June 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

In June 2015, the theatre scene in London and across the UK was alive with creativity and diversity, featuring a mix of blockbuster productions, groundbreaking new plays, and innovative performances. This month was notable for its blend of traditional theatre and unique events that added an extra layer of excitement to the cultural landscape.

West End Highlights

  1. Musicals:
    • “Kinky Boots” at the Adelphi Theatre made its West End debut, bringing the uplifting story of a shoe factory’s revival through the creation of fabulous footwear for drag performers. With music by Cyndi Lauper, the show quickly became a hit.
    • “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre (now the Sondheim Theatre) continued to draw audiences with its epic tale of redemption and revolution, maintaining its status as a West End staple.
  2. Plays:
    • “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre captivated audiences with its innovative staging and compelling story, based on Mark Haddon’s novel.
    • “The Audience” at the Apollo Theatre, featuring Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II, remained a standout with its portrayal of the Queen’s private meetings with her Prime Ministers.

Notable Productions Outside the West End

  1. National Theatre:
    • “Everyman”, directed by Rufus Norris and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, continued to impress with its contemporary adaptation of the medieval morality play, blending powerful performances with striking visuals.
    • “The Motherfker with the Hat”** by Stephen Adly Guirgis explored themes of addiction and relationships, delivering raw and humorous storytelling.
  2. Donmar Warehouse:
    • The Donmar Warehouse presented “Temple” by Steve Waters, a gripping play inspired by the Occupy London movement, which examined the tensions between protestors and the Church.

Regional Theatres

Regional theatres across the UK showcased an array of innovative and diverse productions:

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon:
    • “Othello”, directed by Iqbal Khan and starring Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati, offered a fresh and powerful interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, focusing on themes of race and identity.
  2. Sheffield Theatres:
    • The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield presented “Anything Goes”, a high-energy revival of Cole Porter’s classic musical, which delighted audiences with its spectacular song-and-dance numbers.

Unique Theatrical Events

  1. London Theatre Takeover:
    • A unique event in June 2015 was the London Theatre Takeover, where various non-traditional venues across the city hosted pop-up performances. This initiative aimed to bring theatre to unexpected places, such as parks, markets, and rooftops, making it accessible to a broader audience. Highlights included site-specific adaptations of classic plays and new works created specifically for the spaces.
  2. The Globe to Globe Hamlet:
    • Shakespeare’s Globe continued its ambitious Globe to Globe Hamlet tour, which aimed to perform “Hamlet” in every country in the world. In June, the tour included performances in various UK locations, allowing audiences to experience this unique global theatrical journey.

Trends and Developments

  1. Focus on Sustainability:
    • Sustainability in theatre became a significant focus, with many productions and venues adopting eco-friendly practices. Theatres aimed to reduce their carbon footprint through energy-efficient lighting, recycling programs, and sustainable set designs.
  2. Digital Integration:
    • The integration of digital technology in theatre continued to grow, with productions using multimedia elements to enhance storytelling. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) began to make their way into theatrical experiences, providing audiences with immersive and interactive elements.

Festivals and Special Events

  1. Edinburgh International Film Festival:
    • While primarily a film festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival included several theatre-related events and screenings of filmed stage productions, highlighting the crossover between film and theatre arts.
  2. West End LIVE:
    • West End LIVE, held in Trafalgar Square, showcased free performances from some of the West End’s biggest musicals and plays. This annual event provided a taster of the current theatre offerings and attracted thousands of visitors, celebrating the vibrancy of London’s theatre scene.

In conclusion, June 2015 was a dynamic and innovative month for theatre in London and the UK. The combination of blockbuster West End shows, unique theatrical events, and regional productions showcased the diversity and creativity of British theatre. The focus on sustainability and digital integration reflected the industry’s forward-thinking approach, ensuring that theatre remained a relevant and engaging art form for all.

