News, Reviews & Interviews June 2018

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

West End Theatre:

In June 2018, the West End was bustling with a mix of enduring favorites and fresh new productions:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton remained one of the most popular shows in London.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical continued to draw audiences with its haunting music and elaborate sets.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The powerful story of struggle and redemption in post-revolutionary France kept attracting theatergoers.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The two-part play, set in the world of Harry Potter, continued to be a major attraction for fans of the series.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s vibrant and visually stunning musical adaptation of the animated film was a family favorite.

Other notable productions included:

  1. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: This musical biography of Tina Turner, featuring many of her hits, continued to captivate audiences.
  2. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre: Disney’s musical, based on the beloved animated film, was popular for its dazzling special effects and catchy songs.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The irreverent and hilarious musical from the creators of South Park continued its successful run.
  4. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The backstory of the witches of Oz remained a crowd favorite 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, was a big hit.

Off West End Theatre:

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

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp continued to receive critical acclaim for its compelling storytelling and innovative staging.
  2. Nine Night at the National Theatre: Natasha Gordon’s debut play, exploring the Jamaican tradition of nine-night mourning, continued to resonate with audiences.
  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? enjoyed a successful run.
  4. An Octoroon at the National Theatre (Dorfman): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ provocative adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century melodrama was praised for its bold take on race and identity.
  5. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play, exploring 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 diverse range of productions in June 2018, from classic plays to contemporary works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s season included 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 The York Realist, a poignant exploration of love and identity set in rural Yorkshire in the 1960s.

