October 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

October 2014 was a standout month for London’s theatre scene, with the West End showcasing an exciting mix of classic revivals and fresh productions, while the Off-West End buzzed with innovative and boundary-pushing performances, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of London’s theatrical offerings.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Marvels:

  • “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued to draw crowds with its powerful narrative and unforgettable score, cementing its status as a timeless classic that resonated with both local and international audiences.
  • “Billy Elliot the Musical” at the Victoria Palace Theatre celebrated its 10th anniversary, captivating audiences with its heartwarming story and high-energy dance sequences, proving its enduring appeal.

2. New and Noteworthy:

  • “Memphis” at the Shaftesbury Theatre made a stunning debut, featuring Beverley Knight in a lead role that highlighted her vocal prowess. The show’s vibrant portrayal of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in 1950s America quickly garnered critical acclaim and audience admiration.
  • “Made in Dagenham” at the Adelphi Theatre opened to enthusiastic applause, telling the inspiring story of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike with humor and heart, and featuring a standout performance by Gemma Arterton.

3. Star Performances:

  • “Speed-the-Plow” at the Playhouse Theatre featured Lindsay Lohan in a highly publicized role, bringing renewed interest to David Mamet’s sharp critique of Hollywood culture. Despite mixed reviews, the production attracted significant attention and debate.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe Innovation:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios continued to captivate with its immersive, interactive storytelling that allowed audiences to delve into a dreamlike narrative set in a mysterious film studio, maintaining its status as a unique theatrical experience.
  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre offered a thought-provoking exploration of a virtual world, challenging audiences to confront the ethical implications of technology with a powerful, unsettling narrative.

2. Fresh Voices and Experimental Theatre:

  • “Fatherland” at the Lyric Hammersmith presented a deeply personal and innovative exploration of father-son relationships, combining verbatim theatre with powerful performances that struck an emotional chord with audiences.
  • “Teh Internet Is Serious Business” at the Royal Court Theatre continued to engage audiences with its humorous and insightful portrayal of the world of internet hacktivism, blending digital media with traditional theatre to create a unique, engaging experience.

3. Emerging Talent:

  • “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Duchess Theatre transitioned from a fringe hit to a West End sensation, delighting audiences with its slapstick comedy and chaotic charm, showcasing the potential for smaller productions to achieve mainstream success.
  • “The Distance” at the Orange Tree Theatre offered a poignant exploration of friendship and loyalty, highlighting the theatre’s role in nurturing new writing and presenting thought-provoking contemporary dramas.

In October 2014, London’s West End glittered with a mix of musical favorites and star-studded new arrivals, while the Off-West End buzzed with innovative and daring performances, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a global centre for diverse and dynamic theatre.

October 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Review of Alan Bennett’s Single Spies Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Next Fall at Southwark Playhouse
Video feature and images released for SUNNY AFTERNOON
Interview with Gareth Gates – Prince in Snow White…
INSPIRED UK: A Benefit Concert for Manchester Dog’s Home
MADAM BUTTERFLY at The Royal Albert Hall February – March 2015
Review of Love Beyond The Musical at SSE Wembley Arena
Thriller Live celebrations with champagne and massive cake on stage!
Speed-the-Plow review Playhouse Theatre London West End
A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light Rosemary Branch Theatre
Aaron Tveit makes his UK stage debut in Assassins
Review of Jekyll and Hyde at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Full casting announced for The Wind in the Willows
He Had Hairy Hands at New Diorama Theatre
Interview with Robert Duncan
Review of Elio Pace and The Billy Joel Songbook
Review of Rachel at Finborough Theatre
Interview with Gerónimo Rauch
MIRACLE ON 34th STREET UK Tour from 1st November 2014
Swan Lake at London Coliseum January 2015 and Tour Dates
Arthur Darvill will play Long John Silver in NT Treasure Island
Attic’s annual Playfest is at Wimbledon Library
Full casting announced for EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
Review of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre
European Tour of ONCE for 2015 following West End Run
Review of Damn Yankees at the Landor Theatre
Review of Macbeth at Mercury Theatre Colchester
Review of Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre London West End
Review of Waiting for Godot at The Cockpit Theatre
Beautiful Thing in 18 week 2015 UK Tour
Beckett’s Last Act Mill Studio Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
Review of Altar Boyz at Greenwich Theatre London
TRUTH, LIES, DIANA at Charing Cross Theatre
Review of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of The Flies at Sadler’s Wells
Casting announced for Royal Court God Bless The Child
Lazarus announce all-female cast for production of Henry V
EastEnd Cabaret at Soho Theatre London
Review of War Correspondents at Stratford Circus
Review of THE TEMPEST at Waterloo East Theatre
Interview with Helen Rose-Hampton from Virgins Die Horny
Review of GUILT and SHAME: GOING STRAIGHT
Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates 15 Years in London
Sinatra 100 at The London Palladium March to April 2015
Review of Dancing In The Streets at Richmond Theatre
Keith Jack announces new album and 2015 solo tour
Twickenham Theatre to close after landlord sells building
Coney presents: Early Days (of a better nation)
Avenue Q returns in new UK Tour 2015 and 2016
Cameron Mackintosh holding open auditions for MISS SAIGON
Review of FIERCE at Camden People’s Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time continues at the Gielgud Theatre
Billy Elliot Live in select US Cinemas November 12, 15 and 18
West End transfer of THE NETHER Duke of York’s Theatre
Alexandra Burke and Zoe Birkett in The Bodyguard Tour
Warehouse of Dreams premiere at Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Review of Three Sisters at The White Bear Theatre Kennington
Alex Gaumond joins the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Review of Unidentified Item In The Bagging Area
John and Jen in Concert at The Delfont Room
Review of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Review of East is East at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Warde Street at Park Theatre
The End of the Line at London Horror Festival Etcetera Theatre
Review of The Hundred We Are at The Yard Theatre
The Royal Court presents 2071
4 tracks released from SUNNY AFTERNOON Cast Album
Louise Dearman BOND and BEYOND EP and UK Concert Tour
Auburn Jam Records with MAD Trust’s first official Christmas album
Sleeping Booty at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Neville’s Island at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Casting announced for Saxon Court at Southwark Playhouse
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Taken at Midnight in West End Transfer
DALLAS sensation LINDA GRAY to star in CINDERELLA
5 Star review of SPINE at Soho Theatre Upstairs
5 Star Review of The Rivals at Arcola Theatre
5 Star Review of Memphis The Musical London West End
VISITORS By Barney Norris at the Bush Theatre
YARICO musical in world premiere London February 2015
My Lifelong Love: An Evening With Georgia Stitt and Friends
Review of The Perfect Murder at New Wimbledon Theatre
Jasmin Vardimon’s Park at Sadler’s Wells and Tour
5 Star Review of Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre
5 Star Review of Grand Guignol at The Southwark Playhouse
Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat returns to London
5 Stars for Sweeney Todd by Tooting Arts Club at Harrington’s
WaterAid announces inaugural World Toilet Day: It’s No Joke! Comedy Festival
Drew Gasparini with two concerts at London Theatre Workshop
Mad About The Musicals 2015 Tour starring Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney
4 Stars for The Commitments at the Palace Theatre London
Another Day by A Friend of a Friend Productions
Review of Virgins Die Horny at the Courtyard Theatre
Review of City Stories at St James Theatre Studio
UK TOUR of HAIRSPRAY in 2015/16 opens at Curve Theatre Leicester
RSC’s Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2

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