News, Reviews & Interviews March 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical continued its triumphant run, drawing audiences with its unique blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway styles to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton.
  2. “The Book of Mormon” at Prince of Wales Theatre:
    • The satirical and irreverent musical by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez continued to entertain audiences with its outrageous humor and catchy tunes.
  3. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • The hit Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles made its West End debut in March 2019. The show, based on the 2007 film of the same name, tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of escaping her small-town life.
  4. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • This heartwarming musical based on the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers on 9/11 and the small Canadian town that welcomed them continued to receive critical acclaim for its moving and uplifting narrative.
  5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • The award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, which follows a young boy’s quest to solve the mystery of a neighbor’s dead dog, continued its limited run in the West End, captivating audiences with its innovative staging and compelling storytelling.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Emilia” at Vaudeville Theatre:
    • Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play about the life of Emilia Bassano, a 17th-century poet who may have been Shakespeare’s “Dark Lady,” transferred to the West End after a successful run at Shakespeare’s Globe. The play celebrates women’s voices and stories with a powerful all-female cast.
  2. “All About Eve” at Noel Coward Theatre:
    • Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of the classic film starred Gillian Anderson and Lily James. The play, which explores themes of fame and ambition, received praise for its performances and direction.
  3. “Grief is the Thing with Feathers” at Barbican Theatre:
    • Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s novel, starring Cillian Murphy, continued to garner acclaim for its poignant exploration of loss and healing, blending poetic language with striking visuals.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle:
    • The iconic production, known for its all-male swan ensemble, continued its UK tour, bringing Bourne’s unique and powerful interpretation of the classic ballet to regional audiences.
  2. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Liverpool Empire:
    • The beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, featuring memorable songs like “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door,” continued its tour, delighting audiences with its colorful and energetic production.
  3. “Avenue Q” at New Theatre, Cardiff:
    • The hilarious and irreverent puppet-filled musical, which addresses adult themes and satirical social issues, continued its UK tour, providing laughter and entertainment to regional audiences.
  4. “The Girl on the Train” at Theatre Royal, Bath:
    • The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling psychological thriller, starring Samantha Womack, continued its tour, offering suspense and drama to regional theatre-goers.

These highlights from March 2019 showcase the variety and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, with a mix of popular musicals, critically acclaimed plays, and innovative new productions captivating audiences in both London and regional theatres.

