News, Reviews & Interviews April 2018

Here’s an overview of the theatre scene in London’s West End, Off West End, and regional theatre in April 2018:

West End Theatre:

In April 2018, the West End continued to offer a blend of long-running classics and new, exciting productions:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: The groundbreaking musical about Alexander Hamilton remained one of the most sought-after tickets in London.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical continued to enchant audiences with its romantic and haunting story.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The enduring tale of revolution and redemption in 19th-century France continued to be a major draw.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The spellbinding two-part play set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter continued to attract large audiences.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s visually stunning musical adaptation of the beloved animated film remained a popular choice for theatre-goers.

Other notable productions included:

  1. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: The musical biography of the legendary singer Tina Turner, which had opened in March 2018, continued to thrill audiences with its powerful performances.
  2. Company at the Gielgud Theatre: Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, starring Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, was in previews and generating buzz.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The satirical musical from the creators of South Park continued to entertain with its irreverent humor.
  4. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre: Disney’s magical musical adaptation of the animated classic was a hit with families and fans of the film.
  5. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz remained a fan favorite with its spectacular staging and music.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres continued to showcase a variety of innovative and intimate productions in April 2018:

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp received widespread acclaim for its compelling narrative and innovative staging.
  2. Nine Night at the National Theatre: Natasha Gordon’s debut play, exploring the Jamaican tradition of nine-night mourning, was well-received for its poignant and humorous portrayal of family dynamics.
  3. Quiz at the Noël Coward Theatre: James Graham’s play, based on the true story of the “coughing major” scandal on the UK’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, transferred to the West End following a successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre.
  4. An Octoroon at the National Theatre (Dorfman): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ radical adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century melodrama was praised for its bold and provocative take on race and identity.
  5. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play exploring the challenges faced by a young female playwright in a male-dominated industry continued to generate conversation and critical acclaim.

Regional Theatre:

Regional theatres across the UK offered a diverse range of productions, from classic plays to contemporary works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s season included productions of Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, and Macbeth.
  2. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: This theatre presented Happy Days, Samuel Beckett’s challenging play about resilience and endurance, starring Maxine Peake.
  3. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: The REP staged What Shadows, a play about Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech and its repercussions.
  4. The Bristol Old Vic: This theatre featured productions such as Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s powerful and autobiographical family drama.
  5. The Sheffield Crucible: The Crucible hosted One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic novel about life in a mental institution, directed by Javaad Alipoor.

These productions reflect the rich and varied theatre scene in the UK in April 2018, showcasing a mix of blockbuster musicals, classic plays, innovative new works, and regional highlights.

