Select News, Reviews & Interviews February 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to dazzle the West End with its innovative blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. This compelling retelling of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life remained a must-see, celebrated for its groundbreaking storytelling and captivating performances.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre:
    • The beloved classic “Les Misérables” continued its triumphant run at the newly refurbished 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.
  3. “Mary Poppins” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • The enchanting musical “Mary Poppins” remained a firm favourite in the West End. Starring Zizi Strallen as the practically perfect nanny and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this magical production, with its dazzling choreography and stunning special effects, delighted audiences of all ages.
  4. “Dear Evan Hansen” at Noël Coward Theatre:
    • The critically acclaimed “Dear Evan Hansen” continued to strike a chord with audiences. With its poignant exploration of social anxiety and the search for belonging, this moving musical, featuring a heartfelt score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, was lauded for its emotional depth and powerful performances.
  5. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera” continued to mesmerise audiences with its hauntingly beautiful score and opulent production. This iconic musical, set in the Paris Opera House, remained a cornerstone of West End theatre.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “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 garnered widespread acclaim for its fresh take on the classic tale of unrequited love and poetic brilliance.
  2. “Fairview” at Young Vic:
    • Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fairview” offered a provocative exploration of race and privilege. Directed by Nadia Latif, this groundbreaking production was praised for its inventive narrative structure and powerful themes, making it a standout in the Off-West End scene.
  3. “A Number” at Bridge Theatre:
    • Caryl Churchill’s thought-provoking play “A Number” delved into the ethics of human cloning and identity. Directed by Polly Findlay, this gripping production featured strong performances by Roger Allam and Colin Morgan, and was hailed as “a striking examination of nature versus nurture” by The Guardian.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Bodyguard” at Liverpool Empire:
    • 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 high-energy performances.
  2. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh:
    • Neil Gaiman’s magical tale “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” continued its tour, enchanting regional audiences with its imaginative storytelling and stunning visuals. Directed by Katy Rudd, this spellbinding adaptation offered a haunting and beautifully crafted theatrical experience.
  3. “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” at Bristol Hippodrome:
    • The uplifting musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” inspired by a true story, continued to charm audiences on its UK tour. With its infectious score, vibrant choreography, and heartwarming narrative, this exuberant production celebrated individuality and acceptance, delighting theatre-goers 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, leaving a lasting impact on regional audiences.

