News, Reviews & Interviews September 2019

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical continued its reign in the West End, enchanting audiences with its innovative retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s life. This vibrant production, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, remained a must-see, offering a captivating glimpse into American history through a modern lens.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Queen’s Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre):
    • The timeless classic “Les Misérables” continued to draw crowds with its powerful story of love, redemption, and revolution. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, this enduring musical provided an unforgettable theatrical experience with its stirring songs and epic narrative.
  3. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s spectacular musical, “The Lion King,” mesmerised audiences with its stunning visuals and enthralling music by Elton John and Tim Rice. The tale of Simba’s journey to kingship, brought to life with extraordinary puppetry and vibrant costumes, offered a breathtaking and magical evening for all ages.
  4. “Come From Away” at Phoenix Theatre:
    • This heartwarming musical, based on the true events of 9/11, continued to resonate with audiences. “Come From Away” told the inspiring story of a small Newfoundland town that welcomed stranded airline passengers, celebrating human kindness and resilience through its uplifting performances and moving score.
  5. “Dear Evan Hansen” at Noël Coward Theatre:
    • Making its highly anticipated West End debut, “Dear Evan Hansen” captivated theatre-goers with its poignant portrayal of a young man’s struggle to belong. The Tony Award-winning musical, featuring a beautiful score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, tackled themes of identity and connection with sensitivity and depth.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The Son” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Florian Zeller’s profound drama, “The Son,” continued its critically acclaimed run. Directed by Michael Longhurst, this powerful exploration of a family grappling with mental health issues starred Laurie Kynaston in a deeply moving performance that left audiences reflecting long after the curtain fell.
  2. “Lungs” at Old Vic Theatre:
    • Matt Smith and Claire Foy reunited on stage for Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs,” a raw and intimate exploration of love, parenthood, and climate anxiety. This stripped-back production, directed by Matthew Warchus, captivated audiences with its intense and thought-provoking dialogue.
  3. “The Antipodes” at National Theatre (Dorfman):
    • Annie Baker’s “The Antipodes” offered a fascinating and surreal exploration of storytelling and creativity. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this enigmatic play invited audiences into a writers’ room where reality and imagination blurred, creating an intriguing and immersive theatrical experience.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Blood Brothers” at Theatre Royal, Norwich:
    • Willy Russell’s beloved musical, “Blood Brothers,” continued its UK tour, drawing audiences into the tragic tale of the Johnstone twins, separated at birth and fated to meet again with devastating consequences. This emotionally charged production, featuring timeless songs, delivered a powerful and unforgettable evening.
  2. “The Mousetrap” at Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton:
    • Agatha Christie’s iconic whodunit, “The Mousetrap,” celebrated its enduring legacy as it toured the UK. This classic murder mystery, known for its clever plot twists and gripping suspense, kept audiences guessing until the final reveal, proving why it remains a staple of British theatre.
  3. “Calendar Girls The Musical” at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh:
    • Based on the true story and the hit film, “Calendar Girls The Musical,” by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, continued to charm audiences with its heartwarming and humorous tale. This uplifting production, featuring memorable songs and a delightful cast, celebrated friendship and community spirit.
  4. “A Taste of Honey” at Lowry Theatre, Salford:
    • Shelagh Delaney’s groundbreaking play, “A Taste of Honey,” enjoyed a revival as part of a UK tour. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, this classic work explored themes of race, class, and gender in 1950s Britain, offering a raw and poignant look at the struggles of a young woman finding her way in the world.

These highlights from September 2019 showcase the rich diversity of theatrical offerings across the UK, from blockbuster West End shows to innovative Off-West End productions and captivating regional tours. Whether in London or beyond, theatre enthusiasts were treated to a wealth of extraordinary performances and unforgettable experiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews September 2019

