News, Reviews & Interviews January 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued its celebrated run in the West End, captivating audiences with its dynamic blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. This compelling retelling of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life remains a must-see, celebrated for its innovative storytelling and powerful performances.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre:
    • The beloved classic “Les Misérables” reopened at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre. This epic tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption in revolutionary France continued to captivate audiences with its soaring 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 iconic nanny and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this magical production, featuring 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 resonate deeply 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, has been described as “a cultural phenomenon” by The Telegraph.
  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, remains 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 received 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 Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff:
    • 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 Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield:
    • 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 Birmingham 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, Bath:
    • 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 January 2020 illustrate 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.

News, Reviews & Interviews January 2020

Casting Announced for UK Tour of Ghost Stories
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Liverpool Empire Theatre Seating Plan
Liverpool Empire Access
Liverpool Empire Theatre Bars
Liverpool Empire About and Information
Full Casting Announced for Pretty Woman the Musical 2020
Sunderland Empire Travel and Map – Car Parks, Bus and Rail
Sunderland Empire Seating Plan
Sunderland Empire Access
Sunderland Empire About
Manchester Palace Theatre Travel and Map
Manchester Palace Theatre Seating Plan
Manchester Palace Theatre Access
Manchester Palace Theatre About
The Importance of Being Earnest – Played by Immigrants
Review of Tom Brown’s School Days at the Union Theatre
La Cage aux Folles [The Play] at Park Theatre
Thenardier Casting Update for Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre
Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre | Review
Review of Once at the Fairfield Halls | UK Tour
English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire at London Coliseum | Review
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella London West End Summer 2020
Come From Away London West End – New Cast Announced
8 Primary Schools at Liverpool Empire – National Theatre’s Let’s Play Programme
Shackleton & His Stowaway at Park Theatre | Review
Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios 2 | Review
Vault Festival 2020
Touching The Void West End and Samaritans to host panel on mental health wellbeing
Off The Top! With Jason Kravits and Special Guests
The Girls From Oz Australia Day Show 26th January 2020
Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley Return to 9 to 5 The Musical
Open Auditions Announced for Bring It On The Musical
RAGS The Musical at Park Theatre | Review
Curtains The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Louise Jameson directs Robin Hawdon’s Revenge
Beautiful The Carole King Musical at Churchill Theatre | Review
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia | Royal Albert Hall | Review
Feeling Lonely at Parties at The Space | Review
Julius Caesar at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
Jew…ish at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
New Simba announced for Disney’s The Lion King UK & Ireland Tour
FIX by Julie Tsang at The Pleasance Theatre | Review
Falling in Love Again at King’s Head Theatre | Review
Twelfth Night at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Hamlet: Rotten States at The Hope Theatre | Review
KIDZ BOP Search for Mini Pop Stars to support UK Headline Tour
The Sleeping Beauty at Curzon Richmond Cinema | Review
FOUR PLAY by Jake Brunger at Above The Stag | Review
COPS by Tony Tortora at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Beckett Triple Bill at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala | Review
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Explicit]
Coming Out Of My Cage (And I’ve Been Doing Just Fine) Vault Festival
Buzzing at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
Candy at King’s Head Theatre | Review
National Youth Theatre awarded multi-million-pound funding…
The Canary and the Crow at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Alan Ayckbourn’s Ten Times Table at Richmond Theatre | Review
Matt Forde: Brexit, Pursued By A Bear at Soho Theatre | Review
Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill | Review
National Theatre Collection available free for state schools across the UK
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre 2020
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Smoke Weed Eat Pussy Everyday at Camden People’s Theatre
New Adventures 2020/21 Tour Dates for Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood – Lyttelton Theatre – Review
Sex/Crime by Alexis Gregory at Soho Theatre | Review
Rachel Tucker to join Come From Away cast on Broadway
Talawa Theatre Company to open the Talawa Studio at Fairfield Halls with Run It Back
The Watermill Ensemble Present Macbeth at Wilton’s Music Hall
The Tricycle by Fernando Arrabal at Barons Court Theatre
Paul Merton to make West End musical debut in HAIRSPRAY
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery To Close in London West End
LOVE (Watching Madness) at the Vault Festival
Love Never Dies Announces First Ever UK Tour
Full Cast Announced for Blood Brothers 2020 Tour
Six: The Musical (Studio Cast Recording) CD, MP3 & Streaming
Grease 2020 UK Tour: Peter Andre Returns + New Venues Announced
Cast Changes Announced for The Woman in Black at The Fortune Theatre
Theatres Trust Announces 2020 Theatres at Risk Register
Review of Little Boxes at Vault Festival
Full Cast Announced for Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em UK Tour
Something Awful by Tatty Hennessy at the VAULT Festival | Review
Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre | Review
For the Sake of Argument at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
The Jamie Lloyd Company and ATG launches Jamie Lloyd Company: Emerge
Theatres Trust has launched a new national photography competition…
The Prince Of Egypt Young Performers Announced
Carmen by Georges Bizet at London Coliseum | Review
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Cast for Life of Pi in London West End announced…
Hampstead Theatre announces Hampstead Classics


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