News, Reviews & Interviews November 2018

Here are some highlights from London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional theatre in the UK for November 2018:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sensational musical continued to draw crowds with its dynamic portrayal of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway styles.
  2. “The Inheritance” at Noel Coward Theatre:
    • Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part play, inspired by E.M. Forster’s “Howards End,” explored the lives of young gay men in New York a generation after the AIDS crisis. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the play received widespread acclaim.
  3. “Company” at Gielgud Theatre:
    • The gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical remained a major hit, with Rosalie Craig as Bobbie and Patti LuPone as Joanne, earning praise for its innovative approach and standout performances.
  4. “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” at Aldwych Theatre:
    • The musical continued to enthrall audiences with the powerful story and music of Tina Turner’s life, featuring hits like “Proud Mary” and “Simply the Best.”
  5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • This acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, about a young boy with an extraordinary brain who sets out to solve the mystery of a neighbor’s dead dog, returned to the West End for a limited run.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Sweat” at Donmar Warehouse:
    • Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania, dealing with economic hardship and racial tensions. Directed by Lynette Linton, the production was highly praised for its powerful performances and timely themes.
  2. “Pinter at the Pinter” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • A season celebrating Harold Pinter’s one-act plays, curated by Jamie Lloyd, continued with star-studded casts. November featured plays like “The Lover” and “The Collection,” showcasing Pinter’s masterful dialogue and tension.
  3. “Hadestown” at National Theatre:
    • Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera, directed by Rachel Chavkin, retelling the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with a unique blend of folk, jazz, and blues music. The production received critical acclaim ahead of its Broadway transfer.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Madness of George III” at Nottingham Playhouse:
    • Mark Gatiss starred in Alan Bennett’s historical drama about the mental decline of King George III. The production was also part of National Theatre Live, reaching audiences across the UK.
  2. “Doctor Dolittle” at New Theatre, Oxford:
    • The musical adaptation of the story of the man who can talk to animals continued its UK tour, featuring an enchanting score and imaginative production design.
  3. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Leeds Playhouse:
    • This stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s beloved fantasy novel, directed by Sally Cookson, captivated audiences with its inventive staging and magical storytelling.
  4. “An Inspector Calls” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle:
    • Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed revival of J.B. Priestley’s classic play about social responsibility and the impact of individual actions continued its UK tour, impressing audiences with its powerful message and striking production.

These highlights showcase the vibrant and diverse theatre scene across the UK in November 2018, featuring a mix of celebrated revivals, innovative new productions, and compelling regional performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews November 2018

