News, Reviews & Interviews January 2017

January 2017 was a vibrant month for London’s theatre scene, showcasing a wide array of productions across the West End, Off West End, and touring circuits. As the new year began, theatre-goers were treated to a mix of long-running favorites, fresh premieres, and innovative performances, highlighting the city’s status as a global theatre hub.

West End Highlights

In January 2017, the West End continued to sparkle with its roster of acclaimed productions. Iconic shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre sustained their enduring appeal, drawing in both tourists and locals.

A standout highlight was “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre. This two-part play, which premiered in mid-2016, maintained its magical allure, captivating audiences with its intricate plot and stunning stage effects. Additionally, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre continued to impress with its innovative storytelling and striking visuals.

January also marked the beginning of rehearsals and ticket sales for the highly anticipated London debut of “Hamilton,” which was set to open later in the year. The buzz surrounding Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical was palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End theatres offered a rich array of innovative and thought-provoking performances in January 2017. The Almeida Theatre presented a gripping rendition of “Mary Stuart,” directed by Robert Icke, which featured Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternating in the roles of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I. This production received critical acclaim for its powerful performances and inventive direction.

The Donmar Warehouse showcased “Saint Joan,” starring Gemma Arterton. This modern take on George Bernard Shaw’s classic play was praised for its contemporary relevance and strong lead performance. Meanwhile, the Young Vic continued to push boundaries with “Once in a Lifetime,” a comedic look at the early days of Hollywood, directed by Richard Jones.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in January 2017 played a crucial role in extending the reach of London’s theatre magic. “War Horse,” known for its breathtaking puppetry and emotional depth, was on a UK tour, bringing the heart-wrenching story to audiences across the country. Another notable touring production was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which continued to enchant audiences with its innovative staging and compelling narrative.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s tour of “Julius Caesar” also garnered attention, offering a fresh and dynamic interpretation of the Shakespearean classic to theatre-goers outside London. These tours ensured that high-quality theatrical experiences were accessible to a broader audience, enhancing the cultural fabric of the UK.


January 2017 was a testament to the diversity and vibrancy of London’s theatre scene. The West End dazzled with its iconic productions and the excitement of upcoming premieres, while Off West End theatres provided a space for creative exploration and daring performances. Touring productions expanded the reach of London’s theatrical excellence, allowing audiences nationwide to experience the magic of the stage. Together, these elements highlighted the city’s dynamic theatre landscape, setting the tone for an exciting year ahead.

News, Reviews & Interviews January 2017

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Sex With Strangers Tickets London Hampstead Theatre
September 11th at Camden People’s Theatre and The Cockpit Theatre
World première of a new musical inspired by the story of Louis Braille
Tango Fire: Flames of Desire at the Peacock Theatre
Kinky Boots Broadway’s Billy Porter and Stark Sands with London cast
The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus at Finborough Theatre – Review
Full cast announced for first UK Tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) publishes preliminary findings…
Molly Beth Morossa’s Greywing House at The Vaults
Sinbad The Sailor breaks all box office records…
Review of Glockenspiel at Tristan Bates Theatre
Between a Man and a Woman at the Bread & Roses Theatre
Review of Three Sisters at the Union Theatre
ZfinMalta’s Dance Ensemble UK Tour includes performances at Sadler’s Wells
School of Rock The Musical extended to May 2017
Review of The Twentieth Century Way at Jermyn Street Theatre
Don Quixote in Algiers at The White Bear Theatre
Q&A with Charlotte Salkind from the cast of Glitter Punch
The Kite Runner: ‘Excellent writing combined with a fantastic interpretation…’
Carolyn Maitland cast as Molly alongside Andy Moss as Sam
Full cast announced for 10th Anniversary Tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats
Workshop of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater musical – Some Lovers
Full cast announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Funny Girl
Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady at Wilton’s Music Hall
Strangers In Between at King’s Head Theatre – Review
HE(ART) is a thriller in disguise at Theatre N16
Years of Sunlight by Michael McLean at Theatre503
BU21 at the Trafalgar Studio Two – Review
The Wild Party is a dynamic and scintillating production
Full casting announced for Joseph – Lucy Kay as the Narrator
London Classic Theatre announces new tour of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria
Review of Fiona Doyle’s play Abigail at The Bunker
Birthday Suit at The Old Red Lion Theatre – Review
Mr Mineshaft at Etcetera Theatre – Review
Launch of R.D Production and Casting Ltd
A Clockwork Orange at Park Theatre – New Casting Announced
MOZART & SALIERI Opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov England Tour 2017
Sex With a Stranger at the Pleasance Theatre – Review
David Walliams Awful Auntie UK Tour Tickets On Sale
Raising Martha at Park Theatre – Review
Bunny by Jack Thorne at the White Bear Theatre
Nick Hern Books announces plays selected for VAULT Festival anthology
Jodie Prenger stars as Kelly Stevenson in Fat Friends The Musical
Review of Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse
Dirty Dancing International Dates and 9-Month UK Tour in 2017
Review of The Doppel Gang at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of The Collector at Greenwich Theatre
Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide – the Musical at The Royal Festival Hall
STEPPING OUT Casting Update, Production Images & Trailer
The Play That Goes Wrong celebrates its 1001st Performance
Winter Solstice an ‘extraordinary play’ – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd at the White Bear Theatre
Reduced Shakespeare Company UK tour of new show
Nicholas Lyndhurst joins Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in Carousel
NHS nurses to be among the first to see Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Girls
Holding The Man is ‘a fascinating and compelling production’
In The Depths of Dead Love at The Print Room at the Coronet
Us/Them is a magnificent and highly imaginative play – Review
LORD OF THRONES – the 10th annual London 50-Hour Improvathon
Richard Parker is ‘a fairly curious and likeable show’
Q&A with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Deborah Pugh – Bucket List
Nigel Fair’s play EBENEEZER AND ME directed by Louise Jameson
Review of Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Full casting announced for UK Tour of Grease
Review of Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre
Dirty Great Love Story at the Arts Theatre – Review
Review of Exactly Like You at the Vault Festival
Interview with Oliver Dench – Tom in Alex MacKeith’s School Play
KINKY BOOTS London extends booking to 30th September 2017
Full casting announced for multi-award winning musical The Life
The Litterati by Isla van Tricht at the Vault Festival – Review
National Theatre 2017: World Premieres, New Writing, Live Broadcasts
Subterranean Season at The Vaults – Review
The Wind in the Willows announces further casting – London Palladium
Lyric Hammersmith announces casting for Seventeen
Daddy’s Girl By Georgia Brown at The Vault Festival – Review
52 Portraits at Lilian Baylis Studio – Sadler’s Wells – Review
Review of Gazing At A Distant Star – Greenwich Theatre Studio
Review of Balancing Acts at The Vault Festival
The Burning Gadulka at The Etcetera Theatre – Review
Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that Can Never Be Caught!
Becoming Shades at The Vault Festival – Review
Big Guns by Nina Segal at The Yard Theatre
Matinees: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Critics’ Circle Awards 2016 Winners


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