January 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

In January 2015, London’s theatre scene and the broader UK stage landscape were buzzing with an array of captivating productions, new premieres, and classic revivals. The West End, known as the epicenter of London’s commercial theatre, was particularly vibrant, offering a blend of musicals, plays, and experimental performances.

West End Highlights

  1. Musicals:
    • “The Lion King” continued its long-running success at the Lyceum Theatre, enchanting audiences with its stunning visuals and powerful music by Elton John and Tim Rice.
    • “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre (now the Sondheim Theatre) remained a staple, drawing crowds with its timeless story of struggle and redemption.
    • “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre provided a satirical yet heartwarming experience, showcasing the creative prowess of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
  2. Plays:
    • “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre impressed audiences with its innovative staging and compelling narrative, adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel.
    • “King Charles III” at the Wyndham’s Theatre explored the fictional future reign of Prince Charles with a blend of drama and speculative fiction, earning critical acclaim.

Notable Productions Outside the West End

  1. National Theatre:
    • The National Theatre continued its tradition of high-quality productions, with “Treasure Island”, directed by Polly Findlay, offering a thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novel.
    • “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”, adapted by David Hare from Katherine Boo’s book, depicted the struggles and hopes of the residents of a Mumbai slum, highlighting social issues with sensitivity and depth.
  2. Shakespeare’s Globe:
    • Known for its authentic Shakespearean productions, the Globe presented “The Changeling”, a dark and twisted tale of love and deception, showcasing the versatility of Jacobean drama.

Regional Theatres

Across the UK, regional theatres played a crucial role in the cultural fabric, offering diverse programming and nurturing local talent. Noteworthy venues included:

  1. Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester:
    • The theatre’s January 2015 lineup featured a mix of contemporary and classic works, fostering a rich dialogue between the past and present.
  2. Birmingham Repertory Theatre:
    • With a commitment to new writing, the Rep premiered fresh, innovative works that challenged audiences and expanded the boundaries of theatrical storytelling.

Trends and Developments

  1. Digital Integration:
    • The use of digital technology in theatre production was increasingly prominent, with innovative staging techniques and multimedia elements enhancing the storytelling experience.
  2. New Writing and Diversity:
    • There was a notable emphasis on new writing and diverse voices, with many theatres dedicating resources to develop and stage works by emerging playwrights and those from underrepresented communities.

In summary, January 2015 was a dynamic period for theatre in London and the UK, marked by a rich variety of productions that catered to diverse tastes and interests. From the grandeur of the West End to the innovative spirit of regional theatres, the UK’s theatrical landscape continued to thrive and evolve, offering audiences an array of unforgettable experiences.

