News, Reviews & Interviews in June 2016

June 2016 was an exhilarating month for theatre in the UK, with a plethora of productions captivating audiences across the London West End, Off West End, and various regional venues through touring shows. The diverse offerings underscored the vibrancy and creativity of the UK’s theatrical landscape, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

London West End

The London West End, renowned for its exceptional productions, continued to thrive in June 2016. A standout production was “The Go-Between” at the Apollo Theatre. Starring Michael Crawford, this musical adaptation of L.P. Hartley’s novel garnered attention for its poignant story and Crawford’s heartfelt performance, attracting both new audiences and long-time fans.

“Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre maintained its status as a family favorite, with its spectacular set designs, vibrant costumes, and beloved musical numbers captivating audiences. This Disney production offered a magical escape and became one of the most sought-after tickets in town.

Meanwhile, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre continued to impress with its innovative staging and compelling narrative, drawing large crowds and receiving critical acclaim for its portrayal of a young boy with autism navigating a complex world.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their experimental and daring productions, offered a rich array of shows in June 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s “Boy” by Leo Butler, directed by Sacha Wares, was a notable highlight. This contemporary play, exploring themes of youth and identity in modern Britain, resonated deeply with audiences and critics alike for its raw and authentic portrayal of its protagonist’s journey.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “Faith Healer” by Brian Friel, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Stephen Dillane, Gina McKee, and Ron Cook. This powerful drama, focusing on the life of a traveling faith healer and those around him, captivated audiences with its emotional depth and exceptional performances.

The Young Vic’s production of “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller, directed by Ivo van Hove, continued to draw attention. This minimalist and intense interpretation of Miller’s classic play earned rave reviews for its bold direction and powerful acting, solidifying the Young Vic’s reputation for innovative theatre.

Touring Productions

Touring productions ensured that high-quality theatre reached audiences across the UK in June 2016. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Hamlet,” starring Paapa Essiedu, continued its national tour. This fresh and engaging interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy was lauded for its innovative direction by Simon Godwin and Essiedu’s dynamic performance.

“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.

Additionally, the National Theatre’s touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” brought this critically acclaimed play to new audiences, further cementing its status as a contemporary classic.

Conclusion

June 2016 was a vibrant month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the diversity and richness of performances available across the country. The London West End dazzled with a mix of blockbuster hits and new productions, Off West End theatres pushed creative boundaries with innovative and thought-provoking 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 June 2016

