News, Reviews & Interviews in October 2016

October 2016 was a bustling month for theatre in the UK, with an eclectic mix of productions captivating audiences across the London West End, Off West End, and various regional venues through touring shows. The offerings this month highlighted the diversity and vitality of the UK’s theatrical landscape, providing an exciting array of performances for all tastes.

London West End

The London West End continued to shine in October 2016 with a blend of long-running hits and fresh new productions. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre remained one of the hottest tickets, enchanting audiences with its intricate narrative and spectacular stagecraft. The play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, continued to draw significant attention and praise.

The musical “Dreamgirls,” in previews at the Savoy Theatre, was another major highlight. Starring Amber Riley as Effie White, this production dazzled audiences with its powerful vocals and stunning choreography. The anticipation surrounding its official opening grew as audiences were treated to preview performances filled with energy and emotion.

Meanwhile, “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued their reign as West End staples, consistently drawing large crowds and reaffirming their status as must-see productions for theatre-goers.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and innovative productions, offered a variety of compelling shows in October 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Oil” by Ella Hickson, directed by Carrie Cracknell, stood out for its ambitious exploration of the global oil industry through a multi-generational lens. The play’s complex narrative and powerful performances garnered critical acclaim.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “Saint Joan,” directed by Josie Rourke and starring Gemma Arterton. This modern retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s play was noted for its contemporary relevance and Arterton’s commanding performance, making it a standout in the Off West End scene.

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

Touring Productions

Touring productions continued to bring exceptional theatre to audiences across the UK in October 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, remained a crowd favorite. Its innovative staging and compelling narrative captivated regional audiences.

“Billy Elliot the Musical” also continued its successful 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 nationwide.

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

October 2016 was a dynamic month for theatre in the UK, showcasing a rich array of performances 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 high-quality theatre to regional audiences. This vibrant period highlighted the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a season filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

