News, Reviews & Interviews May 2018

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

West End Theatre:

In May 2018, the West End featured a mix of enduring classics and exciting new productions:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton continued to be a major draw.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: This iconic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber remained a staple with its captivating score and lavish production.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The epic tale of justice and redemption in post-revolutionary France continued to enthrall audiences.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The two-part play set in the Harry Potter universe continued to attract fans with its magical storytelling.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s spectacular musical adaptation of the animated film continued to captivate audiences with its impressive visuals and music.

Other notable productions included:

  1. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre: This musical biography of Tina Turner, featuring her greatest hits, continued to wow audiences with powerful performances.
  2. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre: Disney’s musical, based on the animated film, offered a dazzling and family-friendly theatrical experience.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The satirical musical from the creators of South Park continued its successful run with its irreverent humor.
  4. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The backstory of the witches of Oz remained a favorite with its spectacular production and memorable score.
  5. Company at the Gielgud Theatre: Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical was in previews, generating anticipation and positive buzz.

Off West End Theatre:

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

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp received widespread acclaim for its poignant storytelling and unique staging.
  2. Nine Night at the National Theatre: Natasha Gordon’s debut play, which explores the Jamaican tradition of nine-night mourning, continued to resonate 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 West End run.
  4. An Octoroon at the National Theatre (Dorfman): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century melodrama was praised for its bold and provocative exploration of race and identity.
  5. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play, which examines the challenges faced by a young female playwright in a male-dominated industry, continued to generate discussion and acclaim.

Regional Theatre:

Regional theatres across the UK offered a diverse range of productions in May 2018, from classic plays to new works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC’s repertoire 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, combining Noel Coward’s dialogue with live music and multimedia elements.
  4. The Bristol Old Vic: This 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 illustrate the richness and diversity of the UK theatre scene in May 2018, showcasing a mix of blockbuster musicals, classic plays, innovative new works, and regional highlights.

