News, Reviews & Interviews July 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued its celebrated tenure, drawing audiences into a pulsating narrative of ambition and resilience. The electrifying blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, and traditional show tunes redefined the musical theatre landscape, leaving spectators in awe of its lyrical brilliance and historical depth.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • This iconic musical remained a beacon of theatrical excellence, presenting Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love, loss, and redemption. The stirring melodies and powerful performances transported audiences to the tumultuous streets of 19th-century France, where hope and defiance illuminated the darkest corners of human experience.
  3. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterwork continued to mesmerize with its hauntingly beautiful score and lavish production. The tragic romance between the enigmatic Phantom and the beautiful Christine unfolded against a backdrop of opulent sets and breathtaking special effects, creating a gothic spectacle that lingered in the hearts of all who witnessed it.
  4. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • This heartwarming musical, adorned with the heartfelt music and lyrics of Sara Bareilles, told the story of Jenna, a pie-baking waitress seeking solace and a new beginning. The endearing narrative, combined with its catchy and emotive songs, served a delightful concoction of hope and resilience, charming audiences night after night.
  5. “The Lehman Trilogy” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • Directed by Sam Mendes, this profound play traced the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of the Lehman Brothers. With Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles delivering masterful performances, the narrative spanned generations, unraveling a tale of ambition, power, and the inexorable tides of fortune.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Death of a Salesman” at Young Vic:
    • Arthur Miller’s timeless tragedy was revitalized in a powerful production helmed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell. Wendell Pierce’s portrayal of Willy Loman was both heartbreaking and profound, offering a poignant reflection on the elusive nature of the American Dream and the harsh realities of a life spent chasing shadows.
  2. “Rosmersholm” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Under the incisive direction of Ian Rickson, Henrik Ibsen’s gripping drama came to life with fervor and intensity. Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke’s performances illuminated the intricate dance of political ideals and personal desires, creating a richly textured exploration of love, power, and societal change.
  3. “Betrayal” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • Harold Pinter’s exquisite dissection of love and deceit was rendered with razor-sharp precision in this compelling production. Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox delivered performances of profound depth and subtlety, drawing audiences into a web of passion, lies, and emotional intricacy.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Matilda The Musical” at Bristol Hippodrome:
    • The Royal Shakespeare Company’s enchanting adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved story continued to captivate audiences on its UK tour. With Tim Minchin’s witty and whimsical score, this production delighted with its imaginative staging and the indomitable spirit of its young heroine, Matilda.
  2. “The Girl on the Train” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • This stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller kept audiences on the edge of their seats. Samantha Womack’s gripping portrayal of Rachel Watson, a woman entangled in a web of intrigue and deception, brought the suspenseful narrative to life with riveting intensity.
  3. “The Rocky Horror Show” at New Wimbledon Theatre:
    • Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock musical continued to enthrall with its infectious energy and campy charm. Audiences reveled in the outrageous costumes, memorable songs, and the unique tradition of audience participation that made every performance a raucous celebration of individuality and eccentricity.
  4. “Wise Children” at York Theatre Royal:
    • Directed by the visionary Emma Rice, this exuberant adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel celebrated the theatricality of life itself. With its vivid storytelling, dynamic performances, and joyous spirit, the production offered a kaleidoscopic journey through the highs and lows of the human experience, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.

These highlights from July 2019 reflect the rich tapestry of theatrical offerings across the UK, showcasing the depth and diversity of performances that captivated audiences in both London and regional theatres.

