News, Reviews & Interviews in August 2016

August 2016 was a thrilling month for theatre in the UK, showcasing a diverse array of productions across the London West End, Off West End, various regional venues through touring shows, and the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This period highlighted the vibrancy and creativity of the UK’s theatrical landscape, offering a rich selection of performances for all tastes.

London West End

The London West End continued to dazzle with a mix of long-running favorites and exciting new productions in August 2016. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre remained a major draw. The two-part play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, captivated audiences with its innovative stagecraft and compelling narrative.

“Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre continued to enchant families with its spectacular set designs, vibrant costumes, and beloved musical numbers. This Disney production offered a magical escape and became one of the most sought-after tickets in London.

Additionally, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre impressed with its inventive staging and powerful storytelling, maintaining its status as a must-see show. This adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, adapted by Simon Stephens, continued to draw large crowds.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and experimental productions, offered a variety of compelling shows in August 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “They Drink It in the Congo” by Adam Brace, directed by Michael Longhurst, was a standout. This provocative play explored themes of political conflict and Western intervention in the Congo, earning praise for its powerful storytelling and performances.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “Saint Joan,” starring Gemma Arterton. Directed by Josie Rourke, this modern retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s play was noted for its contemporary relevance and strong performances, making it a must-see in the London theatre scene.

The Young Vic’s “Yerma,” starring Billie Piper and directed by Simon Stone, continued to draw significant attention. This contemporary adaptation of Lorca’s play offered a fresh and emotionally charged interpretation that resonated deeply with modern audiences.

Touring Productions

Touring productions brought high-quality theatre to audiences across the UK in August 2016. The National Theatre’s production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, continued its successful tour. This inventive and visually striking adaptation was praised for its imaginative staging and powerful performances.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” with its whimsical story and memorable songs, also toured extensively, enchanting audiences of all ages. The production’s impressive staging, complete with a flying car, and energetic performances made it a hit in regional theatres.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation” continued its tour, involving local amateur actors in each location and creating a community-focused theatre experience that celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in a truly inclusive manner.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, was a highlight of August 2016. The festival featured an astonishing array of performances, from theatre and comedy to dance and music, with over 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows.

Notable performances included the award-winning “My Eyes Went Dark” by Matthew Wilkinson, a compelling drama exploring themes of loss and revenge. The festival also saw the success of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan, a heartwarming and humorous solo show that engaged audiences with its interactive format.

Emerging talent thrived at the Fringe, with many new artists gaining exposure alongside established performers. The eclectic mix of shows and the festival’s open-access policy ensured a diverse and dynamic atmosphere, attracting audiences from around the globe.

Conclusion

August 2016 was a vibrant and diverse month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the richness and variety of performances available across the country. The London West End dazzled with blockbuster hits and new productions, Off West End theatres pushed creative boundaries with innovative shows, touring productions brought exceptional theatre to regional audiences, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival celebrated the world’s largest arts gathering with an unparalleled array of performances. This dynamic period underscored the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising memorable and groundbreaking experiences for theatre-goers.