News, Reviews & Interviews March 2019

Only Fools and Horses The Musical is amusing and aspirational

Sheridan Smith to star as The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Woman in Black new cast announced ahead of 30th Anniversary
Matthew Bourne To Be Honoured With Special Olivier Award
Review of It’s Not A Sprint at the Vault Festival
Ladykiller presented by The Thelmas – Review
Holly Morgan: Is A Witch, Get Her! at the Vault Festival
My Brother’s Keeper? at The Playground Theatre | Review
Work Bitch presented by Jessica Siân at the Vault Festival
Rip It Up The 1960s at the Garrick Theatre | Review
For King and Country: 1940 and For King and Country: 1944
Footfalls and Play by Samuel Beckett at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Magic at the Musicals Live From the Royal Albert Hall
New Adventures announces the return of The Red Shoes
19th Annual Whatsonstage Awards – Prince of Wales Theatre
Connecting at Chapel Playhouse | Review
Lesley Joseph to join the cast of Calendar Girls The Musical
Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance at The Place in April 2019
The Vienna Festival Ballet Company – Giselle – Theatre Royal Windsor
Olivier Awards Nominations Announced – 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall
A Lesson From Aloes at the Finborough Theatre | Review
Dead End presented by Subtle Paws at the Vault Festival | Review
The Myth of the Singular Moment at the Vault Festival
Mischief Theatre announces Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre
Next Thing You Know at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Alys, Always at The Bridge Theatre | Review
BalletBoyz’ Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells | Review
Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre | Review
Six: ‘something about the feistiness, the sassiness, the riotousness of it all’
From Afar by David Coverdale at the Vault Festival
A Hundred Words for Snow at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Interview with John Godber – Scary Bikers
The Blood Tales at the Chapel Playhouse Theatre | Review
The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Churchill Theatre
The Project by Ian Buckley at the White Bear Theatre | Review
Only Fools and Horses The Musical is amusing and aspirational
Andrew Scott stars in Present Laughter at The Old Vic
Can I Touch Your Hair? at the Vault Festival | Review
100% Chance of Rain – Chickenshed Theatre – Review
Louise Redknapp in 9 to 5 The Musical Dates Confirmed
Pain(t) by Richard Foreman at New Wimbledon Theatre (Studio)
Admin presented by Oisin McKenna at the Vault Festival
The Lady Vanishes at Richmond Theatre | Review
Review of Blood Knot at the Orange Tree Theatre
Review of Yamato’s Passion at The Peacock Theatre
Stones Theatre Company’s production of SAGA | Review
Casting is announced for Night of the Living Dead™ Live
Queen of the Mist at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Jason Donovan to star as the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ares: one of the highlights of this year’s Vault Festival
Full line up announced for The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre
The Ginger Snapped at Leicester Square Theatre | Review
The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton | Review
Romance Romance – Above The Stag Theatre – Review
Anna X presented by Joseph Charlton at the Vault Festival | Review
Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL to play 11 cities in the UK and Ireland
Petula Clark and Joseph Millson join the cast of Mary Poppins
New children’s casting for The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical
Peter Polycarpou to play Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha
UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert starring Joe McFadden extends…
Danny Mac joins cast of Amélie The Musical – UK Tour
Tina Turner Musical Releases The Hunter ahead of Album release
Undetectable at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
10 presented by Snatchback at the Vault Festival
I Run presented by Cut The Cord at the Vault Festival | Review
Billy Bishop Goes To War at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster – Battersea Arts Centre
Russell Maliphant & Vangelis – The Thread at Sadler’s Wells
Acts of Disunion by Alex Hayward at the White Bear Theatre
In Basildon by David Eldridge at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Casting announced for Salomé at The Greenwich Theatre
Tina Turner Musical Digital and Streaming Album Release – March 29th
Disney’s Frozen will reopen the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse
Goodbye Norma Jeane by Liam Burke at Above The Stag Theatre
Soho Estates announces launch of Boulevard Theatre
Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Dominion Theatre
Never Trust a Man Bun at Stockwell Playhouse
Actually Tickets London Trafalgar Studios
Jac Yarrow in the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Talawa Theatre Company today launches MAKE Online
The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Phil Willmott Company’s Shakespeare’s Othello | Review
Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough at Park Theatre
PIAF: The Legend featuring Mandy Meadows at Crazy Coqs
My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid at The Bunker
King Lear by William Shakespeare at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Faye Tozer steps into the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The Lady of the Camellias at Waterloo East Theatre
Mary’s Babies by Maud Dromgoole at Jermyn Street Theatre
Class by Alyce Louise-Potter at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Triple Bill at Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
Go, Lovely Rose by Mary Manning at The London Irish Centre
Burn The Floor Tickets The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
We Will Rock You Tickets Edinburgh Playhouse
We Will Rock You Tickets Theatre Royal Glasgow
We Will Rock You Tickets Palace Theatre Manchester
We Will Rock You Tickets New Theatre Oxford
We Will Rock You Tickets Bristol Hippodrome
We Will Rock You Tickets Milton Keynes Theatre
We Will Rock You Tickets Liverpool Empire
We Will Rock You Tickets Regent Theatre Stoke
Lazarus Theatre Company – Lord of the Flies – Review
Disney’s The Lion King Tickets Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King Tickets Edinburgh Playhouse
Whitney – Queen Of The Night at the Savoy Theatre
Good Dog by Arinzé Kene at Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Present Laughter Tickets London Old Vic Theatre
Under the Umbrella by Amy Ng – Review
Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm at the Vaudeville Theatre
The RSC announces its sixth relaxed performance for Matilda The Musical
The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre | Review
All My Sons by Arthur Miller at the Mary Wallace Theatre | Review
Fiddler on the Roof at The Playhouse Theatre | Review
Wise Children at Richmond Theatre | Review
Orestes – Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Sh!t-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist at Leicester Square Theatre
The Conductor at The Space – Review
Roy Haylock (Bianca Del Rio) makes West End debut as Loco Chanelle/Hugo
Full casting announced for Sweat by Lynn Nottage
Big The Musical at the Dominion Theatre Tickets on Sale
Review of Hair The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Full creative team announced for Our Town at Park Theatre
Casting Announced for The Glass Piano – a new play by Alix Sobler
The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens
John and Beatrice at the Canal Café Theatre | Review
Interview with Linus Karp and Joseph Martin
Cry Havoc by Tom Coash at Park Theatre | Review
Oranges and Ink by Claire Louise Amias | Review

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