News, Reviews & Interviews October 2017

October 2017 was an exciting month for theatre in London, with a dynamic mix of productions across the West End, Off West End, and touring circuits. As the autumn season settled in, audiences enjoyed a diverse array of performances that highlighted the creativity and vibrancy of London’s renowned theatre scene.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to captivate audiences in October 2017 with its blend of long-running favorites and fresh new offerings. Iconic shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre remained crowd-pleasers, drawing in theatre-goers with their enduring appeal and powerful storytelling.

“The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre continued to be a major highlight. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this gripping drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland maintained its status as one of the most compelling productions in the West End, praised for its intricate narrative and outstanding performances.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” which had officially opened at the Apollo Theatre, quickly became a sensation. This vibrant musical, based on a true story about a teenager aspiring to become a drag queen, won acclaim for its heartwarming message, energetic performances, and infectious score, making it a must-see show of the season.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues were bustling with innovative and thought-provoking productions in October 2017. The Almeida Theatre’s “Albion,” a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold, premiered to much anticipation. Set in a rural English garden, the play explored themes of nationalism and nostalgia, earning praise for its timely subject matter and strong performances, particularly by Victoria Hamilton.

The Donmar Warehouse presented “The Lady from the Sea,” directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. This modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play was lauded for its contemporary relevance 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 October 2017 brought the best of London theatre to audiences across the UK, ensuring that exceptional performances were accessible beyond the capital. “War Horse,” renowned for its extraordinary puppetry and moving narrative, continued its successful tour, touching hearts and 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 production’s inventive staging and compelling story about a young boy’s quest to solve a neighborhood mystery captivated theatre-goers in various cities, bringing the acclaimed West End show to new audiences.

The National Theatre’s touring production of “Hedda Gabler,” directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Ruth Wilson, offered a contemporary and powerful retelling of Ibsen’s classic play. This production was noted for its bold direction and Wilson’s intense performance, making it a highlight for audiences around the country.

Conclusion

October 2017 was a vibrant and diverse month for London theatre, showcasing the city’s rich theatrical landscape. The West End dazzled with its mix of classic hits and new sensations, Off West End venues provided innovative and thought-provoking productions, and touring shows ensured that the magic of London theatre reached audiences far and wide. This month highlighted London’s status as a global theatre capital, offering an array of performances that catered to every taste and preference.

