News, Reviews & Interviews August 2017

August 2017 was a vibrant month for London’s theatre scene, offering a captivating mix of productions across the West End, Off West End, and touring circuits. With the summer season in full swing, audiences were treated to a variety of performances that showcased the best of theatrical talent and creativity.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to be a magnet for theatre-goers in August 2017, with its blend of enduring hits and exciting new productions. Long-running favorites such as “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre maintained their spellbinding appeal, drawing in both regular attendees and first-time visitors with their iconic music and compelling stories.

“The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre was one of the standout productions of the month. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this intense family drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland garnered rave reviews for its powerful performances and intricate storytelling, making it a must-see for theatre enthusiasts.

Another highlight was “An American in Paris” at the Dominion Theatre. This visually stunning musical, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, continued to captivate audiences with its exquisite choreography, lavish sets, and romantic narrative, solidifying its place as a summer favorite.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues thrived with innovation and creativity in August 2017, presenting a range of thought-provoking and experimental productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott, continued to be a critical darling. This contemporary take on Shakespeare’s tragedy was praised for its emotional depth and modern relevance.

The Donmar Warehouse offered “Knives in Hens,” a gripping and poetic play by David Harrower, directed by Yael Farber. The production, with its stark and intense staging, explored themes of power and language, earning accolades for its compelling performances and atmospheric direction.

The Young Vic presented “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. This modern revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play received critical acclaim for its raw and visceral interpretation, as well as the standout performances of its lead actors.

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a significant role in extending the reach of London’s theatre scene to audiences across the UK in August 2017. “War Horse,” celebrated for its extraordinary puppetry and moving narrative, continued its successful tour, touching hearts and minds in various cities.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also remained a major draw on its national tour. The production’s inventive staging and compelling story about a young boy’s quest to solve a neighborhood mystery captivated theatre-goers far and wide, bringing the acclaimed West End show to new audiences.

The National Theatre’s touring production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted by Sally Cookson, offered a fresh and dynamic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. The production was lauded for its imaginative direction and strong performances, bringing the beloved story to life in an engaging and innovative way.


August 2017 was a testament to the diversity and vibrancy of London’s theatre landscape. The West End dazzled with its blockbuster hits and new premieres, Off West End venues offered cutting-edge and thought-provoking works, and touring productions ensured that the enchantment of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This month highlighted London’s status as a global theatre capital, providing a rich array of performances that catered to every taste and preference.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2017

RADA President Kenneth Branagh to direct Tom Hiddleston in Hamlet
Review of Skin Deep at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Review of Gerry Moynihan’s Continuity at Finborough Theatre
Review of Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic
The Woman In Black: New Cast – Terence Wilton and James Byng
Review of America’s No. 1 Detective Agency at Drayton Arms
Samantha Bond will play Alice in Florian Zeller’s The Lie
Review of Flood at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of Bump! at Tristan Bates Theatre – Camden Fringe
Review of Gangsta Granny at the Garrick Theatre
Review of The Wasp at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of The Community at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera cast London Her Majesty’s Theatre
Review of 12 Million Volts at The Space
Cosi Fan Tutte by Baseless Fabric Theatre – Wimbledon Town Centre
Bullet Hole ‘is an impassioned and formidable production’
Review of Evita at the Phoenix Theatre
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tickets Royal Opera House London
Review of Doomed Resistance by Falling Pennies – Etcetera Theatre
Lazarus Theatre: Rehearsal photos from EDWARD II
Review of Making Waves: A Song Cycle – The Hen & Chickens Theatre
Matilda The Musical New Casting Announced – London West End
Review of Cotton by The Peaceful Defeat Theatre Company
Joe Orton Loot dialogue to be heard for first time on UK stage
Around The World In 80 Days London Cadogan Hall
Dominion Theatre: home to An American In Paris completes £6m refurbishment
Review of Boom at Theatre503
Review of Homeless Comforts by Three Way Productions
Interview with Michael Hugo – Around the World in 80 Days
Review of Around The World in 80 Days at Cadogan Hall
Review of More Best of Barmy Britain at the Garrick Theatre
Aaron Sidwell to play Fiyero in Wicked 2018 UK & Ireland Tour
Review of Funeral Meats at The King’s Head Theatre
Ian McDiarmid to play Enoch Powell in What Shadows
Review of OLYMPILADS by Lonesome Schoolboy Productions
The Other Palace Concert-Style Workshops of STARLIGHT EXPRESS
Bill Kenwright presents Martin Shaw in The Best Man
Review of Dark Room at the Etcetera Theatre
London Shows
Review of The Majority at the Dorfman Theatre
Review of Sanctuary at Tristan Bates Theatre
Cirkus Cirkor’s Limits at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
The Revlon Girl by Neil Anthony Docking at Park Theatre
Review of PLUTO at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of A Womb of One’s Own at The Space Theatre
Review of Trouble with Men at the King’s Head Theatre
Reasons to be Cheerful: musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Stem Collective Interview – Ophelia: Madness (in blue)
Review of 5,6,7,8 a Steps musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of 13 The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre
Full cast announced for Saint George and the Dragon
Jane Upton’s All The Little Lights London premiere at the Arcola
Greenwich Wintertime Festival 2017: new winter festival in London
Elvis On Tour The Exhibition tickets on sale London O2
Review of Serotonin at The Water Rats – Kings Cross
Review of Blue Stockings at The Yard Theatre
Review of Drunken Lullabies at The Camden People’s Theatre
Original Demo Recordings of ‘Half A Sixpence’ to debut on CD
Review of Skewed Judgement at The White Bear Theatre
Review of The Odyssey at The Scoop London
Review of Filth at The Etcetera Theatre
Cast update for Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Arming The World: using performance to tackle International Arms Trade
Royal Vauxhall’s 20th Anniversary UK Tour
Mo Farah meets West End cast of Motown the Musical
Review of Questions of Terrorism and Repression
Review of Moments at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Nathan Evans’ Swansong at The King’s Head Theatre
Casting announced: Witness for the Prosecution London
Review of Crash by Chivaree Circus at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of Happy – a Chemsex Musical at the Kings Head Theatre
Review of Joe Orton’s Loot at Park Theatre
Review of National Youth Theatre’s The Host at the Yard Theatre
Review of 20% less’s WORD OF MUFF
Review of Teaching A Dillo To Cross The Road at Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Late Company at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Antic Disposition’s Richard III at London’s Temple Church
Review of Behind Closed Doors at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Greenery at the Etcetera Theatre – Camden Fringe
Review of Helen at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
School of Rock The Musical to host Radio 2 Children in Need Gala
Review of A Fox on the Fairway at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Full casting announced for Cilla The Musical
Girl from the North Country cast album announced
Review of ELIO PACE presents ELVIS PRESLEY
Review of Hamlet at Park Theatre
Bernard Pomerance, author of The Elephant Man dies in New Mexico
Review of How (Not) to Live in Suburbia at Soho Theatre


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