News, Reviews & Interviews August 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued to reign supreme in the West End. This dynamic retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s life through a mesmerizing fusion of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and R&B captivated audiences with its rhythmic storytelling and electrifying performances.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • The timeless saga of love, sacrifice, and redemption unfolded night after night, transporting audiences to the tumultuous streets of revolutionary France. The powerful melodies and evocative performances rendered Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece with unparalleled emotional depth.
  3. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s majestic musical adaptation continued to enchant with its stunning visuals, breathtaking puppetry, and unforgettable music by Elton John and Tim Rice. The story of Simba’s journey from cub to king resonated with audiences, bringing the savannah to vibrant life on stage.
  4. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • This heartwarming and inspiring musical recounted the true story of a small Newfoundland town that welcomed stranded airline passengers on 9/11. Its compelling narrative and spirited songs created a poignant and uplifting theatre experience that celebrated human kindness and resilience.
  5. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • With music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, this delightful musical about a pie-baking waitress with dreams of a new beginning continued to charm audiences with its blend of humor, heart, and memorable songs.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical” at Ambassadors Theatre:
    • This endearing adaptation of Sue Townsend’s beloved novel captured the awkwardness and hilarity of adolescence. Through catchy songs and witty lyrics, the trials and tribulations of Adrian Mole’s teenage years were brought to life with charm and nostalgia.
  2. “The Doctor” at Almeida Theatre:
    • Robert Icke’s contemporary reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s “Professor Bernhardi” starred Juliet Stevenson in a powerhouse performance. This provocative and timely production explored themes of medical ethics, identity, and societal divides, prompting profound reflection and discussion.
  3. “Equus” at Trafalgar Studios:
    • This intense revival of Peter Shaffer’s psychological drama delved into the disturbed mind of a young boy who blinds six horses. Directed by Ned Bennett, the production was lauded for its raw and visceral staging, bringing the dark and complex narrative to gripping life.

Edinburgh Fringe Highlights:

  1. “Fleabag” by Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
    • The original one-woman show that inspired the acclaimed television series returned to the Fringe, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering a blisteringly funny and poignant performance. Her candid and unapologetic portrayal of the titular character captivated audiences, making it one of the festival’s standout events.
  2. “Myra Dubois: Dead Funny” at Underbelly:
    • This sharp and satirical cabaret show featured the acid-tongued Myra Dubois in a hilariously dark exploration of mortality. With biting wit and flamboyant flair, Dubois delivered a performance that was as thought-provoking as it was entertaining.
  3. “Baby Reindeer” by Richard Gadd at Summerhall:
    • Richard Gadd’s gripping and deeply personal monologue recounted his harrowing experience with a stalker. The raw and unflinching storytelling, combined with Gadd’s compelling delivery, created a profoundly impactful theatre experience.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Kinky Boots” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • The exuberant musical with music by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein continued its UK tour, dazzling audiences with its vibrant story of acceptance and fabulous footwear. The infectious energy and uplifting message made every performance a joyous celebration.
  2. “The Girl on the Train” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • This stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller continued to enthrall regional audiences. Samantha Womack’s gripping portrayal of Rachel Watson, combined with the suspenseful narrative, kept spectators on the edge of their seats.
  3. “The Rocky Horror Show” at New Theatre, Cardiff:
    • Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical continued its tour, bringing its unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll and campy fun to audiences across the UK. The outrageous costumes, iconic songs, and interactive audience participation created an electric and unforgettable theatre experience.
  4. “Wise Children” at Sheffield Theatres:
    • Directed by Emma Rice, this adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel celebrated the joy and chaos of life through vibrant storytelling and dynamic performances. The production’s exuberance and creativity captivated audiences, offering a rich and theatrical feast.

These highlights from August 2019 showcase the diverse and vibrant theatre landscape across the UK, with a blend of blockbuster West End shows, innovative Off-West End productions, exciting offerings at the Edinburgh Fringe, and captivating regional tours.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2019

