News, Reviews & Interviews in September 2016

September 2016 was a vibrant 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 offerings underscored the dynamic and innovative spirit of the UK’s theatrical landscape, providing an exciting array of performances for all audiences.

London West End

The London West End, a pinnacle of theatrical excellence, continued to impress in September 2016. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre remained a major draw. This two-part play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, captivated audiences with its intricate narrative and groundbreaking stage effects, securing its place as a must-see production.

Another highlight was the new production of “Dreamgirls” at the Savoy Theatre, which began previews in September. Starring Amber Riley as Effie White, this dazzling musical about the rise of a female singing trio in the 1960s was highly anticipated and received with great enthusiasm for its powerful performances and stunning musical numbers.

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

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their innovative and daring productions, offered a variety of compelling shows in September 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Oil” by Ella Hickson, directed by Carrie Cracknell, was a standout. This epic drama, exploring the global implications of the oil industry through the eyes of a mother and daughter, was praised for its ambitious scope and powerful storytelling.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, this play imagined 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. The production received acclaim for its sharp dialogue and poignant exploration of race and identity.

At the Young Vic, “The Emperor” by Ryszard Kapuściński, adapted by Colin Teevan and starring Kathryn Hunter, continued to draw attention. This unique production, blending physical theatre and storytelling, offered a compelling exploration of power and politics in Ethiopia.

Touring Productions

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

The touring production of “Billy Elliot the Musical” also 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.

Another notable touring production was “The Mousetrap,” Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunit. This long-running play, celebrated for its suspenseful plot and classic charm, brought the mystery and excitement of West End theatre to regional venues, delighting audiences with its timeless appeal.

Conclusion

September 2016 was a dynamic month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the richness and variety 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 vibrant period underscored the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a season filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews in September 2016