Christmas with Austentatious at the Savoy Theatre
Soldier On at The Other Palace Theatre, London | Review
The Full Bronte at The Space, London | Review
Home, I’m Darling London Duke of York’s Theatre 2019
Semites: Verbatim disclosures from Palestine and Israel
The Greater Game at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
BREXIT: A play by Robert Khan & Tom Salinsky | Review
London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert version of A Christmas Carol
The Wolves at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
The Paper Traveller at Kensington Central Library | Review
London Musical Theatre Orchestra: Girlfriends at Bishopsgate Institute
Beauty and The Beast: A Musical Parody | Review
Billy Bishop Goes To War at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Chekhov’s First Play | Battersea Arts Centre | Review
One Jewish Boy: A new play about anti-semitism | Old Red Lion Theatre
AILIA presents AISHA by AJ – A one-woman play about child marriage
Haunting Julia at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch | Review
West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis joins 1,000 West End Stage students
Todrick Hall to star as Billy Flynn in CHICAGO – London West End
Full Casting Announced for UK and Ireland Tour of THE BODYGUARD
Full Disclosure Theatre present XPOSED | Review
Silent film icon returns to London!
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie extends booking until September 2019
Principal Casting announced for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
The Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy added to the NT’s On Demand In Schools service
Rain Man extending into 2019 with a new star cast
Direct from Moscow – M.Art presents Ivan Vyrypaev’s Sun Line
A Pupil by Jesse Briton at Park Theatre, London | Review
Romeo and Juliet at The Barbican, London | Review
Don Carlos written by Friedrich Schiller at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Brass by Benjamin Till at the Union Theatre | Review
Waiting for God at Leatherhead Theatre | Review
Melinda Hughes: The Satirical Diva Live At Zedel
Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican Theatre London
Rip It Up The 60s Show | Rip It Up Musical Tickets London
Casts complete for Courage Everywhere season | National Theatre
Ian McKellen celebrates his 80th Birthday with an 80 venue tour
The Mousetrap announces major UK Tour for 2019
Drowned or Saved? by Geoffrey Williams at Tristan Bates Theatre
NYT REP Company: Consensual at Soho Theatre
Cervantes Theatre presents: Yerma by Federico García Lorca
Screening of ‘Primeiro Bailarino/Principal Dancer’
Robin Windsor: The Last Dance with an All Star cast
The Pit and the Pendulum at Omnibus Theatre | Review
Bad Clowns: Hostage at New Wimbledon Theatre: Time and Leisure Studio
Flux Theatre Present: Chutney at Bunker Theatre | Review
The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar | Review
Pinter Three and Pinter Four at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Sam O’Hanlon & Charles Blyth – The Simon & Garfunkel Story
ASYLUM at the Camden Peoples Theatre | Review
The Book of Mormon Palace Theatre Manchester 6th June – 13th July 2019
Cirque du Soleil to perform their production based around AVATAR
Voices From Home at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Casting announced for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock
The Railway Children at Leatherhead Theatre | Review
The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Vaudeville Theatre
Pressure Points by Jack Stanley at the White Bear Theatre
Ghost The Musical UK Tour Tickets 2019 | Ghost Tickets Booking Now
Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell at The Olivier Theatre | Review
Fanatical a sci-fi convention musical at The Playground Theatre
Briefs: Close Encounters at Leicester Square Spiegeltent | Review
Love-Lies-Bleeding at the Print Room at the Coronet | Review
Interview with David Bryan
Dandelion at the King’s Head Theatre
Don’t You Dare! at the Voila! Europe 2018 Festival
Kelsey Grammer & Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha
Further dates announced for Les Misérables UK and Ireland Tour
Doctor Dolittle The Musical at Churchill Theatre | Review
Black Ticket Project announces new partnership with Caroline, Or Change
Cuckoo by Lisa Carroll at Soho Theatre | Review
Flotsam by Claire Erasmus at Canal Cafe | Review
Mark Morris Dance Group & Silkroad Ensemble: Layla and Majnun
An Evening with Patsy May at the Museum of Comedy
Wicked now booking to 30th November 2019 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Never Such Innocence at the Jermyn Street Theatre
Wilkie Branson’s TOM at the Lilian Baylis Studio
Wise Children UK Tour additional dates announced
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand at The Lyric Theatre in London
Hamlet Tickets and Dates Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York
PLAYSTART: an Initiative to Support the Development of New Playwrights
New Adventures Announces Full Cast For Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet
National Theatre announces new exhibition PLAYING WITH SCALE
Dietrich: Natural Duty at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn – Leatherhead Rep
Cast announced for the UK premiere of Plaid Tidings
Paul Merton’s Impro Chums UK Tour 2019
Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much UK Tour
Camden Festival l’Humour at Theatro Technis
Review of Rats at the Etcetera Theatre, London
Urinetown, The Musical at the Bridewell Theatre
Katharine McPhee to make her West End debut as Jenna in Waitress
Casting announced for the European premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d
Boujie at the Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
We Will Rock You Musical Tour UK 2019 & 2020
Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
An Honourable Man at the White Bear Theatre | Review
Q2 Players Presents Three Bags Full | Review
Macbeth, a gender-fluid version abridged by Moira Buffini
Xameleon Theatre presents A Dog’s Heart at Canada Water | Review
Richmond Theatre kicks off its 120th anniversary year with a new season
RSC announces new Miss Trunchbull for the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical
The Crumple Zone at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith | Review
Buttons: A Cinderella Story at the King’s Head Theatre
Additional casting announced for the Hip-Hop musical In The Willows
New cast joins Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall
Review of Cinderella at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury
Caroline Flack to Star As Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre
Never Swim Alone at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
Rosenbaum’s Rescue at Park Theatre London
Nitin Sawhney / Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang: Dystopian Dream
LUCY PEARMAN: FRUIT LOOP at Soho Theatre | Review
Roy Budd’s epic masterpiece Phantom of the Opera Live at The Barbican
Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Hammersmith
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium
Review of Little Women at The Space
Full casting announced for Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical

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