News, Reviews & Interviews in July 2016

July 2016 was a vibrant and dynamic month for theatre in the UK, with a wealth of productions captivating audiences across the London West End, Off West End, and various regional venues through touring shows. The diverse offerings highlighted the creativity and talent within the UK’s theatrical landscape, providing a rich array of performances for all tastes.

London West End

The London West End, a global hub for theatrical excellence, continued to dazzle in July 2016. A significant highlight was the opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre. Based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, this two-part play quickly became a sensation, drawing Harry Potter fans from around the world. Its innovative stagecraft and compelling narrative made it an instant hit, with tickets selling out months in advance.

“Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre remained a popular choice for families, with its enchanting set designs, vibrant costumes, and beloved musical numbers. The production continued to offer a magical escape, making it one of the most sought-after shows in London.

The long-running musical “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre also maintained its strong draw, captivating audiences with its powerful performances and timeless story. This enduring favorite continued to demonstrate its lasting appeal and critical acclaim.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and innovative productions, offered a diverse array of shows in July 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Richard III,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, was a standout. This modern take on Shakespeare’s classic was praised for its intense performances and thought-provoking interpretation, drawing significant attention from both critics and audiences.

The Donmar Warehouse continued to impress with its revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Directed by Josie Rourke and featuring a stellar cast, including Dominic West and Janet McTeer, the production was lauded for its elegant staging and powerful acting, making it a must-see in London’s theatre scene.

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

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a crucial role in bringing high-quality theatre to audiences across the UK in July 2016. The National Theatre’s touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” continued to captivate regional audiences. Based on Mark Haddon’s novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, the play’s inventive staging and compelling narrative received widespread acclaim.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation” also continued its tour. This unique production involved local amateur actors in each location, creating a community-focused theatre experience that celebrated Shakespeare’s work in a truly inclusive manner.

Another notable touring production was “Billy Elliot the Musical,” which continued to charm audiences with its inspiring story and dynamic choreography. The musical’s powerful message and exhilarating dance sequences made it a hit in theatres across the country.

Conclusion

July 2016 was a vibrant and diverse month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the richness 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, and touring productions brought exceptional theatre to regional audiences. This dynamic period highlighted the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a summer filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews in July 2016