5-star The Hired Man led by Jenna Russell and John Owen-Jones

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You
The Kite Runner Wyndham’s Theatre
The Lost Spirit Theatre Company’s Icarus at The Arcola Theatre
Festival Players Theatre Company production of Hamlet
Buried Child tickets on sale for Trafalgar Studio
Natasha J Barnes to play Cinderella with full casting announced
Review of Sofa Productions’ Fright Nights at Theatro Technis
Analogue’s Sleepless at Shoreditch Town Hall – Review
Review of Home Chat by Noel Coward at Finborough Theatre
Review of Britten in Brooklyn at Wilton’s Music Hall
Shakespeare on the level’s Troilus and Cressida – Review
Review of The Entertainer – Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company
UK and Ireland Premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY
National Youth Theatre announce cast for 60th Anniversary Gala
The Gospel According to Philip at Theatre N16 – Review
John Barrowman to feature on Maddie 20th Anniversary deluxe Edition
Matilda The Musical announces new cast with video of Matildas…
Mica Paris to star in UK and Ireland Tour of Chicago
Heartfelt and provocative lunchtime theatre at the Arts Theatre
FULL MONTY Tour has £5m Advance – Full Cast Announced
La Boheme at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Vanities The Musical is compelling and a resounding success
Relaxed performance of Mamma Mia! 16th November 2016
Roy Hudd at Wilton’s Music Hall with festive classic Mother Goose
Review of Sister by Born Mad at Ovalhouse
The Nutcracker on Ice – Tickets from £11.95 (children) £15.95 (adults)
School of Rock The Musical West End Cast Announced
Cast announced for An Inspector Calls – Playhouse Theatre
School of Rock Launch at the New London Theatre
Review of Blown Youth at New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
Review of [Title of Show] at Waterloo East Theatre
Full West End casting announced for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Review of The Awakening at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Beth Steel’s Labyrinth at Hampstead Theatre
2016 Your Voice Competition Winner Announced
The American Wife at Park Theatre – Review
Party is thoroughly enjoyable at Above The Stag Theatre
Kristin Chenoweth’s new album The Art of Elegance
Two Short Plays About Gays at the Hope Theatre
dreamplay by Baz Productions at The Vaults – Review
Full casting announced for Shopping and F***ing – Lyric Hammersmith
Fictive Theatre’s Lottery at the New Diorama Theatre – Review
Jay Taylor’s debut play The Acedian Pirates at Theatre503
Review of punkplay by Gregory S. Moss at Southwark Playhouse
Interview with Laura Rogers – A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle
Review of 27: The Rise of a Falling Star at The Cockpit Theatre
The Pianist of Willesden Lane Gala Performance – Review
Highly energetic and fun-filled Keep Dancing – Review
Willemijn Verkaik to return to Wicked as Elphaba from 30th January 2017
Full casting announced for UK premiere of Broadway musical Side Show
Scarabeus Aerial Theatre present DEPTHS OF MY MIND
The first Open Central Asia International Festival 5th to 19th October 2016
Isley Lynn’s Skin a Cat is transferring to The Bunker
F*cking Men to transfer to The Vaults for 5 weeks from 2nd November 2016
Kinky Boots new cast Images and 1st Birthday Film
The ICWP reports record-breaking number of recipients
Full casting for David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus announced today
The Musical Company opens for business
Review of Factor 2025 at Hertford Theatre
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is a “compelling production”
Full casting announced for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – Sheffield Theatres
Potted Panto back in the West End
Review of Torn Apart (Dissolution) at TheatreN16
The Ruby Dolls present The Brides of Bluebeard
Burning Bridges by Amy Shindler at Theatre 503 – Review
Outbox Theatre’s Affection works really well to raise awareness
“EastEnders” star Riley Carter Millington to head the cast of SAFE
First “RAGTIME” photo released – meet Coalhouse Walker Jr
Joan Armatrading to compose songs to all-female production of The Tempest
The House of Usher: The brand new gothic musical thriller
Craig Revel Horwood in Peter Pan at Churchill Theatre Bromley
Boy Stroke Girl is ‘fascinating’ at the Etcetera Theatre
Three new plays by Japanese playwrights in English and in London
Martin Kemp cast as record producer Sam Phillips
Review of L-E-V: OCD Love at Sadler’s Wells London
Review of Paradise of The Assassins at Tara Theatre
The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury presents MARLOWE 5
The Wicker Hamper at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Interview with Craig Revel Horwood and Isobel Hathaway
An Evening with Savvy B is refreshing and vigorous
Review of A Clockwork Orange at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes
Review of Glasgow Girls at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Stepping Out with Amanda Holden leading the cast of West End production
Review of Good Canary at the Rose Theatre Kingston-Upon-Thames
5-star The Hired Man led by Jenna Russell and John Owen-Jones
Review of The Man Who Would Be King at Greenwich Theatre
Tanja presented by Strawberry Blonde Curls at Camden People’s Theatre
Exhilarating and fun-filled Cirque Eloize’s iD at the Peacock Theatre
Kenny Morgan is a most thoughtful and powerful production
Review of Out There a New Musical by Elliot Davis and James Bourne
BLUSH and The Absolute Truth about Absolutely Everything
Review of Ross Sutherland’s Party Trap at Shoreditch Town Hall
The Brides of Bluebeard at the Camden People’s Theatre – Review
Pride and Prejudice Churchill Theatre Bromley – Review
Images released of Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Depths of My Mind: a journey into the teenage brain – Review
Interview with Roanna Davidson from the cast of Glasgow Girls
JOAN VÁZQUEZ in Something’s Coming a Sondheim tribute
Acclaimed Czech Theatre makes London debut
5-star SID at Above The Arts Theatre
A Month of Sundays is incredibly witty and enjoyable
BABE,THE SHEEP-PIG Touring the UK from February 2017
Full casting announced for LA SOIRÉE at Christmas in Leicester Square
Local children to take centre stage in auditions for Peter Pan
Litmus Fest 2016 at The Pleasance: Review of Skeletons and Digs
Review of Manifesto at The Space London
CATS at New Wimbledon Theatre from 7th to 12th November 2016
Interview with Kristina Rihanoff – One More Dance
JERSEY BOYS to close in London’s West End on 26th March 2017
Plastic Figurines at the New Diorama Theatre – Review
NYT 60th Anniversary Season – Pigeon English – Review
Never the Same by Lily Lowe-Myers at Bridewell Theatre – Review
The Resurrectionist at the Etcetera Theatre – Review
Review of Floyd Collins at Wilton’s Music Hall
Girls by Theresa Ikoko at Soho Theatre London – Review
Thriller Live: new West End booking period – new UK tour – opens tonight in China!
The We Plays at The Hope Theatre London – Review
Natalia Osipova: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Russell Maliphant – Arthur Pita
Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell to star in ART at The Old Vic
Nigel Lindsay joins Sarah Ridgeway in Al Smith’s debut play Harrogate
The Libertine Theatre Royal Haymarket – Review
Toy Soldier at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review

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