News, Reviews & Interviews November 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to captivate audiences in the West End. This trailblazing production, with its innovative fusion of hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, offered a compelling portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s life, engaging theatre-goers with its vibrant energy and historical resonance.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre (formerly Queen’s Theatre):
    • The enduring classic “Les Misérables” remained a beacon of theatrical excellence, drawing audiences with its epic narrative of love, sacrifice, and redemption set against the backdrop of revolutionary France. The stirring performances, unforgettable music, and grand staging ensured its status as a beloved West End staple.
  3. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s majestic musical “The Lion King” continued to enchant with its breathtaking visuals and evocative score by Elton John and Tim Rice. The spectacular puppetry and vibrant costumes brought the African savannah to life, providing a mesmerising experience for audiences of all ages.
  4. “Mary Poppins” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • The magical musical “Mary Poppins” enjoyed a triumphant return to the West End. Starring Zizi Strallen as the iconic nanny and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this enchanting production delighted audiences with its dazzling choreography, stunning special effects, and timeless songs.
  5. “Dear Evan Hansen” at Noël Coward Theatre:
    • The highly acclaimed “Dear Evan Hansen” continued to touch hearts in the West End. With its poignant exploration of social anxiety and the quest for connection, this musical, featuring a beautiful score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, resonated deeply with theatre-goers.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Cyrano de Bergerac” at Playhouse Theatre:
    • James McAvoy starred in this contemporary adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac,” directed by Jamie Lloyd. The production received widespread acclaim for its bold and innovative approach, bringing fresh energy and insight to the timeless tale of unrequited love and poetic prowess.
  2. “Fairview” at Young Vic:
    • Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fairview” offered a provocative and thought-provoking examination of race and privilege. Directed by Nadia Latif, this groundbreaking production challenged audiences with its inventive narrative structure and powerful themes.
  3. “A Christmas Carol” at The Old Vic:
    • Matthew Warchus’s heartwarming adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” returned for the festive season. Starring Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge, this joyous and uplifting production, with its enchanting music and evocative staging, captured the true spirit of Christmas.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Bodyguard” at Liverpool Empire:
    • The thrilling musical adaptation of the iconic film “The Bodyguard,” featuring Alexandra Burke, continued its UK tour. With Whitney Houston’s greatest hits and a dramatic storyline, this sensational production enthralled audiences with its powerful performances and high-energy spectacle.
  2. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at The Lowry, Salford:
    • This spellbinding adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” continued its tour, captivating regional audiences with its magical storytelling and imaginative staging. Directed by Katy Rudd, this production offered a haunting and beautifully crafted theatrical experience.
  3. “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • The uplifting musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” inspired by a true story, continued its UK tour. With its infectious score and heartwarming narrative, this vibrant production celebrated individuality and acceptance, delighting audiences across the country.
  4. “An Inspector Calls” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle:
    • Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller “An Inspector Calls” continued its tour, gripping audiences with its powerful message and striking visual style. This timeless drama, set in 1912, unravelled a mysterious death with profound social implications.

These highlights from November 2019 illustrate the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, from the grandeur of West End spectacles to the innovation of Off-West End productions and the dynamic offerings in regional theatres. Whether in London or beyond, theatre enthusiasts were treated to an array of compelling and memorable performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews November 2019

