News, Reviews & Interviews in November 2016

November 2016 was an exhilarating month for theatre in the UK, showcasing a diverse array of productions across the London West End, Off West End, and regional venues through touring shows. The theatrical offerings highlighted the richness and vibrancy of the UK’s performing arts scene, catering to a wide range of audiences and tastes.

London West End

The London West End continued to be a hub of theatrical excellence in November 2016. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre remained a top attraction, drawing fans from around the world with its intricate narrative and stunning stage effects. The two-part play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, continued to enchant audiences and receive critical acclaim.

Another highlight was the official opening of “Dreamgirls” at the Savoy Theatre. Starring Amber Riley as Effie White, this dazzling musical about the rise of a female singing trio in the 1960s captivated audiences with its powerful performances and sensational musical numbers. The show quickly became one of the hottest tickets in town.

Long-running favorites such as “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued to draw large crowds, reaffirming their status as essential experiences for both tourists and locals.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and innovative productions, offered a rich array of shows in November 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Mary Stuart,” directed by Robert Icke, was a standout. This modern adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s play, starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, received rave reviews for its intense performances and innovative direction.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. This play, imagining a fictional account of one night in 1964 when Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered to celebrate Clay’s victory over Sonny Liston, received acclaim for its sharp dialogue and poignant exploration of race and identity.

At the Young Vic, “The Nest” by Franz Xaver Kroetz, adapted by Conor McPherson and starring Caoilfhionn Dunne and Laurence Kinlan, continued to draw attention. This intense drama about the impact of industrialization on a young family resonated with audiences for its poignant themes and strong performances.

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a crucial role in bringing high-quality theatre to audiences across the UK in November 2016. The National Theatre’s production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” based on Mark Haddon’s novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, continued its successful tour. The play’s innovative staging and compelling narrative captivated regional audiences.

“Billy Elliot the Musical” also continued its nationwide tour, charming 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.

Another notable touring production was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “King Lear,” starring Antony Sher. This powerful interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy received widespread acclaim for Sher’s masterful performance and the production’s strong direction.

Conclusion

November 2016 was a vibrant month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the richness and diversity 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 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 season filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews in November 2016