News, Reviews & Interviews Octber 2017

Review of Zeraffa Giraffa a new play by Sabrina Mahfouz
Review of Ad Libido by Fran Bushe at The Pleasance, Islington
The Toxic Avenger The Musical Tickets London
Review of Janie Dee at the BBC – Live Studio Album
Mad Women in My Attic! at The Other Palace
Full cast announcement for #HashtagLightie at Arcola Theatre
Lazarus Theatre take up year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre
Christmas and New Year at Battersea Arts Centre
UK premiere Sadler’s Wells debut Kyle Abraham – Abraham.In.Motion
National Tour announced for the award-winning musical TEDDY
Frantic Assembly’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True
Review of Untold Stories – A New Writing Festival #4 at SLAM 32
The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas Tickets London 2017/2018
Interview with Sam O’Mahony from the cast of The Weir
Review of The Toxic Avenger The Musical at The Arts Theatre
Gwen Taylor and Susan Penhaligon in The Importance of Being Earnest
Promise and Promiscuity Jane Austen musical at Greenwich Theatre
The UK premiere of Jump out of Skin by Zuza Ferenczova
Gilgamesh at the White Bear Theatre from 10th to 21 October 2017
Witness for the Prosecution production images released
National Theatre 2017 Autumn Press Conference
Review of Absolute Certainty at The White Bear Theatre
Frankenstein comes to the Bridewell Theatre in central London
Girl from the North Country in West End transfer
Cast announced for Daisy Pulls It Off at Park Theatre
Girl From The North Country London Tickets | Gielgud Theatre
Stars of stage and screen unite in Gala Event – Whither Would You Go?
Review of Flashdance The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of What Shadows at Park Theatre
Pinocchio rehearsal photographs – National Theatre
Interview with Ed Hughes from the cast of Rules for Living
Review of A Nazi Comparison at Waterloo East Theatre
Review of Tosca at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of The 39 Steps – The Tower Theatre Company
Production photographs for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Review of Hedda Gabler at Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Wayne McGregor – Autobiography at Sadler’s Wells
Review of Saloon by Cirque Éloize at The Peacock
Labour of Love Review – Noel Coward Theatre London
Old Red Lion Theatre to hold open auditions for Great Expectations
Review of What Once Was Ours at Half Moon Theatre
Review of Smoke & Oakum’s Kings at New Diorama Theatre
European premiere of Kieran Lynn’s new comedy The Trap
Review of 31 Hours at The Bunker Theatre
Production images released from the world premiere of Gilgamesh
Lead casting announced for 2018 UK tour of The Winslow Boy
Cast announced for the UK premiere of The Dark Room at Theatre503
The Queen’s Theatre’s world premiere of new adaptation of The Invisible Man
Review of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle Wyndham’s Theatre
Official production photographs for record-breaking Cabaret
All Or Nothing Musical London West End transfer | Arts Theatre
New Peter Pan sequel at Theatre N16 for half-term
National Theatre Annual Review 2016–17: In summary
Review of UnCorked Theatre’s How To Solve A Problem Like Murder
Review of National Youth Theatre’s production of Othello
Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Richmond Theatre
Guess How Much I love You – Arts Theatre London and UK Tour
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe in world record signing attempt
Review of Rashdash: Two Man Show
Review of If You’re Glad, I’ll Be Frank at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of Beowulf at the Unicorn Theatre
Review of National Youth Theatre’s production of Jekyll and Hyde
Further casting for Richmond Theatre’s family pantomime Aladdin
Review of 50th Anniversary production of Hair at The Vaults
Graeae Theatre Company presents: Reasons to be Cheerful
Review of The Busy World is Hushed at the Finborough Theatre
Review of The End of Hope at Soho Theatre
Sheila Hancock to star in London stage premiere of Harold and Maude
Ian McKellen to feature as The Voice of The Demon in The Exorcist
Full cast announced for Sheffield Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz
DH (Deaf & Hearing) Ensemble’s People of The Eye at the Battersea Arts Centre
Review of All The Little Lights at the Arcola Theatre
Review of The Great Gatsby presented by The Guild of Misrule
Review of Saint George and the Dragon at The Olivier Theatre
Review of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper at Ovalhouse
Lady Windermere’s Fan at The Vaults Theatre
Review of A Day by the Sea at Southwark Playhouse
Review of David Mamet’s Reunion and Dark Pony
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure to Tour UK
The Other Palace announce Autumn/Winter Season in The Other Studio
Mischief Theatre announce Mischief Movie Night at Arts Theatre
The Damned United transfers to The Pleasance, London
Awards Success for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Review of The Legend of King Arthur – Guildford Shakespeare Company
Review of Tryst at the Tabard Theatre London
STOMP to close in London after 15 years – run to end 7th January 2018
Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn to premiere at The Tabard Theatre
Review of Feet at the Etcetera Theatre
Production photography released for Young Marx – Bridge Theatre
Adrienne Warren to play title role in world premiere of Tina
Simon Mole brings Friends For All to the Polka Theatre
Review of Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre
Review of Venus In Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of Salome at Barons Court Theatre London
Dreamgirls celebrates its first birthday in the West End by announcing new cast
Review of Frankenstein at the Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Royal Bath announces Spring Season 2018
Jack and the Beanstalk full casting announced – Lyric Hammersmith
Review of Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead at Soho Theatre
Review of Fishskin Trousers at Park Theatre
Meera Syal to play Miss Hannigan in London West End’s Annie
The Ultimate Dirty Dancing soundtrack available on limited edition vinyl
UK Tour dates announced for Dusty the new Dusty Springfield Musical
Cast announced for award-winning musical transferring to London
Review of Richard III at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of Skin Tight at the Hope Theatre
Review of The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse
Review of Tea Break Theatre’s Dracula at Sutton House
Review of Incoming/Exodus at Camden People’s Theatre
School of Rock The Musical Cast – School of Rock Cast 2017 – 2018
MISS SAIGON Tour – Further Touring Dates Announced
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic First Look Production Images
Winners of Theatre and Technology Awards 2017
Review of Hear Me Raw at Soho Theatre
Kathryn Hunter directs Paul Hunter as Napoleon in Napoleon Disrobed
Interview with Abigail Poulton from the cast of Contractions
Pentire Street Productions present RICHARD III at Barons Court Theatre
Wicked 2018 UK & Ireland Tour Production Photographs
The Old Vic Announces Bicentenary Season
Review of Insignificance by Terry Johnson at the Arcola Theatre
Rachel Tucker With Stagebox Choir Live At Shoreditch Town Hall
Full casting announced for The York Realist
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Together Again
Toyah Willcox stars in London transfer of Jubilee
Review of When Midnight Strikes at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Silent Screams at The Broadway – Barking
Shakespeare Schools Festival at Greenwich Theatre
Review of Reasons To Be Cheerful at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
Eugenius! Tickets | The Other Palace | Buy London Theatre Tickets
Warwick Davis announces EUGENIUS! at The Other Palace
West Side Story at The Bishopsgate Institute in London 2018
Review of Our House at Churchill Theatre
Review of Heroes at Bridge House Theatre
Review of Jinkx Sings Everything! at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic Theatre
Review of On The Piste at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Dates and casting announced for new National Theatre season
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play at The Bridge House Theatre
Review: Of Kith and Kin at The Bush Theatre London
Review of Lord Dismiss Us at Above The Stag Theatre
Review of Imagine This at the Union Theatre
Review of Kali Theatre Company’s Bitched – Tristan Bates Theatre
Angel Theatre Company present No Exit at Barons Court Theatre
Review of Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Anything That Flies at Jermyn St Theatre
Full cast announced for The Birthday Party
Tess concept album to be unveiled 5th November 2017
Production photography of The Exorcist – Phoenix Theatre
Review of Motion at Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Antigone at Greenwich Theatre London

 

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