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

News, Reviews & Interviews June 2018

Care Not, Fear Naught at the Bridewell Theatre | Review

Review of Translations at The Olivier Theatre | National Theatre
Review of TriOperas at The Peacock Theatre, London
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Final casting announced for new production of Misanthrope
Akram Khan Company – XENOS at Sadler’s Wells | Review
Interview with Sandra Dickinson and Jonathan Chambers
Left My Desk by Lost Watch at the New Diorama Theatre
Review of Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith
Broken Wings: The Original Concept Album | Review
Streatham Space Project launches its first shows
Review of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Not Now, Bernard at the Unicorn Theatre
Alice Schofield has won National Theatre’s annual playwriting competition…
Constellations at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, London
Dreamgirls: final London West End performance on 12th January 2019
Interview with Roanna Cochrane – London to Toronto
Review of Utility by Emily Schwend at Orange Tree Theatre
Full casting announced for the world premiere of Alexis Zegerman’s Holy Sh!t
Akram Khan Company – Portraits in Otherness | Lilian Baylis Studio
Review of Shadow Kingdoms by Berri George at Theatre503
Review of Creation (Pictures for Dorian) Lift 2018 | Southbank Centre
Review of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts at Trafalgar Studios, London
Review of Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance at Wilton’s Music Hall
Review of Summer Holiday at the Churchill Theatre
Act and Terminal 3 at the Print Room at the Coronet | Review
Review of San Domino at Tristan Bates Theatre
Doctor Dolittle UK and Ireland Tour: Mark Williams to star…
New comedy Vulcan 7 announced for world premiere and UK tour
Full Casting Announced for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
Review of Macbeth at the University College London
Review of Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey at Above The Stag Theatre
Review of Bingo by Alan Flanagan at the Pleasance Theatre
Melinda Hughes Weimar & Back CD Launch
An Audience with the Goodies at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of Julie at The Lyttelton, Royal National Theatre
Ghost About the House by Matthew Campling at the King’s Head Theatre
The Unbuilt City at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Akram Khan Company – Portraits in Otherness | Review
Review of The End of History at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church
Review of Bitter at the New Diorama Theatre
Review of Phobiarama (The Netherlands) Lift 2018
Crazy Coqs presents Classic Songs from the Musicals
ICWP 50-50 Applause Awards Announced 2018
Review of 84 Charing Cross Road at Richmond Theatre
National Theatre’s Public Acts initiative launches with Shakespeare’s Pericles
S.P.I.D. Theatre in association with Bush Theatre presents The Burning Tower
Review of Shakespeare’s Mad Women by Lady Garden Theatre Company
Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane perform in Martin Crimp’s world premiere
Review of Flutter at Soho Theatre Upstairs
Review of Cassandra at The Blue Elephant Theatre
Review of The Yellow Wallpaper at Omnibus Theatre, London
Review of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell at The Almeida Theatre
Guys and Dolls at The Royal Albert Hall
Review of Torben Betts’s Monogamy at Park Theatre
Don Quixote Garrick Theatre
Cockamamy presented by Think and Hit at The Hope Theatre | Review
Steph Parry to star as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Cast announced for new British musical SIX | Arts Theatre
Full casting announced for Polka Theatre’s production of Double Act
The King’s Head Theatre today announces its 2018 Queer Season
The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra at Cervantes Theatre
Review of Pressure at The Ambassadors Theatre
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope Written and performed by Mark Farrelly
Alexandra Waierstall – And here we meet | Lilian Baylis Studio
PW Productions announces UK and US Tour Dates for An Inspector Calls
Review of It’s Only Life at The Union Theatre
Section 2 – A New play by Peter Imms at The Bunker | Review
Trinity Laban Musical Theatre presents: Betty Blue Eyes | Reviews
Review of Lady Eats Apple at The Barbican Theatre | Lift 2018
West End Live 2018 London Trafalgar Square
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse
Last Word Festival 2018 – Georgie Jones presents ISH…
Legally Blonde The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Beirut by Alan Bowne at Park Theatre | Review
Robin Hood – Guildford Shakespeare Company – 13th Open-Air Season
Belinda Lang & Jonathan Coy to star in 2018 UK Tour of Duet for One
Mother and daughter duo cast in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Park Theatre
Robert Lindsay stars as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre
Full casting announced for Aristocrats at The Donmar Warehouse
Nativity! The Musical Tickets & Dates – London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate at London’s Coliseum | Review
Celebration, Florida by Greg Wohead at Soho Theatre
The Jamie Lloyd Company announces further casting for Pinter at the Pinter
Cast announced for The Three Musketeers | St Paul’s Church
Winners announced for The 2018 Wicked Young Writers Awards
Ottisdotter presents Henrik Ibsen’s Olaf | Review
Margo : Half woman, Half Beast | Review
Daisy Pulls it Off at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Lost West End Vintage 2 New Double Album
Shebeen at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Sh*t-faced Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet | Review
A Really Really Big Modern Telly at Ye Olde Rose and Crown
Stepping Out by Richard Harris at Jack Studio Theatre
Care Not, Fear Naught at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Trinity Laban presents Crazy For You at Stratford Circus | Review
Misanthrope presented by Exchange Theatre | Review
A Cape Coast Story at Watermans Theatre | Review
The Collector at the Coward Studio – Hampton Hill Theatre
Bits by Guttersnipe Theatre at Ye Olde Rose & Crown | Review
Search to discover the next generation of great British musicals
Wise Children London Old Vic Theatre
The Distance by Ben Norris at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word
The Diana Tapes by James Clements – directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico
Be Born by Christian Graham at The Space | Review
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company presents Sticky
Spamilton at the Menier Chocolate Factory – Q&A with Jason Denton
Review of Lies by Yuqun Fan at The London Theatre
Lambert Jackson announce debut production: There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame
Come From Away UK & Irish Premieres
Review of West Side Story at The Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute
National Youth Ballet announces 2018 season – Bright Young Things
Interview with Nick Barstow – Re:Arrangement
Review of Iris Theatre’s The Tempest at St Paul’s Church, London
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 – León & Lightfoot / Pite / Goecke
At Home in Gaza and London – Station House Opera
Richard Fleeshman & George Blagden amongst new cast for COMPANY
Review of Sirens of the Silver Screen at the Tabard Theatre
Equity & The Actors Centre – New Partnership Agreement Signed!
Ania and Riss are Trying Their Hardest | Review
Rumble Theatre’s Sardines by Jenna Kamal | Review
Romeo & Juliet at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
Gag House Comedy Superstars G-Live, Guildford
A New and Better You at the Yard Theatre


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