News, Reviews & Interviews May 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued to dominate the West End, mesmerizing audiences with its compelling narrative of American history through a vibrant mix of musical genres.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • The legendary musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel about love, sacrifice, and redemption in 19th-century France remained a staple, drawing both new and returning fans.
  3. “Waitress” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • Sara Bareilles’ charming musical about a pie-baking waitress looking for a fresh start kept audiences entertained with its heartfelt story and catchy songs.
  4. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s breathtaking stage adaptation, known for its stunning visuals and memorable music by Elton John and Tim Rice, continued to captivate audiences of all ages.
  5. “The Lehman Trilogy” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • Directed by Sam Mendes, this critically acclaimed play chronicled the history of Lehman Brothers from its humble beginnings to its collapse, with powerhouse performances by Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Death of a Salesman” at Young Vic:
    • Arthur Miller’s classic play received a fresh revival, directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell. The production starred Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, offering a poignant exploration of the American Dream.
  2. “Rosmersholm” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Ian Rickson’s gripping production of Ibsen’s powerful drama, starring Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke, explored themes of political idealism and personal sacrifice.
  3. “Betrayal” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • Part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, this revival of Harold Pinter’s classic play starred Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox, drawing audiences with its intense exploration of infidelity and deception.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Matilda The Musical” at Sunderland Empire:
    • The Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book continued its UK tour, delighting audiences with its clever storytelling and spirited performances.
  2. “The Girl on the Train” at King’s Theatre, Glasgow:
    • The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller, starring Samantha Womack, continued to intrigue and captivate regional audiences with its suspenseful plot.
  3. “The Rocky Horror Show” at Theatre Royal, Brighton:
    • Richard O’Brien’s cult classic musical, known for its outrageous characters and interactive audience participation, continued its UK tour, bringing a touch of eccentricity and fun to regional theatres.
  4. “Wise Children” at Bristol Old Vic:
    • Directed by Emma Rice, this adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel celebrated theatricality and storytelling, offering a joyful and exuberant production that was met with enthusiastic applause.

These highlights from May 2019 showcase a wide array of theatrical experiences across the UK, from blockbuster West End musicals and innovative Off-West End productions to exciting regional tours.

