News, Reviews & Interviews August 2018

Here’s a comprehensive overview of the theatre scene in London’s West End, Off West End, regional theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018:

West End Theatre:

In August 2018, London’s West End showcased a variety of beloved classics and popular new productions:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued to be one of the hottest tickets in town.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enduring musical remained a staple with its haunting score and lavish production.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The epic tale of revolution and redemption continued to captivate audiences.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The magical two-part play set in the world of Harry Potter was still a major attraction.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s visually stunning and musically vibrant adaptation of the animated classic continued to enchant audiences of all ages.

Other notable productions included:

  1. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: The musical biography of Tina Turner remained a crowd-pleaser with its powerful performances and iconic songs.
  2. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre: Disney’s colorful and magical musical adaptation of the beloved film was a family favorite.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The satirical musical from the creators of South Park continued its successful run with irreverent humor and catchy tunes.
  4. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The backstory of the witches of Oz continued to draw audiences with its spectacular production and memorable music.
  5. Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre: The classic musical about crime and celebrity in the 1920s, featuring iconic songs and dazzling choreography, continued to attract audiences.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres offered a range of innovative and intimate productions in August 2018:

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp continued to receive critical acclaim for its compelling narrative and unique staging.
  2. Nine Night at the National Theatre: Natasha Gordon’s debut play, exploring the Jamaican tradition of nine-night mourning, resonated with audiences for its humor and emotional depth.
  3. An Octoroon at the National Theatre (Dorfman): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ bold adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century melodrama was praised for its provocative exploration of race and identity.
  4. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play, examining the challenges faced by a young female playwright in a male-dominated industry, continued to generate conversation and critical acclaim.
  5. Songs for Nobodies at the Wilton’s Music Hall: This one-woman show starring Bernadette Robinson celebrated the music of legendary singers and the lives of the women who performed them.

Regional Theatre:

Regional theatres across the UK offered a variety of productions in August 2018, showcasing classic plays and contemporary works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s summer season featured productions of Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  2. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: The theatre presented Happy Days, Samuel Beckett’s challenging play about resilience and endurance, starring Maxine Peake.
  3. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: The REP staged Brief Encounter, a theatrical adaptation of the classic British film, blending Noel Coward’s dialogue with live music and multimedia elements.
  4. The Bristol Old Vic: The theatre featured 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.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, took place in August 2018 and featured an incredible array of performances, from theatre and comedy to dance and music:

  1. My Left/Right Foot – The Musical: Produced by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, this musical comedy about a local amateur dramatic society’s efforts to produce a show was highly acclaimed.
  2. Queens of Sheba: A powerful piece by Nouveau Riche addressing the experiences of four black women in the UK, tackling themes of racism and sexism.
  3. Sparks: A musical play by Jessica Butcher and Anoushka Lucas, exploring love and grief, received praise for its emotional depth and beautiful music.
  4. Underground Railroad Game: A provocative and critically acclaimed piece by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard, exploring race and history in America.
  5. Police Cops in Space: A comedic, high-energy show by The Pretend Men, blending 80s action films with sci-fi tropes, was a hit with audiences.

These productions and festivals illustrate the rich and diverse theatre scene in the UK in August 2018, offering a mix of blockbuster musicals, classic plays, innovative new works, and fringe highlights.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2018

Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith to be screened across the UK
Casting announced for the National Theatre’s UK & Ireland Tour of Macbeth
Review of Riot Act: ‘One to see, and one to remember’ | King’s Head Theatre
Big Girls Don’t Cry Tour – 2021-2022
How To Make Me Happy at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
Goodnight Mister Tom at Southwark Theatre | Review
ChewBoy Productions presents Euan | Review
Operation Ouch! Tickets London West End | Apollo Theatre
32 Peak Street at Tristan Bates Theatre | Camden Fringe
May Day at Cecil Sharp House, London | Review
Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket | Review
Carmen La Cubana at Sadler’s Wells, London | Review
Encompass Theatre Collective’s Lovers Anonymous | Review
Mighty Pen Theatre’s Living with a Dark Lord | Review
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four | Review
RE:Arrangement Live at Zedel | Review
Fred Ted Jack & Harold by Matt Fox | Review
Vicki and Pat in Fuerteventura at Theatre503 | Review
The Florence Theatre Company and Pentire Street Productions present Spiders
Daisy Greenwood wins Lambert Jackson Competition
Alexandra Burke returns as Rachel Marron in UK Tour of The Bodyguard
Dots by Annie Cheung at Camden Fringe | Review
Yellow Coat Theatre Company’s Of Course I’m Hot… I’m 50!
There but for the grace of God (go I) at Soho Theatre | Review
New Light Productions – Eigengrau – Greenwich Theatre | Review
British Theatre Academy presents Bring It On at Southwark Playhouse
Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Review of Breathe at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Review of Einstein’s Dreams at Rada Studios, London
Interview with Tom Cawte from the cast of Gangsta Granny
Mowgli by by Abiku Theatre Company at Brunel Museum, London | Review
Sing Along with Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre
Getting Over Everest at Tristan Bates Theatre – Camden Fringe | Review
A Tinder Trilogy by Annie Jenkins at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Did it Hurt? written and performed by Michael Faulkner & Joshua Poole
Sketchy Nights: part of the Sketchy London Exhibition 2018 | Review
Beyond The Grave at the Etcetera Theatre | Camden Fringe | Review
The War On Terry by Hugh Dichmont at Landor_Space | Review
Around the World in 80 Days at the Union Theatre | Review
Toscatastrophe! – Tête à Tête The Opera Festival | Review
Hamilton (Lewis) at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 | Review
Aristocrats at the Donmar Warehouse | Review
Spiral By Abigail Hood at Park Theatre | Review
New casting announced for RSC’s Matilda the Musical
Tamar Broadbent: Best Life – Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe
BARK! The Musical at C venue at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe
UK Tour of Patrick Barlow’s Nativity Comedy, The Messiah
Mixed Up Theatre’s Timeless at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Casting announced for othellomacbeth | Lyric Hammersmith & HOME production
Full cast announced for HADESTOWN at National Theatre
Review of Six at Underbelly, George Square | Edinburgh Festival
Review of Prom Kween at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Vince Ebert: Sexy Science at The Edinburgh Fringe | Review
bad things happen here – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Andrew Polec to Leave London Production of BAT OUT OF HELL
Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Just These, Please at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 | Review
Archie Maddocks: Matchstick – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Buried: A New Musical by Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll
Spiders at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Russ Peers: Hereditary Peers at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Motown The Musical will conclude its West End run on 20th April 2019
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home – Edinburgh Fringe 2018
With Child written and performed by Clare Rebekah Pointing
The Voice Behind the Stars at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Hunch, written and performed by Kate Kennedy | Review
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical | Crazy Coqs Live At Zédel
I’m All In LIVE at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Daniel Sloss: X at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Churchill Theatre Bromley Autumn Season Launch
The Worst Little Warehouse in London | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Jordan Luke Gage to star as Strat in Bat Out of Hell the Musical
Review of Medicine at the Hope Theatre
Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Vulvarine: A New Musical at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
The Old House at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Spring Awakening at Stockwell Playhouse | Review
David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny Live on Stage
The Beautiful Game at The Other Palace | Review
Dan Attfield: Futureproof at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
To Anyone Who Listens at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
David McIver Is a Nice Little Man – Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Diary of an Expat at Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Review
T2 Brainclotting at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 | Review
Angry Alan at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Review
George Lewis: A Man, a Plan, a Girl with Fake Tan | Review
Too young to stay in (too old to go out!) | Review
A State of Mind at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 | Review
Jade Allen: Over Easy at The Newsroom Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Welcome to My Channel at the Hen and Chickens Theatre | Review
Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest for Love | Review
Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal at Pleasance Below – Pleasance Courtyard | Review
The Daughter-In-Law transfers to the Arcola’s main theatre – January 2019
Secondhand Stories at The Lion and Unicorn | Review
Crossing at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Waitress London West End UK premiere in spring 2019
Elephant Steps at the Arcola Theatre London | Review
Nice: A micro musical for the Camden Fringe Festival
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Park Theatre | Review
The Egg Rumour at The Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing | Review
The Leeds Tealights: Souls for Sale – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The RSC announces new child casting for the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical
Richard II at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
The Goon Show launch at The Museum of Comedy
Train Journey by Broken Word Productions | Review
Bullet Hole by Gloria Williams at Park Theatre
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum
A Bench at the Edge at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Orpheus and Eurydice at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Pericles at the Olivier Theatre – National Theatre | Review
Casting announced for Stories at the Dorfman Theatre
Full casting is announced for the RSC production of Don Quixote
Cast announced for Twelfth Night at Wilton’s Music Hall
Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration – London
Burlesque’d a Stage Spectacular at The Aeronaut, London
Flotsam a new play by Claire Erasmus at the King’s Head Theatre
The Beautiful Game at The Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
King Kong Original London Cast Album To Be Released
Saturday Night Fever at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Q&A with Anthony Spargo – Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 4
The Full Monty – The Play by Simon Beaufoy
Dear Evan Hansen London – Tickets On Sale Now

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