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

Select News, Reviews & Interviews February 2020

Tube by Joe Kerry at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
Dad’s Army Radio Show at The British Library | Review
Annual Dance Taster Festival: Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2020
Catch of the Day at the Vault Festival | Review
Over My Dad’s Body by Simon David at the Vault Festival | Review
The Legend of the Holy Drinker at the Vault Festival | Review
Faustus: That Damned Woman at The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre | Review
Voices From Home at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Full casting announced for new immersive production of Zorro The Musical
Raskolnikova presented by Teatro Nómada at The Actors Centre | Review
Full Casting Announced for UK and Ireland Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rockumentary | Rosemary Branch Theatre | Review
Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely as Morticia and Gomez Addams
Kiln Theatre presents Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu
Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teaċ Daṁsa – MÁM at Sadler’s Wells
Shades of Mediocrity at The Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
On Arriving by Searchout Theatre at Vault Festival | Review
Carlos Acosta Announces Plans for Birmingham Ballet 2020-21
West End Cast Recording of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical Released
On McQuillan’s Hill at Finborough Theatre | Review
Magic Goes Wrong Announces Miraculous Cast Transformation
City of Angels: First Look Image of the 2020 Cast – Garrick Theatre
40th Anniversary UK tour of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita
Time and Tide By James McDermott at Park Theatre | Review
Collapsible by Margaret Perry at the Bush Theatre | Review
Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp at Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Revenge by Robin Hawdon at Greenwich Theatre | Review
People Show 137: God Knows How Many at Southwark Playhouse
Six Plays One Day by Threedumb Theatre at The Actors Centre
What the Dolls Saw | House of Macabre | Vault Festival | Review
Tuna by Airlock at the Vault Festival | Review
The Badge: An Improvised Cop Show | Vault Festival | Review
Q&A with April Hughes from the cast of Lipstick at Southwark Playhouse
Lesley Joseph Announced to Star in SISTER ACT UK and Ireland Tour
The Haystack by Al Blyth at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Tryst by Karoline Leach at Chiswick Playhouse | Review
David Tennant to Star in West End Revival of C.P. Taylor’s Play GOOD
Full Cast Announced for The Doctor Ahead of West End Transfer and Tour
Lambert Jackson Productions Announce Full Company for The Secret Garden
Frances Barber: Billie Trix in MUSIK by Pet Shop Boys & Jonathan Harvey
Opera Undone: Tosca and La Boheme at Trafalgar Studios 2
Review of Sticky Door starring Katie Arnstein at the Vault Festival
Review of Ghost Stories at Theatre Royal Brighton
Macbeth by Guildford Shakespeare Company | Review
Initial Casting Announced for West End Transfer of The Watsons
Macbeth at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
I, Cinna (The Poet) Write a Revolution at the Unicorn Theatre | Review
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Bluebeard | Review
It’s Beautiful, Over There at the Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Cast & Creative Team Announced for Orfeus: A House Music Opera
ENO’s Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi at London Coliseum | Review
Flights by John O’Donovan at Omnibus Theatre | Review
CROOKS 1926 at King William IV, London | Review
Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard at Wyndham’s Theatre | Review
The Incident Room at New Diorama Theatre | Review
Rufus Hound and Katy Brand join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Daniel Casey star in Sleepless…
Waitress announces dates for first ever UK and Ireland tour
Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
The Dog Walker at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
The High Table by Temi Wilkey at the Bush Theatre | Review
Amber Davies and Louis Smith to Star in Bring It On The Musical
New musical Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story announced…
Dragons and Mythical Beasts UK Tour prior to Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre
Medusa at The Cockpit Theatre, London
Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Michael Ball and Paul Merton Host the Breakfast Launch For HAIRSPRAY
Review of Be More Chill at The Other Palace, London
Review of After You at Soho Theatre
National Theatre Announces New Work For 2020 – 2021
Cabaret at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu at Kiln Theatre | Review
La Cage aux Folles [The Play] at Park Theatre | Review
Rose Theatre today announces Steel Magnolias starring Kara Tointon
Kate Fleetwood announced as Cruella de Vil, in 101 Dalmatians
Donmar Warehouse announces Lates curated by Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell
Review – Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball at The Vaults Festival
A Deed Without A Name at Theatro Technis | Review
The Rage of Narcissus at the Pleasance Theatre | Review
Notch by The Thelmas at the Vault Festival 2020 | Review
Madame Ovary by WildChild Productions at the Vault Festival | Review
How To Save A Rock by Pigfoot Theatre at the Vault Festival | Review
Netflix & Chill by Tom Stocks at Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
Jason Manford announces ‘Like Me’ 2021 UK Tour
Darren Day will join Gareth Gates in the cast of Footloose The Musical
ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Once The Musical – Busking Competition
I Could Go On Singing at the Southbank Centre | Review
Spree by Myriad Immersive at the Vault Festival | Review
Dances at a Gathering / The Cellist | Live Screening | Review
The Prince Of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre | Review
Smash hit musical SIX extends its reign on tour into 2021
Full Cast Announced for Bat Out of Hell the Musical UK Tour
School of Rock to embark on UK Tour 2021
Life and Death of a Journalist at the Vault Festival – Cage | Review
Madam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini at the London Coliseum | Review
Not I, Catastrophe and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett at Jack Studio Theatre
The Spine by Nathan Powell at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Don’t Talk to Strangers by Hot Cousin at the Vault Festival | Review
New Cast Announced for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Steve Pemberton to star in The Pillowman
Lazarus Theatre Company’s Macbeth at Greenwich Theatre | Review
Love, Loss & Chianti at Riverside Studios | Review
This Queer House by OPIA Collective at the Vault Festival | Review
The Creature: Frankenstein Retold at the Rose Theatre Kingston | Review

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