News, Reviews & Interviews February 2018

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

West End Theatre:

In February 2018, the West End featured a mix of long-running favorites and newer hits:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: The revolutionary musical about Alexander Hamilton continued to be one of the hottest tickets in town.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: This timeless musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber remained a staple with its romantic and dramatic storyline.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The epic tale of redemption and revolution in 19th-century France kept drawing large audiences.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The 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 rich adaptation of the animated film continued its successful run.

Other notable productions included:

  1. The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre: Jez Butterworth’s critically acclaimed play set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
  2. 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane: This high-energy, tap-dancing musical was a hit with its dazzling choreography and classic songs.
  3. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The untold story of the witches of Oz remained a fan favorite with its powerful performances and captivating score.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres offered a variety of innovative and intimate productions in February 2018:

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play, which tells the story of the Calais refugee camp, received widespread acclaim for its powerful storytelling.
  2. Network at the National Theatre: Featuring Bryan Cranston, this adaptation of the 1976 film about a news anchor who has a breakdown on live TV was a major draw.
  3. Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse: Amy Herzog’s intense drama about an American couple living in Paris.
  4. The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noël Coward Theatre: A dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, directed by Michael Grandage.
  5. Beginning at the Ambassadors Theatre: A touching and relatable play by David Eldridge about two people connecting at a housewarming party.

Regional Theatre:

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

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s winter season included productions of Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, and Coriolanus.
  2. The National Theatre in London’s South Bank: The National Theatre featured productions such as Amadeus and Pinocchio, a new musical adaptation of the classic tale.
  3. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: Known for its dynamic programming, the theatre presented Husbands & Sons, a powerful adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s plays about coal-mining families.
  4. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: The REP staged What Shadows, a play about Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech and its repercussions.
  5. The Bristol Old Vic: This theatre offered productions like The Grinning Man, a dark musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, which transferred to the West End later in the year.

These productions highlight the diversity and richness of the UK theatre scene in February 2018, showcasing everything from blockbuster musicals and classic plays to innovative new works and regional gems.

