News, Reviews & Interviews April 2017

April 2017 was an exciting month for London’s theatre scene, brimming with a variety of performances that catered to diverse tastes and preferences. From the grandeur of the West End to the experimental flair of Off West End, and the far-reaching impact of touring productions, theatre-goers were spoilt for choice.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to dazzle with its mix of long-running favorites and fresh, new productions. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre maintained their legendary status, drawing in crowds with their timeless appeal and spectacular productions.

One of the major highlights in April was the West End transfer of “An American in Paris” at the Dominion Theatre. This Broadway hit, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, captivated audiences with its stunning choreography, lavish sets, and romantic storyline. The production received rave reviews for its artistic excellence and vibrant energy.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre continued to be a hot ticket, with fans eagerly flocking to see the continuation of J.K. Rowling’s magical saga brought to life with impressive stagecraft and a gripping narrative.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End theatres were bustling with creativity and innovation in April 2017. The Almeida Theatre’s production of “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott, remained a critical darling. This modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy was lauded for its emotional depth and contemporary resonance.

At the Donmar Warehouse, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” directed by Simon Evans and starring Lenny Henry, offered a darkly comedic take on Bertolt Brecht’s parable about the rise of a demagogue. The production was praised for its sharp satire and powerful performances.

The Young Vic’s “Yerma,” directed by Simon Stone and starring Billie Piper, continued to make waves. This modern adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play about a woman’s desperate desire for a child was acclaimed for its innovative staging and Piper’s heart-wrenching performance.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in April 2017 brought the magic of London’s theatre scene to audiences across the UK, ensuring that high-quality performances were accessible beyond the capital. “War Horse,” with its extraordinary puppetry and poignant narrative, continued to tour, leaving a lasting impression on audiences nationwide.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” remained a significant draw on its national tour. The show’s inventive staging and compelling story about a young boy’s quest to solve a neighborhood mystery captivated theatre-goers in various cities.

The National Theatre’s production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted by Sally Cookson, was also on tour, offering a fresh and dynamic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. The production was praised for its imaginative direction and strong performances, bringing the beloved story to life in a new and engaging way.


April 2017 was a testament to the richness and diversity of London’s theatre scene. The West End dazzled with its blockbuster shows and new arrivals, Off West End theatres pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre with innovative and thought-provoking productions, and touring productions ensured that the magic of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This vibrant month highlighted the city’s status as a global theatre capital, offering something for every theatre enthusiast.

