News, Reviews & Interviews June 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed musical continued to be a dominant force in the West End, enthralling audiences with its innovative retelling of the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through a dynamic blend of musical genres.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • The enduringly popular musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece remained a cornerstone of the West End, captivating theatre-goers with its powerful narrative of redemption and revolution set against the backdrop of 19th-century France.
  3. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, known for its haunting score and opulent staging, continued to draw audiences into the tragic love story set in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.
  4. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • Featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, this charming musical about a waitress with a talent for baking pies and a dream of a better life continued to resonate with audiences through its heartfelt story and memorable songs.
  5. “The Lehman Trilogy” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • Directed by Sam Mendes, this critically lauded play chronicled the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers, with Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles delivering outstanding performances that offered a profound exploration of ambition and financial power.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Death of a Salesman” at Young Vic:
    • Arthur Miller’s seminal work received a profound revival under the direction of Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell. Starring Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, this production offered a compelling examination of the American Dream and personal despair.
  2. “Rosmersholm” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Directed by Ian Rickson, this powerful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, featuring Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke, delved into themes of political idealism and personal integrity, drawing acclaim for its intense performances and nuanced direction.
  3. “Betrayal” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • Part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, Harold Pinter’s exploration of infidelity and emotional manipulation featured a stellar cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox, and was lauded for its incisive direction and powerful performances.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Matilda The Musical” at Theatre Royal, Nottingham:
    • The Royal Shakespeare Company’s beloved adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale continued its UK tour, enchanting audiences with its imaginative staging, compelling performances, and the delightful music of Tim Minchin.
  2. “The Girl on the Train” at New Theatre, Cardiff:
    • This gripping stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller, starring Samantha Womack, continued to captivate regional audiences with its suspenseful plot and compelling character portrayals.
  3. “The Rocky Horror Show” at Grand Opera House, York:
    • Richard O’Brien’s timeless cult classic musical, renowned for its eccentric characters and audience participation, brought its unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll and campy humor to regional theatres, delighting fans old and new.
  4. “Wise Children” at Theatre Royal, Bath:
    • Directed by Emma Rice, this vibrant adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel celebrated the art of storytelling and theatricality, offering audiences a joyous and exuberant theatrical experience that was met with enthusiastic acclaim.

These highlights from June 2019 underscore the rich and diverse theatrical landscape across the UK, encompassing a wide range of productions from enduring classics to innovative new works, both in London’s prominent theatres and on regional stages.