The Amygdala by Sophie Fox at Theatre503 | Review

Dr Zhivago The UK Concert Premiere at Cadogan Hall | Review
Opera della Luna: HMS Pinafore at Wilton’s Music Hall
All-star cast announced for 50th anniversary audio recording of Up Pompeii
Stripped at The King’s Head Theatre | Review
Florian Zeller’s The Son at Duke of York’s Theatre | Review
STICK MAN returns for 10th Anniversary UK Tour
Review of Hansard – a new play by Simon Woods at the Lyttelton Theatre
Review of Teechers at the Churchill Theatre Bromley
13,000 students to experience The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Interview with Jeannette Bayardelle – SHIDA
Second Season of Sunday Night Socials at the Union Theatre
Interview with Linus Karp and Joseph Martin | Awkward Conversations…
Review of Falsettos at The Other Palace
Full Casting Announced for The Prince of Egypt
Disney’s The Lion King announces gala performance
SIX announces full casting for UK Tour
Review of Lone Star Diner at Omnibus Theatre
New casting announced for The RSC’s Matilda The Musical
The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
For Services Rendered at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Review of Torch Song at The Turbine Theatre
How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Review of The Fishermen at Trafalgar Studios
The Society by Don’t Be Absurd Theatre Company | Review
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical extended booking to June 2020
New images released of Joe Thomas in the UK Tour of What’s In A Name?
Review of The Mousetrap at Princess Theatre Torquay
Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer, Dani Dyer and Rylan Clark-Neal to star in NATIVITY The Musical
The Amygdala by Sophie Fox at Theatre503 | Review
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Announce 2020 Season
Heartbeat of Home at Piccadilly Theatre | Review
Review of AMSTERDAM at the Orange Tree Theatre
Women of Paradise at Trafalgar Studios | Review
Thriller Live will end its record-breaking 11-year run at the Lyric Theatre in April 2020
What Girls Are Made Of at Soho Theatre | Review
Full West End cast for Dear Evan Hansen in London West End
Review of Preludes at Southwark Playhouse
The Eyes of the Night at the Cervantes Theatre | Review
SHIDA: Written and Performed by Jeannette Bayardelle | Review
Casting Announced for Les Miserables at Sondheim Theatre
The Father by Florian Zeller at the Mary Wallace Theatre
The Dong with a Luminous Nose at Little Angel Theatre
Interview with Charlotte Green – Writer and Producer of Lest We Forget
A Woman of No Importance at Richmond Theatre | Review
Phil Nichol and Melissa Jacques join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Review of Big the Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Ordinary Days The Musical at the Cockpit Theatre | Review
The Life I Lead at Wyndham’s Theatre | Review
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tickets for London Palladium
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tickets for London Palladium
Call Me Fury at the Hope Theatre | Review
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at Wilton’s Music Hall
Madagascar The Musical at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
Midlife Cowboy at the Pleasance Theatre | Review
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to return in 2020
Ghost Stories UK Tour announced for 2020
Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders – UK Tour and West End Transfer
BalletBoyz celebrate 20 years with brand new work Deluxe
Table by Tanya Ronder at The Questors | Review
The 39 Steps at the Leatherhead Theatre | Review
Masque of the Red Death at Barons Court Theatre | Review
The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson in London West End Transfer
The hunt is on for Identical Twins to star in the next big musical!
Youth Without God at the Coronet Theatre | Review
The National Theatre’s production of A Taste of Honey to transfer to the West End
Mother of Him at Park200 Park Theatre | Review
The Entertainer at New Victoria Theatre, Woking | Review
The Escape Act – A Holocaust Memoir at Jackson’s Lane
Ian Rickson Directs Conor McPherson’s New Adaptation of Checkov’s Uncle Vanya
Full Casting and Tour Dates Announced for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
Hayden Tee releases his first album dedicated to musical theatre
David Mitchell to make West End debut in Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow
Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca at the Young Vic | Review
Angela’s Ashes – The Musical at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
All-star line-up announced for Cinderella at New Wimbledon Theatre
Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Oi Frog & Friends!
Stagescripts: We Are The Lions Mr. Manager
Review of Moth Hunting at The Cockpit Theatre
Review of Valued Friends at Rose Theatre Kingston
Wicked Extends Bookings into its 14th Year in London West End
The Commitments UK & Ireland Tour 2020-2021 | Tickets On Sale
Murder, Margaret and Me at the Churchill Theatre Bromley | Review
Breakin’ Convention Presents at the Lilian Baylis Studio
Soul of Shaolin at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
My Beautiful Laundrette – Curve (Leicester) | Review
All You Need Is Love with The National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Opera Holloway La Boheme – Pop Up Theatre Community Centre, Lingfield
New digital streaming service National Theatre Collection launches worldwide


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