News, Reviews & Interviews February 2018

Interview with Liam Tamne
Lyric Hammersmith 2018 Evolution Festival announced
The Importance of Being Earnest 2018 UK Tour – Review
Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre – Review
Sophie-Louise Dann in Spoonful of Sherman
Blackout at The Vault Festival – Review
Mel Giedroyc joins Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone in Company
School of Rock the Musical Cast London | New Kids Announced
Miss Nightingale Tickets London Hippodrome Casino – Leicester Square
UK Tour Dates Announced for Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE
Angels With Dirty Accents at The Cockpit – Review
Review of Eugenius! at The Other Palace Theatre
Of Mice and Men – Marlowe Theatre Canterbury – Review
Review of The Ungrateful Biped at the White Bear Theatre
A Country Night in Nashville Tickets – Tour
Breathe at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre – Review
A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) at New Diorama Theatre
Benidorm Tickets | Benidorm UK Tour Tickets 2018 – 2019
Thoroughly Modern Millie Tickets UK Tour 2018
Of Mice and Men Tickets Tour 2018
Back to Bacharach Tickets | Tour 2018
The Circus of Horrors Tickets | Circus of Horrors Tour
Birdsong Tickets | Birdsong Tour 2018
Moments and Empty Beds at the Hope Theatre – Review
Stand By Your Nan at the Poetry Cafe – Review
The Carpenters Story Tickets | The Carpenters Story Tour
UK Touring Shows Booking Now
Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2018 – Review
That’ll Be the Day Tour
On Monday Last Week at the Etcetera Theatre
Beyond the Barricade Tickets | Beyond the Barricade Tour
Crooners Tickets | Crooners Tour Tickets
Jersey Boys Tour Tickets for Jersey Boys UK Tour
Thriller Live! 2018 – A Year Celebrating Michael Jackson
Atticist announced as New Associate Company at King’s Head Theatre
MADHOUSE re:exit in new piece of theatre in East London
Fame the Musical Tickets UK Tour 2019 – Fame Tickets Booking Now
The ELO Experience Tickets | The ELO Experience Tour 2018
Bat Out of Hell cast announced for Dominion Theatre
StraightUp Comedy #5 at the Landor Space
John Dagleish and George Maguire in A Long Way From Home
The Big Arts and Education Debate at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Alexandra Palace announce Kaleidoscope, a new Arts Festival for London
Evita continues on an International and UK tour in 2018
Titanic The Musical Tickets for European Tour opening in Woking
War Horse Tour Tickets 2019 | War Horse UK Tour
Review of Screaming Secrets at Tristan Bates Theatre
John Barrowman in Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Arnika by Théâtre Volière at the Bridewell Theatre
Iris Theatre work in progress presents Crossroads by Beverly Andrews
Review of It’s Not Cute Anymore at Theatre503
Review of Romeo and Juliet – Guildford Shakespeare Company
West End transfer for Chichester Festival Theatre’s King Lear
King Lear Tickets London Duke of York’s Theatre
Review of Brave New Word’s Utopia///Dystopia – Arcola Theatre
Production Photos for Noël Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Review of Think of England at the Vault Festival
Review of The Boring Room by Olly Allsopp at the Vault Festival
Motown the Musical announces new West End cast
Opening Night Photos for ALL OR NOTHING – THE MOD MUSICAL
Dreamgirls London West End new trailer released
Review of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Viktor
Review of The Soul of Wittgenstein at the Omnibus Theatre
Final West End performance and Broadway transfer announced for The Ferryman
Casting announced for The Plough and the Stars | Lyric Hammersmith
Review of The Moor at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of The Divide at the Old Vic Theatre London
Review of Again by Stephanie Jacob at Trafalgar Studio Two
Review of Mad As Hell at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of Be My Bloody Valentine at Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Joy at the Vault Festival
Review of The Morning After at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of Full Disclosure Theatre’s XPOSED – Southwark Playhouse
Pegasus Opera Company presents Ruth & The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Review of An Act of Kindness at the VAULT Festival
Offside announced for UK tour of football grounds and theatres
Iris Theatre announces open-air summer season at St Paul’s Church
Shrek The Musical Tour Tickets – UK & Ireland Tour
Review of ASSMONKEY: In Conversation at the Vault Festival
Review of Gold Coast by Louise Gooding at Theatre503
Review of CARMEN 1808 at Union Theatre London
Cast Announced For The Cherry Orchard at the Union Theatre
World premiere of Marion Bott’s Moormaid | Arcola Theatre
Strictly Ballroom The Musical launch at the Café de Paris
Review of Consumables at the Vault Festival 2018
A Serious Play About World War II at the VAULT Festival – Review
Review of Surprise! by Lauren Silver – Waterloo East Theatre
Review of Elsa at the Vault Festival
Review of Buckle Up Theatre’s BUMP! at the Vault Festival
Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage
Review of The Tempest at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Murray Head, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson in CHESS
Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle & Ruthie Henshall to join Cuba Gooding Jr in CHICAGO
New Reduced Ticket Prices for Under-30s and the Unwaged at the King’s Head Theatre
Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser to perform The Light Princess
Review of Philip Ridley’s Angry at The Southwark Playhouse
Review of I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream – Vault Festival 2018
Review of Party Skills for the End of the World – Shoreditch Town Hall
Review of A Night at the Oscars – Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse
Rope by Patrick Hamilton at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – Review
Cooking with Juniper at the Vault Festival – Review
What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors | King’s Head Theatre | Review
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me at The Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You | Review
The Way of The World full casting announced | Donmar Warehouse
Pity London Royal Court Theatre Tickets On Sale Now
Napoleon Disrobed at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Overheard at The Bunker Theatre – Review
Strangers on a Train at Richmond Theatre – Review
Frozen Theatre Royal Haymarket production images
UK Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream casting announced
The Little Angel at the Hen and Chickens Theatre – Review
Harold & Maude production photos – Sheila Hancock and Bill Milner
New casting announced for new National Theatre season
Mahogany Opera Group announces the world premiere of The Mother
Summer Holiday UK Tour | Ray Quinn takes on the lead role of Don
Full casting announced for A Streetcar Named Desire
Direct from New York – the London premiere of The Diana Tapes
STARDUST by Blackboard Theatre at the Vault Festival
Review of Cause at the Vault Festival London
Felicity Dean as HRH Princess Margaret in A Princess Undone
Casting announced for world premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman Musical
Review of Work Makes You Free at the Vault Festival
Tess of the d’Urbervilles at The Other Palace London | Book Tickets
Jabberwocky The Other Palace London
RASHEEDA SPEAKING: Full casting announced | Trafalgar Studios 2
Stratford Circus Arts Centre celebrate International Women’s Day
BEAM2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East 1st and 2nd March 2018
42nd Street Starring Lulu as Dorothy Brock | Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Tina the Tina Turner Musical rehearsal images | London Aldwych Theatre
Review of Shakespeare’s Margaret Thatcher at The Drayton Arms
Nicholas Hytner will direct two world premieres at the Bridge Theatre
Paul Nicholas, Sue Holderness, Wendi Peters, and Jeff Rawle star in Quartet
Rose Theatre Kingston announces 10th Anniversary Season
EastEnders’ Harry Reid joins new cast of Witness for the Prosecution
The European Premiere of FACELESS at Park Theatre London
Coconut: explores the implications of religion in modern romance
Review of Conquest by Katie Caden at the Vault Festival
Frozen at Theatre Royal Haymarket London – Review
Curtains by Stephen Bill at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of The Lady With a Dog at the White Bear Theatre
Review of Dust by Milly Thomas at Soho Theatre
Review of Foul Pages at The Hope Theatre London
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie a hit at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards
Kiss Me, Kate Tickets London Coliseum | Tickets Booking Now
Les Misérables UK & Ireland Tour 2018-2019
18th Annual Whatsonstage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Kiss of the Spider Woman rehearsal images | Menier Chocolate Factory
Full casting announced for Agnes Colander – Directed by Trevor Nunn
David Edgar celebrates 70th birthday & announces his stage debut
Scratch Night – Europe on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Review
Before It Starts is back on tour – April to May 2018
Review of A Princess Undone by Richard Stirling at Park Theatre
Harold and Maude at Charing Cross Theatre – Review
Brian Conley – Still The Greatest Entertainer (In His Price Range)
Isabelle Huppert reads Sade: Juliette and Justine, the Vice and the Virtue
The Bodyguard UK Tour dates and tickets on sale…
Casting update for Mood Music at the Old Vic Theatre
Les Enfants Terribles announce The Trench at Southwark Playhouse
Mark Bruce Company’s Macbeth at Wilton’s Music Hall – Review
Bobby Crush joins the 2018 UK Tour of new stage musical SUMMER HOLIDAY
A Festival of Korean Dance | Korean Cultural Centre UK and The Place
Review of Conor McPherson’s The Weir at Richmond Theatre
Cast announced for Love Me Now at Tristan Bates Theatre
SOAP Headlining at Underbelly Festival Southbank 2018 – The Spiegeltent
Punchdrunk presents a new show at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Review of O Jackie at Barons Court Theatre
Review of Ballistic at the King’s Head Theatre



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