News, Reviews & Interviews November 2017

November 2017 was a remarkable month for theatre in London, with a rich array of performances across the West End, Off West End, and touring circuits. As the holiday season approached, audiences enjoyed an eclectic mix of classic hits, innovative new works, and touring productions that brought the magic of London’s theatre scene to a wider audience.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to be a major draw for theatre enthusiasts in November 2017, offering a blend of enduring classics and exciting new productions. Long-running favorites such as “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre maintained their legendary status, drawing in crowds with their timeless music and compelling stories.

One of the standout productions was “The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this gripping family drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland continued to receive rave reviews for its powerful performances and intricate storytelling, making it one of the hottest tickets in town.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” at the Apollo Theatre, which had officially opened in October, continued to captivate audiences with its vibrant energy and heartwarming message. This new musical, based on the true story of a teenager pursuing his dream of becoming a drag queen, won acclaim for its infectious score and uplifting narrative.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues were a hive of creativity and innovation in November 2017, presenting a variety of groundbreaking productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Albion,” written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold, explored themes of nationalism and nostalgia through the story of a woman trying to restore a once-famous garden. The play was praised for its timely relevance and strong performances, particularly by Victoria Hamilton.

The Donmar Warehouse offered a compelling production of “The Lady from the Sea,” directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. This modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play was lauded for its contemporary resonance and compelling performances, with Nikki Amuka-Bird delivering a standout performance in the lead role.

At the Young Vic, “The Jungle,” directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, provided a powerful and immersive experience. This play, based on the stories of refugees in the Calais Jungle camp, received widespread acclaim for its raw and impactful portrayal of human resilience and the refugee crisis, drawing strong emotional responses from audiences.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in November 2017 played a crucial role in extending the reach of London’s theatre magic to audiences across the UK. “War Horse,” celebrated for its extraordinary puppetry and poignant narrative, continued its successful tour, leaving a lasting impression on audiences nationwide.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” also remained a significant draw on its national tour. The production’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 acclaimed West End show.

The National Theatre’s touring production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted by Sally Cookson, offered a fresh and dynamic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. The production was praised for its imaginative direction and strong performances, bringing the beloved story to life in a new and engaging way.

Conclusion

November 2017 was a vibrant and diverse month for London theatre, showcasing the city’s rich and eclectic theatrical landscape. The West End dazzled with its blockbuster hits and new sensations, Off West End venues offered innovative and thought-provoking works, and touring shows ensured that the enchantment of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This 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 November 2017

