News, Reviews & Interviews December 2018

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

West End Theatre:

The West End, known for its grand productions and historic theatres, had a variety of popular shows running in December 2018:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: The musical phenomenon continued to captivate audiences with its innovative storytelling and powerful performances.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical remained a favorite with its iconic music and stunning sets.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: This epic musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel continued to draw crowds with its moving story and memorable songs.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The two-part play, an extension of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, was still a major draw for fans.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s beloved musical, known for its breathtaking visuals and music, continued to enchant audiences.

Newer and popular shows during this time included:

  1. Company at the Gielgud Theatre: Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical received critical acclaim.
  2. Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre: This heartwarming musical about the aftermath of 9/11 in a small Canadian town began previews in December.
  3. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: This musical biography of the legendary singer was a hit with fans of her music.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres offered a diverse range of productions, often in more intimate settings. Notable productions in December 2018 included:

  1. The Inheritance at the Young Vic: This two-part play by Matthew Lopez, exploring the lives of gay men in New York a generation after the AIDS crisis, moved to the Noël Coward Theatre after a successful run at the Young Vic.
  2. Nine Night at the Trafalgar Studios: Natasha Gordon’s play, focusing on the Jamaican tradition of nine-night mourning, was praised for its exploration of family and cultural identity.
  3. Hadestown at the National Theatre: Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera, which intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice with Hades and Persephone, had a critically acclaimed run before heading to Broadway.

Regional Theatre:

Regional theatres across the UK offered a variety of performances in December 2018, including many seasonal productions. Highlights included:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC continued its repertoire with productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  2. The National Theatre in London’s South Bank: The National Theatre offered a range of productions, including War Horse, a powerful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel.
  3. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: This theatre hosted The Producers, a musical comedy by Mel Brooks, which was a festive hit.
  4. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: The REP staged Peter Pan, a family-friendly adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, which was popular during the holiday season.

These productions reflect the rich and varied theatre scene in the UK in December 2018. From the grandeur of the West End to the innovative and diverse offerings of Off West End and regional theatres, there was something for every theatre lover to enjoy during the festive season.

News, Reviews & Interviews December 2018

The Mousetrap Full Cast 2021 St Martin’s Theatre
The King and I: From the London Palladium
A Christmas Carol at Rayne Theatre | Chickenshed Theatre
Review of Stories at The National Theatre
Anthony Neilson’s The Night Before Christmas at Southwark Playhouse
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Mother Goose Cracks One Out at Above The Stag Theatre
Mavin Khoo – Man to Monk – Lilian Baylis Studio
A Christmas Story, The Musical at Waterloo East Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Burke and Hare at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Full cast announced for My Dad’s Gap Year at Park Theatre
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Brighton Theatre Royal for Christmas 2019
Striking 12 written by Rachel Sheinkin – Review – Union Theatre
Jailbirds at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now booking to September 2019
Further casting announced for the UK premiere of Waitress
London West End Shows Booking for 2024/2025
Manchester Opera House
Interview with Ionica Adriana – Part 2
Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis makes West End debut in Dark Sublime
VIOLET at The Bunker Theatre | Review
Review of Cinderella at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Yamato: the Drummers of Japan return to tour the UK
Room On The Broom celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Nine Night by Natasha Gordon at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: Shane Richie to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle
Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory | Review
Full cast announced for FOLLIES at the National Theatre
Dick Whittington at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review
Munson & Bond’s Winter Wonderland at Mirth, Marvel and Maud | Review
KnitMas: A Winter Yarn at Greenwich Theatre | Review
Hawk! The Untold Tale of Tony Taylor | Review
Stig of the Dump at the Tabard Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford Theatre
ATG Tickets for ATG Theatres Booking 2023/2024
London Musical Theatre Orchestra presents A Christmas Carol
Emilia Vaudeville Theatre London West End
Full cast announced for TARTUFFE at the National Theatre
A Little Bit of Life at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Full casting announced for Alys, Always at the Bridge Theatre
BalletBoyz: new production Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Access
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Information
Snow White At The London Palladium | Review
Sergei Polunin at the London Palladium opening May 2019
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott & STOP AND SEARCH…
Peppa Pig’s Adventure at Theatre Royal Haymarket | Review
‘Cast Album Karaoke’ announced for Waitress
Simon Callow in A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Seating Plan
Paul Taylor-Mills launches MT FEST UK at The Other Palace
Nigel Slater’s Toast London Transfer to The Other Palace – April 4th 2019
One Jewish Boy at the Old Red Lion Theatre
New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells
Interview with Laura Dalgleish and Georgina Leonidas
A Christmas Carol adapted and performed by Clive Francis
The Boy Under The Christmas Tree at the King’s Head Theatre
Cinderella: A Fairytale at The Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Trinity Laban Opera presents Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol
The Cat in The Hat at The Curve Theatre Leicester
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The Curve Theatre, Leicester
Final casting announced for the return of SIX to the West End
Top shows of 2018 in London – from reviewers at
David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOLM THE MUSICAL to tour the UK in 2019
Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ – Review
Tales From The Elsewhere at Soho Theatre (Soho Rising Season)
Hot Mess: Bezzie Mates at Soho Theatre (Soho Rising Season)
Birmingham Stage Company announce cast for their production of Tom Gates
NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL Returns To London in December 2019
West End stars unite for charity single in aid of Barnardo’s
Looking Back at 2018 at the King’s Head Theatre
John Partridge & Charlie Stemp lead an all-star cast in Rough Crossing
Dead Poets Live – The Dead by James Joyce
The Crown Dual: a new comedy at the Kings Head Theatre
Further Cast Announced for All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre
30 Rock star Jack McBrayer to play Ogie in Waitress
The Illusionists will return to the West End Summer 2019
Sweat by Lynn Nottage at Donmar Warehouse
Nativity! The Musical at the Eventim Apollo | Review
Mimi and the Mountain Dragon at The Village Hall, Battersea
Jack and the Beanstalk at Wyllyotts Theatre | Review


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