News, Reviews & Interviews February 2017

February 2017 was an exhilarating month for theatre enthusiasts in London, showcasing the city’s rich and diverse theatrical offerings. From the glittering West End to the innovative Off West End scene, and through the extensive reach of touring productions, February provided an abundance of captivating performances.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to draw large crowds with its blend of long-running hits and exciting new shows. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre remained staples, enchanting audiences with their timeless stories and grandiose productions.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre was a major draw, with fans of the wizarding world flocking to see the magical continuation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. The play’s spellbinding effects and intricate narrative structure continued to garner rave reviews.

Meanwhile, “Dreamgirls” at the Savoy Theatre dazzled with its powerful performances and stunning musical numbers. Amber Riley’s portrayal of Effie White received widespread acclaim, solidifying the production’s status as a must-see.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues offered an array of groundbreaking and intimate productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Mary Stuart,” directed by Robert Icke, continued to captivate audiences with its unique staging and the powerful performances of Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, who alternated roles each night.

At the Donmar Warehouse, “Saint Joan” with Gemma Arterton remained a highlight. The modern interpretation of Shaw’s classic play was lauded for its contemporary relevance and Arterton’s commanding performance.

The Young Vic hosted the critically acclaimed “Once in a Lifetime,” a satirical comedy about Hollywood’s early days. Directed by Richard Jones, the production was noted for its inventive direction and strong ensemble cast.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in February 2017 brought the magic of London theatre to a broader audience across the UK. “War Horse,” with its remarkable puppetry and moving story, continued to tour, touching hearts and garnering standing ovations nationwide.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was another significant touring production. Its innovative staging and gripping narrative captivated audiences in various cities, spreading the acclaim it had garnered in the West End.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s tour of “Julius Caesar” also stood out, offering a dynamic and contemporary interpretation of the Shakespearean classic. These touring shows ensured that high-quality theatre was accessible beyond London, enriching the cultural landscape across the country.

Conclusion

February 2017 was a vibrant month for London theatre, showcasing the city’s unparalleled diversity in performance arts. The West End shone with its mix of enduring classics and thrilling new productions, while Off West End venues provided a platform for creative and innovative works. Touring productions extended the reach of London’s theatrical excellence, allowing audiences across the UK to experience the enchantment of the stage. This dynamic interplay of performances highlighted London’s status as a global theatre capital, offering something for every theatregoer.