Review of Peter Pan at Troubadour White City Theatre
Penelope Rawlins Productions Pigeons at Hen & Chickens Theatre
Review of In Limbo at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Queen of the Mist Original London Cast Recording | Review
Katheryn Howard by Catherine Hiscock at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
The Time Of Our Lies at Park Theatre | Review
My Son Pinocchio Jr. at Southwark Playhouse | Review
TREE: Created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah | Review
Interview with Susan Penhaligon – The Mousetrap UK Tour
Brainiac Live! at the Garrick Theatre | Review
CLARA ‘Sex, Love and Classical Music’ by Elena Mazzon | Review
I’ll be your baby tonight..? at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
Almost Home – The Untold Stories of Judy Garland
The Mikvah Project | Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
Musicality – Stars From The West End at The Pheasantry | Review
God Save the Tea – Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
Full Cast Announced for Nigel Slater’s Toast UK Tour
Dame Judi Dench to reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse at the Fairfield Halls
Anita Luna The Diva – Camden Fringe 2019 | Review
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four! at the Apollo Theatre
Review of Fine and Dandy at the Kings Head Theatre
Blood Brothers Tour Cast Announced 2019/2020
Girl In a Crisis Original Cast Recording | Review
Review of Alpha Who? at the Cockpit Theatre
Villain, Interrupted at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Saint Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Pilgrims and Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes | Review
Parade by The National Youth Music Theatre at The Other Palace
Disney’s The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Birmingham Stage Company announce Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Five!
Shrek The Musical – A Creative Learning Summer Youth Production
Orlando at Pleasance – Cellar (EdFringe) | Review
Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
MUSIK at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival | Review
Showtune: Celebrating the Words & Music of Jerry Herman
80 Days: A Real World Adventure | Review
Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball at Edinburgh Fringe
Actually by Anna Ziegler at Trafalgar Studios | Review
In Loyal Company at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
In The Shadow of the Black Dog at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
The Brand New, Full-Throated Adventures of Reginald D. Hunter
Wil Greenway: The Ocean After All at Underbelly Bristo Square (EdFringe)
Legally Blonde the Musical – Edinburgh Fringe | Review
The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Troubadour White City Theatre
Patricia Hodge joins cast of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Ivo Graham: The Game of Life at Pleasance Forth
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat | Edinburgh Fringe
Once On This Island at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Don’t Be Terrible – Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Algorithms at the Pleasance Courtyard – Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Bible John at the Pleasance Courtyard | Edinburgh Fringe | Review
NewsRevue 2019 at Underbelly George Square Edinburgh
Curve (Leicester) Announces Casting For West Side Story
Jake Lambert: Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice | Edinburgh Fringe
An Audience With Yasmine Day – Edinburgh Fringe
Do Our Best at Underbelly Cowgate (Iron Belly) – Edinburgh Fringe
The Sea Queen at The Scoop – London’s Free Open Air Theatre
Review of Birth at Edinburgh Fringe
Review of Maria Shehata: Hero at Edinburgh Fringe
Stage Experience Presents: The Addams Family | Review
Daniel Audritt: Better Man at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Review of West of Frances at Edinburgh Fringe
Big Band Does Broadway – Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Fishbowl at the Pleasance Courtyard (Grand) – Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Fulfilment at Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Laugh) | Review
You Only Live Forever at Soho Theatre | Review
Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express | Edinburgh Fringe
Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching | Edinburgh Fringe
Review of T. G. I. F at theSpace at Surgeons’ Hall | Edinburgh Fringe
Fox by Katie Guicciardi at the Pleasance Courtyard | Edinburgh Fringe
#Networkshop Showcase of Skeletons | Camden Fringe
InvankaPlay at Underbelly, Cowgate Edinburgh Fringe | Review
With Child: Written & Performed by Clare Pointing at Edinburgh Fringe
Stewart Francis: Into The Punset at Edinburgh Fringe
You Have a Match at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Review of Paradise Lodge at Edinburgh Fringe
Tales of the Turntable by ZooNation at the Southbank Centre
Will Duggan: Class Two at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 | Review
Kelly Convey: Telephone Voice at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
LOVE (Watching Madness) at Pleasance Courtyard | Edinburgh Fringe
Review of Anything With a Pulse at Edinburgh Fringe
Joe Sugg announced to join the cast of Waitress – September 2019
Review of Queen of the Mist at Charing Cross Theatre
Review of Archie Maddocks: Big Dick Energy at Edinburgh Fringe
Review of Marlon Davis: Emotional Black Male at Edinburgh Fringe
Rhys Nicholson: Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations | EdFringe
Death Suits You at Theatro Technis | Camden Fringe | Review
Abbie Murphy: Eat Sleep Shit Shag at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Joe Bor: The Story of Walter and Herbert at Edinburgh Fringe
Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman at Edinburgh Fringe
SIMON EVANS: Dressing For Dinner at Edinburgh Fringe
Cabaret UK & Ireland Tour 2020
Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights at Edinburgh Fringe
British Theatre Academy presents Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse
The Weatherman by Eugene O’Hare at Park Theatre | Review
Illegal at Underbelly Cowgate (White Belly) | Edinburgh Fringe
The National Youth Music Theatre – Anything Goes
Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Konstantin Kisin: Orwell That Ends Well at Edinburgh Fringe
Skin in the Game at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Leo Kearse: Transgressive at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Laughing Mirror Theatre Company’s White Girls at Edinburgh Fringe
Bobby and Amy at the Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
MUSE: A new play about the life of Dora Maar | Review
Review of Tumours at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Fringe
Towards Zero at The Mill at Sonning | Review
Charles Darwin: Collapsing Creation at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Harriet Braine: Les Admirables at Edinburgh Fringe | Review
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical at Edinburgh Fringe
What Happens Next Will____Your____ at the White Bear Theatre
Review of Appropriate at Donmar Warehouse
As You Like It at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch | Review
Pleasance’s ambitions grow at Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Vivaldi meets Werther: Four Seasons at the Bridewell Theatre
Chekhov in Moscow at The Space | Review
Producers announce open auditions for singers for Thriller Live
Full cast announced for the UK and Ireland tour of The Exorcist
Rouge at Underbelly Festival Southbank | Review
BalletBoyz announces further tour dates for Them/Us
Further Tour Dates Announced for LES MISÉRABLES in UK and Ireland
Martin Shaw confirmed in new production of Gaslight
On Your Feet! Tour Casting and Return to London in 2020

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