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat – Soho Theatre – Review
Rehearsal images for Sasha Regan’s The Mikado
Incident at Vichy at Finborough Theatre – Review
Collide Theatre Presents Tejas Verdes – Review
Review of Natives By Glenn Waldron at Southwark Playhouse
Production photos released from the 20th-Anniversary production of HONK!
Review of Honk! at the Union Theatre
The Wipers Times to tour the UK this Autumn
Interview with Charlotte Peters – Director of Caste
The Invisible Boy is a ‘fascinating and inspiring show’
Posh is a ‘dramatic piece of theatre’ at the Pleasance Theatre
Caste by T.W. Robertson at The Finborough Theatre – Review
Rehearsal Photos for the UK & Ireland Premiere of The Addams Family
Heart of Darkness at The Barnes Old Sorting Office Arts Centre – Review
Scott Ellis joins Theatre N16 as Artistic Director
West End Reviews: 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Review of Sublime at The Tristan Bates Theatre
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui rehearsal images
Review of Consent at the Dorfman Theatre
Interview with Olivier Award nominated West End star Jérôme Pradon
Review of Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler’s Wells
Adam Kay: Fingering A Minor on the Piano – Review
London revival of ‘Doubt, A Parable’ by John Patrick Shanley
Review of I Capture The Castle at Watford Palace Theatre
The Playground Theatre to open in West London
Cult hit rock musical The Quentin Dentin Show at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Theatre
Review of Macbeth at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Expensive Shit at Soho Theatre
Paul Taylor-Mills presents The Musical Marathon
The Female Gaze and Other Stories (Volume 1) at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of The Elephant Girls at Draper Hall
Review of Finders Keepers at Park Theatre
Just These, Please are an exciting foursome presenting new sketch comedy
The Wedding Reception by Interactive Theatre International
Am I Pretty? at Camden People’s Theatre
11 Olivier Award wins for Sonia Friedman Productions
We Too, Are Giants by Tricycle Theatre Community Company
Les Enfants Terribles anniversary production of The Terrible Enfants
This Is Not Culturally Significant at The Bunker
All Our Children by Stephen Unwin at Jermyn Street Theatre
Dreamgirls Songs from Dreamgirls Original London Cast Recording
46 Beacon ‘felt very authentic and engrossing’
Matilda The Musical Tour Tickets UK & Ireland Tour
Interview with Edward Bluemel from the cast of Love in Idleness
Principal casting announced for UK and Ireland tour of Miss Saigon
Review of Women Redressed: Act II at Jermyn Street Theatre
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Wilton’s Music Hall
Cast announced for the UK premiere of Birds of Paradise
Review of Betroffenheit at Sadler’s Wells
Review of Audra McDonald at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Ready Or Not at the Arcola Theatre
Review of Medea, The Outcast at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
2 Become 1 at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Stage Traffic’s Late Company by Jordan Tannahill
Naked Truth moves to The Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage
Threads ‘is a production with moments of brilliance’
Review of Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Review of Kray Kray by Bryan Hodgson at TheatreN16
After You is ‘An incredible musical, and an absolute triumph’
Review of Men and Girls Dance at The Place
Review of Blink Theatre’s Response at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Divergent Theatre’s Ripe at Matthews Yard
50 Shades of Jollie at Toulouse Lautrec
Production photographs from world premiere of The Braille Legacy
Whisper House ‘is a fairly intriguing and thoughtful production’
Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr announce first productions…
Review of London – Paris – Roam! at Tristan Bates Theatre
Initial casting announced for Dick Whittington – London Palladium
The Toxic Avenger The Musical to transfer to the Arts Theatre
Eve Steele is a one woman tour de force in Life By The Throat
Review of Spring Offensive – Omnibus Clapham
Blondel Original London Cast Recording to be released on CD
All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna – Review
Review of ChickenShed Theatre’s Refugee Boy
Pam Ann: Touch Trolley Run to Galley – Review – @lsqtheatre
Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival Reflects Issues…
Review of She Wears Scented Rose at Camden’s Theatro Technis
Cover My Tracks tickets Old Vic Theatre
National Youth Dance Company / Damien Jalet Tarantiseismic
Magic Berries at The Etcetera Theatre – Review
Dinosaur World at Richmond Theatre – Review
Review of Junkyard at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Songs from Comrade Rockstar – based on the life of Dean Reed – Review
Full casting announced for West End production of Annie
Review of Radieuse Vermine at Leicester Square Theatre
Foreign Goods Last Forever 2: Visions Of England – Review
FatBusters: The Musical in Concert – Park Theatre
Review of Abigail’s Party at Richmond Theatre
Review of 50 Shades of Jollie at Toulouse Lautrec
Review of Educating Rita at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh at Trafalgar Studios
Yank! London transfer announced – at Charing Cross Theatre
London Première of Northern Ballet’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Q&A with Ruth Gemmell from the cast of No Place For A Woman
Review of Grease at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of CAT – (THE PLAY!!!) at The Ambassadors Theatre
Major new UK tour of Legally Blonde the Musical
To Be Or Not To Be Scarlett O’Hara at the Etcetera Theatre
The Braille Legacy is beautiful, enriching and humanizing
Alice’s Adventures Underground at The Vaults – Review
Things I Know To Be True UK Tour
Bridle by Stephanie Martin at Camden People’s Theatre – Review
The Lounge by Inspector Sands at Soho Theatre – Review
Oh Yes Oh No: Louise Orwin at Camden People’s Theatre – Review
Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson join the cast of LES MISERABLES
Review of Late Company at Finborough Theatre
Review of Dirty Butterfly at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Review of Twelfth Night at The Blue Elephant Theatre
Review of The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Spamalot at The Mercury Theatre Colchester
Review of Carousel at the London Coliseum
Review of No Finer Life at the Pleasance Theatre


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