News, Reviews & Interviews in January 2016

January 2016 marked an exciting start to the year for theatre in the UK, with a wide array of productions across the London West End, Off West End, and on tour. The month’s offerings highlighted the vibrant diversity and creativity that define the UK theatre scene.

London West End

The London West End, synonymous with world-class theatre, featured an impressive lineup in January 2016. Long-running favorites like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables” continued to captivate audiences with their timeless appeal and spectacular productions. These stalwarts of Theatreland provided reliable box office draws and continued to enchant both new and returning theatre-goers.

Among the newer productions, “Kinky Boots” stood out, having opened the previous autumn. With its infectious score by Cyndi Lauper and heartwarming story, it continued to attract large audiences, establishing itself as a must-see musical. “Matilda the Musical,” another relatively recent addition to the West End, delighted audiences with its imaginative staging and the clever lyrics of Tim Minchin.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and innovative productions, also had a compelling selection of shows in January 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Bakkhai,” starring Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel, was a standout. This modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy offered a fresh and provocative take on the ancient text, blending traditional elements with contemporary relevance.

The Donmar Warehouse presented a revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Josie Rourke and featuring Dominic West and Janet McTeer. This production was lauded for its intense performances and elegant staging, breathing new life into Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of the French novel.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in January 2016 ensured that high-quality theatre reached audiences outside London. The National Theatre’s production of “Jane Eyre,” a bold and inventive adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, embarked on a nationwide tour. This production was praised for its imaginative staging and powerful performances, making it a highlight for regional theatre-goers.

Another notable touring production was the musical “Billy Elliot.” This heartwarming tale of a young boy’s dream to become a ballet dancer continued to resonate with audiences across the UK, combining powerful storytelling with exhilarating dance sequences.


January 2016 was a vibrant month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the diversity and richness of performances available. The London West End dazzled with both long-running favorites and newer hits, Off West End theatres pushed the boundaries of conventional theatre, and touring productions brought exceptional performances to regional audiences. This dynamic start to the year set the stage for another year of outstanding theatre in the UK.

