on-demand radio for fans…
Full casting announced for West End transfer of THE NETHER
Michael Ball releases his new album If Everyone Was Listening
Review of An evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger
5 Star review of ACCOLADE at St James Theatre
Robert Webb, Jason Thorpe and Christopher Ryan in JEEVES AND WOOSTER
Cast and Creative Team announced for The Grand Tour
Brodie Donougher’s first performance today as Billy Elliot
Press Launch of The Mimetic Festival in The Vaults
West End première of Seasons of Love Theatre Royal Drury Lane 1 March 2015
5 Stars for Blackout New Room Theatre production at The Hope Theatre
4 Star Review of Stink Foot at The Yard Theatre London
The Globe Theatre Justice and Mercy Season 2015
Review of Manfred Karge’s MAN TO MAN at Park 90
Encompass Productions presents THIS IS NOT A CHRISTMAS PLAY
A CHRISTMAS MEMORY by Charles Dance and Dame Diana Rigg
Tim Gilvin’s Stay Awake, Jake – S&S Award Winning Play
The Man of Mode – The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
TOM CONTI to star in TWELVE ANGRY MEN UK Tour
Tommy Steele to star in The Glenn Miller Story
Royal Court announces The Big Idea: Hope
Trainspotting part of The King’s Head Theatre 2015 Season
5 Star Review: Grimm Tales for Young and Old at The Bargehouse
Kerry Ellis, Ben Forster & Louise Dearman unite for new musical album!
Shaw’s Women: Village Wooing and How He Lied to Her Husband
The Eight Reindeer Monologues at Waterloo East Theatre
Review of Marion Deprez is Gorgeous at The Vaults Mimetic Festival
5 Star Review for Sleeping Booty at Leicester Square Theatre
4 stars for CHRISTMAS By Simon Stephens at White Bear Theatre
Review of MYTHS at the Blue Elephant Theatre
RUN by Engineer Theatre Collective at New Diorama Theatre

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