News, Reviews & Interviews July 2018

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

West End Theatre:

In July 2018, the West End continued to host a range of popular shows, from long-running classics to new productions:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton remained a top draw, continuing its successful run.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical continued to enchant audiences with its dramatic story and beautiful music.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The enduring tale of justice, love, and revolution in France kept audiences captivated.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The two-part play set in the magical world of Harry Potter continued to attract fans with its impressive stagecraft and storytelling.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s visually stunning and musically rich adaptation of the animated film continued to delight audiences of all ages.

Other notable productions included:

  1. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: This musical biography of the legendary singer Tina Turner remained a crowd-pleaser with powerful performances and iconic songs.
  2. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre: Disney’s vibrant and magical musical adaptation of the beloved animated film was a family favorite.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The satirical and hilarious musical from the creators of South Park continued to entertain with its irreverent humor.
  4. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of the witches of Oz, continued its successful run with 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 draw audiences.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres offered a diverse array of innovative and intimate productions in July 2018:

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp continued to receive widespread acclaim for its powerful storytelling 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. Quiz at the Noël Coward Theatre: James Graham’s play about the “coughing major” scandal on the UK’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? continued its successful run.
  4. 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.
  5. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play, which delves into 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 variety of productions in July 2018, ranging from classic plays to contemporary works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s summer season featured productions of Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Coriolanus.
  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 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.

These productions highlight the vibrant and diverse theatre scene in the UK in July 2018, showcasing a mix of blockbuster musicals, classic plays, innovative new works, and regional highlights.

News, Reviews & Interviews July 2018

Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator | Review
The Play About My Dad at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
The Jungle wins South Bank Sky Arts Award
Bat Out of Hell Partnership with Invictus Games Foundation
For King and Country and Southwark Playhouse | Review
GENESIS INC. at Hampstead Theatre | Review
People Change by Jordan Gray at the Also Festival Warwickshire
All-star cast for new studio recording of The Clockmaker’s Daughter
The King and I at the London Palladium | Review
To Have to Shoot Irishmen by Lizzie Nunnery – Omnibus Theatre then touring
Review of Mermaids at the King’s Head Theatre
Dietrich – Natural Duty transfers to Wilton’s Music Hall
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child heads to Germany!
Asking For a Raise at The Space, Isle of Dogs, London | Review
Bush Theatre announces Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 Season
Circa: Peepshow at the Underbelly Festival | Review
The Clementine Show Live at Zedel Crazy Coqs | Review
Interview with Lauren Kaye regarding I’m All In LIVE
Knights of the Rose at the Arts Theatre | Review
The Unnatural Tragedy By Margaret Cavendish | Review
Matt Cardle to join the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical
The Glenn Miller Story starring Tommy Steele & Marti Webb
Oscar Wilde’s Reading Gaol in a new adaptation at Theatre N16 this summer
The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre, London | Review
Casting announced for the UK Tour of Kinky Boots
Flesh and Bone at Soho Theatre, London | Review
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre, London | Review
Interview with Joey Hickman – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Live on Stage
Fat Jewels by Joseph Skelton at the Hope Theatre
Townsend Theatre Productions presents The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
UnderExposed Theatre presents UnderExposed Festival | Review
This Is The Greatest Show on a Nationwide Autumn Tour
Review of Dark Arts at the King’s Head Theatre
Arcola Theatre and Forward Arena present Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway
Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE will be the first Creative Green Certified Tour
A contemporary version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula to tour the UK
Review of The One by Vicky Jones at Soho Theatre
Review of Immaculate Correction at the King’s Head Theatre
King Lear announces £5 tickets for 16-25-year-olds as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Prologue scheme
Casting Announcement for London Free Open Air Theatre 2018
Review of It Happened in Key West at Charing Cross Theatre
Company full casting announced – Gielgud Theatre
Earthquakes in London at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Madagascar The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Interview with Matt Terry – Alex in Madagascar The Musical
Bonnie Langford to join 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock
Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King announce Summer Pop-Up Experience in London
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Casting Announcement
Back To Where by Colin James at the Jack Studio Theatre
Lambert Jackson announces a competition to find future musical theatre star
School of Rock the Musical Year Three Begin Term
Review of The Dame by Here’s One at the Blue Elephant Theatre
As You Like It at Regents Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Review of Jonathan Larson’s RENT at Frogmore Paper Mill
Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret at the Barbican | Review
The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini at the National Theatre
Daisy Campbell’s Pigspurt’s Daughter at Hampstead Theatre
Review of Café of the Damned at the Etcetera Theatre
Locked Up by Heather Simpkin at the Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Alkaline by Stephanie Martin at Park Theatre | Review
Fame The Musical UK Tour Launch
Review of End Of The Pier at Park Theatre
New Pirates! musical to open in UK in 2019
Review of The Dragprov Revue at The Miller Pub, London
Review of Titanic the Musical at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley
David Witts and Chris Jarman join the London Company of Wicked
Thriller Live to celebrate a record-breaking 4,000 West End shows…
Fireraisers presents Femme Fatale at Wilton’s Music Hall
Review of Awakening at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Dining al Desko at the Etcetera Theatre
When You Fall Down- The Buster Keaton Story at The Pleasance
Half me, half you at Tristan Bates Theatre, London | Review
Ramin Karimloo: From Now On
Nikita Johal steps up from ensemble to play female lead role in Broken Wings
The Time Capsule – A Pick Your Own Adventure Play | Review
Noël Coward’s Private Lives at Lauderdale House | Review
The White Rose by Ross McGregor at the Jack Studio Theatre
Brave New World at Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford
Honey by Reaction Theatre Makers at The Cockpit Theatre | Review
Che Malambo at The Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells | Review
David Walliams’ Mr Stink at Chickenshed Theatre | Review
Some Riot Theatre’s Weird at Theatre503 | Review
Ardent Theatre Company present the world première of Sacrifice
Eastern Star by Guy Slater at Tara Theatre
Review of Evita at Churchill Theatre Bromley
Brexit: movement of people in the cultural sector | House of Lords
Michael Grandage will helm the feature film Jack and Lem
Broken Wings: Cast and creatives at rehearsals
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres’ improvements and renovation continue…
Review of Spamilton at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Exit The King by Eugène Ionesco at the National Theatre
Coming Clean by Kevin Elyot London West End Transfer
The Jamie Lloyd Company announces further casting for PINTER AT THE PINTER
Review of Madagascar The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Richard Winsor is set to play Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever
Review of BISHI: The Good Immigrant – King’s Cross London
Review of Nina Millns’ Delete at the Actor Awareness Festival
Company Wayne McGregor – Autobiography | Review
Ethereal Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery at Udderbelly Southbank
James Dean Is Dead, (Long Live James Dean) | Review
For Reasons That Remain Unclear by Mart Crowley | King’s Head Theatre
Jew You Love Me? at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
Review of Sinatra: RAW a new play by and starring Richard Shelton
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Producers announce further tickets to be released
Joe Stilgoe Band at Ronnie Scott’s | Review
Review of ROUTE by Marie Myrie at The Hope Theatre
Review of Time for Tea at the Etcetera Theatre | Camden Fringe
The Cloakroom Attendant at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Breathe written and directed by Lucrezia Pollice at Tristan Bates Theatre
Death of a Salesman London West End 2019



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