June 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

 

The Questors present The Wonderful World of Dissocia
Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT makes London debut at Southbank
Review of The Hotel Room at The White Bear Theatre
Review of The Clockmaker’s Daughter at Landor Theatre
Aliens Love Underpants live on stage at the Dominion Theatre
Kate Lock is Adrian Pagan Award Winner 2015
Review of Hippolytus at the Hope Theatre
Review of The Dirty Talk at Jermyn Street Theatre
Launch of Impossible: Nothing Is Quite As It Seems
Theatre503’s new season announced
Review of STOP! The Play at Trafalgar Studios
English National Ballet School announces the patronage of HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Wilton’s Music Hall announces new season 2015
Much Ado About Nothing at the White Bear Theatre
BRAT KIDS CARNIVAL at London Wonderground Southbank
Farinelli and the King at the Duke of York’s Theatre
James Fox and Jack Fox star in West End Transfer of Dear Lupin
Further casting announced for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels National Tour
Dirty Special Thing at The Platform Theatre
Kenneth Branagh Company announces casting…
Beverley Knight to star as Grizabella in CATS at London Palladium
Review of Now This Is Not The End at the Arcola Theatre
Club Perverts at The London Wonderground
Review of Dirty Special Thing at The Platform Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wins five Tony Awards
Improv-Comedy from The Free Association plus Guests
Full casting announced for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Star of The Railway Children presents £335,000 to charity
The Eighth Wonder of the World at Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel
Not Too Tame present site-specific EARLY DOORS
BOYS OF THE BARRICADE LIVE in concert at Charing Cross Theatre
Interview with Layton Williams
As Is by William M Hoffman The First AIDS Play
Teddy at Southwark Playhouse
Image of an Unknown Woman at the Gate Theatre
Hey, Old Friends! An 85th birthday Gala for Stephen Sondheim
10th anniversary celebrations for Belarus Free Theatre
Traces – The 7 Fingers at the Peacock Theatre
Review of The Legacy at The Hope Theatre London
World premiere of REALITY at Ovalhouse
LOST WEST END new album celebrates London’s lost musicals
Sydney Theatre Company’s Waiting for Godot at the Barbican
Interview with Michael Cabot Artistic Director of…
Review of Until You Hear That Bell at Battersea Arts Centre
Powerfully performed I And The Village at Theatre 503
Not A Game For Boys Brings Something Fresh To The Table
Fabulous ONE ARM at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Playhouse Creatures at Rosemary Branch Theatre
Face The Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
Full casting announced for Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet
The Merchant of Venice RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre
All-Male The Pirates of Penzance returns to London at Hackney Empire
Review of London Classic Theatre’s Absent Friends
Full cast announced for Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather
Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray at St James Studio Theatre
Review of Top Hat at The Churchill Theatre Bromley
Review of A Single Act at Theatro Technis
Mesmerising Compagnie DCA/Philippe Decouflé‘s Contact at Sadler’s Wells
Review of The Songbook of Judy Garland
James and Jack Fox in Dear Lupin at the Apollo Theatre
The 39 Steps will close on 5th September at the Criterion Theatre
L’Italiana In Algeri at Thames Tunnel Shaft packs a decent punch
Rhythm of Life Cy Coleman A Celebration in Song
Review of Sabrina Mahfouz’s award winning play Chef at Soho Theatre
Full casting announced for American Idiot – starring Amelia Lily
Review of East is East at the Theatre Royal Brighton
Zizi Strallen to star as Mary – Matt Lee to star as Bert
Review of Iphigenia in Tauris at the Rose Playhouse
Review of Othello at RSC Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon
The Baker’s Wife at Drayton Arms Theatre
Paradoxical 1984 at London’s Playhouse Theatre
Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Rosemary Branch Theatre
I Went To A Fabulous Party… at the King’s Head Theatre
The delightful Second Soprano at King’s Head Theatre
IROKO Theatre’s The Green Stone Bead at Goldsmith’s Uni
The Britannia Fury by Hillcrest Artists
VAULT FESTIVAL call for artist submissions for 2016
FACING EAST IN CONCERT
Review of Luna Gale at Hampstead Theatre
Andrew Dunn stars as Mr Perks in The Railway Children
Production images for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Review of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamencura
Review of Alpha Beta at Finborough Theatre
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical is a pretty good show
Motown The Musical to hold open auditions for West End production
Sasha Regan’s All Male PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Hackney Empire
The Machine: Part of The Pride Arts Festival at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of Shrew at Camden People’s Theatre
Cast and Creative Team for SINATRA at the London Palladium
Review of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Tricycle Theatre
Review of Asking Rembrandt at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of The Liberty Tree at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of The Motherf**ker With The Hat at the Lyttelton Theatre
Review of Modern Romance at Southwark Playhouse
Beverley Knight celebrates 750,000 donated tickets to our armed forces
Review of MADAME X at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of The Seagull at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Review of Greywing House at The Spread Eagle Theatre Croydon
New cast photos for Mamma Mia! London Summer 2015
5-Star Awe-Inspiring Bromance at The Udderbelly
The Hampstead Players present The Tragedy of King Richard II
Iris Theatre’s Twelfth Night at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden

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