News, Reviews & Interviews September 2017

September 2017 was an electrifying month for theatre in London, brimming with an array of captivating performances across the West End, Off West End, and touring productions. As autumn approached, theatre-goers enjoyed a rich selection of shows that highlighted the creativity and diversity of London’s vibrant theatre scene.

West End Highlights

The West End continued to be a major attraction in September 2017, offering a mix of beloved classics and new productions that captivated audiences. Long-running stalwarts such as “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre maintained their allure, enchanting audiences with their timeless music and powerful storytelling.

“The Ferryman” at the Gielgud Theatre remained a standout production. Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, this gripping family drama set in 1980s Northern Ireland continued to draw praise for its compelling narrative and stellar performances, making it one of the hottest tickets in town.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” a vibrant new musical based on a true story, began previews at the Apollo Theatre. With its uplifting tale of a teenager pursuing his dream of becoming a drag queen, the production received early acclaim for its heartwarming message and energetic performances, quickly generating buzz.

Off West End Innovation

Off West End venues were a hub of innovation and creativity in September 2017, presenting a variety of groundbreaking productions. The Almeida Theatre’s “Ink,” written by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, explored the rise of The Sun newspaper and its provocative editor, Larry Lamb. This sharply written play was praised for its insightful look at media and power, as well as its dynamic staging.

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

The Young Vic’s “Wings,” starring Juliet Stevenson, continued to impress audiences. Directed by Natalie Abrahami, this powerful play about a woman recovering from a stroke combined physical theatre with emotional storytelling, earning praise for Stevenson’s moving performance and the production’s innovative staging.

Touring Productions

Touring productions in September 2017 brought the magic of London theatre to audiences across the UK, ensuring that high-quality performances were accessible beyond the capital. “War Horse,” celebrated for its extraordinary puppetry and poignant narrative, continued to 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 Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of “Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Iqbal Khan, offered a fresh and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. The production was noted for its powerful performances and contemporary relevance, making it a highlight for audiences around the country.

Conclusion

September 2017 showcased the richness and diversity of London’s theatre scene. The West End dazzled with its mix of enduring hits and exciting new productions, Off West End venues offered innovative and thought-provoking works, 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 September 2017