I Do! I Do! at Upstairs at The Gatehouse | Review
The Drifters Girl starring Beverley Knight at the Garrick Theatre
Kander and Ebb’s CURTAINS with Jason Manford opens at Wyndham’s Theatre
Boublil and Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen Charity Gala
The Match Box by Frank McGuinness at Omnibus Theatre
High Fidelity at The Turbine Theatre | Review
A Kind of Loving at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre | Review
A Prayer for Wings at the King’s Head | Review
Ghost Quartet at the Boulevard Theatre | Review
Live Halloween screening of Northern Ballet’s Dracula | Review
The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Queen’s Theatre | Review
Shook by Samuel Bailey at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Tackling mental health issues within the NHS – Old Red Lion Theatre
Different From the Others at the White Bear Theatre | Review
City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End
Sara Bareilles will make her West End debut in 2020
10th Anniversary Year for The Wicked Young Writers Awards
Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre | Review
The Entertainer at Churchill Theatre, Bromley | Review
The Green Fairy at the Union Theatre | Review
National Theatre backing national initiative to increase and diversify…
Defective Inspector at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre | Review
Sydney & The Old Girl at Park Theatre | Review
Murder In The Cathedral by T.S. Eliot at Southwark Cathedral
Tango Fire returns to tour the UK from 12th February to 2nd March 2020
Reputation by Alick Glass at The Other Palace | Review
Macbeth by William Shakespeare at Theatro Technis | Review
The Addams Family 2020 UK & Ireland Tour
Nativity The Musical at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
Who They Were at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
The Taming of the Shrew – Royal Shakespeare Company – The Barbican
The Great Gatsby – Immersive London – Review
Bianca Del Rio and Preeya Kalidas joins cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Lest We Forget at Greenwich Theatre | Review
Melinda Hughes & Alison Limerick: Diva ll Diva at The Crazy Coqs | Review
All’s Well That Ends Well at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Mary Poppins at The Prince Edward Theatre | Review
My Life with Michael: 10 Years of Thriller Live! | Review
ENO present The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan | Review
Maria Friedman: From the Heart at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Phantom of the Opera UK and Ireland Tour Announces Further Dates
Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson star in Educating Rita
West End Wilma Awards 2019 at the Café de Paris
VAULT Festival go on-sale with first shows for 2020
Miss Julie by August Strindberg at Theatro Technis | Review
Annie at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
The Watsons transfers to London West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre
What’s In A Name? at Richmond Theatre | Richmond
Ragtime at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Much Ado About Nothing at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Crisis? What Crisis? at The Colab Factory | Review
Q&A with Dawn Hope who plays General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls
Back to the Future The Musical Cast Announced
Q&A with Issy van Randwyck from the cast of The Boy Friend
RSC Measure for Measure at the Barbican | Review
Review of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre
Touching The Void Play at Duke of York’s Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera Tour Casting Announced
Noah Thomas announced as the new Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
La Clique at Leicester Square Spiegeltent, London | Review
Neal Pike’s Five Years at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Stray Dogs by Olivia Olsen at Park Theatre | Review
Foxtale Ensemble presents SHIFTY at the Rich Mix Theatre | Review
The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Windsor | Review
Full casting announced for first UK Tour of award-winning musical ONCE
Review of Frankenstein at Richmond Theatre
Joel Montague announced to join the West End cast of Waitress
Q&A with Kwaku Mills from the cast of Candida, Orange Tree Theatre
Review of The Lady Vanishes at the Princess Theatre Torquay
Review of Acosta Danza – Evolution at Sadler’s Wells
STOP KISS by Diana Son at Above the Stag | Review
Review of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre
Final casting announced for Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet in the lead roles of 4000 Miles
Fame the Musical London Troubadour Theatre
Q&A with Helena Blackman from the cast of The Snow Queen
& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre, London | Review
Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost at the Unicorn Theatre
London Theatre Tickets | West End Tickets from London Theatre 1
Waitress will play its final performance at the Adelphi on 4 July 2020
Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical 2020 Tour Dates
e-baby by Jane Cafarella at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Thread by Freya Alderson at the Hope Theatre | Review
Hello Dolly at the Adelphi starring Imelda Staunton
Les Beaux dormants (The Sleeping Beauties) at The Royal Opera House
Pinocchio: No Strings Attached at Above The Stag | Review
The Snowman – Birmingham Repertory Theatre | Review
The Book of Mormon UK Tour 2020 Tickets
Q&A with Nari Blair-Mangat from the cast of Cyrano De Bergerac
Review of Hunger at the Arcola Theatre
The Entertainer at Richmond Theatre | Review
Full casting announced for Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre
CANDIDA by Bernard Shaw at Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Review of The Arrival at the Bush Theatre
The Woman in Black at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
My Brilliant Friend at the Olivier Theatre – National Theatre | Review
Book Tickets for UK Touring Shows
Full Casting Announced for The UK Tour Of A Monster Calls
Dreamgirls UK Tour announced for 2020 & 2021
Full Cast Announced for World Premiere of The Croft
UK tour of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s comedy A Bunch of Amateurs.
No Place Like Home at Camden People’s Theatre
Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft at the Tower Theatre
The Kite Runner UK Tour in 2020
Dirty Dancing Returns for Limited 2020 UK and Ireland Tour
To Kill a Mockingbird at Gielgud Theatre London 2022
West Side Story at Curve (Leicester) | Review
Book Tickets for Musicals & Shows in London’s West End
The Greatest Play In The History Of The World at Trafalgar Studios
You Game: A new adaptation of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth | Review
Superstar by Nicola Wren at The Little at Southwark Playhouse
A Pissedmas Carol at Leicester Square Theatre | Review
The Wind of Heaven at the Finborough Theatre | Review
Sleeping Beauty at Greenwich Theatre | Review
An Act of God at The Vaults, London | Review
A Christmas Carol at Scrooge’s Parlour, Immersive | LDN

 

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