News, Reviews & Interviews in August 2016

Powerful and riveting Captive Hearts at the Etcetera Theatre

Miss Saigon The 25th Anniversary Performance live in cinemas…
Interview with Neal Foster – Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain
Cast announced for world premiere of rock musical “27”
Casting and creatives announced for the UK première of punkplay
Review of Unnatural Selection by OPIA Theatre
Sarah Harding and Andy Moss cast in Ghost The Musical
DESERT RATS By Nate Rufus Edelman – Review
Review of An Evening With Cock and Fanny
Review of Present Laughter at Richmond Theatre
Review of Henna Nights – Part of the Camden Fringe
JOURNEYS: a lovingly bizarre yet completely accessible production
Review of Jose Rivera’s HUMAN EMOTIONAL PROCESS
Charlotte Wakefield and Jos Vantyler cast in UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Iris Theatre’s promenade version of Treasure Island
European premiere of BLOWN YOUTH at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
The Secret Garden is worth gracing with your presence
Review of Losing Games – A devised ballroom performance
Joannah Tincey’s Pride and Prejudice to tour the UK
Shakespeare Tonight by Paul Wilson and Tim Ferguson – Review
Review of Naked Frank Theatre’s Before It Starts
Review of Quiche by Lotus Productions – Camden Fringe
Disney’s The Lion King showcasing the cast and crew’s athletic diversity
Review of The Collector at The Vaults Theatre London
Do you have a Secret Crush? (Sleeping with Straight Men)
Losers at Rosemary Branch Theatre – Review
Spitting Image at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Review of Wind In The Willows at Mercury Theatre Colchester
Review of Miranda at Barons Court Theatre
Rosa Parks Musical written by Victoria Gimby and Stuart Matthew Price
Mary Stuart: The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Review of Assassins at Chelsea Theatre
Review of Area 52 – Camden Fringe 2016
Review of Awkward Topic – Camden Fringe
Review of Soft, The Moon Rose – Camden Fringe
Review of Melanie Anne Ball’s How We Think We Think
Powerful and riveting Captive Hearts at the Etcetera Theatre
Review of CTRL+ALT+DELETE at Camden People’s Theatre
Harry is a well­-crafted, beautifully acted play
Interview with Abbey Norman from the The Tiger Who came To Tea
THE STARS COME OUT… to celebrate 40 years of National Youth Music Theatre
Garden of Eden at the Hen And Chickens as part of the Camden Fringe
Open dance auditions for 2017 international tour of CATS
Review of Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain
Scenes From The End is a quirky and charming production
Review: MARCO POLO, An Untold Love Story at The Shaw Theatre
Review of The Burnt Part Boys at Park Theatre
Review of Steel Magnolias at The Hope Theatre
Review of The Battle of Boat at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Macbeth at The Courtyard Theatre
Review of Allegro at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Children of Eden at the Union Theatre
Review of Screens by Stephen Laughton at Theatre 503
Review of The Fellowship – Camden Fringe London
Review of Bryony Twydle: Work in Progress
Review of Ed Surname: Unsolicited Material (Film Screening)
Review of The Girl and The Box – Camden Fringe
Review of Marilyn & Sinatra at Jermyn Street Theatre
5-star 1 in 3 presented by Now You Know Productions
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads at Waterloo East Theatre
Wendi Peters and Dave Willetts star in Wonderland
Musical star turns entrepreneur to create new online resource
Actor Awareness Intergenerational Night at Spotlight Theatre
Review of The Chemsex Monologues at the King’s Head Theatre
Interview with Ruta Gedmintas – Unfaithful, The Strain, The Tudors…
Review of Oh, The Humanity at The Space
Review of Shanghai Ballet’s production of Echoes of Eternity
Review of Big Shot The Musical at London Irish Centre
London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season 2016
George Maguire and Dominic Andersen join the cast for GODSPELL gala
ALL STAR LINE UP for Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens gala
Review of Sally’s Alright – Camden Fringe
Review of Imprisoned at Barons Court Theatre
ESKA at the Roundhouse with Ron Arad’s Curtain Call
The Real Girl at Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
Tamsin Greig stars in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
5-star Groundhog Day at The Old Vic Theatre
Desire Caught by the Tail at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Searing, epic drama – The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre
Reprehensible Men – Camden Fringe – Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of We Are Not Alone – Camden Fringe
Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe lead the cast of Ragtime
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends booking to July 2017
Theatre Utopia’s Forbidden Fruit at Matthews Yard
Full casting announced for GHOST THE MUSICAL
This Man Right Here is bold and penetrating – Camden Fringe
Shook Up Shakespeare’s Holiday Humour at Phoenix Arts Club
How Does That Make You Feel? at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Michelle Payne’s The Staff Room at Theatre N16
UK Tour of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass
Emma Hatton: Songbird Live at Zedel at Crazy Coqs
The Sellotape Sisters by Lee Mattinson at Tristan Bates Theatre
Awesome Little Shop of Horrors at New Wimbledon Theatre
A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham
Antic Disposition present The Comedy of Errors at Gray’s Inn Hall
Theatre Madness Festival 2016 celebrating 10 years of performances
Review of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon
Cats, Selfies and the Scattered Mind of the Incurable Dreamer
The Amish Project at The New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
[Title of Show] at Waterloo East Theatre
Intense and fascinating: Lazarus Theatre’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Review of Aequitas Theatre Company’s What’s Your Issue?
Life According to Saki wins the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award
Review of The Trial at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call: London Contemporary Orchestra – Review
Bit of Sunshine at Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Review
Royal Hunter is a Royal Laugh – Camden Fringe – Review
EU referendum play, Birth of a Nation at Theatre N16
Much Ado About Nothing at The reFASHIONed Theatre
Irina Kolesnikova, Her Name was Carmen at the London Coliseum
UNFAITHFUL – starring Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack, Ruta Gedmintas and Matthew Lewis
The Roundabout at Park Theatre – Review
Cast and Creative Team announced for Floyd Collins at Wilton’s
Final extension and new cast announced for IN THE HEIGHTS
The Bunker is London’s newest underground theatre
5-star Made in Dagenham at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Kristin Chenoweth Studio Album The Art of Elegance
Anita Dobson as Madame Morrible and new cast of WICKED
5-star Unfaithful is a profound and provocative play at Found111
Ruby is a charming and challenging piece of theatre – Review

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