News, Reviews & Interviews October 2018

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued to captivate audiences with its retelling of the life of Alexander Hamilton through a unique blend of musical genres.
  2. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at Palace Theatre:
    • The two-part play remained a massive draw, offering fans a magical continuation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series.
  3. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical about the masked figure haunting the Paris Opera House continued its longstanding run.
  4. “Company” at Gielgud Theatre:
    • A gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, starring Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, and featuring Patti LuPone. Directed by Marianne Elliott, this production received critical acclaim for its fresh take on the classic.
  5. “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” at Aldwych Theatre:
    • This biographical musical, depicting the life and career of the legendary Tina Turner, was a major hit, featuring powerful performances and memorable songs.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Summer and Smoke” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • After a successful run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’ play transferred to the West End, starring Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham.
  2. “Nine Night” at Trafalgar Studios:
    • Natasha Gordon’s debut play, exploring Jamaican-British traditions and family dynamics, transferred to the West End after its acclaimed run at the National Theatre.
  3. “Dust” at Soho Theatre:
    • Written and performed by Milly Thomas, this darkly comedic and poignant solo show explored themes of depression and suicide, offering a raw and compelling narrative.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “War Horse” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • The National Theatre’s production continued its UK tour, showcasing its powerful storytelling and extraordinary puppetry.
  2. “The King and I” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • The critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical embarked on a UK tour, featuring stunning sets and costumes.
  3. “The Madness of George III” at Nottingham Playhouse:
    • Alan Bennett’s historical drama, starring Mark Gatiss in the title role, was a standout production. It was also broadcast live to cinemas across the UK as part of National Theatre Live.
  4. “Dr. Dolittle” at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin:
    • The musical adaptation of the beloved story of the man who talks to animals continued its UK and Ireland tour, featuring a lively score and colorful production design.

These highlights reflect the richness and variety of theatre offerings across the UK in October 2018, with a mix of classic revivals, innovative new works, and touring productions that captivated audiences nationwide.