News, Reviews & Interviews July 2019

Review of EQUUS at Trafalgar Studios

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical Review
Review of Reformation at the White Bear Theatre
Review of XPOSED at Southwark Playhouse
First female Scrooge on the English stage in Christmas Carol?
British Theatre Academy presents Godspell In Concert
Voices From Home: Volume 3 at Theatre 503
Review of Kenny Emson’s Rust at the Bush Theatre
Fame The Musical at the Princess Theatre, Torquay | Review
Cast of Heartbeat of Home head to London ahead of West End
Joe Pasquale to tour again in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
GREY by Koko Brown at Ovalhouse | Review
Guildhall School presents Merrily We Roll Along at Silk Street Theatre
Hard Copy at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Gutted tour October 2019 – a poignant Irish black comedy by Sharon Byrne
The Color Purple at Leicester’s Curve Theatre | Review
£70,000 raised for the Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation
HERSTORY: The Polly Clamorous Collective at the Gielgud Theatre
Want the Moon present Shadows at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Beg, Borrow & Bitch at the Union Theatre | Review
The Queen’s Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre
Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Review of the new British musical Fiver at Southwark Playhouse
Feel the Love at Chickenshed Theatre | Review
Tour dates announced for Classic Spring’s A Woman of No Importance
Breakin’ Convention on Tour – May to June 2020
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Fisher Stevens in A Beautiful Noise at the Lyric Theatre
Interview with Gemma Sutton – Blues in the Night at the Kiln Theatre
Interview with Alexander Arnold – Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
Review of Peter Gynt at the Olivier Theatre
Full Casting Announced For Mischief Theatre’s Groan Ups
London Transfer for Amelie The Musical – The Other Palace
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters to tour for the first time
Stiles & Drewe’s Soho Cinders at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican Theatre
Another Kind of Blue present the UK premiere of Flirt with Reality
Lambert Jackson Productions announces Doctor Zhivago – The UK Concert Première
Casting confirmed for The Weatherman at Park Theatre
Conscious written and directed by Eve Ruck | Review
The Bodyguard at Edinburgh Playhouse | Review
The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway at Shaftesbury Theatre
Queen of the Mist at Charing Cross Theatre – 15 August to 5 October 2019
Jellyfish by Ben Weatherill at the Dorfman Theatre | Review
SPY CITY written by Bertie Watkins | Colab Theatre
Just Don’t Shout it from the Rooftops at the King’s Head Theatre
Ghost Stories in London West End at Ambassadors Theatre
Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up – 23rd July to 1st September 2019
Review of EQUUS at Trafalgar Studios
Further Casting for World Premiere of Back to the Future The Musical
Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace
The Night Of The Iguana at the Noël Coward Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Blenheim Palace
London Classic Theatre announce UK tour of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land
The Man in the White Suit announces full cast and creative team
Su Pollard heads the cast of the UK Tour of Hot Flush The Musical
Games for Lovers by Ryan Craig at The Vaults Theatre
Initial West End Casting for THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
An Evening Without Kate Bush at the Museum of Comedy
Review of Hive City Legacy at the Roundhouse
Final casting announced for Les Misérables -The Staged Concert
Layton Williams & Shane Richie To Star In Tour Of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Paterson Joseph to star in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic
Review of Richard III at Blenheim Palace
Review of The Actor’s Nightmare at Park Theatre
Review of Improvengers: Pretendgame at the Museum of Comedy
Casting announced for We Will Rock You 2019/20 UK & Ireland Tour
Review of The Falcon’s Malteser at The Vaults
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens at Drayton Arms Theatre
Review of How To Save a Life at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Casting announced for UK Tour of Frankenstein
Initial cast announced for first UK Tour of What’s In A Name?
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! | Festival Theatre, Chichester
Review of Avenue Q at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Dick Whittington and his Cat at Hackney Empire
Romeo & Juliet By William Shakespeare at Katspace | Review
Band of Gold Tour UK 2020 Tickets On Sale
Number, Please. at Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
Daphne, Tommy, The Colonel and Phil at the Union Theatre
Review of Parenthood at The Space
Review of Skin in the Game at Greenwich Theatre
NOISES OFF in London West End Transfer to the Garrick Theatre
New English Shakespeare Company’s inaugural production of Much Ado About Nothing
PW Productions announce a UK Tour of Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black
The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory
West End Bares 10th Birthday Theme Announced
Review of Blues in the Night at the Kiln Theatre
Review of The View UpStairs at Soho Theatre
Casting Update for West End Production of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Full Casting Announced for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre
Review of Crystal Clear at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre
Review of Numbers at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham
Review of Southern Belles at The King’s Head Theatre
Review of Schlong Song at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of The Incident Pit at the Tristan Bates Theatre
The Passion of the Playboy Riots at The Chapel Playhouse
Review of The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre
Mr Men and Little Miss on Stage Casting Announcement
The Jamie Lloyd Company announces Cyrano de Bergerac
9 to 5 The Musical UK & Ireland Tour – Casting To be Announced
Chelsea Halfpenny to play ‘Judy Bernly’ in 9 to 5 The Musical
The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre – Further Casting Announced
Review of Shackleton’s Carpenter at Jermyn Street Theatre

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