News, Reviews & Interviews in March 2016

March 2016 was a remarkable month for theatre in the UK, with a plethora of productions captivating audiences across the London West End, Off West End, and on tour. The range of performances highlighted the dynamic and eclectic nature of the UK’s theatre scene.

London West End

The London West End, renowned for its world-class productions, continued to thrive in March 2016. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” remained a standout attraction, drawing fans of all ages with its enchanting narrative and innovative stage effects. The two-part play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, had quickly become one of the most sought-after tickets in town.

Another notable production was “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre. This classic musical, featuring iconic songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” delighted audiences with its vibrant choreography and stellar performances. The show, starring Samantha Spiro and Richard Kind, garnered rave reviews for its energetic and polished revival.

The West End also saw the continued success of musicals such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Lion King,” all of which maintained their status as must-see productions for both tourists and locals alike.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their innovative and experimental productions, offered a diverse range of shows in March 2016. The Donmar Warehouse presented “Welcome Home, Captain Fox!” This play, a witty and sharp adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “Le Voyageur sans bagage,” was directed by Blanche McIntyre and starred Michelle Asante and Rory Keenan. It received praise for its clever script and strong performances.

The Almeida Theatre continued to push boundaries with its production of “They Drink It in the Congo” by Adam Brace. Directed by Michael Longhurst, this provocative play tackled complex themes of political conflict and Western intervention in the Congo, and it was noted for its powerful storytelling and compelling performances.

Touring Productions

Touring productions brought the magic of theatre to audiences across the UK in March 2016. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Hamlet,” starring Paapa Essiedu in the title role, embarked on a 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.

The touring production of “Mary Poppins” also continued its journey across the UK, enchanting audiences with its blend of spectacular stagecraft, memorable songs, and heartwarming story. The musical, based on the books by P.L. Travers and the beloved Disney film, was a hit with families and theatre-goers of all ages.

Conclusion

March 2016 was a vibrant and diverse month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the richness of performances available. The London West End dazzled with both long-running hits and exciting new productions, Off West End theatres pushed the boundaries with innovative and thought-provoking shows, and touring productions brought exceptional theatre to regional audiences. This dynamic period underscored the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a year filled with outstanding performances and unforgettable experiences.

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