News, Reviews & Interviews in January 2016

Sheila Hancock & Jenna Russell Grey Gardens Photos
Sandra Dickinson is Lucille Ball in UK Premiere of I LOVED LUCY
Full cast announced for Motown The Musical as rehearsals begin
Bitter Pill Theatre present Big Brother Blitzkrieg
Dress Rehearsal by A J Evans at OSO Arts Centre
World Premiere of i know all the secrets in my world
Time Zone Theatre Young Actor Programme launches…
African Gothic By Reza de Wet at Park Theatre – Review
Kully Thiarai New Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales
The Faction presents Transformations at Wilton’s Music Hall
DÓTTIR at the Courtyard – Review
Eddie Izzard returns to the West End with Force Majeure Reloaded
BALLETBOYZ announce tour dates for World Premiere of Life
A Series of Unfortunate Break Ups at the Etcetera Theatre – Review
Full cast announced for West End transfer of Mrs Henderson Presents
Final casting for 2016 National Tour of FLARE PATH
Mercury Theatre to open rebuilt theatre in 2020
London theatre Ovalhouse receives major funding for Brixton move
Guys and Dolls: A Glorious Revival at the Savoy Theatre – Review
Alexandra Burke to star in SISTER ACT National Tour
Final casting announced for THE END OF LONGING
Grey Gardens is an ‘absolute gem’ at Southwark Playhouse – Review
World Premiere of CALCULATING KINDNESS at Camden People’s Theatre
Full programme announced for MR WONDERFUL
ZU-UK launch Dramaturgy of Participation
Antony Costa in Save The Last Dance For Me UK TOUR
Riveting and enjoyable Richard III at New Diorama Theatre – Review
Review of The Two Faces of Agent Lacey by Selina Giles
Ethrael Theatre presents Wilde’s Salomé – Review
Shaun Williamson is Mr Perks in The Railway Children – Live on Stage
BGT’s Lucy Kay joins Joe McElderry in Joseph UK Tour
Touring Consortium Theatre Company – Of Mice And Men
Full casting announced for Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn
THE FATHER back in the West End for five weeks prior to national tour
Record year for UK’s top Boutique Panto Producers
London transfer of multi award-winning Janis Joplin: Full Tilt
Barnet girl and Kensington boy to voice The Son of God in NotMoses
EGGS by Florence Keith-Roach transfers to the Vault Festival
Dirty Rascals’ Of Nymphs and Men – Review
Anton Stephans and Noel Sullivan join SEASONS OF LARSON
Jewell Wright Ltd celebrates 10 years
Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – Review
Andrew Shepherd is the new Executive Director of Theatre503
In/Out (A Feeling) by Lonesome Schoolboy Productions – Review
Review of Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point at Platform Theatre
Review of The Lighthouse at The Space on the Isle of Dogs
GIVE ME YOUR LOVE at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
Casting announced for Elegy: Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya
Review of Botallack O’Clock at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Full casting announced for Chicago 2016 National Tour
In Your Face Theatre and The King’s Head present TRAINSPOTTING
Unexpectedly invigorating Jekyll and Hyde at The Cockpit Theatre
The Long Road South at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Big Brother Blitzkrieg at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Review of Naked at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Mr Popper’s Penguins at The Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
A Matter of Love at The Etcetera Theatre – review
Daniel Mays and George Mackay to star in The Caretaker at The Old Vic
Das Spiel: Are You Part of the Game? returns to London
Interview with director Ben Kidd
Interview with director Niall Phillips
Alan Rickman in 1998 with Helen Mirren in Antony and Cleopatra
Casting announced for NotMoses at the Arts Theatre London
The Sheridan Morley prize for Theatre Biography 2015
The Phantom of The Opera Paris October 2016
Blackbox: Nosferatu’s Shadow at The Etcetera Theatre – Review
Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks at Wilton’s Music Hall – Review
The Rinse Cycle get its London premiere at Charing Cross Theatre
Lord of the Flies at Richmond Theatre – Review
Review of Private Lives at Churchill Theatre
Full schedule for Crowley and Co’s THE LOCKER at Vault Festival
Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray at Trafalgar Studios
Casting announced for The War of The Worlds
Thought-provoking and gripping Hangmen at Wyndham’s Theatre – Review
Wintershall Players: The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square
Vicki Michelle in Hello Norma Jeane at Park Theatre
Sublime performance by Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl – Review
Review of Shrek The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Ellie Nunn makes her West End Shakespeare debut
West End musical adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest to debut on CD
STRINDBERG’S MISS JULIE will play at The Etcetera Theatre
Review of Shakespeare As You (Might) Like It at Rosemary Branch
Kali Theatre’s SHE IS NOT HERSELF and STATELESS – Review
Winners revealed for The Curtain Up Show ALBUM OF 2015
How To Survive A Swarm Of Bees – Evolution Festival
Review of The Pianist of Willesden Lane at St James Theatre
The Challenging Tide at Theatro Technis – Review
Broadway’s BERNADETTE PETERS at Edinburgh Playhouse
London premiere of Broadway play A Steady Rain
The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2015 presented today
Brilliant RENT at The Two Brewers in Clapham – Review
Joyous and uplifting Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre – Review
UK premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Truth
Kit Harington to star in Doctor Faustus – directed by Jamie Lloyd
Cast announced for Jake Brunger’s Four Play
New children’s casting announced for Matilda The Musical London
5-star Blood Brothers at Richmond Theatre – Review
Review of Pornography at The Bridewell Theatre
5-star The Restoration of Nell Gwyn – Review – Park Theatre
Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
One of Those at the Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Wilton’s Music Hall for Official Re-Opening
Wales Millennium Centre to premiere its first full-scale original musical ONLY THE BRAVE
Norfolk and Norwich Festival with new production of The Tempest
Review of You Tweet My Face Space at Theatre N16
Gloria Onitiri with Anderson and Petty release charity single ‘Dignity’
Les Liaisons Dangereuses An Audible Original Free Download
Review of Gentle Tim at The Vaults Festival
Review of Jeepers Creepers at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
Review of I know all the secrets in my world
Review of Escaped Alone at The Royal Court Theatre
Review of Chew at The Etcetera Theatre
Review of Sadler’s Wells Sampled
Ms. The Songbook album release date 9th May 2016
BlackBox: The Shadow over Innsmouth – Review


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