September 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

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

September 2014 was a vibrant month for London’s theatre scene, with the West End presenting a mix of captivating new shows and beloved classics, while the Off-West End buzzed with innovative productions and thought-provoking performances that highlighted the city’s artistic diversity.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Spectacles:

  • “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre continued to captivate audiences with its epic love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, featuring powerful performances and breathtaking staging.
  • “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre maintained its popularity with its sharp satire and humorous take on religious themes, delighting audiences with its witty and irreverent humor.

2. New Arrivals:

  • “Shakespeare in Love” at the Noël Coward Theatre brought the beloved film to the stage, charming audiences with its romantic and humorous tale of the young playwright’s adventures in Elizabethan London, complete with a talented cast and elaborate costumes.
  • “Sunny Afternoon” at the Harold Pinter Theatre opened to critical acclaim, celebrating the rise of The Kinks with a lively musical that combined rock ‘n’ roll energy with a compelling story of fame and artistic struggle.

3. Revivals and Star Turns:

  • “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Young Vic, starring Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, received widespread acclaim for its intense and riveting portrayal of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, highlighting Anderson’s powerful performance and a modern, immersive production style.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe and Experimental Theatre:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios continued its successful run, providing audiences with an immersive theatrical experience that allowed them to explore a sprawling, interactive narrative set in a fantastical Hollywood world.
  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre offered a provocative look at virtual reality and ethical dilemmas, combining strong performances with a compelling, thought-provoking script that left audiences questioning the boundaries of technology and morality.

2. Fresh Perspectives and New Voices:

  • “Electra” at the Old Vic, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, brought a modern, visceral take on Sophocles’ tragedy, with a minimalist production that focused on raw emotion and powerful performances.
  • “Teh Internet Is Serious Business” at the Royal Court Theatre provided a humorous and insightful look into the world of internet hacktivism, combining digital innovation with theatrical storytelling to engage and educate audiences.

3. Emerging Talents:

  • “The Dog, The Night and The Knife” at the Arcola Theatre showcased Marius von Mayenburg’s absurdist drama, highlighting the theatre’s commitment to daring and experimental works that push the boundaries of conventional storytelling.
  • “Incognito” at the Bush Theatre continued to captivate with its intricate narrative exploring memory and identity, further establishing the Bush Theatre as a leading venue for cutting-edge new writing and innovative theatrical experiences.

In September 2014, London’s West End dazzled with a mix of blockbuster musicals and star-studded revivals, while the Off-West End thrived with an array of experimental and provocative performances, cementing the city’s reputation as a vibrant and diverse hub for theatre lovers.

