News, Reviews & Interviews December 2017

December 2017 was an exhilarating month for theatre in London, with the festive season adding a magical touch to performances across the West End, Off West End, and touring productions. Theatre-goers were treated to a variety of shows that celebrated both holiday traditions and innovative storytelling, making it a vibrant and memorable time for audiences.

West End Highlights

The West End sparkled in December 2017, with its mix of beloved classics and exciting new offerings drawing in holiday crowds. Iconic shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued to enchant audiences with their timeless stories and grand productions.

“The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre remained a standout production. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this gripping family drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland continued to receive critical acclaim for its powerful narrative and stellar performances, making it a must-see during the festive season.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” at the Apollo Theatre, which had quickly become a sensation since its October opening, continued to captivate audiences with its vibrant energy and uplifting message. This heartwarming musical, based on the true story of a teenager aspiring to become a drag queen, was praised for its infectious score and dynamic performances.

A festive highlight was “A Christmas Carol” at the Old Vic, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge. This enchanting adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, directed by Matthew Warchus, brought a mix of heartwarming moments and Christmas spirit, delighting audiences of all ages.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues thrived with creativity and innovation in December 2017, offering a variety of unique and thought-provoking productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Albion,” written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold, explored themes of nationalism and nostalgia through the lens of a woman restoring a historic garden. The play was lauded for its timely relevance and compelling performances, particularly by Victoria Hamilton.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “The York Realist,” a revival of Peter Gill’s poignant play about love and family set in rural Yorkshire. Directed by Robert Hastie, the production received acclaim for its emotional depth and beautifully nuanced performances.

At the Young Vic, “The Jungle,” directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, continued to provide a powerful and immersive theatre experience. This play, based on the stories of refugees in the Calais Jungle camp, earned widespread acclaim for its raw and impactful portrayal of human resilience and the refugee crisis.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in December 2017 brought the magic of London theatre to audiences across the UK, ensuring that exceptional performances were accessible beyond the capital. “War Horse,” celebrated for its extraordinary puppetry and moving narrative, continued its successful tour, touching hearts and leaving a lasting impression on audiences nationwide.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also remained a significant 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 in various cities, bringing the acclaimed West End show to new audiences.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by David Edgar, offered a fresh and dynamic interpretation of the classic holiday story. This production was praised for its imaginative direction and strong performances, bringing festive cheer to audiences around the country.

Conclusion

December 2017 was a vibrant and festive month for London theatre, showcasing the city’s rich and diverse theatrical landscape. The West End dazzled with its blockbuster hits and holiday classics, Off West End venues offered innovative and thought-provoking works, and touring shows ensured that the enchantment of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This month highlighted London’s status as a global theatre capital, providing an array of performances that catered to every taste and preference, making the holiday season truly magical for theatre enthusiasts.

News, Reviews & Interviews December 2017

All Or Nothing Musical Tickets London Arts Theatre
Michael Keegan-Dolan – Swan Lake/Loch na hEala – Review
Quiz Tickets London Noel Coward Theatre
Kerry Ellis to star in The Importance of Being Earnest
Review of Rapunzel at The Rayne Theatre – Chickenshed
Daily Lottery plans announced for London West End’s Hamilton
Review of Parliament Square – Bush Theatre London
Review of Animus at the Laban Theatre
Review of Orange Juice at The Pleasance Theatre
Review of Christmas Farce at Waterloo East Theatre
Review of La Soiree at Aldwych Theatre
Review of Response 2 Power at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Interview with Daniel Goode from the cast of Alice in Winterland
Review of Dear Brutus at Southwark Playhouse
VAULT Festival adds three new venues and extends to eight weeks
Review of Beauty and the Beast at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Bat Out Of Hell Breaks Dominion Theatre Box Office Record
Review of Pecs Drag Kings at Soho Theatre London
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Churchill Theatre – Review
Interview with Lucy McCormick – Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat
Hamilton Production Images London Victoria Palace Theatre
Vika Bull 2018 Tour of At Last: The Etta James Story
Review of The Lost Boy Peter Pan at the Pleasance Theatre
Chronicles of Narnia star, Georgie Henley professional stage debut in Angry
The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall – Review
Review of The Barricade Boys at The Other Palace
Holiday Charity Concert: West End Up Close at Christmas – Review
A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters – Hope Theatre
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells for Christmas season 2018
NYT announces Spring Season and Nationwide auditions
Moscow City Ballet at Richmond Theatre – Book Tickets Online
Review of Barnum at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Strange Fish Theatre Company’s The Turn of the Screw – Review
The Tower Theatre Company’s Nell Gwynn – Review
Review of The Hound of the Baskervilles at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of Thirty Christmases at the New Diorama Theatre
The Wind in the Willows at Hampton Hill Theatre – Review
JERSEY BOYS UK & Ireland Tour Rehearsal Images
Review of Expat Underground at Tristan Bates Theatre
London Musical Theatre Orchestra: A Christmas Carol – Review
Review of Misalliance at the Orange Tree Theatre
Dick Whittington London Palladium Production Images
Review of Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat at Soho Theatre
Review of The Improvised Panto at Barons Court Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk at New Wimbledon Theatre – Review
The Soul of Wittgenstein at the Omnibus Theatre
Interview with West End Producer
Rupert Graves makes his debut as a director with The Ungrateful Biped
Review of The National Theatre’s Pinocchio at the Lyttelton Theatre
Chicago Phoenix Theatre London
Review of White Fang at Park Theatre London
Review of Fat Rascal Theatre’s Beauty & The Beast – Kings Head Theatre
The British Theatre Academy’s 2018 Summer Season announced
Review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Ambassadors Theatre
Alice in Winterland at the Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
Dick Whittington at the London Palladium – Review
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review
Top shows of 2017 in London – from reviewers at LondonTheatre1.com
Bridge Theatre Julius Caesar Rehearsal Images
Dreamgirls new production photography to celebrate new cast
Chekhov short story adapted into new play at White Bear Theatre
Slava’s Snowshow at The Royal Festival Hall – Review
The Little Prince at The Playground Theatre
The Selfish Giant London | Vaudeville Theatre
Christmas With The Rat Pack at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – Review
Thark at the Drayton Arms Theatre – Review
First tour dates announced for A Spoonful of Sherman
Belleville at Donmar Warehouse – Review
Hamilton is “slick, energetic and relentlessly compelling” – Review
The Christmasaurus Live on Stage – Eventim Apollo London – Review
The Phantom of the Opera Review London Her Majesty’s Theatre
Review of Kika’s Birthday at the Orange Tree Theatre London
School of Rock The Musical celebrates 500 performances in the West End

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