News, Reviews & Interviews October 2019

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for October 2019, articulated with a touch of British sophistication:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” continued to dazzle West End audiences with its innovative blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and R&B. This dynamic retelling of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life remained a captivating highlight, celebrated for its vibrant energy and historical depth.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre (formerly Queen’s Theatre):
    • The timeless epic “Les Misérables” continued to draw theatre-goers with its stirring tale of love, loss, and redemption set against the backdrop of revolutionary France. The powerful performances, unforgettable melodies, and dramatic staging solidified its status as an enduring West End favourite.
  3. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s magnificent musical “The Lion King” continued to enchant audiences with its awe-inspiring visuals and evocative music by Elton John and Tim Rice. The extraordinary puppetry and stunning set designs transported theatre-goers to the heart of the African savannah, creating a spellbinding spectacle.
  4. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • This heartwarming musical, based on the true events of 9/11, continued to resonate deeply with audiences. “Come From Away” celebrated the kindness and generosity of a small Newfoundland town that welcomed stranded passengers, delivering an uplifting and poignant theatrical experience.
  5. “Mary Poppins” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • The magical musical “Mary Poppins” made a triumphant return to the West End. Starring Zizi Strallen as Mary and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this enchanting production brought the beloved story to life with dazzling choreography, splendid special effects, and timeless songs.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” at Trafalgar Studios:
    • This revival of Peter Nichols’ poignant and darkly comic play starred Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner. “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” explored the challenges faced by parents caring for a disabled child, balancing humour with heartfelt emotion in a deeply affecting production.
  2. “Solaris” at Lyric Hammersmith:
    • David Greig’s adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s science fiction classic “Solaris” offered a thought-provoking exploration of memory, identity, and human connection. Directed by Matthew Lutton, this visually stunning production combined eerie atmosphere with philosophical depth.
  3. “The Watsons” at Menier Chocolate Factory:
    • Laura Wade’s clever and imaginative play “The Watsons,” based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, delved into themes of authorship and agency. This inventive production, directed by Samuel West, featured a blend of wit, charm, and Austen’s timeless social commentary.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Bodyguard” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • The thrilling musical adaptation of the iconic film “The Bodyguard,” starring Alexandra Burke, continued its UK tour. Featuring Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, this sensational production captivated audiences with its dramatic storyline and powerful performances.
  2. “My Beautiful Laundrette” at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry:
    • Hanif Kureishi’s ground-breaking story, adapted for the stage by the writer himself, offered a fresh and vibrant look at 1980s Britain. This compelling production, directed by Nikolai Foster, explored themes of race, sexuality, and entrepreneurship with a contemporary edge.
  3. “An Inspector Calls” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • 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.
  4. “Dracula” at Northern Stage, Newcastle:
    • Mark Bruce’s dance adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” brought the iconic vampire tale to life with a unique blend of theatre and contemporary dance. This haunting and visually arresting production offered a fresh interpretation of the classic horror story.

These highlights from October 2019 underscore the rich variety and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, from the grandeur of West End productions to the innovation of Off-West End shows 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 October 2019

