News, Reviews & Interviews April 2020

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for April 2020.

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a standout in the West End. This dynamic production, which blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, narrates the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Praised for its innovative storytelling and energetic performances, “Hamilton” remained a must-see.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre:
    • The timeless classic “Les Misérables” continued its run at the Sondheim Theatre. This epic saga of love, sacrifice, and redemption set against the backdrop of revolutionary France consistently captivated audiences with its stirring melodies and powerful performances, reaffirming its status as a West End favourite.
  3. “Mary Poppins” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • The enchanting musical “Mary Poppins” delighted audiences with its magical story and spectacular production. Starring Zizi Strallen as Mary and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this show, with its dazzling choreography and stunning special effects, remained a firm family favourite in the West End.
  4. “Dear Evan Hansen” at Noël Coward Theatre:
    • The critically acclaimed “Dear Evan Hansen” continued to touch hearts with its poignant exploration of social anxiety and the quest for belonging. Featuring a heartfelt score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, this moving musical was celebrated for its emotional depth and outstanding performances.
  5. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera” continued to mesmerise audiences with its hauntingly beautiful score and opulent production. This enduring musical, set in the atmospheric Paris Opera House, remained a cornerstone of West End theatre.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The Watsons” at Menier Chocolate Factory:
    • Laura Wade’s clever adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “The Watsons” offered a delightful blend of wit and charm. Directed by Samuel West, this imaginative production explored themes of authorship and agency, captivating audiences with its inventive storytelling and engaging performances.
  2. “Endgame” at The Old Vic:
    • Samuel Beckett’s classic play “Endgame,” starring Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe, continued to impress Off-West End audiences. This darkly comic production, directed by Richard Jones, brought Beckett’s absurdist vision to life with powerful performances and striking staging.
  3. “Cyrano de Bergerac” at Playhouse Theatre:
    • James McAvoy starred in Jamie Lloyd’s contemporary adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” This bold and innovative production received widespread acclaim for its fresh take on the classic tale of unrequited love and poetic brilliance, making it a standout in the Off-West End scene.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Curve Theatre, Leicester:
    • This enchanting stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s beloved novel continued to captivate regional audiences. With its imaginative set design, magical effects, and compelling performances, this production brought the fantastical world of Narnia to life, delighting audiences of all ages.
  2. “The Book of Mormon” at Liverpool Empire:
    • The hilarious and irreverent musical “The Book of Mormon,” by the creators of “South Park,” continued its successful UK tour. With its sharp satire and catchy songs, this show provided a night of laughter and entertainment for audiences across the country.
  3. “Dial M for Murder” at Theatre Royal, Brighton:
    • This thrilling production of Frederick Knott’s classic murder mystery, starring Tom Chambers and Sally Bretton, continued its UK tour. Directed by Anthony Banks, this gripping play kept audiences on the edge of their seats with its twists and suspenseful plot.
  4. “Once” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • The heartwarming musical “Once,” based on the Oscar-winning film, continued its UK tour, enchanting audiences with its beautiful music and touching story. This intimate production, featuring actor-musicians playing their instruments on stage, offered a unique and memorable theatre experience.

These highlights from April 2020 demonstrate the rich variety and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, from the grandeur of West End productions to the innovative offerings in Off-West End venues and the dynamic regional tours. Whether in London or beyond, theatre enthusiasts were treated to an array of compelling and memorable performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews April 2020

Carry on Costumes & SLEEPLESS producers fund fabric to make NHS scrubs

Interview with Denis Conway from the cast of The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Planet Earth II Live In Concert 2020 UK and Ireland Arena Tour
Digital Dance: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Home From Home
Andrew Lloyd Webber launches free musical theatre streaming
Free Education Resources to Download for Disney’s West End Musicals
Hairspray the Musical announces re-scheduled performance dates
Stay at Home with Crazy Coqs New Online Initiative
Carry on Costumes & SLEEPLESS producers fund fabric to make NHS scrubs
Online ‘self-isolation’ radio play The Understudy to be broadcast in May
Dr Dawn Harper and the Barn Theatre announce weekly digital series
The Show Must Go Online announce the full cast for Henry VI Part II
The Tempest, Live, Interactive and In Your Living Room
Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You rescheduled for early 2021
Sadler’s Wells announces additions to its Digital Stage programme
Stay In Work Out at Home during Covid-19 Lockdown
An online concert celebrating the music of Rodgers + Hammerstein
9 to 5 The Musical – Celebrating A West End Triumph
60+ songwriters collaborate in new digital musical theatre trilogy
Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon will play Elsa and Anna in Frozen
Dame Vera Lynn Unites with West End Stars
Review of The Nobodies at The Vault Festival 2020
The Showstoppers took Elaine Paige’s 24 Hour Challenge
Shaking up self-isolation with Shakespeare in Quarantine Podcast
Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Show Live Stream
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Announces REEL ADVENTURES
The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall – Review
Les Misérables -The Staged Concert Charity Download
The Shows Must Go On – Love Never Dies Friday 24 April for 48 Hours
Siobhan Dillon is to release new album ‘Siobhan Dillon – One Voice’
Siobhan Dillon – One Voice – ‘truly tugs at the heartstrings’
CAROUSEL – Piece by Piece Podcast – Review
National Youth Theatre (NYT) and the University of Hull announces MELT
Titus Andronicus – The Show Must Go Online – Review
The National Theatre Announces New Digital Programming for NT at Home
Collecting Covid: the Museum of London seeks to mark pandemic for the future
SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL Reschedules Performances
DREAMGIRLS UK Tour will star Nicole Raquel Dennis (ITV’s The Voice)
Full Casting Announced for The Show Must Go Online RICHARD III
Filming begins today on Alan Bennett Talking Heads Monologues
The cast of ‘Thriller Live’ – Michael Jackson’s Earth Song
The combined casts of TITANIC THE MUSICAL sing out for charity
Interview with Jez Bond – Artistic Director of Park Theatre

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