News, Reviews & Interviews January 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical continued its successful run, captivating audiences with the story of Alexander Hamilton told through a diverse musical score.
  2. “The Inheritance” at Noel Coward Theatre:
    • Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part play, exploring the lives of young gay men in New York in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis, continued to receive critical acclaim for its powerful storytelling and performances.
  3. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • This uplifting musical based on the true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them on 9/11 continued to resonate with audiences.
  4. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • The beloved musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel about redemption and revolution in 19th-century France remained a staple in the West End.
  5. “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” at Aldwych Theatre:
    • The life story of Tina Turner, featuring many of her hit songs, continued to enthrall audiences with its powerful performances and dynamic musical numbers.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Sweat” at Donmar Warehouse:
    • Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about factory workers in Pennsylvania dealing with economic hardship and racial tensions continued its critically acclaimed run.
  2. “Admissions” at Trafalgar Studios:
    • This provocative new play by Joshua Harmon, exploring issues of race, privilege, and the college admissions process, starred Alex Kingston and garnered positive reviews for its sharp, timely commentary.
  3. “The Wild Duck” at Almeida Theatre:
    • Robert Icke’s contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, examining family secrets and lies, continued to impress audiences with its innovative staging and compelling performances.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Full Monty” at Various Venues:
    • The stage adaptation of the popular film about a group of unemployed steelworkers who turn to stripping for money continued its UK tour, delighting audiences with its humor and heart.
  2. “War Horse” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • The National Theatre’s acclaimed production featuring stunning puppetry continued its UK tour, bringing the moving story of a boy and his horse during World War I to regional audiences.
  3. “Rain Man” at Theatre Royal, Brighton:
    • The stage adaptation of the classic film, starring Mathew Horne and Ed Speleers, continued its tour, drawing audiences with its touching story of brotherhood and understanding.
  4. “The Lovely Bones” at Northern Stage, Newcastle:
    • This stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel, directed by Melly Still, continued its UK tour, offering a poignant and visually striking production.

These highlights reflect the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK in January 2019, featuring a mix of celebrated musicals, thought-provoking dramas, and innovative new works.

News, Reviews & Interviews January 2019

Caroline Faber: Maud in the Up In Arms production In Lipstick
Final casting announced for All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre
Pinter Five and Pinter Six at the Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
Review of The Dame starring Peter Duncan at Park Theatre
Sinatra: Raw at Crazy Coqs, London | Review
Casting announced for the West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling
Les Misérables announces West End move dates…
Review of A Calling at the Etcetera Theatre
The Winter’s Tale for young audiences at the National Theatre
Full casting announced for The Twilight Zone at the Ambassadors Theatre
Full cast announced for the UK premiere of Waitress
Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People at the Union Theatre
Notre Dame de Paris full cast announced for London Coliseum
Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox join Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal
UK tour of Mathilda and the Orange Balloon
Linzi Hateley reprises her role as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers 2019 tour
Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Alex Kingston stars in Admissions at Trafalgar Studios
Annie musical UK Tour full cast announced
Rhum and Clay presents The War of the Worlds at New Diorama Theatre
Songs For Nobodies at Ambassadors Theatre | Review
Anomaly by Liv Warden at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Original Death Rabbit at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Disney’s The Lion King announces a second UK and Ireland tour
The Young Vic Announces YV:ID – A Festival Exploring Identity
Casting announced for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Barricade Boys Live In Concert – UK Tour & USA dates
Franz Kafka – Apparatus by Ross Dinwiddy | Review
I’m Sorry but… Showcase of 12 New Writers celebrating Women’s Anger
Approaching Empty at Kiln Theatre – Review
I Stopped… When by Acquah & Co at the Vault Festival
Stop and Search at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Fake News by Osman Baig at Theatre503 | Review
Outlying Islands at The King’s Head Theatre | Review
Vegans in Theatre and the Performing Arts | Veganuary
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Tour Full Cast Announced
Rosenbaum’s Rescue at Park Theatre | Review
Sam. The Good Person at The Bunker Theatre | Review
Shaun Mason in Stop and Search at the Arcola Theatre
All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James rehearsal images
Night Caps concert series announced for MT FEST UK
War Horse to run at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in October 2019
Cirque Du Soleil Totem at The Royal Albert Hall
Elliot Harper as Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s Matilda The Musical UK & Ireland Tour
Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson & Stephen Tompkinson in 2019 ART Tour
Tina Turner the Musical new tickets released and cast album announced
The Starry Messenger London Wyndham’s Theatre
Stephen Sondheim’s Follies National Theatre Cast Recording
Twelfth Night at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Les Musicals Tour Tickets – Les Musicals Live Concert Tour
FOLLIES 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording | Review
Joe McFadden will star in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Hedda Gabler at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham
Equus Tickets London Theatre Royal Stratford East
Full casting announced for King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East
We’re Staying Right Here London Park Theatre Tickets on Sale
Avenue Q Tour Tickets On Sale UK Tour
The Empire Has Fallen at The White Bear Theatre
Nick Butcher releases his debut musical film, Loved Before
All About Eve to be broadcast live from the Noël Coward Theatre to cinemas
Thriller Live celebrates its 10th anniversary in the West End
Notre Dame de Paris at the London Coliseum | Review
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other | National Theatre
Mark Gatiss joins the cast of the world premiere of Dark Sublime
Review of Blink at Drayton Arms Theatre
Lola – presented by Papercut Theatre at the Vault Festival | Review
King Charles III by Mike Bartlett at The Tower Theatre
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at The Other Palace
Fiddler on the Roof London Theatre Tickets – Playhouse Theatre Tickets
Mischief Theatre announce a year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre
& JULIET – Miriam-Teak Lee to lead new musical…
Opal Fruits presented by Holly Beasley-Garrigan | Vault Festival
Review of Ellie Dubois’ No Show at Soho Theatre
Welcome to the UK at The Bunker Theatre | Review
Hivemind presents: Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones
The Winter’s Tale at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review
Review of Violet at Charing Cross Theatre, London
Casting announced for The Cereal Café – a new British musical
Leave To Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith | Review
Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich at the Garrick Theatre
Lesley Joseph to play Miss Hannigan in Annie UK Tour
Hancock’s Half Hour at Richmond Theatre | Review
Astronaut by Joe Wright at The Vault Festival
The Half Moon Shania presented by Burnt Lemon Theatre – Vault Festival
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards
Review of The Dip at The Space
The Regina Monologues at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
Fairfield Halls, Croydon re-launch January 2019
Queens of Sheba presented by Nouveau Riché at The Vault Festival
Man of La Mancha London Coliseum
Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson cast in Man of La Mancha
Out of Step at The Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
COMPANY – 2018 London Cast Recording released
MT FEST UK launch at The Other Palace


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