March 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

In March 2015, the theatre scene in London and across the UK continued to thrive, offering a mix of new productions, classic revivals, and innovative performances that highlighted the diversity and creativity of British theatre. From the bustling West End to prominent regional theatres, audiences were treated to a wide range of theatrical experiences.

West End Highlights

  1. Musicals:
    • “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre captivated audiences with its powerful story and impressive staging, marking a successful revival of the iconic musical.
    • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane delighted families with its imaginative adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic, featuring a whimsical set and memorable musical numbers.
    • “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Aldwych Theatre celebrated the life and music of Carole King, drawing audiences with its blend of nostalgia and hit songs.
  2. Plays:
    • “The Audience” at the Apollo Theatre, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II, offered a fascinating glimpse into the weekly meetings between the Queen and her Prime Ministers.
    • “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” at the Playhouse Theatre, adapted from Pedro Almodóvar’s film, provided a vibrant and comedic look at relationships and crises in modern life.

Notable Productions Outside the West End

  1. National Theatre:
    • “Rules for Living”, a new play by Sam Holcroft, premiered at the National Theatre, blending dark comedy with an exploration of family dynamics during a tense Christmas gathering.
    • “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”, continuing its run, remained a poignant highlight, offering a vivid portrayal of life in a Mumbai slum.
  2. Donmar Warehouse:
    • The Donmar Warehouse continued to impress with “Closer” by Patrick Marber, a raw and emotional exploration of love and betrayal, receiving praise for its intense performances.

Regional Theatres

Regional theatres across the UK maintained their reputation for excellence and innovation, presenting a variety of productions that showcased local talent and diverse narratives:

  1. Chichester Festival Theatre:
    • The Chichester Festival Theatre staged “Gypsy”, a classic musical starring Imelda Staunton, which received critical acclaim for its energetic performance and Staunton’s standout role.
  2. Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester:
    • The Royal Exchange Theatre featured “The Ghost Train”, a thrilling and suspenseful play by Arnold Ridley, captivating audiences with its blend of mystery and humor.

Trends and Developments

  1. Focus on New Writing and Contemporary Themes:
    • The emphasis on new writing and contemporary themes continued to grow, with theatres like the Royal Court in London leading the way. March saw the Royal Court presenting “Who Cares” by Michael Wynne, a documentary-style play examining the state of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
  2. Interactive and Immersive Theatre:
    • Interactive and immersive theatre experiences gained popularity, with productions inviting audiences to engage directly with the performance. Companies like Punchdrunk and Secret Cinema pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre, offering unique and memorable experiences.

Festivals and Special Events

  1. Vault Festival:
    • The Vault Festival in London, running through March, continued to showcase an eclectic mix of theatre, comedy, and performance art. The festival provided a platform for emerging artists and experimental works, contributing to the vibrant fringe theatre scene.

In conclusion, March 2015 was a dynamic month for theatre in London and the UK, characterized by a rich array of productions ranging from blockbuster musicals and thought-provoking plays to innovative regional performances and immersive experiences. The diversity of offerings underscored the vitality of British theatre, ensuring that there was something to captivate every audience member.

