News, Reviews & Interviews April 2019

Here are some highlights from London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional theatre in the UK for April 2019:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • The ever-popular musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda continued to be a major draw in the West End, telling the story of Alexander Hamilton with its innovative blend of musical styles.
  2. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • The inspiring musical based on the true events of 9/11, when a small town in Newfoundland welcomed stranded passengers, continued to receive acclaim for its heartfelt performances and uplifting story.
  3. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • Featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, the musical about a waitress and expert pie maker dreaming of a way out of her small town life continued to delight West End audiences with its charming and heartfelt story.
  4. “Aladdin” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • Disney’s magical musical adaptation of the beloved animated film, featuring stunning special effects, beautiful costumes, and favorite songs like “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” continued to enchant audiences.
  5. “Fiddler on the Roof” at Playhouse Theatre:
    • Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed revival of the classic musical about tradition, family, and resilience in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia featured memorable songs like “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The Hunt” at Almeida Theatre:
    • David Farr’s adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s 2012 film, directed by Rupert Goold, explored the harrowing story of a man wrongly accused of child abuse in a small town, offering a gripping and thought-provoking production.
  2. “Ghost Stories” at Lyric Hammersmith:
    • Written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, this spine-chilling play combined live theatre and horror for a thrilling experience. Returning after a previous successful run, it continued to terrify and entertain audiences.
  3. “Violet” at Charing Cross Theatre:
    • This lesser-known musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, about a young disfigured woman’s journey to find healing and acceptance, was revived in a new production that showcased its beautiful score and touching story.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Kinky Boots” at Edinburgh Playhouse:
    • The feel-good musical with music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein continued its UK tour, bringing its story of acceptance and fabulous footwear to audiences in Edinburgh.
  2. “Macbeth” at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester:
    • Christopher Haydon’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy starred Lucy Ellinson as Macbeth, offering a fresh and dynamic interpretation of the classic play that explored themes of ambition and power.
  3. “The Girl on the Train” at Grand Opera House, Belfast:
    • The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller continued its tour, captivating audiences with its suspenseful and gripping narrative.
  4. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Theatre Royal, Plymouth:
    • The timeless Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, featuring popular songs like “Any Dream Will Do,” continued its vibrant and colorful tour, entertaining families and theatre-goers of all ages.

These highlights reflect the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK in April 2019, with a mix of blockbuster musicals, compelling dramas, and innovative new productions captivating audiences in both London and regional theatres.

News, Reviews & Interviews April 2019

Interview with Jack Whittle – The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery announces an extension to 2020
Park Theatre presents a special fundraising run of WHODUNNIT [UNREHEARSED]
Thriller Live extends its record-breaking West End run to April, 2020
Herstoric at the Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
Q&A with Laura Jane Matthewson – Orpheus Descending
The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre for 7 weeks
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the Yard Theatre | Review
Anne Steele: Made Out of Stars at Live at Zedel Crazy Coqs
The Elephant in the Room at the Hen & Chickens Theatre
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill at the Lyttelton Theatre | Review
Three Sisters London Tickets on sale – Vaudeville Theatre
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical London Transfer
The Light In The Piazza: Alex Jennings joins the cast
Casting announced for On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
BED PEACE: The Battle of Yohn and Joko at Cockpit Theatre
Tony’s Last Tape at the Omnibus Theatre | Review
Operation Black Antler at the Southbank Centre | Review
Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley at Soho Theatre | Review
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at Hope Theatre | Review
The Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke at the Tabard Theatre
Among Angels at the Courtyard Theatre | Review
Scary Bikers at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Shaw Goes Wilde by Pegasus Opera Company | Susie Sainsbury Theatre
Michael Starring Ben at the London Palladium
Olivier Awards 2019 Winners Announced
Behind the Curtain: Broadway Composers & Lyricists Sing Their Songs
WOW EVERYTHING IS AMAZING at Battersea Arts Centre
Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith | Review
Cirque du Soleil – Luzia at London Royal Albert Hall Tickets on Sale
Going Through by Estelle Savasta at the Bush Theatre | Review
After the Dance by Terrence Rattigan at the Bridewell Theatre
STREAM: Two New Plays at The Drayton Arms Theatre
Butterfly Powder: A Very Modern Play at Rosemary Branch
William Andrews: Willy directed by Hamish MacDougall at Soho Theatre
Maggie Smith in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre
Full Cast Announced for GREASE Tour
Nigel Slater’s Toast at The Other Palace | Review
Pint of Wine Theatre presents Queen of the Mist | Review
Susan Penhaligon to join the cast of The Mousetrap UK Tour
The Man in the White Suit tickets on sale – Wyndham’s Theatre
Principal casting announced for Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar
The Marvelous Wonderettes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
VR Theatre – The Time is Now
Fake News at Tara Arts Theatre | Review
Shaw Goes Wilde presented by Pegasus Opera Company
Where is Peter Rabbit? at Theatre Royal Haymarket | Review
Andy Bell is Torsten in… QUEERETERIA TV | Review
Streatham Space Project – The Jungle Book
Keep Watching at the New Diorama Theatre | Review
Let Kilburn Shake – part of Mapping Brent Festival
The Fatal Eggs at Baron’s Court Theatre | Review
The Tigon and the Liger at Chickenshed | Review
Interview with cast from Night Of The Living Dead™ Live!
Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studios
The Children’s Theatre Partnership announces support of Arts Council England
Better Than Sex: The Story of Mae West | Review
London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s debut album GIRLFRIENDS
Sitting at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Unsung by Unsung Collective at King’s Head Theatre
The Frogs: Recroaked at Stockwell Playhouse
H.M.S. Pinafore at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Funeral Flowers at The Bunker | Review
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked | Review
All You Need Is Love With the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Three Sisters at The Almeida Theatre | Review
Night Of The Living Dead Live! at The Pleasance Theatre
Review of Brawn at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of Sweet Charity at The Donmar Warehouse
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre opens a new site at Blenheim Palace
West Side Story at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Blue Touch Paper presents Other People’s Money – Review
Full cast announced for The Starry Messenger
Peter Pan Goes Wrong UK Tour and Alexandra Palace Season
Alistair Brammer to play Fiyero at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical 2020 Tour Announced
Market Boy by David Eldridge at the Union Theatre – Review
Q&A with Summer Strallen in Intra Muros at Park Theatre
Q&A with Debbie Kurup in The Best Of… Rock Musicals
Review of Twelfth Night at The Rose Playhouse | Review
Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse | Review
The Weak Ones at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
All My Sons by Arthur Miller at the Old Vic Theatre | Review
Uncle Vanya at The Hope Theatre | Review
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at The Rose Theatre Kingston | Review
Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival Southbank | Review
Shit-faced Shakespeare® – The Taming of the Shrew | Review
Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough at Park Theatre | Review
Kindly Leave The Stage by John Chapman at The Mary Wallace Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera West End Eurovision 2019
Israel Galván’s La Fiesta at Sadler’s Wells | Review
The Simon & Garfunkel Story at The Lyric Theatre | Review
The Full Monty at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
& Juliet launch at Jack Solomons London W1


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