News, Reviews & Interviews December 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a major attraction in the West End. This dynamic production, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, narrates the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Celebrated for its innovative storytelling and energetic performances, “Hamilton” remains a must-see.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre:
    • The timeless classic “Les Misérables” maintained its powerful presence at the Sondheim Theatre. This epic saga of love, sacrifice, and redemption set against the backdrop of revolutionary France consistently mesmerised 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” continued to delight 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 move 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 captivate 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 December 2020 showcase 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 December 2020

The Legend Of Moby Dick Whittington from Sleeping Trees | Review
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical Tickets On Sale
Patti Murin and Colin Donnell – The Seth Concert Series
Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man at The Royal Albert Hall – June 2021
Birmingham Royal Ballet live streaming adapted version of The Nutcracker
Olivia Colman, Kenneth Branagh and an all-star cast in Peter Pan
Tales from the Front Line… and other stories | Review
The Fabulist Fox Sister at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk | Review
Sh!t Theatre’s Sh!t Actually at the Rose Theatre | Review
GHBoy at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian
The Gruffalo’s Child at Alexandra Palace Theatre | Review
Potted Panto at The Garrick Theatre | Review
Marisha Wallace Announces UK Tour
Making Bread and Babies – Popty Ping Productions | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Ana Gasteyer | Review
The Snow Queen: An Online, Storytelling Adventure – Leda Douglas
Ginger Johnson presents Ginger Johnson’s Christmas Egg | Review
Alice in Streamingland: The Binge-Worthy Musical Pantomime
National Theatre to receive emergency loan as part of the Culture Recovery Fund
Death Drop at the Garrick Theatre – London | Review
Tales from the Golden Age – Call Back and Iago | Review
Ivano Turco announced to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
Bedknobs and Broomsticks to make its world premiere as a new stage musical
COME FROM AWAY… comes back to the West End
Studio Cast Recording of GABRIEL – a new two-act Christmas musical
FROSTBITE – Who Pinched My Muff? | Garden Theatre at Eagle London
Peter Pan at the Barn Theatre | Review
Pecs: Christmas Queer at The Pleasance | Review
Asò by Imagiphoria Studios at Streatham Space Project
The Mansion Trilogy – Beckenham Place Mansion | Review
Sasha Regan’s All-male The Pirates of Penzance | Review
The Kathleen Ferrier Awards Competition announces winners
Joe Pasquale leads cast of Christmas cracker raising money for NHS
The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre | Review
The Seth Concert Series – James Monroe Iglehart | Review
White Christmas The Musical UK Tour Opening October 2021
Red Riding Hood at The Arts Centre, Hounslow | Review
A Christmas Carol – Jermyn Street Theatre & Guildford Shakespeare Company
Charles Court Opera: Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown
We Need A Little Christmas Filmed at The Actors Church
Top shows of 2020 from reviewers at LondonTheatre1.com
Winter Wonderland in partnership with Hull New Theatre
The Seth Concert Series – Adam Pascal | Review
Golden Age Theatre Company: The Beast | Review
Girl Power – Thespie | Review
Sunset Boulevard in Concert at Home | Review
The National Theatre: Dick Whittington | Review
The Panto That Nearly Never Was at Theatr Clwyd online | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Kerry Butler | Review

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