In The Heights 1st Anniversary at King’s Cross Theatre
Review of Adding Machine: A Musical at Finborough Theatre
Review of Black Beauty In Irons at Theatre Utopia
Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) announces first major piece of work
London Palladium Cinderella character portrait release
The Classical Farewell at The Royal Albert Hall
Disney’s Aladdin announces educational programme
UNDEAD BARD: A brilliantly original and entertaining performance
Snow White: Vienna Festival Ballet Company – Review
Nina Conti’s In Your Face, shows off a wealth of talent…
Arinzé Kene in One Night In Miami by Kemp Powers
6 and 8 by TAO Dance Theater at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Full Dreamgirls company celebrates the first day of rehearsals
The Time Machine at The Old Red Lion Theatre – Review
Now That We Know – Sadler’s Wells – Review
Dwan’s performance is inspired in No’s Knife at The Old Vic
Rosie Wyatt is utterly mesmerising in Spine – Review
This Little Life of Mine at Park Theatre – Review
Can You Hear Me Running? at The Pleasance – Review
Dr Evadne Hinge returns in The Dowager’s Oyster
Murder Ballad at The Arts Theatre ‘is a thrilling new musical’
The Amish Project at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre – Review
Acorn is hilarious, creative, and beautiful at the Courtyard Theatre
Casting announced for Wild Honey at Hampstead Theatre
Kara Tointon and Laura Whitmore at Richmond Theatre in 2017
Andrew Lloyd Webber officially opens The Other Palace February 2017
The Wild Party with Frances Ruffelle as Queenie at The Other Palace
Chastity Belt at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre- Review
Confessional at The Southwark Playhouse – Review
Unknown Pleasures by CNN-Ballet De Lorraine at Sadler’s Wells
The Autumn Garden at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review
Woyzeck: new artwork released of John Boyega
A Doll’s House: Theatre of Europe and Chelsea Theatre in Rep – Review
Lunch and The Bow of Ulysses at Trafalgar Studio Two- Review
Much Ado About Nothing at The Mercury Theatre Colchester
Dirty Dancing at The Phoenix Theatre London December 2016
Country Mile Comedy Club at The Troubadour – Review
Chicago at Bromley Churchill Theatre – Review
The Boys in the Band at Park Theatre – Review
Jennifer Simard is to make her London stage debut in DISASTER!
When We Are Married at The Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
Straight To The Heart at Above The Arts Theatre
GEORGIE MORRELL: A POKE IN THE EYE at Soho Theatre – Review
Guildford Shakespeare Company: Grimms’ Fairy Tales – Review
The Wanted’s Tom Parker to star in Grease UK Tour
Review of The Slave at Tristan Bates Theatre
KNOCK KNOCK: written and performed by Niv Petel
Damian Lewis returns to the London stage in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Shopping And F***ing at The Lyric Hammersmith – Review
SKIN A CAT is ninety minutes of theatrical gold dust
The Dresser is an intriguing and compelling production
Rehearsal footage: Cast of the 20th Anniversary production of RENT
Interview with Layton Williams from the cast of RENT
Interview with Grace Carter from the cast of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
Review of The Marked by Theatre Témoin
Musical of the Year at The Lost Theatre London
London Horror Festival: Mountains of Madness – Review
Review of Buzz: a new musical by Fat Rascal Theatre
Review of Colab Theatre’s Hunted – immersive/pervasive experience
Wisdom of a Fool at Lost Theatre London in 2017
Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance – Live Film of Stage Show
Review of Roll Over Atlantic at The Royal Festival Hall
Nuffield announces full cast for new production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox
Shakespeare Schools Festival at Greenwich Theatre
3 Years, 1 week and a Lemon Drizzle at Exmouth Market Theatre
Ragtime ‘is an absorbing and heartfelt musical’
Arlene Phillips to make her pantomime debut in Dick Whittington
Free Rayne Artists present Spiral – a night of 8 new short plays
Review of Dr Faustus at Above the Arts Theatre
Jérôme Bel – Gala at Sadler’s Wells – Review
‘A wonderful night at the theatre’ Moby Dick! the Musical – Review
A House Repeated by Seth Kriebel at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
Review of Modern Love at The Etcetera Theatre
Burn the Floor – Fire in the Ballroom – Peacock Theatre
West End stars in London premiere of Broadway musical DISASTER!
Clive Carter joins the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair
Hotel for Criminals at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre – Review
Hamilton tickets London on sale dates announced – Victoria Palace Theatre
The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York’s Theatre
Hege Haagenrud – Use My Body While It’s Still Young – Review
Review of From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Waterloo East Theatre
Further casting announced for Will Tuckett’s immersive Nutcracker
Sophie Okonedo will join Damian Lewis in Edward Albee’s black comedy
After Three Sisters at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review
Review of The House of Usher at the Hope Theatre London
Review of The Wicker Hamper (London Horror Festival 2016)
Review of SoftMachine: Yuya & Rianto – Choy Ka Fai
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Inter_rupted – Review
Review of Theatre Utopia’s Possibilities at Theatre N16
R(ex)ception by Francesca Mepham produced as part of the Clapham Fringe Festival
5-star Factor 2025 at The Rhodes Arts Complex
Harrogate ‘is a resounding success’ – Royal Court Theatre
Attila Theatre’s The Frogs – Clapham Fringe – Review
Jasmin Vardimon Company’s Pinocchio – Review
Interview with Ian Stroughair: Iconic – A Brief History Of Drag
‘The subtlety and delicateness are golden’ in The Red Barn
George Maguire & Rachael Wooding – Another Night Before Christmas
John Partridge and Adrian Zmed star in UK Tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama at The Bussey Building, Peckham
The Hotel Cerise at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair at Above The Arts Theatre
Review of Knock Knock at The Etcetera Theatre
Review of Key Change at Battersea Arts Centre
Where The Hell Is Bernard? at The Space
The Tellit Festival: inspiring and entertaining
When Nobody Returns ‘is a sharp and tragic look…
Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Fractus V ‘is a truly excellent production’
A Halloween makeover for Thriller Live in the West End
Lazarus Theatre announce the cast of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera
Tom Stoppard’s Travesties in West End transfer
Mum’s the Word at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway complete cast of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Hagit Yakira: Free Falling is a most reflective and philosophical work
Encore 40 Years of NYMT

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