That’s Entertainment at Churchill Theatre
Amanda Holden to play The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at The London Palladium
Review of Ugly Lovely at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Casting announced for Jonathan Maitland’s DEAD SHEEP
Review of Screwed at Theatre 503
Review of Brideshead Revisited at Richmond Theatre
Interview with Olivia Jacobs – Director of The Gruffalo
Review of Macbeth at The Steiner Theatre
Review of Savage at Above the Arts Theatre
Review of Every Building Tells A Story
Review of The Sisterhood at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Merely Theatre’s Henry V at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Qutb – Silent Echo – Run, Mary, Run at Sadler’s Wells
Final casting announced for The Bodyguard
Review of Much Ado About Nothing at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden
Cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical join Carole King on stage
Marilyn & Sinatra starring Erin Gavin and Jeff Bratz
Review of Dinosaur Dreams at The Etcetera Theatre
Interview with Helen Watkinson of Shook Up Shakespeare
Review of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears
10 years ago today Guildford Shakespeare opened first play
Casting announced for West End transfer of This House
Review of Brontë by Polly Teale – Upstairs at The Gatehouse
Cast and Tour Dates for Night Must Fall
Review of A Little Princess at Theatre N16
5-star Valiant at The So & So Arts Club
Anne Adams, Rae Brogan and Simon Bubb cast in Burning Bridges
Review of Titus Andronicus at The Rose Playhouse
Amanda Muggleton stars in The Book Club at The King’s Head Theatre
London premiere of Area 52 as part of the Camden Fringe 2016
Review of Peter Schlemiel at Theatre N16 London
Broken Strings starring Steven Arnold and Linda Clark
Full casting announced for Little Shop of Horrors
Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan: Talking To Strangers – Review
Beetles From The West by James Hartnell – Review
Nice Fish to transfer from New York to The West End
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review
A Year From Now at Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
The Collector starring Daniel Portman and Lily Loveless
Cargo really is a harrowing tale expertly crafted – Arcola Theatre
Profound and stimulating Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell
5-star Through The Mill at Southwark Playhouse
The Shakespeareans: Portraits in Paint and Words
Nice Fish by Mark Rylance – London West End
5-star The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre London
I’m Getting my Act Together and Taking it on the Road
5-star Love and all that Cr@p by Oliver Retter
The Past Is A Tattooed Sailor at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Under My Thumb to launch Greenwich Theatre’s new studio space
Duelling Productions’ No Quarter at Network Theatre
Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Waterloo East Theatre
The Dresser at London West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre
BARE at the Courtyard Theatre – Review
The Trial of Jane Fonda at Park Theatre – Review
Michael Strassen’s The Fix at the Union Theatre – Review
Review: Bare Essentials at Seven Dials Club Covent Garden
The Scarecrows’ Wedding at Leicester Square Theatre
Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine by Collide Theatre – Review
Michael Healey’s Proud at Finbrough Theatre – Review
The Kreutzer Sonata at The Arcola Theatre – Review
Ceili O’Connor in The Understudy and Friends
The Camden Fringe 2016: Top Picks
Les Petits Theatre Company present David Walliams’ The First Hippo On The Moon
Fashion and shoe designer Jimmy Choo attends Kinky Boots
The Australian Ballet to be broadcast in over 200 cinemas
Titanic 10-week season at Charing Cross Theatre is extended
“Raw and honest” Fabric by Abi Zakarian – Review
Sheridan Smith stars on new London cast recording of hit musical Funny Girl
Into The Woods at Menier Chocolate Factory – Review
Macbeth at Hackney Empire
5-star Impossible at the Noel Coward Theatre is ‘simply magic’
Review of Rosaura by Paula Rodriguez and Sandra Arpa
Stephanie Beacham stars as HRH Princess Margaret in A PRINCESS UNDONE
Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack, Ruta Gedmintas…
5-star Impossible “is really something!” – Noel Coward Theatre
Liz Miele: Mind over Melee at the Museum of Comedy
West End Bake Off 2016
Thomas Nickell and the Orchestra of The Swan – Kings Place
Images released for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro
Cheek By Jowl announce intenational tour of The Winter’s Tale
Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams – Review
A Beckettesque Play at The Bread and Roses Theatre – Review
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Katzpace Pop-Up Theatre
Twelfth Night…. with a Cast of Comedians
How the Other Half Loves at the Duke of York’s Theatre – Review
The Sketch Men at The Space – Review
Some Girl(s) is fascinating and thought-provoking – Review
Licensed To Ill UK Tour and London Southwark Playhouse
Interview with Obioma Ugoala from the cast of Motown The Musical
Remedial Remedies: Upstairs at The Gatehouse – Review
Review of Steel Tumbleweed at The Courtyard Theatre
Love Steals Us From Loneliness at Camden People’s Theatre – Review
A Haunting at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
A consummate performance by the Pet Shop Boys at The Royal Opera House
Review of Phoebe at The King’s Head Theatre #Festival46
Turf at Festival46 King’s Head Theatre – Review
Alice In Wonderland at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington
Review of The Soul of Wittgenstein at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of Kevin Lee’s Different Class at Barons Court Theatre
Million Dollar Quartet tickets on sale for the Royal Festival Hall
Review of Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre
Lazarus a musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh
Review of Freud The Musical King’s Head Theatre
Mary Stuart at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
dreamplay at The Vaults London
Henrik Ibsen’s The League of Youth at Theatre N16
TRAINSPOTTING The Vaults London Book Tickets | LondonTheatre1.com
The 2 Sides of Eddie Ramone at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review
5-star The Bodyguard at The Dominion Theatre London – Review
Stalking The Bogeyman is not a pretty or comfortable play…
Review of False Choices at The King’s Head Theatre
5-Star The Stripper at St James Studio – Review
Interview with Matt Wycliffe and crowdfunding for his first album
Kyoto and The Letter of Last Resort at Jermyn Street Theatre
Superman and Me at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Broadway in Concert at the London Palladium
Joanna Lumley to host Gala Performance by National Youth Ballet
Tomorrow, Maybe at Omnibus Clapham – Review
A further 250,000 tickets released for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2
Paul Nicholls, Jack Ellis and Ben Onwukwe star in…
Review of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
LINDA NOLAN and LOUISE JAMESON to star in RUMPY PUMPY!
5-star Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2
Drawn In at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Review of London Road at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Two Little Dickie Birds at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Extravaganza Macabre at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
Lost West End 2 – London’s Forgotten Musicals – CD Released Today!
Rotterdam at Trafalgar Studios – Review
Girls by award-winning playwright Theresa Ikoko at Soho Theatre
Matt Grinter wins Papatango Writing Prize 2016
Review of Macbeths at the Hope Theatre
Hard-hitting Family Values at The Space
A Lesson From Auschwitz at Churchill Theatre Bromley
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Opening Gala 30th July 2016
Frenemies: A show about those people you love to hate

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