The Doctor in Spite of Himself at The Drayton Arms Theatre

Sam Wearing’s debut solo concert: An Evening with Sam Wearing
The Romford Rose at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – Review
Christie In Love at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – Review
The Mousetrap final leg of its record-breaking 60th Anniversary Tour
Twist of Lemmon at St James Studio – Review
The Trial of Jane Fonda starring Anne Archer at Park Theatre
Norma Jeane The Musical at the Lost Theatre – Review
Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the Dorfmann Theatre – Review
Theatre of Discontent presents In Or Out by Caroline Loncq
In My Head at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review
Ibinabo Jack and Liisi LaFontaine cast in Dreamgirls
Jeremy Jordan plays London concerts at the Hippodrome Casino
Odd Shaped Balls at the Old Red Lion Theatre – Review
Kissing Frogs at the Landor Theatre – Review
Review of Wastwater at The Tabard Theatre
The Yellow Wagtail at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre – Review
The Eddie Farmer Show at the Bread and Roses Theatre
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at The Union Theatre – Review
The Woman in Black celebrates its 27th anniversary in the West End
You, Me and the Distance Between Us – National Refugee Week
Five star TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre – Review
Leftovers at Theatre N16 – Review
Fascinating No Body at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Jackie The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre – Review
Handle With Care is a play about life – Review
The Quiet House at Park Theatre – Review
The Return of the Marionettes – The Tower Theatre Company
For Those Who Cry When They Hear the Foxes Scream – Review
Further casting announced for The Libertine
Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing – Review
Between The Sheets at the The Spiegeltent – Review
This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)
Punchdrunk’s Artistic Director Felix Barrett awarded an MBE
Heels of Glory: The Drag Action Musical – Review
Interview with Mélanie Doutey – Haim In the Light of the Violin
Interview with Alex Hanson from the cast of The Truth
Polka Theatre’s James and the Giant Peach – Review
Rapture at The Etcetera Theatre – Review
Pop-Up Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Review
A Fabulous Musical Afternoon at the Arts Theatre – Review
The Color Purple and Cynthia Erivo win TONY Awards
HAMILTON reopens The Victoria Palace Theatre London October 2017
New cast announced for The Play That Goes Wrong
Kelsey Beth Crossley joins the UK TOUR cast of Mad On Her Musical
Silent Wings at Bath Fringe Festival – Review
BGT Winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones stars in IMPOSSIBLE
In or Out at The Bridewell Theatre – Review
Shook Up Shakespeare’s Midsummer Madness – Review
Trevor Ashley in Liza’s Back (is broken) at London Wonderground
Andrew Schneider: YOUARENOWHERE – Review
Gertrude – The Cry at Theatre N16 – Review
Simon Lipkin to join West End cast of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit
Rave Reviews for Natasha J Barnes in Funny Girl
Joan Vázquez: Something’s Coming – a Sondheim tribute
Aladdin Musical Review London: an Arabian night not to be missed
Review of Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre
Haïm In The Light Of A Violin The Print Room at the Coronet – Review
Justin Fletcher joins the cast of The Railway Children – Live on Stage
Sunny Afternoon to end West End run on 29th October 2016
Wild Honey at Hampstead Theatre
Moby Dick! The Musical at The New Union Theatre
TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE cast announced – Tristan Bates Theatre
Finalists announced for The 2016 Wicked Young Writers Awards
“Fascinating” Piece of Silk at the Hope Theatre – Review
Ragtime The Musical in Concert at Bishopsgate Institute – Review
Midsummer Madness at Rosemary Branch Theatre – Review
Imogen Stubbs and Natalie Casey cast in THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
Macbeth at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre – Review
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism
Happy to Help at Park Theatre – Review
Jordan Lee Davies’ cabaret at the Pheasantry
The Alchemist at The Rose Playhouse London – Review
The Comedy of Errors at Guildford Castle Gardens – Review
The Sisterhood at Leicester Square Theatre
World premiere of It Is Easy To Be Dead – Review
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Review
Arlene Phillips to direct world premiere of new rock musical “27”
Tricycle Young Company presents Switch – Review
It’s A Beautiful Day for West End’s Tom Solomon
Lyric Hammersmith to stage Shopping and F***ing
Eastenders’ Jessie Wallace to star in Chicago
Full Cast and Tour Dates for Night Must Fall
Theatre503’s autumn season 2016 announced
Hancock’s Half Hour is great British comedy – Review
The Gruffalo announces free ticket schemes
Review of 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre London
Marie Chouinard at Sadler’s Wells – Review
I AM NOT ANTIGONE – RADA at the Gielgud Theatre
Casting and creatives announced for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro
Airswimming at The Bread and Roses Theatre – Review
Other People at St James Studio – Review
Map of Theatres in London West End 2023
Casting announced for RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing
Review of Tom Ratcliffe’s Circa at The Vaults
The Last Five Years starring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey
Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse
New album celebrates London’s forgotten musicals
2016 Wicked Young Writer Awards today announced its winners
Wilton’s Music Hall Announce August – December Season 2016
Review of Grey Man at Theatre503
The Doctor in Spite of Himself at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Strangers In Between at The King’s Head Theatre
Love, Bombs and Apples at The Arcola Theatre – Review
GET ‘EM OFF! at Above The Stag Theatre – Review
Review of LA Dance Project at Sadler’s Wells
Wild at Hampstead Theatre – Review
New musical adaptation of The Wind In The Willows
Women and War Festival London July 2016
Dancing with the Devil – Sadler’s Wells – Review
Funny Girl National Tour in 2017
Mountview postgraduate success transfers to Theatre N16
Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Review
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet
Review of The Truth at Wyndham’s Theatre
Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz releases single – Your Voice Competition
Review of Tower Theatre Company’s Hindle Wakes
Review of RENT at Hampton Hill Theatre
Review of Laughing Matter at The King’s Head Theatre
Review of Fémage à Trois at The Vaults

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