News, Reviews & Interviews May 2018

Interview with Kheira Bey – Voices From The Deep
Review of Hideki Noda’s One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre
Theatre Uncut announce new ‘Power Plays’ – Free to Download
Antic Disposition present Much Ado About Nothing – UK Cathedral Tour
Nativity! The Musical Seeks children across the UK for star roles
Gangsta Granny London tickets on sale as show returns to the West End
Dance Umbrella announces 2018 programme
Interview with Laura Pitt-Pulford – The Grönholm Method
Review of Nine Night at the National Theatre | Dorfman Theatre
Review of Wet by Screw Productions at Theatre N16
Review of Stones in his Pockets at Hampton Hill Theatre
Interview with Russian actress Anna Danshina
Review of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Review of Love From A Stranger at Richmond Theatre
Review of Chess at the London Coliseum
Review of The Tap Pack at The Peacock
David Witts to star in Wicked as Fiyero at Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wasted, a new musical about the Brontës comes to Southwark Playhouse
Review of A Gym Thing at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Not Talking at Arcola Theatre, London
Review of Why is the Sky Blue? at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Grotty presented by Damsel Productions at The Bunker
Les Misérables London Queen’s Theatre cast from 11th June 2018
Bat Out of Hell The Musical London Production Photographs 2018
Interview with Neil Gore Writer/Performer We Are The Lions Mr. Manager
The Women In Black London Fortune Theatre new cast announced
Interview with Christie Lee Manning from UnCorked Theatre
Review of Kes at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Review of World Without Us at Battersea Arts Centre
Hoops and Loops at Battersea Circus Tent | Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Review of Sweeney Todd at the Stockwell Playhouse
Review of A Doll’s House – A new adaptation by Theatrical Niche
Review of Kika’s Birthday at Little Angel Theatre
Review of Lippy by Rachel Causer – Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018
Breakin’ Convention 2018: at Sadler’s Wells, London
Review of Show by Shechter II – Hofesh Shechter Company | Lyric Hammersmith
Review of Tiny Theatre Company’s 143 at TheatreN16
Review of Open Clasp’s Rattle Snake at Soho Theatre
Formosa by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan | Review
Elphin Productions and Leigh Porter in association with Park Theatre present Beirut
Song-cycle performance of Heart of Winter starring Rebecca Trehearn
Edinburgh Previews: Shows by Jasper Red, Lord Hicks and Joe Sutherland
Life and Fate: Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg
The Light Princess (By Tori Amos) In Concert casting update
Soap: Headlining at Underbelly Festival Southbank 2018 | Review
The Prince Edward receives a National Autistic Society Award
Finalists announced for the 2018 Wicked Young Writers Award
Major new musical Broken Wings releases concept album
Medhavi Patel nominated for Best Theatre Actress award…
“Present Laughter” at Chichester Coward as Farce
Review of Pippin at the Bridewell Theatre London
Review of Marry Me a Little at Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of Richard Canal’s Cry, Blueberry at Brighton Fringe
Iris Theatre’s Workin Process presents The Dream | Review
Frankenstein – The Modern Prometheus | Review
Interview with Linus Karp and Joseph Paterson
Review of Oh No It Isn’t at The Hope Theatre
Interview with Moya Angela – Effie White in Dreamgirls London
Review of Gracie at The Finborough Theatre
Wicked cast from 23rd July 2018 | Apollo Victoria Theatre
It Happened in Key West Tickets London – a new romantic musical comedy
Two For The Seesaw Tickets on sale for Trafalgar Studios
Review of Tom Hartwell’s Before 30 at TheatreN16
School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
Review of H. R. HAITCH A Right Royal Musical Comedy
Review of Biting Block Theatre’s ​Catching Up at TheatreN16
Review of Tom Ratcliffe’s Gifted at the Pleasance Theatre
Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s Uncle Vanya | Review
The Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester
Motown The Musical to hold open auditions for forthcoming UK and Ireland Tour
West End transfer for The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez
The Inheritance London Noel Coward Theatre
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) at The Barbican
Review of Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe at Richmond Theatre
Review of A Sockful of Custard at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Anthony Horowiitz’s Mindgame at the Ambassadors Theatre
Review of Return to the Forbidden Planet at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Jukebox Hero The Musical based on the timeless hits of Foreigner
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan to play London Coliseum
Review of Lazarus Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse | Review
Review of Gift Of The Gab at the White Bear Theatre
Instinct Theatre & Quantum Frolic Theatre: In The Shadow of the Mountain
Review of Schism at Park Theatre London
Review of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre
Numbered Days Upstairs at The Cat’s Back | Wandsworth Arts Fringe | Review
Review of Sex with Robots and Other Devices at the King’s Head Theatre
The Tiger Lillies Review – Devil’s Fairground at Wilton’s Music Hall
Review of 3Women at Trafalgar Studios London | Starring Anita Dobson
Lorna Dallas Live at Zedel at Crazy Coqs | Review
Liberty Rides Forth! – Drag musical at Waterloo East in October 2018
F*cking Men at the King’s Head Theatre May 2018 | Review
New Commercial Production Company Adam Blanshay Productions Launched
Katie Piper – What’s In My Head – Duchess Theatre, London | Review
Lenny Henry returns to the stage in August Wilson’s King Hedley II
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema announces 2018/19 Season
Matilda the Musical will move to earlier weekday start time from September 2018
Review of Brittle Britain | Wandsworth Fringe London
Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE Examining homelessness in Paris and London
Review of The Chess Player at OSO Arts Centre
New Theatre announced for Wembley Park by Troubadour Theatres
Dual performance in Gaza and London, a world first by Station House Opera
Review of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of The Grönholm Method at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Review of Rashdash’s Three Sisters at The Yard Theatre
Deafinitely Theatre today announce the creation of the Hub
Daisy Pulls it Off will play a limited season at Charing Cross Theatre
The House on Cold Hill UK Tour Tickets on Sale
Review of Adam & Eve by Tim Cook at the Hope Theatre
Review of A Pint Sized Conversation | 2018 Tour
Review of Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too at Tara Theatre
NeoArctic by Hotel Pro Forma and Latvian Radio Choir | Review
The Night Alive by Conor McPherson at Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Review of Keith Hindell’s Dead or Alive? at Theatro Technis
Rufus Longbottom and the Space Rabbit at Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Review of Into The Woods at The Cockpit
Review of The Biograph Girl at Finborough Theatre
Review of What Would Julie Do? – Soldiers in Petticoats
Review of A Little Princess at The Royal Festival Hall
Sirens of the Silver Screen returns at the Tabard Theatre
Casting announced for Nicholas Hytner’s production of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!
Don’t Cha Wish Your Scouser Was Boss Like Me? | Kings Head Theatre
The Best of Wham! at The Churchill Theatre | Review
Full casting announced for David Haig’s World War II thriller Pressure
Review of The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – Theatre Royal Plymouth and UK Tour
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz & King Arthur – London’s Free Open Air Theatre
Review of Blueberry Toast by Mary Laws at Soho Theatre
Review of Shakespeare’s Sister at The Courtyard Theatre
Review of Dare To Do (The Bear Maxim) at The Space
Review of Red, directed by Michael Grandage at Wyndham’s Theatre
Naoko Mori joins the West End cast of The King & I
London Theatre Matinee Show Tickets
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