News, Reviews & Interviews January 2018

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

West End Theatre:

The West End, London’s equivalent to Broadway, is known for its world-class productions and historic theatres. In January 2018, several notable shows were running:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: This smash-hit musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was one of the hottest tickets in town.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical continued to draw crowds with its haunting score and spectacular staging.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: Another long-running favorite, this musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel remained a staple of the West End.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: This two-part play, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, was hugely popular among fans of the Harry Potter series.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s musical adaptation of the animated film continued to enchant audiences with its stunning visuals and music.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres in London offer a diverse range of productions, often in more intimate settings. Some notable productions in January 2018 included:

  1. The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre: Jez Butterworth’s critically acclaimed play about a family in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
  2. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre: This musical, based on a true story, follows a teenager’s journey to become a drag queen.
  3. The Almeida Theatre continued its reputation for cutting-edge productions with shows like Ink, a new play by James Graham about the rise of The Sun newspaper.
  4. The Old Vic staged A Christmas Carol, a fresh adaptation of the classic Dickens tale.

Regional Theatre:

Outside of London, regional theatres across the UK also offered a variety of performances in January 2018. Highlights included:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC continued its repertoire with productions of Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
  2. The National Theatre in London’s South Bank: Though not strictly regional, the National Theatre’s influence extends beyond London with touring productions. In January 2018, they featured plays like Pinocchio and Network, starring Bryan Cranston.
  3. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: Known for its innovative productions, the theatre presented Guys and Dolls in a fresh and dynamic staging.
  4. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: This theatre hosted The Snowman, a family-friendly stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic book.

These productions represent just a snapshot of the vibrant theatre scene in the UK during January 2018. Both the West End and regional theatres offered a mix of classic revivals, new writing, and experimental works, catering to a wide range of audiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews January 2018