An American In Paris Tickets London West End
Review of Adam & Eve at the Jack Studio Theatre
Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins star in Frozen
NT Live Screening of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof on 22nd February 2018
National Theatre: Douglas Henshall is Max Schumacher in NETWORK
Final cast announced for Dick Whittington – London Palladium 2017
Review of Talk Radio at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Edward II at Tristan Bates Theatre
Tamsin Greig takes over from Sarah Lancashire in Labour of Love
Review of Outlaws to In-Laws at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of 9 to 5 The Musical at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
An American in Paris musical extends for a second time
An Officer and a Gentleman UK Tour Tickets On Sale
TEDxRoyalCentralSchool: The Next Stage
Christian Slater returns to the West End in Glengarry Glen Ross
Joe Pasquale to star in UK Tour of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
Matilda Cast London: New children cast for Matilda The Musical
Review of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
Review of HYEM (yem, hjem, home) at Theatre503
Review of Dante’s Divine Comedy at Barons Court Theatre
Review of Deadline Day by Eastlake Productions at TheatreN16
Cast announced for ALBION, a new play by Mike Bartlett
Review of Wait Until Dark at Richmond Theatre
Review of Follies at the Olivier Theatre – National Theatre
Experimental Experience presents the UK Tour of Sex Worker’s Opera
Review of Britney Spears The Cabaret at the The Other Palace
Strictly Ballroom The Musical London Piccadilly Theatre
Antic Disposition presents: A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall
Review of 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline
Hamilton London final casting announced ahead of 6th December 2017 opening
Full cast announced for Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical
Review of The Provoked Wife at The Hope Theatre
Review of Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse
Review of The Night Pirates at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre
Review of Mrs Orwell at Southwark Playhouse
Review of ISHQ at Sadler’s Wells London
UK Tour of The Jungle Book announced for 2017/18
Shrek The Musical announces casting for new nationwide tour
Natasha J Barnes cast in London revival of the thriller Tryst
Casting announced for the Lyric Hammersmith’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk
Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in a post apocalyptic Britain
Shared Experience: A major new production of As You Like It
Review of La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler at Theatro Technis
The Wind In The Willows online and in cinemas
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
Review of Coriolanus at The Rose Playhouse
Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatro Technis
Review of Driving Miss Daisy at Richmond Theatre
Review of Pieces at The Vaults Theatre London
Review of Thebes Land at the Arcola Theatre
Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre commemorates Sir Peter Hall
Judy, Audrey and Marilyn come to life at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of The Blinding Light at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of OSLO at The National Theatre
The Ladykillers at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Review of Derren Brown: Underground at The Playhouse Theatre
Clare Burt will star alongside Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish
Review of The State of Things at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Casting announced for the West End premiere of THE EXORCIST
Cookies by Emily Jenkins at Theatre Royal Haymarket
ALT. Training launches its second programme supporting BAME
Review of And The Rest Of Me Floats – a new play by Outbox Theatre
Dates confirmed: Tina musical based on the life of Tina Turner
Pearl Mackie joins the cast of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
Kinky Boots celebrates its 2nd Birthday in the West End
Review of Songs For a New World at The Space London
Review of Half Breed at Soho Theatre
Review of Bridges Y Puentes 2017 by The Ragroof Players
Review of Gate: A new play by Artemis Fitzalan Howard
Review of The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre
Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre – Review
Review of Holding The Man at Above The Stag Theatre
Harriet Thorpe to star as HRH Princess Margaret in A Princess Undone
Rehearsal photos released of Julian Clary and James Nelson-Joyce in Le Grand Mort
London Horror Festival 2017 at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of ‘What Would Julie Do? Live’ at The Pheasantry
Top Hat – Upstairs at the Gatehouse from 13th December 2017
Review of Doctor Faustus at The OSO Arts Centre
Casting announced for Yasmina Reza’s Art – UK and IRELAND TOUR
Review of Actors Jam: Autumn Showcase at Ovalhouse Theatre
Interview with John Hollingworth
Legally Blonde The Musical UK Tour Production Photographs
Review of Golden Age Theatre Company’s The Test
Interview with Elinor Lawless and Rufus Wright – The End of Hope
Danny Mac strips off for latest stage role – SUNSET BOULEVARD
Review of Mae Martin: Dope at Soho Theatre
BalletBoyz present four new pieces – London & UK
Review of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition at The Other Palace Studio
Evita Tickets London Phoenix Theatre
Five Guys Named Moe
Untold Stories: A New Playwriting Festival at SLAM, Kings Cross
The 5 Stages of Moe at Marble Arch Theatre
Ink London Duke of York’s Theatre
Glengarry Glen Ross Tickets London West End
Labour of Love Tickets Noel Coward Theatre
Long Day’s Journey Into Night | London Wyndham’s Theatre
La Soiree Tickets | London Theatre Tickets for London West End Shows
Oslo Tickets London Harold Pinter Theatre
Review of Rebel Angel at the Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge
Witness for the Prosecution Tickets London County Hall
Barnum Menier Chocolate Factory | London Theatre Tickets | London Shows
Hair The Musical | London Theatre Tickets for West End Shows
Company Musical Tickets for Company musical London 2018
Rosalie Craig and Patti Lupone star in Company
Bascule Chamber Concerts – Tower Bridge
Casting announced for 2018 UK Tour of Strangers On a Train
Interview with Dickon Tyrrell from the cast of Labour of Love
Promise and Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton
Review of The Existence Formula at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of Cabaret at New Wimbledon Theatre
Paul Nicholas, Wendi Peters, Sue Holderness and Jeff Rawle star in Quartet
Inside Pussy Riot immersive experience at the Saatchi Gallery
THE BAND: Take That’s New Musical Tickets
Casting announced for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Interview with Tom McKay from the cast of The Lady From The Sea
Peter Nichols at 90 at The British Library London
King’s Head Theatre to host Beauty & The Beast (A Musical Parody)
Inside Pussy Riot Tickets Saatchi Gallery London
Review of Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studio Two
Full cast announced for Wicked 2018 UK & Ireland Tour
STOMP Cast and Audience Celebrate 15th Birthday in London
Claire Sweeney to join cast of Crazy For You from 16th January 2018
Review of Romantic Revolution at The London Palladium
Theatre N16 is looking for a new home
Binaural Dinner Date at Theatre Royal Stratford East
UK Tour of Duet For One production photographs
An American In Paris plays final weeks & filmed for cinema release
Rehearsal images from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic
Wicked 2017 Images – London Apollo Victoria Theatre
Eva Noblezada Live in Concert 28th January 2018
Hackney Empire announces casting for 2017 pantomime Cinderella
Impropera presents Muso – various London dates 2017-18
Riotous solo grotesque bouffon show Ouroboros at Theatre N16
Janie Dee releases her debut album – Janie Dee at the BBC
Review of Jane Eyre at The National Theatre
Donmar Warehouse announces 2017/2018 programme
Review of The Duchess of Malfi at Drayton Arms Theatre
The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016/2017
Review of Sunset Boulevard at Leicester’s Curve Theatre
Review of Turkey at The Hope Theatre
Review of Fox at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Gin For Breakfast at Tristan Bates Theatre
Lady Windermere’s Fan | The Oscar Wilde Season
Review of Frankenstein at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
The Witches London National Theatre
Churchill Theatre’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Launch
Review of Lucky Stiff at the Union Theatre

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