News, Reviews & Interviews March 2017

March 2017 was a dynamic and exciting month for London’s theatre scene, showcasing a rich tapestry of performances across the West End, Off West End, and touring productions. With new premieres, innovative adaptations, and national tours, theatre-goers had an array of options to enjoy world-class entertainment.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to captivate audiences with its mix of long-standing hits and fresh offerings. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre maintained their iconic status, delivering powerful performances night after night.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre was a standout, enchanting audiences with its magical effects and gripping storyline. The two-part play remained a hot ticket, drawing fans from around the world to experience the next chapter in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding saga.

A notable addition in March was the musical “42nd Street,” which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This dazzling production, featuring a large ensemble cast and spectacular tap dance numbers, brought the glitz and glamour of Broadway to London, earning enthusiastic reviews.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues continued to push the boundaries of theatre with their bold and innovative productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott, offered a fresh and deeply emotional take on the Shakespearean classic. The production received critical acclaim for its modern interpretation and Scott’s riveting performance.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “Limehouse,” a new play by Steve Waters, exploring the formation of the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s. The play’s timely political themes and strong ensemble cast resonated with audiences, making it a highlight of the month.

At the Young Vic, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” delighted audiences with its imaginative staging and contemporary twist on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, the production was praised for its bold visuals and inventive approach.

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a significant role in bringing the magic of London theatre to audiences across the UK in March 2017. “War Horse,” with its breathtaking puppetry and poignant storytelling, continued its successful tour, moving audiences in various cities.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also remained a major draw on its national tour. Its innovative design and compelling narrative captivated theatre-goers, extending the show’s West End success to new locations.

The National Theatre’s production of “Hedda Gabler,” starring Ruth Wilson, embarked on a UK tour, offering a contemporary take on Ibsen’s classic play. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the production was noted for its modern aesthetic and powerful performances.

Conclusion

March 2017 showcased the vibrant and diverse nature of London’s theatre scene. The West End continued to enchant with its mix of classic hits and new musicals, while Off West End venues provided a platform for creative and thought-provoking works. Touring productions ensured that the magic of London theatre reached audiences far and wide, enriching the cultural landscape across the UK. This month highlighted the city’s commitment to excellence in performance arts, offering something for every theatre enthusiast.