Cast announced for Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre
Amadeus rehearsal images released – National Theatre
A new season of talks and events at the National Theatre
Open Auditions to be held for role of Young Tina in Tina Musical
Bill Kenwright & Laurie Mansfield present This Is Elvis Burbank and Vegas
Interview with Ionica Adriana
Review of Bananaman The Musical – Southwark Playhouse
Review of Into the Numbers at Finborough Theatre
Review of The Silhouette In The Smoke – London Museum of Water and Steam
Interview with David O’Reilly from the cast of Lady Windermere’s Fan
London Theatre Tickets for West End Shows Booking Now!
Review of Sam Potter’s Hanna at the Arcola Theatre
Review of The Crystal Egg at The Vaults
The Girls From Oz return with their Australia Day shows
The Grinning Man Now Booking to 14th April 2018
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass UK Tour
Review of Wine at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of The Sound of Music at the Churchill Theatre
Three Trees Theatre’s Alice at the Landor Theatre – Review
The Band: With the music of Take That – New Wimbledon Theatre
Cardboard Citizens: Cathy at Soho Theatre alongside UK dates
Review of The Narcissist at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of OVO – Cirque du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall
42nd Street Review London Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Fame The Musical to return in 30th Anniversary Tour
Review of Steven Berkoff’s East at the King’s Head Theatre
Full casting announced for The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Review of HERETIC VOICES at the Arcola Theatre
Review of My Gay Best Friend at the Hope Theatre
Review of The One Festival at The Space
Review of Tiny Dynamite at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Review of The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas – Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of Doodle at Waterloo East Theatre
Review of This Story of Yours at the White Bear Theatre
Review of Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities at Canal Café Theatre
Review of Wild Life FM at the Unicorn Theatre
LAURA by Elina Alminas at the Etcetera Theatre – Review
C’est La Vie – Sarah Bernhardt and Me at Katzpace – Review
National Theatre appoints Alastair Coomer CDG as Head of Casting
Kinky Boots celebrates its 1000th performance…
Mental health in millennials is examined in new play…
Review of The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse
Interview with Olivia Beardsley from the cast of Private Lives
Review of Catapult Theatre Company’s Statements
Benedict Cumberbatch appointed as President of LAMDA
RSC announces child casting for Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour
Full casting for Matilda the Musical Cambridge Theatre
Review of Cry, Blueberry at The Cockpit Theatre
Motown the Musical to embark on a major UK and Ireland tour
West End transfer for fringe hit Good Girl following VAULT Festival
Girl from the North Country at the Noel Coward Theatre – Review
Review of Tim Cowbury’s The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall
Sherlock star Rupert Graves makes his debut as a theatre director
All or Nothing The Mod Musical cast announced
Fat Friends The Musical Review – Churchill Theatre Bromley
Kerry Ellis and the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest in rehearsals
Casting announced for Tony Award-winning musical Pippin
Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale – The Lehman Trilogy
Review of Bunny by Jack Thorne at The Tristan Bates Theatre
Edward II Review – Greenwich Theatre London
Review of London Classic Theatre’s production of Private Lives
Calendar Girls The Musical Tickets UK & Ireland Tour – Cast & Dates
Review of Fear and Misery of the Third Reich at Brockley Jack
Cast announced for Union Theatre’s production of Carmen
Review of So Many Reasons at Camden People’s Theatre
Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus at The Other Palace
Review of Amadeus at the Olivier Theatre – National Theatre
Aladdin Musical London | Prince Edward Theatre
All Or Nothing Musical | All Or Nothing London | Ambassadors Theatre
An Ideal Husband Tickets London Vaudeville Theatre
Annie Musical London Tickets | Piccadilly Theatre
Bat Out of Hell Tickets London Dominion Theatre
Beginning London Ambassadors Theatre
Chess London Tickets for Chess London Musical
Chicago West End Tickets for Chicago Musical | Phoenix Theatre
Bitches Down Under review – Above The Stag Theatre
Fast and Furious Live at The O2 Arena – Review
Review of Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre
School of Rock Musical Tickets for School of Rock Musical London
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Tickets London Criterion Theatre
Company London Gielgud Theatre
Review of The War Has Not Yet Started at Southwark Playhouse
The Ferryman Tickets Gielgud Theatre
Frozen Tickets London Theatre Royal Haymarket
Girl From The North Country London | Noel Coward Theatre
Glengarry Glen Ross Tickets London West End
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle Tickets London West End
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie London Tickets | Apollo Theatre
Kinky Boots Musical London West End
Red Tickets Wyndham’s Theatre London
The Exorcist Tickets London Phoenix Theatre
The Grinning Man Tickets London Trafalgar Studios
The King and I Tickets London Palladium
The Lieutenant of Inishmore London Noel Coward Theatre
The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas Tickets London
The Selfish Giant London | Vaudeville Theatre
Thriller Live Tickets London Lyric Theatre
Young Frankenstein London | Garrick Theatre
Kiss of the Spider Woman Tickets Menier Chocolate Factory
Casting Announced for Absolute Hell at the National Theatre
20th Century Boy returns to the stage on a UK-wide tour…
Casting announced for James Graham’s This House
Final casting announced for the London premiere of A Princess Undone
Dogfight at the Bridewell Theatre in central London
Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre production photography released
Sir Alan Ayckbourn supports return of Rep to Leatherhead stage
Off West End Announce Offies 2018 Finalists and Awards Event
Review of Split Note Theatre’s Artificial – Hen and Chickens Theatre
Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre – Review
Wicked partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
London Children’s Ballet Season Announcement
New Adaptation of The Jungle Book at Richmond Theatre
The Case Of The Frightened Lady – Review
Beginning at the Ambassadors Theatre – Review
Exciting new initiative and resident companies announced at The Bunker
Hamilton announces new booking period at Victoria Palace Theatre
Mark Hamill to voice ‘Kevin the Robot’ in EUGENIUS!
Casting announced for 25th-Anniversary tour of Kindertransport
John at the Dorfman Theatre – Review
Casting is announced for James Graham’s new play, Quiz
Cressida Bonas to star in Jermyn Street Theatre’s Spring Scandal Season
Dietrich – Natural Duty at the Vault Festival – Review
Steptoe and Son is ‘a rattling good evening in the theatre’
There or Here at Park Theatre – Review
Review of Silk Road at the Vault Festival 2018
Review of Great Again: The Musical at the Vault Festival
Interview with Christina Tedders – Oranges and Elephants
Review of You Having Olaf? at the VAULT Festival
Review of The Believers Are But Brothers at the Bush Theatre
Review of The Last Five Years at The London Theatre
Interview with Sarah Roy – Catherine & Anita
The Wintershall Players presents The Passion of Jesus
VAULT Festival addresses gender inequality in theatre with new initiatives
Review of Becoming Shades at the Vaults Festival
Conor McPherson’s The Weir at Richmond Theatre
Rothschild & Sons at Park Theatre – Review
Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Her Not Him at Theatre 503 London
The Best Man at The Playhouse Theatre from 24 February 2018
The Best Man Tickets London | Playhouse Theatre
The Grinning Man Review | Trafalgar Studios
New Jersey Nights at Churchill Theatre – Review
Heather and Harry at The Landor – Review
Madonna or Whore? at the Vault Festival – Review

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