News, Reviews & Interviews May 2017

May 2017 was an exciting month for theatre enthusiasts in London, showcasing a rich variety of productions across the West End, Off West End, and touring circuits. This month, audiences were treated to a blend of long-running classics, innovative new works, and touring productions that extended the reach of London’s theatrical magic to a wider audience.

West End Highlights

The West End, known for its high-profile productions and star-studded casts, continued to captivate audiences in May 2017. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre held their places as iconic mainstays, drawing in both seasoned theatre-goers and first-time visitors.

One of the standout new additions was “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which opened to much fanfare. This dazzling musical, featuring a large cast and spectacular tap dance numbers, quickly became a favorite for its high-energy performances and lavish production design.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre remained a hot ticket, with fans eager to experience the magical continuation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. The play’s intricate staging and compelling narrative continued to earn rave reviews and attract audiences from around the globe.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End theatres, known for their creativity and willingness to push boundaries, offered an array of innovative productions in May 2017. The Almeida Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott, continued to mesmerize audiences with its modern and emotionally resonant interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” directed by Simon Evans and starring Lenny Henry. This darkly comedic play, which serves as a satirical allegory for the rise of Adolf Hitler, received praise for its sharp wit and powerful performances.

The Young Vic continued its streak of groundbreaking theatre with “Life of Galileo,” directed by Joe Wright and starring Brendan Cowell. This adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play about the famous astronomer was noted for its innovative staging and thought-provoking exploration of science and faith.

Touring Productions

Touring productions played a vital role in making high-quality theatre accessible to audiences outside London in May 2017. “War Horse,” known for its remarkable puppetry and moving narrative, continued its successful tour, leaving a lasting impact on audiences across the UK.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also 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 mystery captivated theatre-goers in various cities, bringing the West End hit to new audiences.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of “The Tempest,” starring Simon Russell Beale, offered a fresh and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic play. This production, known for its innovative use of technology and powerful performances, was a highlight for audiences around the country.


May 2017 was a vibrant and diverse month for London theatre, with the West End continuing to dazzle with its blockbuster productions and new arrivals, Off West End venues offering cutting-edge and thought-provoking works, and touring productions ensuring that the magic of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This dynamic 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 May 2017

Review of Gun Metal Blue at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Heaven On Earth The Live Arena Spectacular
This Beautiful Future at The Yard Theatre
Review of All Our Children at Jermyn Street Theatre
School of Rock The Musical casting update
Casting announced for Adventures In Wonderland at The Vaults
Pharmacy Theatre presents The Enchanted in London transfer
Review of Miss Nightingale The Musical at The Vaults
Review of Maria Friedman sings Lenny and Steve
First look at new Aladdin Matthew Croke in costume
Francesca Beard: How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse
Review of Becoming Mohammed at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Brodsky/Baryshnikov at the Apollo Theatre
Legally Blonde The Musical auditions to discover a four-legged star
Kinky Boots London West End cast update May 2017
Review of Angels in America – National Theatre
Review of Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. at Trafalgar Studios
Review of The Toad Knew at Sadler’s Wells
The Mercy Seat by Neil La Bute at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of The Pulverised at the Arcola Theatre
Review of Birds of Paradise at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of When Harry Met Barry at the Above the Stag Theatre
Review of Paper Hearts at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of COMING CLEAN: Life As A Naked House Cleaner
Review of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT at The Place
Agudo Dance Company – Silk Road at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Review of The Drowsy Chaperone at Bridewell Theatre
Review of Romeo & Juliet at the Union Theatre
Dreamgirls London Review Original London Cast Recording
Chelsea Walker wins RTST Director Award 2017
Svetlana Zakharova in Amore at London Coliseum
World premiere of DYL at the Old Red Lion Theatre
The KAOS Brief at Sci-Fi London Film Festival
Review of tick, tick… BOOM! at Park Theatre
Review of No Place For A Woman at Theatre503
Full cast announced for Mamma Mia! from 12th June 2017
Review of Brimstone and Treacle at The Hope Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King welcomes new cast to London’s Lyceum Theatre
Identity Crisis by Phina Oruche is “a sharp and insightful play”
Review of Yaël Farber’s Salomé – Olivier Theatre
Review of Occupational Hazards at Hampstead Theatre
Review of Miss Meena and the Masala Queens at Watford Palace Theatre
Review of The Gap in the Light at the New Diorama Theatre
The 50th-anniversary production of Joe Orton’s classic farce Loot
Review of Room at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Review of Fracked! or Please Don’t Use The F-Word
Review of Full Circle at Theatre N16
New version of Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel gets London premiere
Review of Dyl at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Half Moon Theatre’s Happily Ever After
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer at the Camden People’s Theatre
I Loved Lucy to transfer to London’s Arts Theatre
Review of Hong Kong City at the King’s Head Theatre
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is ‘a surprisingly captivating and compelling show’
Opera in the City Festival at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Footloose: The Musical at Richmond Theatre
A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over news…
Review of By Jove Theatre Company’s Here She Comes
Final casting announced for UK & Ireland Tour of Miss Saigon
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical News
War Horse UK Tour 2017–19 Cast Announced
The Mentor London West End Transfer
Review of Sir Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness
Blush: ‘extraordinary production is fascinating from start to finish’
Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire star in Labour of Love
The Other Palace ‘Development Programme and First Work In Progress’
Prism: starring Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner at Hampstead Theatre
Interview with Michael Fox from the cast of A Lie of a Mind
Review of Othello at Wilton’s Music Hall
Laurence Fox to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing
Interview with Alex Bourne from the cast of Annie
Review of DEPOSIT – A Hampstead Downstairs Original
5 Guys Chillin’ at the King’s Head Theatre – Review
Review of JUDY! at the Arts Theatre London
WEST END BAKE OFF in aid of Acting For Others
The Color Purple in Concert: ‘This was a bold and beautiful production’
Crazy For You cast announced – Crazy For You Tickets on sale
Review of Death of the King – An Immersive Punk Murder Mystery
Final London performances for Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Catch Me (Attrape-Moi) Review – Underbelly Festival
Review of My World Has Exploded a Little Bit by Bella Heesom
Review of Mummy at The Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel)
Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans to head new Wicked London cast
Review of Lottery at The Pleasance Theatre
School of Rock The Musical London – Interview with Gary Trainor
Review of A Lie of a Mind at the Southwark Playhouse
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ashleigh Gray to perform at A Night For Life
Ambassadors Theatre: The Adventures of Pinocchio and 13 The Musical
Review of Jekyll and Hyde London Pleasance Theatre
Review of Jam at Finborough Theatre
Review of Night Voices by Beartuza Theatre Company
Review of Bring on the Bollywood at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Whitechapel: Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron
You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret – Review
Review of Chummy by John Foster at the White Bear Theatre
Review of Border Men at the King’s Head Theatre
Lizzy Watts plays title role in Hedda Gabler – National Theatre Tour
Review of Opera in the City Festival Launch
Review of The Unusual Theatre Company’s I Am My Own Wife
Sam Bailey, Elaine C Smith and Jodie Prenger star in Fat Friends The Musical
Review of 102 a new play by Michael Honnah at The Space Theatre
Review of Contactless at the Hen and Chickens Theatre


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