News, Reviews & Interviews October 2018

Pinter at the Pinter: Pinter One and Pinter Two | Review
Fame The Musical West End casting announced | Peacock Theatre
Tony Blackburn To Host BBC Radio 2’s ‘Sounds Of The 60s’ Live UK Tour
Soweto Gospel Choir – West End Premiere & UK Tour of INALA
Remembrance/The Four Seasons | New English Ballet Theatre
Divorce On The Rocks and On The Rack | The Actors Centre
Dennis of Penge by Annie Siddons at Ovalhouse | Review
Anne Steele: Welcome To The Big Top at Crazy Coqs | Review
Pack of Lies at The Menier Chocolate Factory | Review
Hedgehogs & Porcupines at The Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Seeta Patel: Not Today’s Yesterday at The Place | Review
An Inspector Calls – New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Cast announced for charity gala to celebrate Harold Pinter’s birthday
Four Loyalty Cards at The Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Peter Pan London Park Theatre
Arabian Nights by Nessah Muthy at Hoxton Hall
Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual | Curve Theatre | Review
Taj Express at The Peacock Theatre | Review
The Real Inspector Hound and The Actor’s Nightmare
To Have to Shoot Irishmen by Lizzie Nunnery at The Omnibus Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King announce next dedicated Relaxed Performance
Liberty Rides Forth! at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
Lyric Hammersmith awarded 5 Star Creative Green Certification by Julie’s Bicycle
All-star Christmas Gala Concert for Shelter at Cadogan Hall
Eugenius! The Musical Tickets London Ambassadors Theatre
Chivaree Circus and Upstage Creative present CRASH Winterville
Once at The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch | Review
Bullet Hole by Gloria Williams at Park Theatre | Review
Ramin Karimloo with Seth Rudetsky at Leicester Square Theatre
The Sweet Science of Bruising – Southwark Playhouse | Review
TEDxRoyalCentralSchool : Re:Act 27th October 2018
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit…
William Forsythe – A Quiet Evening of Dance | Review
Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Jacques Brel – A Life a Thousand Times | Review
London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s Camelot at The London Palladium
Only Fools and Horses The Musical London Theatre
Casting Announced For London Run of Notre Dame De Paris
Well-Strung at Crazy Coqs Live At Zedel, London
Lazarus Theatre 2019 Season announced for The Greenwich Theatre
Gently Down The Stream Tickets London Park Theatre
Intra Muros Tickets London Park Theatre | Park200
Napoli, Brooklyn Tickets London Park Theatre | Park200
Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough Tickets London Park Theatre | Park 90
Summer Rolls Tickets London Park Theatre | Park90
Mythic a New Musical at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Interview with Mirabelle Gremaud – Young Nora in Wise Children
Taming of the Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre
Bat Out Of Hell West End Season Must End 5th January 2019
Gilgamesh at Ravensfield Theatre | Review
The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre | Review
I’m a Phoenix, Bitch by Bryony Kimmings | Review
Cast has been announced for Come From Away | Phoenix Theatre
Come From Away Press Launch | London
I’m Not Running by David Hare | Lyttelton Theatre | National Theatre
Andy Smith and Fuel present Summit by Andy Smith | Review
Club Tropicana The Musical | 2019 Tour Dates | Tickets
World premiere of Matthew Bourne’s ROMEO AND JULIET announced
Grief is the Thing with Feathers at The Barbican Theatre
Night of Stuff Proudly Present… The Lost Disc | Review
War with the Newts at the Bunker Theatre | Review
The Pirates of Penzance London Tickets | Wilton’s Music Hall
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho London Wilton’s Music Hall
Camille O’Sullivan – Cave London Wilton’s Music Hall
The Tiger Lillies: One Penny Opera Wilton’s Music Hall, London
othellomacbeth at the Lyric Hammersmith | Review
Final casting and first look images for Snow White at the London Palladium
Arrows and Traps Theatre present Dracula | Review
The Wider Earth at The Natural History Museum | Review
Measure For Measure at Donmar Warehouse | Review
The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre | Review
The Enemies: An Experimentorium Production | Review
The Lehman Trilogy London Theatre Tickets Piccadilly Theatre
All You Need is Love: world premiere in 2019 on a 10-date UK Tour
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand at The Other Palace | Review
Company ‘is an absolute delight’ at the Gielgud Theatre | Review
Bromance: The Dudesical at The Other Palace Studio
Alice in Wonderland | Guildford Shakespeare Company | Review
Thriller Live: New West End booking period to 29th September 2019
ENO Season 2018-19 Part 2 Tickets – London Coliseum
Say My Name! – The Unauthorised ‘Breaking Bad’ Parody Musical
On Your Head Be It: A Cautionary Tale at the Old Red Lion Theatre
West End Magic Tickets Leicester Square Theatre, London
The Incident at Canada Water Theatre | Review
Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse for a limited season
Hot Coals Theatre’s family and Deaf accessible show on UK Tour
Full casting announced for the 10th anniversary tour of American Idiot
One Night With… Carrie Hope Fletcher and Jodie Steele
The Distance You Have Come at the Cockpit Theatre | Review
Jericho’s Rose at The Hope Theatre | Review
Lost West End Revues: New Album Celebrates London’s Forgotten Revues
Wise Children by Angela Carter at The Old Vic Theatre | Review
Pink Mist by Owen Sheers at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review
Guys and Dolls at The Royal Albert Hall | Review
Debris by Dennis Kelly at Theatre N16 | Review
Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art at Richmond Theatre | Review
Initial casting announced for TOP GIRLS at the National Theatre
House of Commons to host ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’
Interview with Ashley Cook from Sweet Science of Bruising
Jasmin Vardimon Company – Medusa at Sadler’s Wells
Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club at Above the Stag Theatre
The Full Monty at Churchill Theatre, Bromley | Review
Schrödinger’s Dog at the White Bear Theatre | Review
Our Country’s Good at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
The Band at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Gala Night for Take That Musical in Aid of Elton John AIDS Foundation
Fake News at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
The World Première of In Lipstick By Annie Jenkins
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists at the Tara Arts Theatre
Tap Dogs at the Peacock Theatre | Review
Wicked Young Writer Awards launches 9th Year at Loogabarooga Literary Festival
Monstersongs: An Interactive Concert Featuring Rob Rokicki
Side Show by Bromley Players at the Bob Hope Theatre
Hara Yannas in Dealing With Clair at the Orange Tree Theatre
Adventures in Black and White by Double Trouble at Camden People’s Theatre
Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Playhouse, London
Layton Williams to play Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals
BURGERZ at Hackney Showroom | Review
Baby at Drayton Arms Theatre, London | Review
Pickle Jar by Maddie Rice at Soho Theatre | Review
Macbeth – RSC at The Barbican Theatre | Review
Macbeth London Tickets | Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack
TEDx Royal Central School: Re:Act 2
Testament by Sam Edmunds at The Hope Theatre | Review
The Secret Letters of Gertie & Hen by Imogen Hunter | Review
Wicked and The Woodland Trust Mark Eighth Year of Partnership 2018
West End Launch of The Simon & Garfunkel Show
Dealing with Clair by Martin Crimp at The Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Rumpelstiltskin London Southbank Centre
Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour at Park Theatre | Review
I and You at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Burlesque’D at The Aeronaut | Review


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