News, Reviews & Interviews July 2020

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for July 2020, presented with British elegance:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to captivate audiences 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” remained 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 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 July 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 July 2020

Blackeyed Theatre streaming Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
The Mousetrap to Re-Open in London West End on 23rd October 2020
Branden and James: Chasing Dreams – Review
West End stars unite for special Godspell 50th Anniversary concert
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Glyndebourne | Review
Selladoor Worldwide Statement re the Government Support Package
Fuelling new opportunities for Black women writers: Burn Bright
The Seth Concert Series Featuring Melissa Errico – Review
West End Stars Announced for Annabel Mutale Reed Virtual Concert
Alice – A Virtual Theme Park | Adapted and directed by Zoe Seaton
New Adventures Announce 2020/20201 OVERTURE Dance Artists
Ballet dancers performing from their bathtubs all over the world
Miriam Margolyes & Amit Shah to Star in New Online Short Play
Metta Theatre and Aria Entertainment new musical THE RHYTHMICS
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella to begin performances March 2021
UNMUTE: A series of short films by Hack Theatre
Super Stories with City Actors: Up, Up, Up & Away! | Review
The Show Must Go On! Initiative Raises £250,000
Helen Mirren to Appear in Greenwich Theatre’s Online Premiere
My Darling Christopher as part of HOME Manchester’s Homemakers Festival
The Seth Concert Series – Audra McDonald – Review
Final countdown for national storytelling project, ImagiNation
Jesus Christ Superstar The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
MAMMA MIA! Opens in Japan Post Pandemic
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) 2020 Programme
David Hunter and Caroline Kay release ‘The Space Between’
Ida Girls London are releasing their Les Misérables medley Stars
Marquee TV – VERDI: NABUCCO – Review
The Barricade Boys Celebrate Anniversary with Bohemian Rhapsody
Peter James and Joshua Andrews announce ‘Looking Good Dead’
Stephen Tompkinson in Educating Rita to play Minack Theatre, Cornwall
Disney’s Frozen Announces West End Cast
‘Fanny and Stella’ to open at The Garden Theatre
Frozen Light launch podcast to connect with the PMLD community
New 2021 Dates for UK and Ireland tour of Grease
Review of Jack and the Beanstalk
Norm Lewis LIVE In Concert with Seth Rudetsky | Review
Watermill Theatre Newbury Opens This Summer With Two Outdoor Shows
West End Phoenix Arts Club reopens on 1st August 2020
SLEEPLESS Musical To Begin Testing Backstage
Rescheduled dates announced for Waitress UK and Ireland Tour
Maltings Open Air Theatre Festival – 14th – 31st August 2020
Beverley Knight at The London Palladium
Cast Announced For Scoot Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Imagiphoria Studios presents Aso – Review
150 West End and Broadway actors record ‘Make Them Hear You’
Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky – Review
Delapré Abbey announces new residency with Warts and All Theatre
The Coolidge Effect by Wonder Fools | Review
The Theatre Café present musical theatre-based ‘The Theatre Channel’
VAULT Festival postpones until 2022
Musical Theatre Stars Perform in Streamed Concerts at the London Coliseum
Myles Away by Chronic Insanity – Review
Lipman will star in a new digital revival of Martin Sherman’s Rose
Bare E-ssentials 3: with a Vengeance | Review
Charlotte Holmes Adventure Box: New theatrical experience for familes and children
Birmingham’s Royal Ballet’s Cinderella to be Streamed Online
The Addams Family Tour with Samanthan Womack moves to 2021
West End Musical Drive-In – August and September 2020
Fane Online Streaming Events


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