March 2015 News, Reviews & Interviews

Review of Hellscreen at VAULT Arts Festival
Review of Beautiful The Carole King Musical London
Review of Seasons of Love at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns returns to West End Summer 2015
The Tales of Malik-Mammed at Chelsea Theatre
Review of Julie Atherton at Proud Cabaret
Hiraeth at Soho Theatre Upstairs 18th to 21st March 2015
Cast announced for Hairspray UK Tour
Review of Harvey at Richmond Theatre
The Lonely Soldier Monologues by Helen Benedict
Review of Jerry’s Girls at St James Studio
Review of Rasta Thomas’ Dance Company: Romeo and Juliet
A Be Bop a Lula! party at the Ambassadors Theatre London
Review of Lardo at the Old Red Lion Theatre
The Return of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
2015 Summer Season at Theatre Royal Bath
Review of Time of My Life at the Tabard Theatre
Review of The Revenger’s Tragedy at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Product by Mark Ravenhill at Arcola Theatre
Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance in West End transfer
Review of The Acid Test at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Peddling at the Arcola Theatre
Review of Keston Cobbler’s Club at the Vault Festival
Review of Under The Blue Sky at the Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of The Jewish legends at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Interview with Michael Hurst Director of The Generation of Z Apocalypse
Review of Alice A New Musical at St James Theatre
The Outstanding Actor Seven Keys to Success By Ken Rea
Denis King to release Key Changes A Musical Memoir
Cabaret Artists announced for World Premiere of THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD
Review of Othello at Waterloo East Theatre
Billy Elliot The Musical Celebrates 10 Years in London
2015 Winners of The London Cabaret Awards
Review of The Producers at The Churchill Theatre Bromley
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Announces Golden Ticket Work Placements
Review of Radiant Vermin at Soho Theatre
Review of Modern Masters Sadler’s Wells
Review of Dreaming in Code at The Place London
Review of The Heart of Things at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of The Dead Shepherd at The White Bear Theatre
Review of WINK at Theatre503 – A Triumph
The First London Revival of Closer To Heaven at Union Theatre
New Matildas in Matilda The Musical Cambridge Theatre London
COMPANY CHAMELEON present new full-length work BEAUTY OF THE BEAST
UK TOUR of LOVE ME TENDER inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley
Review of Write Here Write Now by Front of House Theatre Company
Review of Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre
Review of Daniel Boys at Proud Cabaret
Monte Carlo Ballet London Premiere of Romeo and Juliette
Review of The Father at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Barnum at The Churchill Theatre Bromley
The Ruling Class panel debate at Trafalgar Studios
Promenade Twelfth Night in Covent Garden
5 Star Calamity Jane at New Wimbledon Theatre
Supporting new writing in the world of theatre…
Interview with Helen Schlesinger
Julie Atherton to star as Janet in Shock Treatment
Kristin Scott Thomas receives her damehood from the Queen today
Dame Judi Dench, Elaine Paige OBE and Brian Cox CBE IN CONVERSATION
Review of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical
Review of Serenade and Carmina Burana at London Coliseum
The Industry A Campaign for Working Class Actors
Review of Blueprint Theatre Company’s FROZEN at Park Theatre
TONY’S LAST TAPE based on diaries of TONY BENN London transfer
Illuminate Festival at New Wimbledon Studio
Review of Trainspotting at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of Create, Scratch, Refine, Repeat! at Morley Studio Theatre
Review of Candoco Dance Company’s The Show Must Go On
Review of Equation at Lilian Baylis Studio Sadler’s Wells
The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian UK Tour
Final casting Announced for Follies in Concert
Aria Entertainment presents revival of Portia Coughlan
Songs From The Playground at the Landor Theatre
Stasis by Emily Holyoake at the White Bear Theatre
Tooting Arts Club’s Sweeney Todd extends to 30th May 2015
Review of Elio Pace and his band 2015 The Billy Joel Songbook
5 Star review of Return To The Forbidden Planet
In the Dead of Night by Claudio Macor Cast Announced
Review of And Then There Were None at Churchill Theatre Bromley
New cast for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Review of The Pursuit of Now at Buta Festival of Azerbaijan Arts
Jason Merrells joins the cast of Twelve Angry Men
Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Fund at Southbank Centre
IMMIGRANT DIARIES 2015 Southbank Centre London
Review of Resolution at the Etcetera Theatre Camden
Equus in the Judi Dench Playhouse at The Questors Theatre
Review of Dorian Gray at the King’s Head Theatre
The Candidate In association with Theatre Delicatessen
AllthePigs Theatre Company and The Piano Man
Review of The Jew of Malta at RSC Swan Theatre
Review of FOUND at the Hope Theatre Islington
Review of These Trees Are Made of Blood at Southwark Playhouse 
Cast of War Horse in Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research
Review of The Dissidents at the Tricycle Theatre
Review of Creditors at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Spend, Spend, Spend at the Union Theatre
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Queen: A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular
Third autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King announced
Britain’s Got Bhangra returns for UK Tour
Review of Shooting With Light at New Diorama Theatre
Billy Elliot The Musical Celebrates 10th Birthday in London
The Follow Spot at Proud Cabaret with Zoe Curlett and Sophia Ragavelas
Review of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
RichardRocks a Rock Opera Based on Shakespeare’s Most Infamous Villain
World premiere of Ken Urban’s Sense of an Ending at Theatre503
Bobby Davro stars in Not a Game For The Boys at the King’s Head Theatre
BRIEFS is back at London Wonderground
Hugh Maynard – Something inside so Strong solo album


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