News, Reviews & Interviews April 2018

Victim: exploring life inside a women’s prison | Review
Review of Happy Warriors at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis star in UK Tour of 84 Charing Cross Road
Witness for the Prosecution new cast production images
Knife crime in London analysed in new verbatim drama | Courtyard Theatre
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2018 Programme
Interview with Jonathan O’Boyle | Rasheeda Speaking | Trafalgar Studios
On the 74th anniversary of D-Day Pressure transfers to Ambassadors Theatre
Review of David Haig’s play Pressure at Park Theatre
Bat Out of Hell booking extension announced at Dominion Theatre
TEDDY: The Vaults, London ‘the must-see show of the season’ | Review
Cast announced for Sasha Regan’s all-male Iolanthe | UK Tour
This Is Not A Safe Space at Camden People’s Theatre
Review of The Sleeper at The Space, London
The Rhythm Method a new Musical with fertility experts and public…
Southbank Centre announces (B)old; a new festival celebrating age and creativity
Jasmin Vardimon announces new dance work for twentieth anniversary
Review of Devil With The Blue Dress at The Bunker
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre confirm Jesus Christ Superstar North American Tour
MAMMA MIA! 19th Birthday, New Booking Period and New Cast
Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018: Leicester’s annual dance festival
Review of Plastic at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of Frogman at Shoreditch Town Hall
Lovebites by Peter Rutherford and James Millar | Review
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner | Review
Review: The Way Of The World By William Congreve | Donmar Warehouse
Review of Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake at Polka Theatre
National Youth Dance Company / Sharon Eyal – Used To Be Blonde
Park Theatre July to December 2018 Season Announced
Review of Small Faces at Rosemary Branch Theatre
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch announces autumn 2018 season
Review of immersive drama The White Plague at Landor Space
A Christmas Carol Tickets London Old Vic Theatre
Périclès, Prince de Tyr at Silk Street Theatre, Barbican
Review of Quartet at Richmond Theatre
Rehearsal images for MONOGAMY starring Janie Dee and Charlie Brooks
New adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods
Review of Reared by John Fitzpatrick at Theatre503
Review of Sunset Boulevard at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Live cast recording of Billy The Kid by Frost & Hough released
Review of Showtime from the Frontline
Review of You Can’t Take it With You at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of 0 Days Without Crying at Landor_Space
Review of I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical at Crazy Coqs
Harold and Maude is ‘a theatrical masterpiece’ at Charing Cross Theatre
Review of The Act by Company Three at The Yard
Sylwia Kaczmarek interview: Kantata na cztery skrzydla – Cantata For Four Wings
Review of QUIZ at Noel Coward Theatre
Review of 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist
Final West End cast announced to join Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe
Lorna Dallas unveils her Spring Collection Live at Zedel at Crazy Coqs
The Last Ship sets sail on tour – at major venues around UK & Ireland until July
Review of Cream Tea and Incest at The Hope Theatre
Heathers The Musical London The Other Palace Theatre
Review of Secret Life of Humans at New Diorama Theatre
Review of Palmyra by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas
Review of Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident at the Omnibus Theatre
Caroline, Or Change Tickets London Playhouse Theatre
Billy The Kid Live Cast Recording – a ‘sparkling and lively recording’
Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance at Wilton’s Music Hall
Review of What The… Feminist?! at Katzpace Theatre
Further DUSTY casting released on Dusty Springfield’s Birthday
Tina the Musical London West End Production Images
Review of Morphic Graffiti’s The Country Wife at Southwark Playhouse
God the Untold Story written by Jason Fite | Review
Sounds and Sorcery Celebrating Disney Fantasia at The Vaults
Moliere’s The Misanthrope at Theatro Technis | Review
Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking at the Arcola Theatre
Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Mr Fred Barnes at Wilton’s Music Hall
Chicago review London Phoenix Theatre | West End Musical
Review of Significant Other: Inc. at The Vaults
Review of This is Not a Safe Space at Camden People’s Theatre
Tommy Steele at the London Coliseum with The Glen Miller Show
Cast & NT Live screening announced for KING LEAR | Ian McKellen in the title role
National Theatre Season: May – Sept 2018
Free Solo is ‘A spirited and thoughtful production’ | Review
Dames Review London Pleasance Theatre
London Theatre Review of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre
Review of Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Bat Out of Hell The Musical Review London Dominion Theatre
Killian Donnelly to play Jean Valjean in UK and Ireland Tour of Les Miserables
Red rehearsals: Red at London Wyndham’s Theatre
The Golden F**king Years by Adrian McLoughlin | Review
Faceless by Selina Fillinger at Park Theatre | Review
Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice | Review
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatro Technis | Review
Frankie Vah by Luke Wright at Soho Theatre | Review
The National Theatre of Norway presents Little Eyolf by Henrik Ibsen
Eleanor Marx: The Jewess of Jews Walk | Sydenham Centre | Review
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Review | Criterion Theatre
Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson at Trafalgar Studios | Review
The Gulf at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Jane Austen’s Persuasion at the Playground Theatre | Review
Kinky Boots: New casting and extended booking period
The Old Vic’s 200th Birthday Cabaret Variety Night | Saturday 12 May 2018
Tonight at 8.30: ‘This is Noel Coward at his finest’ | Review
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: A Summer Pop-Up in York
Review of Moormaid at the Arcola Theatre, London
ANNIE UK Tour opening at Manchester Opera House | Tickets On sale
Review of Joe White’s Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre
DFS: Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud | Sadler’s Wells
Strictly Ballroom The Musical Review | Piccadilly Theatre, London
Thriller Live announces new West End booking period to 7th April 2019
Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed Autobiography returns to Sadler’s Wells
More star casting announced for UK premiere of A Little Princess
Kindertransport by Diane Samuels at Richmond Theatre | Review
Thunderbirds: Beyond The Horizon at new purpose-built venue The Buzz
Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland | Lyttelton Theatre – National Theatre
Notre Dame de Paris London Coliseum
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell – full cast announced | Almeida Theatre
Our Country’s Good at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Review of The Old Room by William Stanton at the White Bear Theatre
Disney’s Aladdin launches new video library to accompany Education Programme
The Swallow / La Golondrina by Guillem Clua at Cervantes Theatre | Review
Review of Theatre Lab Company’s Don Juan at Hoxton Hall
Review of Skin Deep the Musical at Stockwell Playhouse
Review of For King and Country at The Colab Factory, London
Meiwes/Brandes at The Actors Centre – Tristan Bates Theatre
Suitcase Civilians present CITIZEN at The Space | Review
Submissions open for Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage Festival
Review of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov at Theatro Technis
Review of RESPONSE 3: REALITY and QUARRY at the Old Red Lion Theatre



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