Interview with Shelli Epstein from Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia
The Elixir of Love at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Brooklyn The Musical at Greenwich Theatre | Review
The Luncheon at the Bread & Roses Theatre | Review
Ballet Preljocaj La Fresque at Sadler’s Wells | Review
Ghost Bell at the OSO Arts Centre | Review
Review of Bipolar Me at the Etcetera Theatre
Review of ONE at Battersea Arts Centre
Review of Red Palace at The Vaults
Red Palace Tickets for The Vaults, London
Heathers the Musical UK Tour from 2020
NOISES OFF at the Garrick Theatre | Review
NYT today announces full casting for its 2019 REP Season
Melinda Hughes: Off The Scale Live At Zédel
tick, tick…Boom! at the Bridge House Theatre | Review
One Man, Two Guvnors at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
Interview with Dan Ireland-Reeves
Human Issue – Written & Directed by Dean Moynihan | Review
The Scribbling Ape presents: 101 sketches in 50 minutes | Review
Snow White – Vienna Festival Ballet Company
Full Casting Announced for Sheffield Theatres’ Guys and Dolls
Priscilla Queen of The Desert The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Sandra Marvin announced to join the cast of Waitress as Becky
Cinderella: A Drag Pantomime Extravaganza at Trafalgar Studios
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Union Theatre | Review
A Taste of Honey at Richmond Theatre | Review
The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess at the Finborough Theatre
MAMMA MIA! & Target Ovarian Cancer Partnership
Grease The Musical at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Breaking The Code at the Tower Theatre | Review
WICKED welcomed its 10 millionth visitor at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
New Production of Grease to Tour the UK Again in 2020
Tom Chambers and Sally Bretton Lead the Cast in DIAL M FOR MURDER
Casting Announced for The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol
Mazz Murray and Jérôme Pradon complete the cast of CINDERELLA
Interview with Leo Kesner – Unstuck Presents
The House of Yes at The Hope Theatre | Review
Last Orders: The Haunting of The Old Red Lion | Review
House of Kittens – Amatory Asylum – Immersive Theatre Erotica
Life of Pi London West End Transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre
London Palladium Panto Goldilocks and The Three Bears
The Good Scout by Glenn Chandler at Above the Stag | Review
The Ice Cream Boys at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Gutted by Sharon Byrne at the Irish Cultural Centre | Review
Up Pompeii – An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre | Review
The Glass Elephant – Goodenough Theatre Company | Review
Irish Coffee at at Calder Bookshop & Theatre | Review
Pictland written by Eilis Price – Part of the Watford Fringe Festival
Singin’ in the Rain – Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musicals
Wayne Sleep & Kevin Kennedy lead cast in Cinderella – Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is coming to the UK in June 2020
Out Of Order by Forced Entertainment – Southbank Centre
Interview with Christopher Howell – Seance: Conversations in the Dark
Graceland Live: With Josh Turner as Paul Simon | Review
Prism starring Robert Lindsay and Tara Fitzgerald | Review
The Girl on the Train at the Churchill Theatre Bromley | Review
Dangerous Liaisons an original dance adaptation | Review
Mischief Theatre’s Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre
CULT at the Pleasance Theatre | Review
Northern Ballet’s Dracula in cinemas UK-Wide on 31st October
The Play That Goes Wrong new cast announced at the Duchess Theatre
WICKED to welcome Nicholas McLean to the role of ‘Boq’
Leading theatre names attend Parliament launch of new APPG for Theatre
Ghost Stories at the Ambassadors Theatre | Review
The Girl Who Fell by Sarah Rutherford at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Mission Creep by Bee Scott at the White Bear Theatre
Tickle the Musical at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Fast By Kate Barton at Park Theatre | Review
Madagascar The Musical at Princess Theatre Torquay | Review
A History of Water in the Middle East at The Royal Court Theatre
Cast Changes Announced for The Bodyguard
Dissociated at the Etcetera Theatre – Review
Moulin Rouge! The Musical to open in London, Autumn 2021
COME FROM AWAY further extends in the West End
Islander: A New Musical at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Russell Maliphant Company’s Silent Lines | Review
Lungs by Duncan Macmillan at The Old Vic Theatre | Review
War Horse at the Troubadour Theatre Wembley, London | Review
Translations by Brian Friel at the Olivier Theatre | Review
Nigel Slater’s Toast at Richmond Theatre | Review
Stags and Hens by Willy Russell at Stockwell Playhouse | Review
Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Production to play The Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Little Baby Jesus at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Afterglow at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
Vassa by Maxim Gorky at the Almeida Theatre | Review
Harley and Me at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
What’s In A Name? at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
Peter Andre to guest star in Thriller Live in the West End for two weeks
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Princess Theatre Torquay
EVITA transfers to the Barbican Theatre in 2020
Hannah Tointon to join the West End cast of Waitress
Lead casting for Dennis & Gnasher The Musical Announced
Beryl by Maxine Peake at the Arcola Theatre | Review
INALA with the Soweto Gospel Choir and International Dancers | Review
Sinatra: RAW at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance at Sadler’s Wells | Review
Interview with Luke Bayer from the cast of Soho Cinders
London Horror Festival: The Unseen Hour | Review
Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton at the Playground Theatre
Another Look at Memory at The Coronet Theatre | Review
Initial casting announced for the world premiere of Leopoldstadt
Hairspray: Lizzie Bea & Marisha Wallace to headline 2020 production
West End Stars Support Mayor of Croydon’s Chosen Charities
Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly announced to star in The Dresser
Interview with Millie O’Connell from the cast of Soho Cinders
Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre | Review
ENO: Offenbach’s Orpheus in The Underworld | Review
David Hasselhoff to join 9 to 5 The Musical in London West End
Winners Announced for London Pub Theatre of the Year Awards
Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
As You Like It – Royal Shakespeare Company – The Barbican Theatre
When The Crows Visit at The Kiln Theatre | Review
Royal & Derngate announces full cast and creative team for Pippi Longstocking
God of Carnage announced to return for a UK tour in 2020
Interview with Josh Williams from the cast of Touching The Void
Sweet Little Mystery – The Songs of John Martyn | Review
The Bunker to close in March 2020 due to proposed site redevelopment
Footloose the musical UK Tour in 2020
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to open in London’s West End
Paul Whitehouse to return to Only Fools and Horses The Musical
Christopher Howell – Seance: Conversations in the Dark
Kinky Boots The Musical To Be Screened In Cinemas Across The UK And Ireland

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