News, Reviews & Interviews in April 2016

April 2016 was a bustling month for theatre in the UK, with a rich array of productions captivating audiences across the London West End, Off West End, and on tour. This period showcased the diversity and vibrancy of the UK’s theatre scene, offering something for everyone.

London West End

The London West End, renowned for its high-quality productions, continued to shine in April 2016. One of the month’s highlights was the highly anticipated opening of “Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre. This dazzling Disney musical, featuring beloved songs such as “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” enchanted audiences with its spectacular set designs, vibrant costumes, and magical performances.

Another notable production was the star-studded revival of “Funny Girl” at the Savoy Theatre. Sheridan Smith’s portrayal of Fanny Brice received widespread acclaim, bringing new life to this classic musical. Her performance, combined with the show’s timeless score and engaging story, made “Funny Girl” a standout hit.

Long-running favorites like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” and “Wicked” continued to draw large crowds, maintaining their status as West End staples and reaffirming their enduring popularity.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their innovative and eclectic offerings, presented an array of compelling productions in April 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Boy” by Leo Butler, directed by Sacha Wares, stood out for its raw and contemporary examination of youth and society. The play’s minimalist staging and powerful performances resonated deeply with audiences and critics alike.

The Donmar Warehouse continued to impress with its production of “Elegy,” a new play by Nick Payne. Directed by Josie Rourke, this thought-provoking drama explored themes of love, memory, and medical ethics in a near-future setting. The intimate and emotional performances captivated audiences and sparked meaningful discussions.

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a crucial role in bringing high-quality theatre to audiences across the UK in April 2016. The acclaimed musical “Billy Elliot,” with its inspiring story and dynamic choreography, continued its successful tour, reaching new audiences and earning rave reviews in various cities.

The National Theatre’s touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also garnered significant attention. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, the play’s innovative staging and compelling narrative about a young boy with autism captured the hearts of audiences nationwide.

Another notable tour was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This “Dream 2016” tour celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, featuring a mix of professional actors and local amateur theatre groups in each location, creating a unique and community-focused experience.


April 2016 was a vibrant month for theatre in the UK, highlighting the richness and diversity of the country’s theatrical offerings. The London West End dazzled with a mix of new productions and beloved classics, Off West End theatres pushed artistic boundaries with innovative works, and touring productions brought exceptional performances to audiences across the nation. This dynamic period underscored the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a year filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews in April 2016

Dame Maggie Smith receives the Critics’ Circle Award 2015 for Services to the Arts