Review of The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Full Cast and Extra Dates announced
Kinky Boots to tour UK from September 2018
Review of For Love Or Money at the Rose Theatre Kingston
A new immersive experience at the historic Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel
Review of Pinocchio – Directed and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon
Hatch It Theatre’s Whalebone and David Levesleys Silent Meat
Interview with Theo Solomon from the cast of Suzy Storck
Leading Ladies: starring Beverley Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley
Review of Kieran Lynn’s The Trap at Omnibus Theatre
Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017 Announced
West End’s Hamilton releases further seats for first booking period
Review of My Brother, My Sister and Me at the Polka Theatre Wimbledon
New £5million arts centre/theatre The Exchange opens in SW London
Review of Three Mothers at Waterloo East Theatre, London
Simon Callow’s new album of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Girl From the North Country casting announced Noel Coward Theatre
Shrek The Musical announces full casting for UK & Ireland tour
Review of Ugly Chief at Battersea Arts Centre
Trainspotting Live to return to London for 8 weeks from 27 March 2018
Review of Happiness by Lily Lowe-Myers at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Heather at the Bush Theatre
The Diary of a Nobody: enjoyable slice of Victorian fun
Review of House on Haunted Hill at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Richard III at Barons Court Theatre
London Theatre Matinee Tickets – West End Matinees Tickets
London Theatre Gift Vouchers for London West End Theatres
Family Theatre Shows & Kids Theatre London
Review of Trestle at Southwark Playhouse London
London West End Musicals Tickets Booking 2018 – 2019
London West End Plays – Book Tickets 2018 – 2019
Review of Muvvahood by Libby Liburd at Park Theatre
The Owls Are Not What They Seem plus Improvable and James & I
Review of The Mysterious Gentleman at the Courtyard Theatre
Review of The House of Bernarda Alba at Cervantes Theatre London
Review of James Meunier’s new solo EP ‘From The Heart’
Review of Tess The Musical Concept Album
Review of War Plays – Four Plays Voicing Stories of War
The lives of black inmates in the UK examined in new play Shadows
Review of Me, Myself and Rita at Canal Café Theatre
David Thaxton returns to play Javert in Les Misérables
David Haig to star in wartime thriller Pressure
Review of Lot Vekemans’ Poison at The Orange Tree
David Burt leads cast of Antic Disposition’s A Christmas Carol
School of Rock The Musical Hosts 2017 BBC Radio 2 Children in Need Gala
Review of The Red Lion at Trafalgar Studios
Interview with Sarah Argent – Writer and Director
Interview with Connie Walker from the cast of Trestle
Review of ALL IN by ATRESBANDES at New Diorama Theatre
Jim Broadbent leads the cast of A Very Very Very Dark Matter
Hairspray The Musical extends tour by 8 weeks
Parliament Square previews at the Bush Theatre from 30th November
Review of The Retreat at Park Theatre London
Review of A Murder is Announced at the Churchill Theatre Bromley
Interview with Kristina Rihanoff – Dance to the Music Tour
Review of The Dirty Thirty at the Rosemary Branch Theatre
Review of Big Fish The Musical at The Other Palace
Review of Tristram Shandy: Live At London! at OSO Art Centre
Review of The Tower Theatre Company’s Pravda at Bridewell Theatre
Review of Natalie Palamides: Laid at Soho Theatre
Chess: Landmark musical in first major West End revival in over 30 years
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch announces Spring 2018 season
Review of Rules for Living at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Am I Dead Yet at Soho Theatre London
Meet the West End Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
Review of Contractions at the New Diorama Theatre London
Strictly Ballroom The Musical Cast London West End
Priscilla Queen of the Desert comes to London at Bridewell Theatre
Review of Flycatcher at the Hope Theatre London
Review of No Place Like Hope at The Old Red Lion Theatre
La Soirée announces new acts for its residency at the Aldwych Theatre
Review of Jamaica Inn at The Tabard Theatre London
Review of Intermission Youth Theatre’s Double Trouble
Review of The Tailor-Made Man at The White Bear Theatre
Review of Vienna Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker
Final cast and creative team for King Tut – A Pyramid Panto
The Alexander Matthews Season at The Tristan Bates Theatre
CircusFest 2018 at Roundhouse London
Papatango tour dates for the world première of Sam Potter’s Hanna
Sergei Polunin announces full casting for Project Polunin’s SATORI
The Actors Centre to open up the John Thaw Studio…
Review of Lady Windermere’s Fan at Chelsea Theatre
Review of The Dark Room at Theatre503 London
Review of Glengarry Glen Ross at The Playhouse Theatre
Review of Hiding Heidi (A Tale of Love and Hate in Stoke on Trent)
Review of At The Heart of Things at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of The Damned United at The Pleasance
The Scandal Season: Jermyn Street Theatre Spring Season 2018
Follies: Behind the scenes images at the National Theatre
Thriller Live! London cast production images Lyric Theatre 2017
Review of Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked
Review of Miss Julie at Jermyn Street Theatre
The King and I Tickets | London Palladium
Review of The Importance of Being Earnest at Brockley Jack Studio
The King And I at The London Palladium in 2018
The End of History at Tristan Bates Theatre – Review
Review of Rasputin Rocks at Stockwell Playhouse
Saturday Matinees London West End – Buy tickets online now
Review of #Hashtag Lightie at the Arcola Theatre London
Rachel Tucker: An accomplished performance, powerful and poignant
A Beginner’s Guide to Populism Review – Voila! Europe Festival
Review of Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion – Pavement
Review of The End of History at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre
Shona White announced as Patron of The Playhouse Theatre
HiddenCity presents The Hunt for the Cheshire Cat
West End Up Close at Christmas charity concert – London
Review of XPOSED – LGBTQ+ New Writing Night Hen & Chickens Theatre
London premiere of Six the musical at the Arts Theatre
Review of We Are The Lions, Mr Manager! at Tara Theatre
Wicked musical raises enchanting amount for the Woodland Trust
London Musical Theatre Orchestra: A Christmas Carol casting news
Rob Brydon, Scarlett Strallen and Meow Meow to join Joe Stilgoe – Lyric Hammersmith
The Tragedy of Macbeth: Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation
Buy Tickets for A Monster Calls at The Old Vic Theatre
Review of Spamalot at New Wimbledon Theatre London
tiata fahodzi announces Kirsten Burrows as new Executive Director
Bush Theatre announces 2018 Season
Review of Wild Bore at Soho Theatre London
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Review – Bridewell Theatre London
Meet The West End cast of The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
Review of Sex Workers’ Opera – Ovalhouse London
The Gruffalo’s Child Live on Stage – Review – Lyric Theatre London
Privates On Parade: A Play with Songs in Two Acts – Review
Cinderella at Greenwich Theatre – Review
Inside Pussy Riot at Saatchi Gallery London – Review
Rock of Ages UK Tour Tickets now on sale
The Playground Theatre presents Shirleymander
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Going To The Theatre – Review
Leading Ladies announce new double-sided single
Casting Announced for Romeo & Juliet – Guildford Shakespeare Company
Edinburgh Playhouse Tickets
The Winslow Boy: New casting announced for UK Tour
Derren Brown announces UNDERGROUND tour dates for 2018
Boys in the Buff the Concert Review – The King’s Head Theatre
Interview with Tupele Dorgu from the cast of Barnum
A Christmas Carol: Simon Callow with The Brighouse and Rastrick Band
Fat Friends The Musical UK Tour Tickets On Sale
Doodle – The Musical! at Waterloo East Theatre in 2018
The Bunker’s Spring 2018 Season for ambitious artists and adventurous audiences
Peter Pan at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury – Review
Review of Northanger Abbey at The Pleasance Theatre
Interview with Stephen Leask – Dewey Finn in School of Rock The Musical
King Tut: A Pyramid Panto at The King’s Head Theatre
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Production of The Snowman
Girl from the North Country full casting announced
Review of Sponge by Turned On Its Head at Battersea Arts Centre

 

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