News, Reviews & Interviews May 2019

The Hired Man at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
Mamma Mia! Cast changes at London’s Novello Theatre
Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum | Review
Applications open for National Theatre 2019 Young Technicians’ Programme
Have I None at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
The Amber Trap written by Tabitha Mortiboy at Theatre 503 | review
Lucy O’Byrne and Mark Moraghan to join UK tour of Little Miss Sunshine
The Glass Piano ​by Alix Sobler at The Coronet Theatre | Review
GRIP. by Scott Howland at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
BalletBoyz announces its West End debut with Them/Us
Final casting and creative team announced for Afterglow
YUMMY at Underbelly Festival Southbank
Hairspray The Musical to tour the UK in 2020-2021
Brainiac Live to play a West End summer season
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre
The Prince of Egypt to open in London’s West End February 2020
Avalanche: A Love Story at the Barbican Theatre | Review
Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson at the Olivier Theatre | Review
Soweto Gospel Choir: INALA a Zulu Ballet at The Peacock Theatre
Hairspray The Musical at London Coliseum – starring Michael Ball
Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof
Out of Water by Zoe Cooper at The Orange Tree Theatre
Honk! The Musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Creditors by August Strindberg at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
La Realidad/The Reality written by Denise Despeyroux | Review
Wandsworth Arts Fringe turns 10! #WAF10
Michele Sinisi in Richard III at Draper Hall | Review
Heartbeat of Home at the Piccadilly Theatre
Jude by Howard Brenton at Hampstead Theatre | Review
The Son tickets on sale for Duke of York’s Theatre, London
Diana Vickers & Sara Crowe join Shane Richie in The Entertainer
Firsts – London’s annual Rare Book Fair at Shakespeare’s Globe
Q&A with Emily Greenslade from Education, Education, Education
Amour The Musical at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
9 to 5 the Musical at the Savoy Theatre extends its run to 2020
Casting announced for Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith
Q&A with Karen Fishwick from the cast of Wife at Kiln Theatre
Don’t Look Away by Grace Chapman at the Pleasance | Review
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at The Barons Court
Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Ridiculusmus presents Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!
Review of Class at the Bush Theatre, London
Review of Sexy Lamp at Clapham Omnibus
In The Willows at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Full casting announced for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
An Evening with Lenny Henry: Who Am I, Again? UK Tour
Full casting announced for Donmar production of Europe by David Greig
Cast Announced for Adrian Mole at the Ambassador Theatre
Jenna Russell to lead the company of The Bridges of Madison County
Touching the Void tickets on sale for the Duke of York’s Theatre
SIX announces a Royal Tour from 24 October 2019 to Summer 2020
Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself
Courtney Act’s Under The Covers at the Underbelly Festival
Cinderella Royal Albert Hall, London – Tickets and Dates
Come From Away extends its run in the West End at the Phoenix Theatre
Emma Rice’s Malory Towers Full Cast Announced – National Tour
Thriller Live celebrates 7000 performances in London and Edinburgh!
Erase Erase Erupt at Katzpace, London Bridge | Review
Casting Announced for Actually by Anna Ziegler at Trafalgar Studios
BOEING BOEING National Tour Announced Starring Tom Lister and Daniel Casey
Salomé at The Greenwich Theatre | Review
Back to the Future Musical at Manchester Opera House
Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld announce Dancing Down The Wicket
Oi Frog & Friends! at the Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season
Interview with Layton Williams – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams at Menier Chocolate Factory
The Clockmaker’s Daughter In Concert cast announced
Happy Jack by John Godber at the Jack Studio Theatre
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse
Operation Mincemeat at the New Diorama Theatre | Review
Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical!
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Union Theatre
Review of Handbagged at Hampton Hill Theatre
Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady! at the King’s Head Theatre
The Girl On the Train London Duke of York’s Theatre
Children’s Cast Announced for Adrian Mole… | Ambassadors Theatre
Austentatious announce extension of run at the Fortune Theatre
Acting for Others raised over £26,000 at the inaugural West End Flea Market
Cast Announced for Mamet’s Bitter Wheat, Starring John Malkovich
Aria Entertainment to offer a full time literary department…
True Colours by Paul Stevens at the Hope Theatre | Review
Waitress London Cast Announced: Ashley Roberts & Lucie Jones join cast
Vincent River by Philip Ridley at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Beats on Pointe – Masters of Choreography at The Peacock Theatre
Musicality – Stars From The West End at The Pheasantry
2019 National Theatre Connections Festival premieres ten brand new plays…
The Life I Lead West End Transfer Starring Miles Jupp
Urban Wolves Theatre Company Presents Experiment 150 | Review
Review of Man of La Mancha at The London Coliseum
Harper Regan by Simon Stephens at the Tabard Theatre
The Girl Who Fell London Trafalgar Studios Booking Now
Full cast announced for Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios
Caroline Sheen returns to Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical
Ore Oduba to play Teen Angel at certain performances in GREASE Tour
User Not Found at The CoffeeWorks Project | Review
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at the Lyric Hammersmith
Review of Amélie The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Lyric Hammersmith Tickets on Sale for 2019 – 2020 Season
Look at Your Palm at Ovalhouse | Review
Beneath The Blue Rinse By Tom Glover at Park Theatre | Review
Right to Remain Silent at Chapel Playhouse | Review
Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow | Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Ladykiller by Madeline Gould – a virtual reality theatre performance
Legally Blonde The Musical at Trinity Laban | Review
Review of Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Tomas McCabe: The Mind Reading Experiments | Review
TAO Dance Theater at Sadler’s Wells | Review
The Orange Peel by TilThisNight at Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Review of Rutherford and Son at the Lyttelton Theatre
Review of Flinch by Emma Hemingford at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin London West End Transfer
Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić in Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre
Wicked Cast from 22nd July 2019 at Apollo Victoria Theatre
Review of Outrageous Fortunes at Greenwich Theatre
The Night of the Iguana Full Casting Confirmed – Noël Coward Theatre
Sue Johnston joins the cast of The Man in the White Suit
Jesus Christ Superstar Full Casting Announced for The Barbican
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium


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