News, Reviews & Interviews February 2017

Talawa Theatre Company announces Make…
Review of Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Jermyn Street Theatre
The West End cast of The Kite Runner Curtain Call plea…
Twelfth Night rehearsal images released – National Theatre
Review of Necessity at The Bread and Roses Theatre
They Built It. No One Came. at Greenwich Theatre – Review
Hearing Things: An intriguing and poignant production
Casting announced for The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Greywing House at The Vaults is ‘a dark, delicious treat’
Merely Theatre embark on second national tour of genderblind work
Review of Wolf Meat at Theatre Utopia
Tango Fire: Flames of Desire ‘The dancing is superb, it’s an evening to relish’
Review of Focus Group* by TOOT at Ovalhouse
Review of The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Review of Sex With Strangers at Hampstead Theatre
Review of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at Hoxton Hall
Speaking In Tongues at The Cockpit Theatre – Review
Amaluna Cirque Du Soleil tickets Royal Albert Hall
Willis & Vere’s The Starship Osiris at The Vault Festival
Strange The Road at The Hope Theatre – Review
Seven Letters at The Tabard Theatre – Review
Antic Disposition’s Henry V at Southwark Cathedral
her is an intense thought-provoking story – Half Moon Theatre
Sadler’s Wells Sampled – February 2017 – Review
Harry Kit Lee – So This Is Who I Am – Review
Master of Farce Ray Cooney celebrates 70 years in Showbiz
Review of School Play at Southwark Playhouse
Shrink Theatre’s Northfields – a really interesting experience
The HIV Monologues is an amazing play at the Ace Hotel
Review of Million Dollar Quartet at Richmond Theatre
The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley is a chilling play
Rent is a show about love and friendship – Review
Churchill Theatre Bromley New Season Launch
The Tower Theatre Company: Bedroom Farce – Review
Thriller Live celebrates becoming the15th Longest Running West End Musical
West End Reviews: Thriller Live is an ‘artistic and energetic celebration
Green Rooms Hotel and the Old Red Lion Theatre present HOTEL EUROPE
Review of Julius Caesar – Guildford Shakespeare Company
Killing Time ‘is a most delightful and impressive production’
Yellow Earth presents Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Review
Review of Don’t Let Me Down at the Vault Festival
Review of Wretch at the Vault Festival
Review of Wendy House at the Vault Festival
5-star This Must Be The Place at The Vaults – Review
Crime and Punishment at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Villain at the King’s Head Theatre London
Shirley Valentine starring Jodie Prenger – National Tour
Review of Ash at the VAULT Festival
Glitter Punch is ‘a superb piece of theatre’ – King’s Head Theatre
What Shall We Do With the Cello? – Review Vault Festival
Full cast and creative announced for Anyone Can Whistle
HOME: ‘unique interactive experiences that bring joy and laughter’
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Masurca Fogo – Review
Lightbox Theatre’s The Blue Bird – Review
Review of Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre
Screening of Newsies The Musical – Review
Cast changes for Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre
Team Behind West End Hit SID Return with KICKED IN THE SH*TTER
Laboratory Theatre Company’s THREESOME by Jamie Patterson
Door Ajar’s Theatre presents Thisbe at Theatre Royal Stratford East
ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble at Sadler’s Wells – Review
La Ronde: ‘unfailingly fascinating throughout’ – review
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl National Tour
42nd Street is coming back to town!
Tabard Theatre announces stage premiere of Richard Harris’ DOG ENDS
Three Unrelated Short Plays at Theatre N16 – Review
THANKS BUT NO THANKS by LESLEY LIGHTFOOT – Review
Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness at Jermyn Street Theatre
Tom Stoppard’s Travesties is funny and charming – Review
Review of Ventoux at The Vault Festival
Flew The Coop at The New Diorama Theatre – Review
Cornwall vs China at The Vault Festival – Review
Romeo and Juliet at Theatro Technis – Review
The Listening Room at the Old Red Lion Theatre – Review
Extra performance added to London West End’s Jersey Boys
At Last: The Etta James Story Starring Vika Bull…
Bucket List at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
A Clockwork Orange at Park Theatre – Review
This Is Not Culturally Significant at VAULT Festival – Review
Naked Truth by Johnny Tait at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Red Zone Theatre’s September 11th
Witt ‘n Camp at the VAULT Festival
The South Afreakins by Robyn Paterson at The Vault Festival – Review
Review of A Haunting at The Vault Festival
Winners announced for the 17th Annual WhatsonStage Awards
Whatsonstage Awards presentations parallel the ascendancy of British theatre
20th Anniversary production of HONK! as the musical returns to London
Actors Jam: Winter Showcase at Ovalhouse Theatre
Will Power by Toby Boutall at Theatre N16 – Review
HerStory at Theatre N16 – Review
Hannah Murray to lead all-female cast of new production of Posh
The Wild Party at The Other Palace Theatre
The Tower Theatre Company: Our Town – Review
Sorry, I Killed Your Cat by Lost Fragments Productions – Review
Gathering Dust at Lion and Unicorn Theatre – Review
Don Quixote in Algiers at The White Bear Theatre – Review
Mouths In A Glass at The Hope Theatre – Review
Twelfth Night at The National Theatre – Review
Mother Africa: Khayelitsha – My Home – Peacock Theatre – Review
Review of Door Ajar’s Theatre’s Thisbe at Theatre Royal Stratford East
The Girls at Phoenix Theatre – Review
Open auditions for the role of Young Michael Jackson in Motown The Musical
Production Images for Jim Steinman’s BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL
Cilla The Musical to hold national open auditions
Kali Theatre Company presents READY OR NOT by Naylah Ahmed
Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studio Two – Review
TESTAMENT at VAULT Festival – Review
Who Shot Wayne Sleep? by The Martini Encounter – Review
DenMarked at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
Fire In The Machine at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
Open Attic Company’s Much Ado About Puffin – Review
Platonov at Theatro Technis – Review
Review of Princess Suffragette at the Vault Festival
Interview with Charlie Condou – The Crucible
Peter Straker returns to The Who’s Tommy
Handy London Theatre Guide – West End
Decibels at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre – Review
Review of Grounded at the Gate Theatre Notting Hill London
Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story – starring Darren Coggan
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES – Review

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