News, Reviews & Interviews July 2017

July 2017 was a vibrant and dynamic month for London theatre, with a rich array of performances spanning the West End, Off West End, and touring productions. This summer month offered theatre-goers a diverse selection of shows, from blockbuster musicals to innovative plays, ensuring that there was something for everyone.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to be a major draw for theatre enthusiasts in July 2017, with its mix of enduring classics and exciting new offerings. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre continued to captivate audiences with their timeless stories and spectacular productions.

A notable highlight was the West End premiere of “The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this gripping family drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland received widespread acclaim for its powerful storytelling and exceptional performances. The production quickly became a must-see, drawing audiences with its intense narrative and emotional depth.

Another standout was “An American in Paris” at the Dominion Theatre. This enchanting musical, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, continued to dazzle with its stunning choreography, beautiful sets, and romantic storyline, earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues showcased their creativity and innovation with a variety of compelling productions in July 2017. The Almeida Theatre’s “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott, continued to draw critical acclaim for its modern and emotionally resonant interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

At the Donmar Warehouse, “Committee… (A New Musical),” a verbatim musical by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke, offered a unique and engaging exploration of the real-life parliamentary hearings on the Kids Company scandal. The production’s innovative format and sharp commentary on political accountability were widely praised.

The Young Vic presented “Wings,” starring Juliet Stevenson. This powerful play, directed by Natalie Abrahami, explored the experiences of a woman recovering from a stroke, blending physical theatre with emotional storytelling. Stevenson’s performance and the production’s imaginative staging captivated audiences.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in July 2017 brought the magic of London theatre to audiences across the UK, ensuring that high-quality performances were accessible beyond the capital. “War Horse,” known for its extraordinary puppetry and moving 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 gripping story about a young boy’s quest to solve a neighborhood mystery captivated theatre-goers in various cities, extending the reach of this West End hit.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of “Julius Caesar,” directed by Angus Jackson, offered a fresh and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s political thriller. This production, noted for its contemporary relevance and powerful performances, was a highlight for audiences around the country.

Conclusion

July 2017 was a testament to the richness and diversity of London’s theatre scene. The West End dazzled with its blockbuster shows and new premieres, Off West End venues pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre with innovative and thought-provoking productions, and touring shows ensured that the enchantment of London’s theatre reached audiences far and wide. This vibrant month highlighted London’s status as a global theatre capital, providing an array of performances that catered to every taste and preference.