Interview with Malcolm McKee – The Shakespeare Revue
Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Review of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love at Found111
Torben Betts’ Invincible second UK Tour opening 24th January 2017
Verdi Nabucco, Verdi Aida and La Bohème at Richmond Theatre
Matthew Seadon-Young – Barbara Drennan in Beautiful…
Rubber Ring is an absorbing and amusing production
David Tennant leads the cast in DON JUAN IN SOHO at Wyndham’s Theatre
Paul McGann makes his UK theatre tour debut in Moira Buffini’s GABRIEL
Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant tickets on sale
There is a lot to like and laugh about in Merryville
Beautiful The Carole King Musical UK Tour announced
Don Juan in Soho at Wyndham’s Theatre London
5-star The Last Five Years at St James Theatre
Where Do Little Birds Go? at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Jim Cartwright’s Road at The Bridewell Theatre
Nitin Sawhney with special guests at The Royal Albert Hall
The Good Person of Szechwan at Barons Court Theatre
All My Sons at The Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
Sheena Easton to make West End debut in 42nd Street
Kerry Ellis joins ENCORE RADIO with a 3-hour show every Saturday afternoon
The Life starring Sharon D Clarke and Cornell S John
BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL London Launch
Review of Follow The Faun at the Arts Theatre London
Twelfth Night presented by Arrows & Traps Theatre Company
Deny, Deny, Deny – Cahoots Theatre Company and Park Theatre
Still Ill is ‘an intriguing and enlightening production’
F*cking Men is a masterpiece of theatre – The Vaults
Collegiate is a fast-paced and absorbing play
The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East – Review
Disney’s The Lion King announces next dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance
A record 14 Offie Nominations for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
London Musical Theatre Orchestra: State Fair – Review
Hairspray UK Tour 2017-2018 dates announced
The Shakespeare Revue at Richmond Theatre – Review
Review of 139 Copeland Road – ‘a really superb production’
Review of Saving Jason at Park Theatre London
Review of Drones, Baby, Drones at Arcola Theatre
Ballet Bootcamp with New English Ballet Theatre
Strindberg’s Women at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review
In Love and Warcraft at Theatre N16 – Review
Review of Dead Funny at Vaudeville Theatre | LondonTheatre1.com
Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat returns to London this festive season
BU21 by Stuart Slade transfers to Trafalgar Studios
Trumpageddon: The future isn’t bright, though the future is orange
School of Rock The Musical production images
Simon Slack The Fantasist at the Soho Theatre London
Trainspotting is exhilarating and very, very memorable at The Vaults
Winter Season 2016-2017 at the National Theatre
Quint-Essential: Five New Ballets at The Peacock Theatre – Review
Mule is a seriously great production from start to finish
English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle at Sadler’s Wells
An Inspector Calls is ‘captivating and thought-provoking’
Arrows and Traps Theatre Company’s Othello – Upstairs at The Gatehouse
Dracula is a ‘laugh-out-loud production’ at The King’s Head Theatre
Simon Lipkin joins the cast for London premiere of DISASTER!
Review of Tonight with Donny Stixx at The Bunker
Review of The Beggar’s Opera at the Jack Studio Theatre
Q & A with Mark Umbers from the cast of She Loves Me
Marti Webb, John Partridge and Adrian Zmed in UK Tour of La Cage Aux Folles
A West End Christmas in Falkirk with Kieran Brown and special guests
Lee Mack will make his West End debut in The Miser
Interview with Rani Moorthy – Whose Sari Now? – Stratford East Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong announces Broadway transfer
School of Rock The Musical Opening Night Images
Review of Scratch the Surface: The World Today
Les Miserables London Cast Changes December 2016
Review of Pride and Prejudice at Richmond Theatre
European Premiere: Working A Musical at Southwark Playhouse
Review of The Mirror Lies at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of Wild at Heart at the Pentameters Theatre
Review of La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square
Review of School of Rock The Musical at New London Theatre
Review of Daughter at The Pleasance Theatre
Review of Rumpy Pumpy! at the Union Theatre
Further casting announced for Don Juan in Soho
Nativity The Musical opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Half A Sixpence is ‘an extraordinary and entertaining production’
Cast announced for UK & IRELAND premiere of The Addams Family
School of Rock The Musical extends bookings to April 2017
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce 2017 Season
West End transfer announced for The Boys in the Band
Review of Princess The Good Girl’s Gone Bad at the Lost Theatre
West End Reviews: School of Rock – New London Theatre
Flashdance The Musical UK Tour 2017 – 2018
Interview with Emma Pallant: ‘Ratty’ in The Wind in the Willows
WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: POWER PLAY Festival ‘a resounding success’
The Woman in Black cast announced London West End
Handkerchief of Clouds and The Gas Heart – Review
Review of Beefcake at London New Cross Theatre
Review of Cain: written and directed by Marco Filiberti
Matilda The Musical: new production photos London 2016
Review of Cloud Gate 2 – Triple Bill – Sadler’s Wells
The Unmarried at Camden People’s Theatre – Review
Swing By Around 8 at Theatre N16 – Review
Antic Disposition presents: Henry V Cathedral Tour February 2017
Sedos presents Candide at Bridewell Theatre – Review
Giselle: English National Ballet – Sadler’s Wells Theatre
The Mousetrap London West End new production images
Robert Lindsay, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher in A Christmas Carol
Testosterone at New Diorama Theatre – London – Review
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery ‘not to be missed’ – Review
Soho Cinders at The Union Theatre – Review
The Tempest: The Print Room at The Coronet – Review
Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Michael Keegan-Dolan
A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)
Aladdin at The Lyric Hammersmith – Review
This House at The Garrick Theatre – Review
Review of Whose Sari Now? by Rani Moorthy
Dreamgirls London production images released
Dr Angelus at Finborough Theatre – Review
Review of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves at Theatre 503
Peter Pan at the National Theatre Production Images
School of Rock The Musical: Children’s Open Auditions to be held in Manchester
Peter Pan – A New Adventure at Greenwich Theatre
Happiness is a Cup of Tea at Theatre N16 – Review
Adam & Eve… and Steve at the King’s Head Theatre
Foreign Goods Last Forever at Theatre503
Unknowing at Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
Francesca Zoutewelle: Ophelia in Hamlet at Trafalgar Studios
Carousel starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins
Review of Another Night Before Christmas
Love, Sex and Apps at The Bread and Roses Theatre

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