The Tower Theatre Company presents The Importance of Being Earnest
CJ de Mooi reflects on a turbulent 2016 and life ahead…
Bollywood on a national theatre tour – A comedic romp of East meets West
The Idle Women | UK Tour including Limehouse
STEPPING OUT casting update as Preview performances begin
Review of Lizzie at Greenwich Theatre
Ugly Lies the Bone at the National Theatre – Review
New Matildas announced and new Matilda video released…
Dreamgirls announce release of original London cast recording
Review of Killer at Shoreditch Town Hall
Celebration, Florida at The Albany – Review
Handbagged at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review
Beautiful is everything audiences love about live musical theatre
West End Reviews: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Don Juan in Soho rehearsal images – Wyndham’s Theatre
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard – Finborough Theatre – Review
Anything Other Theatre Company’s All of Me – Review
KINGS by Smoke and Oakum Theatre – Review
Scripts for Supper Twelfth Night at The London Cooking Project
Review of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Review of The Bacon Killer at Theatre Utopia
Ionesco/Dinner at the Smith’s – Review
Review of The Very Perry Show at The Hope Theatre London N1
Sasha Regan’s all-male The Mikado or The Town of Titipu
The Many Crimes of Hector Cartwright at the VAULT Festival
Print Room At The Coronet Karen Blixen Double Bill
Jill Winternitz Q&A – I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Carole King makes return visit to Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Tricycle Theatre announces future programming ahead of reopening
Murder for Two is ‘a side-splitting comedy’ at The Other Palace Theatre
Rehearsal images from David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish
Dirty Dancing The Classic Story on Stage 7000th performance
Review of The Naked Truth at Leicester Square Theatre
Open Auditions for young rockstars in School of Rock The Musical
2017 Up Next Gala raises over £1 million…
Cast and full creative team announced for The Braille Legacy
Fracked! or Please Don’t Use The F-Word UK Tour
Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal’s The Machine Stops
Homecomings: The Monkey at Theatre 503 – Review
Jersey Boys embark on second UK & Ireland Tour from December 2017
Wisdom of a Fool at Lost Theatre London – Review
Bunker Without Borders – a week-long festival of theatre…
DRINKS: immersive, site-specific and interactive play – Basic Space Festival 2017
Review of Geoff Norcott: Conswervative
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – ‘marvellous and gripping production’
CAT – (THE PLAY!!!) The untold tale of the first pussy fired from CATS
Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley at Theatre N16
The Life: sneak peak at Southwark Playhouse
One Was Nude and One Wore Tails at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
My Country; a work in progress at The National Theatre – Review
UK premiere of Southern Baptist Sissies by Del Shores – Review
The Inevitable Disappearance of Edward J. Neverwhere
Frankenstein at Wilton’s Musical Hall – Review
One Last Thing (For Now) at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Lazarus Theatre’s Caucasian Chalk Circle cast announced
Four Thieves’ Vinegar at Barons Court Theatre – Review
First UK Tour of new musical Son of a Preacher Man
My Brilliant Friend at the Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
Serena Jennings takes over the role of Alistair…
LMTO’s Honeymoon in Vegas the Musical in Concert – Review
REHEARSAL IMAGES: The Missing Light at The Old Vic
Disney’s ALADDIN announces its first dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance
Women Redressed: Act 1 at Park Theatre – Review
Jonny and The Baptists: Eat The Poor – Review
Front of House Theatre Company presents Let the Write One In
Rehearsal images released for semi-staged version of Carousel
Silent Opera to premiere immersive VIXEN at The Vaults Theatre
Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre – Review
The Significant Other Festival at The Vaults Theatre – Review
Review of The Miser at the Garrick Theatre
The Divide: a new play by Alan Ayckbourn to open at The Old Vic Autumn 2017
Worst Wedding Ever at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
La Cage Aux Folles at New Wimbledon Theatre – Review
Leading stars of stage and screen come together to support A Night For Life
New musical The Superhero comes to Southwark Playhouse
Spiral presented by Free Rayne Artists at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Interview with Nick Wilton from the cast of Dog Ends
Under the Blue Sky by The Tower Theatre Company – Review
The Bad Seed at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Full Casting announced for Footloose: The Musical
Beauty and the Beast announced as Queen’s Theatre’s 2017/18 pantomime
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? – Rehearsal Images
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? broadcast live to cinemas
Chousensha -The Challengers – Review
The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review
Limehouse at Donmar Warehouse – Review
After Party at The Pleasance Theatre – Review
A Dark Night in Dalston at the Park Theatre – Review
Swan Lake – Vienna Festival Ballet – Theatre Royal Windsor
The Principle of Uncertainty at Draper Hall – Review
Threesome returns to the Union Theatre – Review
The Fall by EmpathEyes at the Acklam Village Market
Normal by Anthony Neilson at Styx – Review
Juliette Burton: Decision Time at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
Tamburlaine at the Arcola Theatre – Review
Review of Shirley Valentine starring Jodie Prenger – National Tour
Interview with Victoria Willing – Writer of Spring Offensive – Omnibus
An American in Paris: Production Photography and Footage released
An American in Paris Review
Sir Ian McKellen to perform exclusive one man show at Park Theatre
Run by Stephen Laughton at The Bunker – Review
Dark Vanilla Jungle is ‘an intense and intriguing experience’
Ruth Gemmell and Emma Paetz star in ‘No Place For A Woman’
Asmeret Ghebremichael to perform the role of Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls
42nd Street London production photographs released
Don Juan in Soho production images released
Full casting announced for The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium
Kicked in the Sh*tter is a ‘powerful and poignant play’
Staying Faithful by Chocolate Chilli Theatre – Review
Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd transfers to Trafalgar Studios
The Chemsex Monologues at The King’s Head Theatre – Review
Montagues and Capulets – An Immersive Production – Review
Bloomsbury Opera and Goodenough College present Tahiti!
Angels in America: Rehearsal images released – National Theatre
Interview with Orlando James – The Winter’s Tale
OFFSIDE by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish – Review
Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet transfers to Harold Pinter Theatre
Review of Adam & Eve… and Steve at the King’s Head Theatre
The Wipers Times at The Arts Theatre – Review
Don Juan in Soho is ‘a forthright and sharp production’
Richard Bean’s Kiss Me transfers to Trafalgar Studios
Chinglish at Park Theatre has ‘intrigue, romance and laughs’
The Life is ‘a magnificent and sensational production’
When the Dove Returns at The Blue Elephant Theatre
Sony Music announce the signing of singer and actress Natasha
Comedian Desiree Burch joins the cast of This Joint is Jumpin’
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Rehearsals begin for new cast…
Review of The Mutant Man at The Space
The Caucasian Chalk Circle – Lazarus Theatre Company
Wild Card: Dan Daw UK premiere at Lilian Baylis Studio

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