News, Reviews & Interviews July 2017

Review of Superhero at Southwark Playhouse
St Paul’s Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld at St Paul’s Church
Review of The View From Nowhere at Park Theatre
All Or Nothing The Mod Musical at Churchill Theatre
Review of Lonely Planet at Tabard Theatre
Bat Out of Hell ticket bookings London to 22nd August 2017
Alain Platel: les ballets C de la B nicht schlafen – Review
The Red Lion starring Stephen Tompkinson in London transfer
Review of Sh*t-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Sunset Boulevard UK & Ireland Tour Full Cast Announced
Said Shed and Love in the Past Participle at The Other Palace
Wilton’s Music Hall’s Announce Exciting New Season
Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall
Mamma Mia! London West End 2017 Production Images
Cilla The Musical: Kara Lily Hayworth cast as Cilla Black
Cabaret Tour Photos: Louise Redknapp and Will Young
Review of The Cavalry Behind You at Theatre 503
Peter Duncan stars as Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet
King Kong is ‘a hilarious send-up and pure, unadulterated fun’
5-star The Mentor at the Vaudeville Theatre
Review of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain
Kentaro Kobayashi’s Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life
Natalie Anderson cast as Lauren in Fat Friends The Musical
Review of Revolution by Exit Productions
Review of Iris Theatre’s Macbeth at St Paul’s Church
Now I Am Alone at The Bread and Roses Theatre
Review of Torn Apart (Dissolution) at the Hope Theatre
Review of The National Theatre’s Neaptide – Lyttelton Theatre
Strangers: A Magic Play II at Hackney Showroom
Review of He Shoots! He Scores! at Above The Stag Theatre
Kinky Boots London new cast from Monday 10th July 2017
Final casting announced for the world premiere of Outlaws to In-Laws
CentrE17: new Walthamstow performance venue opens
Ovalhouse receive £3 million grant from The Arts Council
Titanic The Musical Tickets UK & Ireland Tour
USA Premiere: dates and cast for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
Interview with Niall Phillips, Director of new play Olympilads
Review of Yank! at Charing Cross Theatre
Review of Emerge at Tristan Bates Theatre
Bullet Hole at Camden Fringe Festival
Review of Body & Blood at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of Queen Anne at Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Girls From Oz hit London before Edinburgh Fringe debut!
Richmond Theatre announces season of high quality drama
Review of Brexodus! The Musical at The Other Palace
Review of Grab ‘Em by the Pussy – a New Comedy Musical
Review of Boys Club at Jackson’s Lane
Review of Touch by Vicky Jones at Soho Theatre
Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – Review
Review of Sam Shepard’s God of Hell at Theatre N16
CinemaLive and Shakespeare’s Globe announce live cinema broadcast
Ian Mckellen with Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and You
Oslo: Toby Stephens, Lydia Leonard and Peter Polycarpou lead cast
Thom Southerland directs first London revival of The Woman in White
Review of Boys in the Buff at the Stockwell Playhouse
Stella Gonet to star in Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
Review of Committee… (A new Musical) at Donmar Warehouse
Review of Bury The Hatchet at The King’s Head Theatre
Review of The Trial of Le Singe at The Space Arts Centre
Review of A Tale of Two Cities at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Review of Peepshow at Canal Café Theatre
Review of Chinese Whispers at Greenwich Theatre
Review of Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales
Review of Mumburger at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Wonderland in Richmond for the penultimate dates of its UK Tour
Encompass Productions: Bare Essentials at the Arts Theatre
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO
Review of Kevin Elyot’s Twilight Song at Park Theatre
Review of Romantic Encounters in a Darkened Room
Review of Fiddler on the Roof at Chichester Festival Theatre
Review of Dessert at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Everyday People at the Bridewell Theatre
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof London production images released
WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS at The Novello Theatre
Review of Thank You For Your Patience at Hackney Showroom
Briefs: Close Encounters Underbelly Festival Southbank – Review
Interview with Kelly Price – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical
Review of Lazarus Theatre Company’s The Taming of the Shrew
Review of WIFE at Theatre 503 – Edinburgh Preview
Review of City of Champions at London Theatre Workshop
Review of Carmen Lynch: LYNCHED at the Museum of Comedy
Review of David Cantor’s Sheep at the White Bear Theatre
Review of Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells London
Review of Quadruple Threat – A One Man Comedy Cabaret
Review of I Loved Lucy at the Arts Theatre
Review of The Hired Man at the Union Theatre
Review of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre
Lazarus Theatre Company announces the cast of Marlowe’s EDWARD II
Girl From The North Country Old Vic Production Images Released
Interview with Ashley Winter from Attila Theatre
Review of The Girls From Oz at London’s Crazy Coqs
Britney Spears: The Cabaret At The Other Palace
Lyric Hammersmith’s Fundraising Gala 2017
The World Premiere of 31 Hours at The Bunker Theatre
Bolshoi Ballet and London Russian Ballet School collaborate at the London Palladium
Review of Open Road at the Drayton Arms Theatre
Josie Lawrence to star in Mother Courage and her Children
Review of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical
Review of LoveStuck the musical at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of My Mind is Free at Waterloo East Theatre
Review of The Plains of Delight at Theatre Utopia
Review of The Hunting of The Snark at the Vaudeville Theatre
Review of Rabbits at Park Theatre
Review of The Unusual Theatre Company’s A Different Way Home
Review of Coming Clean at the King’s Head Theatre
Sergei Polunin Presents Project Polunin at London Coliseum
On The Habit of Being Oneself by Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation
Full casting announced for the UK Tour of Son of a Preacher Man

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