September 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Gracie Otto’s The Last Impresario – Michael White
The Circulate Consortium presents Cirque Bijou and Nutkhut’s Source
Royal Swedish Ballet Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo Sadler’s Wells
Gavin Shuman is Churchill Theatre’s new General Manager
Matilda The Musical Gala Performance BBC CHILDREN IN NEED
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan at Arcola Theatre
An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted by Jonathan Ross
UK and IRELAND TOUR of ANYTHING GOES
YOU’RE ALWAYS WITH ME at Lost Theatre
Review of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET in Temple Church
Guilt and Shame with Going Straight at Soho Theatre London
Casting announced for new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya
The world premiere of the new musical Feelgood Academy
Review of Mamma Mia! at Novello Theatre London West End
Review of Emilia Galotti at Barons Court Theatre London
VIVIEN: LETTER TO LARRY by DONALD MCDONALD
Helen Chadwick Song Theatre presents: War Correspondents
Tooting Arts Club presents: Sweeney Todd
Calm Down, Dear 2: a festival of feminism
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles cast album
Broken Leg Theatre present: Three Generations of Women
Review of Tess of The d’Urbervilles at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
Review of The Return of The Soldier a New Musical at Jermyn Street Theatre
Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions
Buy tickets for BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical London West End
27 Billy Elliots unite to perform in Billy Elliot Live 28th September 2014
Face To Face 2014: Voices from the Edge at the Lost Theatre
Review of OTHELLO: by Clatterhouse Theatre at the Drayton Arms
Review of Friend or Foe at Mercury Theatre Colchester
Review of Richard Marsh’s WINGMAN Soho Theatre
Les Miserables Queen’s Theatre London by Theatregoers
New Bard Productions’ Hundred Story City
Reviews of Billy Elliot The Musical London West End
Review of Love Is Eternal: A Song Cycle at London Theatre Workshop
Review of The 39 Steps at The Criterion Theatre London
Sarah Jane Buckley starring in Songbird -The Music of Eva Cassidy
Review of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre London 2014
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games London Palladium Review
The History Boys by Alan Bennett UK Tour in 2015
Leo Ihenacho leads the cast of DANCING IN THE STREETS UK Tour
Grand Guignol to play Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse
NT Live FRANKENSTEIN with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
Miss Saigon a triumph of Musical Theatre razzmatazz
Interview with STRICTLY Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff
Review of Jake Costello in SPANK HOUSE at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
All Star Productions announce cast for INTO THE WOODS
Alan Titchmarsh to star as NARRATOR in The Wind In The Willows
Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted
Imelda Staunton to star in Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre
Soho Theatre present Spine by Clara Brennan
Video trailer for Jamie Lloyd’s URINETOWN
Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory
Review of PRIDE: in UK cinemas now
Review of You’re Always With Me at Lost Theatre
Review of Giuliano Crispini’s Lotty’s War
Todd Bell joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical
BUT FIRST THIS – A MUSICAL HOMAGE TO RADIO 4 at Watermill Theatre
Bill Kenwright presents new stage thriller THE SMALL HAND
The Curing Room transfers to London from Edinburgh Fringe
Westfield London’s spectacular ice rink returns this November
Tooting Arts Club announce cast and creative for Sweeney Todd
Review of April In Paris at Richmond Theatre
Full casting announced for Evita at Dominion Theatre London
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre appoint new Artistic Director
Review of GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE
Review of Forbidden Broadway at Vaudeville Theatre
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd…
Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WITH TWO ACTORS
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Mick Inkpen’s Kipper
Brian Gilligan to play lead role of Deco in The Commitments
Review of Brazouka at New Wimbledon Theatre London
Review of Sweeney Todd at Twickenham Theatre
Lazarus Theatre Company announce all female production of HENRY V
As part of BLACK HISTORY MONTH the European premiere of RACHEL
STREAMING Adventures of a web cam girl at the Pleasance Theatre
Countdown to BluesFest 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall
Thriller Live extends to 6 September 2015 at Lyric Theatre
Brighton Hippodrome top of Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014
Review of The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre London September 2014
Review of Long Story Short at Charing Cross Theatre
Book Cats Tickets for the London Palladium
Bobby Crush as Nurse Glucose in Sleeping Beauty
Review of Fred and Madge by Joe Orton at The Hope Theatre
Sleeping Beauty Churchill Theatre Launch with Sonia and Jamie Rickers
Review of Chicken Shop at Park Theatre
Collabro headline West End Heroes Gala Concert 2014 Dominion Theatre
War Horse booking to 24th October 2015 at New London Theatre
Review of Evita at the Dominion Theatre London West End
Royal Albert Hall welcomes West End’s leading artists to perform new work
Terence Rattigan’s FIRST EPISODE to be staged at Jermyn Street Theatre
ENO Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel
Theatre Royal Stratford East announces major new arts venue
Video Trailer released for Stephen Sondheim’s Marry ME A LITTLE
Twickenham Theatre’s Sweeney Todd add 5 extra shows
Customer Service
Love Beyond a new musical at SEE Arena Wembley
Thriller Live 20th longest-running musical in West End history!
Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Review of Royal Swedish Ballet Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo Sadler’s Wells
Review of Haste Theatre’s UK Premiere of BEYOND CRAGPORTH ROCK
Shoot, I Didn’t Mean That / The Last Days Of Mankind…
Cast Anounced for Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Review of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour at Park Theatre
Review of The Love and Devotion of Ridley Smith
Review of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – with two actors
Worzel Gummidge The Musical original London Cast Recording
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies heading for Broadway
Review of Great Britain Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seeta Patel: Something Then, Something Now Lilian Baylis Studio
Billy Elliot the Musical London Victoria Palace Theatre
Nicole Scherzinger officially announced to star in Cats
An Audience With Quincy Jones hosted by Paul Gambaccini
Review of Flowers of the Forest at Jermyn Street Theatre
An Immersive Fairytale GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD
Review of Women’s Hour and Pretty Ugly at Camden People’s Theatre
West End Heroes Charity Gala at the Dominion Theatre September 2014
Interview with Finlay Robertson from the cast of The Vertical Hour
Interview with Simon Bailey from Marry Me A Little
Theatre of Europe Launches six new works from the continent
Visible Theatre Ensemble presents Who Do We Think We Are?
Mimetic Festival 2014 programme announced
Fierce by Kathryn Griffiths at Camden People’s Theatre
David Bedella and Sarah Ingram in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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