January 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

Two West End shows cancelled due to power cut today
Kerry Ellis joins CATS as GRIZABELLA as show extends its run
Cast announced for the world prèmiere of Gods and Monsters
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014 Prince of Wales Theatre
City Stories: Tales of Love and Magic in London February 2015
What motivates you to see a show?
Velvet Trumpet present JOY at Etcetera Theatre London
Whistle Down The Wind at the Union Theatre
Theatrical works from Theresienstadt Ghetto staged in London for first time
Review of Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain St James Studio
JEKYLL AND HYDE casting announced Greenwich Theatre and UK Tour
GILLIAN ELISA to play GRANDMA in Billy Elliot The Musical
Quartet of good news stories for the Bush Theatre London
Review of Made in Britain at Old Red Lion Theatre
Casting announced for BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Frozen Sing-along at the Dominion Theatre
Review of Henry VI Play of Thrones at the Union Theatre
Review of IVY and JOAN at Jermyn Street Theatre
THE GIRLS FROM OZ in London with new Australia Day Show
5 Star Review of Mahmud and Yezida: Romeo and Juliet
5 Star review of Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon
Seven SECRET THEATRE shows for last time at Lyric Hammersmith
BurntOut Theatre’s new play Muscovado at Theatre503
Spellbound Productions present Contact.com at Park Theatre
5 star review of The Railway Children King’s Cross Theatre
Review of Night Of The Umbrella at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
5 star review Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Hampstead Theatre free streaming worldwide of Tiger Country
Roy Williams’ ANTIGONE set for London Stage following UK Tour
Review of PRIVATE VIEW at Theatre Delicatessen
WICKED announce 5th year of prestigious writing award
5 star Paradise Lost concept album
ANYTHING GOES Launches UK and IRELAND TOUR January 2015
Review of Utopia Theatre’s London Tales at Lost Theatre
Godspell in Concert cast announcement UK Tour 2015
Kerry Ellis and Lee Mead to star in THE NIGHT OF ELECTRIC VOICES
English Repertory Theatre present Hamlet at Cockpit Theatre
Third Angel and Dep Arts present The Life and Loves of a Nobody
FELICITY KENDAL in Noel Coward’s HAY FEVER London West End
Review of Boris Godunov at Jack Studio Theatre
5 star Ballet Boyz Young Men at Sadler’s Wells
Cast announced for LAStheatre’s New Atlantis at The Crystal
YVE BLAKE: LIE COLLECTOR VAULT Festival London
Review of Contact.com at Park Theatre
Review of 503Fusions at Theatre503 Battersea
Little LineUp new writing event for young audiences
Spellbinding The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe
Review of The Liz and Dick Show at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of The Boys Upstairs Above The Stag Theatre
BETWEEN returns to The King’s Head Theatre
The White Bear Theatre presents World Premiere of INIGO
Review of Islands at the Bush Theatre London
Sinéad Matthews and MyAnna Buring in The Wasp at Hampstead Theatre
A further 200,000 tickets released for BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
SAFE Touring the UK from 12th February 2015
Review of Tatterdemalion at Camden People’s Theatre
Kevin Spacey returns as Clarence Darrow at The Old Vic
Tessa Ross and Rufus Norris announce plans for National Theatre
National Theatre On Demand in Schools to launch Autumn 2015
The Adrian Pagan Playwright Award returns to King’s Head Theatre
5 Star review of BAD JEWS at St James Theatre London
5 star review of Blind Man’s Song at Jacksons Lane
Liberty Buckland and Alex Spinney head the cast for YARICO
The Honey Man National Tour 2015
Camden People’s Theatre presents Sprint 2015
Full casting announced for The Bodyguard Tour
Future secured for Sutton’s theatres with ground-breaking 10-year deal
Old Red Lion Theatre presents Lardo by Mike Stone
5 star Review of Oppenheimer at RSC Swan Theatre
The Elephant Man London West End tickets now on sale
Lara Pulver and Peter Davison join Imelda Staunton in GYPSY
Alan Cox and Jay Villiers join cast of City Stories
5 star review Miss Dietrich Regrets St James Theatre
Review of Happy Birthday Without You Tricycle Theatre
Review of The Lark at Rose The Playhouse
Review of Out of The Cage Park Theatre London
Review of Grimm Tales at The Bargehouse
Review of The Diary of a Nobody at King’s Head Theatre
Review of THE WAITING ROOM at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Soften The Grey at The Hope Theatre London
VAULT Festival release New Video Trailer and Festival APP
Review of The Talented Mr Ripley at New Diorama Theatre
DRACULA slays the 15th National Dance Awards
MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL London Soundtrack order now
Review of Blind Date at Jermyn Street Theatre
Zoë Wanamaker joined by Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin in STEVIE
BAFTA Award Nominee JOHN MCENERY in KING LEAR
Review of My Night with Reg at the Apollo Theatre
The 39 Steps Launches Schools Version With Nationwide Competition
5 Star Review of Taken At Midnight Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of Between at the King’s Head Theatre
SCOTCH and SODA to headline London Wonderground
Thrill Me The Leopold and Loeb Story back in London and on tour!
Dakota Blue Richards makes her stage debut in ARCADIA as full cast announced
Review of Romeo and Juliet at the New Diorama Theatre
Trainspotting returns to London stage at King’s Head Theatre
The Taming Of The Shrew at New Wimbledon Studio
Full casting announced for World Premiere of MERMAID
FellSwoop Theatre present Ablutions at Soho Theatre
5 Star Review of Ghost Stories at Arts Theatre London
5 Star Review of Molly Wobbly at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Whistle Down The Wind at the Union Theatre
Review of CONCRETE BOOTS at The Star Inn Guildford Fringe
Review of The Day After (They Went Off On One)
Review of As You Like It at Barons Court Theatre

 

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