News, Reviews & Interviews June 2019

Review of Main Men of Musicals at Cadogan Hall
Transit Presented by Underbelly and Flip Fabrique | Review
Country Music by Simon Stephens at the Omnibus Theatre | Review
Casting announced for Disney’s The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour
Tall Stories present The Snail and the Whale at the Apollo Theatre
Supergroup of Dance Forms for Theatre Show Rip It Up The 70s
Simon Dutton from the cast of Witness for the Prosecution
Flabbergast Theatre’s immersive production of The Swell Mob
ENDGAME in a double bill with Rough For Theatre II at The Old Vic
A Year of Celebrations as Frantic Assembly Turns 25
Wife by Samuel Adamson at Kiln Theatre | Review
Ore Oduba and Carley Stenson join Jason Manford in CURTAINS UK Tour
Interview with Andrew Day from the cast of Bullet Tongue Reloaded
Armadillo by Sarah Kosar at the Yard Theatre | Review
Bronx Gothic Written and performed by Okwui Okpokwasili
The Knight of the Burning Pestle at The Barbican
Final cast announced for new British musical FIVER
Associated Studios Performing Arts – SISTER ACT at The Vaults
Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard on UK Tour
Bill Ward to play Hugo/Loco in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Review of Custody at Ovalhouse, London
The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson at Wilton’s Music Hall
Review of Cuttings at The Hope Theatre
The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year ’19
Only Fools and Horses The Musical extends to February 2020
Samantha Mumba to share role of Teen Angel with Peter Andre & Ore Oduba in GREASE
A Visit from Miss Prothero and An Englishman Abroad
Interview with Scott Le Crass – Director of the play ‘Country Music’
Pictures of Dorian Gray at Jermyn Street Theatre
National Youth Ballet announces 2019 season: Wonderlands
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery UK Tour Cast To Take Over at The Criterion Theatre
The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh at the Mary Wallace Theatre
Interview with Hannah Sinclair Robinson – Shakespeare In The Squares
A Good Service on All Other Lines at Rosemary Branch Theatre
Review of Afterglow at Southwark Playhouse
While the Sun Shines at The Orange Tree Theatre
Alex Ferns, Marc Elliott and Philip McGinley cast in The Girl on the Train
Review of Holy Land at The Space Arts Centre
Louise Redknapp and Amber Davies to star in 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL in selected cities
Cast announced for Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four!
Audible Announce New London Production of Al Smith’s Radio
Review of Hedgehog at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Singin’ In The Rain returns to London at Sadler’s Wells
Ian McKellen On Stage at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre
Review of Brexit at the Kings Head Theatre
Adam Cooper returns to New Adventures in THE RED SHOES
ONCE embarks on its first UK Tour from January 2020
Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall
Bill Kenwright presents Cabaret starring John Partridge as Emcee
Review of Fat Rascal Theatre’s Vulvarine at the King’s Head Theatre
Review of The Psychic Project at the Vaults Theatre
Review of Pygmalion at the Tower Theatre
Review of Bye Bye Birdie by Trinity Laban Musical Theatre
UK Tour of the Nottingham Playhouse Production of Holes
Riot Act: Created and Performed by Alexis Gregory | Review
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre supports Sunflower Lanyard Scheme
Peter Pan at London Troubadour White City Theatre
Sunday in the Park with George at London’s Savoy Theatre
Review of Three Sisters at Theatro Technis
I Know My Husband Loves Me at the Union Theatre | Review
Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy at Park Theatre
Waitress has extended its booking period until December 7th 2019
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story 30th Anniversary Tour Full Cast Announced
Guildford Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night – 14th Open-Air Season
Review of Strange Fruit at the Bush Theatre
It’s Not Really the Apocalypse – A New Musical album review
The Light in the Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall | Review
National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) / Botis Seva MADHEAD UK Tour
Review of Aladdin – original motion picture soundtrack
Hansel and Gretel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Review of Twelfth Night at The Bridge House Theatre
The Lady Vanishes UK Tour Extending from Autumn 2019
Casting announced for the European premiere of Brooklyn the Musical
Titanic the Musical announces casting and new dates for International tour
Madagascar The Musical – recasting and International Dates announced
Flights of Fancy at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of The Mother at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Maxine Peake in Obliterated: a new drama by Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud
Girl from the North Country at the Gielgud Theatre for Limited Season
Kara Lily Hayworth cast as Sally Bowles in Cabaret UK Tour
Trinity Laban Musical Theatre Presents Sweet Charity | Blackheath Halls
Lyric Ensemble present The Mob Reformers | Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Sh*t Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet at Leicester Square Theatre
Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Phantom of the Opera UK & Ireland Tour Announced
Evita at Regent’s Park Theatre – Full Casting and Extra Performances
Review Radio at Arcola Theatre
The Time Of Our Lies Casting Announced
MAMMA MIA! London Novello Theatre Cast 2019
Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard at Wyndham’s Theatre
Full Cast Announced for Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing
Shakespeare in the Squares presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Review of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre
Review of Chasing Rainbows at Hoxton Hall
Review of Bare: A Pop Opera at The Vaults
Big The Musical Full Cast Announced for the Dominion Theatre
Review of Garry by Sophie Treadwell at the White Bear Theatre
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan | Review
Wilton’s Music Hall and David Suchet launch fundraising campaign
The Censor by Anthony Neilson at the Hope Theatre
Noel Sullivan to play Dewey Finn in School of Rock – The Musical
Rita Simons to play Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Review of Othello: Remixed at the Omnibus Theatre
Review of Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios
Review of Europe at the Donmar Warehouse
Review of Metamorphosis at the New Diorama Theatre

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