Chinese classic to open in London’s West End
Review of A flea in her Ear at The Tabard Theatre
Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens at The King’s Head Theatre London
5-star Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at The Old Vic – Review
5-star Calculating Kindness at Camden People’s Theatre – Review
Review of The Witches at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Americana In Concert at Theatre Royal Stratford East – Review
Review of X at The Royal Court Theatre
The Playboy of the Western World at Kingsgate Community Centre
5-star The 7 Fingers TRIPTYQUE at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Di and Viv and Rose open The new Katzpace – Review
Showstopper! The Improvised Musicals wins Olivier Award
First performance of Eva Noblezada as Eponine in Les Miserables
HQ Theatres take over the management of the Churchill Theatre
5-Star moving, unique and ingenious production of Sunset Boulevard – Review
The Rocky Horror Show at Richmond Theatre
Review of Speaking in Tongues at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of The Non-Stop Connolly Show at Finborough Theatre
Alexandra Dowling, Vicky Binns and David Schaal lead cast…
The 9th Annual London Improvathon at the Lost Theatre
The Adrian Pagan Award 2016 – Can you address the nation?
Captivating DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Theatre N16 – Review
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT at Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
Review of Goodnight Mr Tom at Richmond Theatre
Review of Woyzeck at Rosemary Branch Theatre
Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar star in The Spoils
MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare at The Rose Playhouse
The Spoils tickets on sale for London’s Trafalgar Studios
Delightful and very charming – The Man in the Woman’s Shoes – Review
Mikel Murfi stars in The Man in the Woman’s Shoes
Michael Brandon and Cherie Lunghi star in Off The King’s Road
The Quentin Dentin Show at Above The Arts Theatre
Jersey Boys London West End is a truly wonderful show – Review
Review of A GAME OF CHESS at Theatro Technis
Review of The Tower Theatre Company’s Accolade
Funny Girl London at the Savoy Theatre
Owen Teale to join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land
Review of Hamlet Our Brother at The Jack Studio Theatre
Review of The Mysterious First Text of Hamlet at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of The Taming of the Shrew at The Arts Theatre
Review of Radioman at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Tell Me On a Sunday starring Jodie Prenger at New Wimbledon Theatre
To Kill A Machine is a fascinating production – King’s Head Theatre – Review
Russian Dolls is thought-provoking and perceptive… Review
National Youth Dance Company – In Nocentes – Sadler’s Wells – Review
BILLY ELLIOT last night curtain call at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Review of Forever Plaid – The Heavenly Musical
Review of The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People
Final casting announced for new British musical Devilish!
Martin Shaw reprises role in West End transfer of Hobson’s Choice
“Sensitive and astounding” The Father starring Kenneth Cranham – Review
Review of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel at the Charing Cross Theatre
The Musical Marathon: 26 miles, 26 Songs and a Marathon of West End Stars
London Wonderground celebrates 5th Birthday with biggest programme ever
Review of Gatsby at the Union Theatre
Review of Brink at the Orange Tree Theatre Richmond
Boy by Leo Butler is a deep and worthwhile experience – Review
“Fantastic” Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On – Review
Review of The State We’re In at Theatre 503
Acting Through Song Workshop with Nadim Naaman launched
1,000 more tickets on sale for BUG starring James Norton and Kate Fleetwood
Enjoyable and profound: Time of my Life at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre
5-star Thick as Thieves production of Twelfth Night – Review
An evening with stage & screen star Erich Bergen
Review of Closer by Circa at the Udderbelly London
Review of Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre
Review of Low Level Panic at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Review of The Passion of Lady Vendredi at Soho Downstairs
Review of English National Ballet’s She Said
Stench by Instinct Theatre is an amazing play – Review
Casting announced for Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage
Review of The Silver Gym at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Review of My Mother Said I Never Should at St James Theatre
Review of Secret Cinema’s 28 Days Later
Final casting announced for Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre
Rosemary Ashe leads cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Quiet House at Park Theatre London
Interview with Marc Rhys from the cast of Cyrano de Bergerac
Review of Tonight I’ll be April at the Etcetera Theatre London
Linzi Hateley returns as Donna in MAMMA MIA!
A cast of Syrian Refugees perform across the UK
First rate production of FROZEN by Tower Theatre Company – Review
Review of Clybourne Park at the Mercury Theatre Colchester
This House transfers to West End from Chichester’s Minerva Theatre
Review of An Inspector Calls at Richmond Theatre
Powerful and thought-provoking Your Ever Loving at Theatre N16 – Review
Review of Jonny Woo’s East London Lecture
Review of Love Lies at the Hope Theatre
Review of Starting Here, Starting Now at the Pheasantry
Review of Mozart & Salieri at The Phoenix Artists Club
Review of Funny Girl The Musical at the Savoy Theatre
Claire Sweeney to play Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
World premiere of Edward Bond’s Dea opens at the Secombe Theatre
Review of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe – Kew Players
First artists announced for new album by Daniel and Laura Curtis
US X-FACTOR and Broadway’s RACHEL POTTER at The Hippodrome
5-star review of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi – Review
Interview with Beatriz Romilly from the cast of After Independence
Review of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Review of Down and Out in Paris and London at New Diorama Theatre
Review of Flute Theatre’s Hamlet, Who’s There?
Interview with Robin Berry from the cast of Darknet
5-star JV2 2016 at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Review of The Three Musketeers at The Proud Archivist
Steve Nicholson wins Theatre Book Prize – The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968
Review of Ireland’s Call at Richmond Theatre
Poppies: A New Musical by Music Box Theatre
Mercury Theatre Presents Noël Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES
TEARDROPS AND TIARAS with Lee Richard and Pippa Winslow – Review
Show Boat Opening Night images at the New London Theatre
Review of The Fruit Trilogy at West Yorkshire Playhouse
2016/2017 UK Tour announced for The Full Monty
Damien Molony, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Owen Teale in No Man’s Land
The Railway Children Live on Stage to hold Relaxed Performance
Stevie Nicks makes her Broadway debut at School of Rock – The Musical
Review of The Social Notwork at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Review of Blue on Blue at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
Kimmy Schmidt and Tituss Burgess at the Hippodrome Leicester Square
Review of Riverdance at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of THE EASTER RISING – and thereafter
Sleazy and sordid Doctor Faustus – Review
5-star ‘Gripping’ Hair by Geoids Musical Theatre – Review
Review of Drift Shop Scratch Night
Review of Charley’s Aunt at Theatro Technis Camden
Review of HMS Pinafore at Hackney Empire
Review of Blind Man’s Song at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Show Boat at New London Theatre
Review of Closer Than Ever at The Pheasantry
Review of Clybourne Park at Richmond Theatre
Review of Punching The Sky at Soho Theatre
Review of A Kingdom For A Stage at Chelsea Theatre
Interview with William Troughton from the cast of Clybourne Park
Review of Emilia Galotti at The Space Theatre
FURY by Phoebe Eclair-Powell at Soho Theatre
ELKIE BROOKS celebrates her 70th birthday with UK Tour
Lucky Stiff is thoroughly enjoyable – Review
The 9th Annual London Improvathon – Review
The Burning Gadulka at The Drayton Arms Theatre


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