News, Reviews & Interviews June 2020

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

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a highlight in the West End. This dynamic production, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, tells 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” continued its triumphant 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 June 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 June 2020

Cast Recording from leo&hyde’s GUY: A New Musical
Theatre Support Fund+ raises £125,000 for charities and counting
The Luna Cinema announces a brand-new season today…
The Shows Must Go On – Peter Pan Friday 19th June for 48 Hours
West End Stars Announced for Elliot Davis Virtual Concert
The Great Gatsby set to open in the West End in October
Nigel Slater’s Toast adapted into online play by Lawrence Batley Theatre
One Night Records, a brand-new immersive music event and venue
Lying Together film released for World Environment Day
Joanna Lumley and Amanda Holden to host Polka Quiz Night
Chicago The Musical 2021 – 2022 UK Tour
Richard Hadfield entertains with his ‘Song A Day Keeps Corona Away’
The Madness of George III to be Streamed Online
Review of In the Shadow it Waits- LIVE Horror Experience
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Reimagines Programme
Noah and the Peacock written and created for Zoom by Jeff James
Tara Arts presents Tara Tales celebrating stories from The Panchatantra
THE SHOWS MUST GO ON – 12th June: THE WIZ
New Online Production of Sebastian Faulks’s BIRDSONG
CHATTERBOX interview series with young people and youth theatres
Cast Announced for TSMGO’s The Life and Death of King John
Big Telly’s Live Zoom show – The Machine Stops – by E. M. Forster
Tête à Tête Airs Programme for a Real Opera Festival in an Imaginary World
Online Interactive Performance of Pericles for Autistic Individuals
Reading Rep Theatre to Open Permanent Home in Spring 2021
ATC Commissions Plays Now – For Whatever Happens Next
‘Out of Control’ created by London-based Chalk Roots Theatre – Review
Audra McDonald, Lea Salonga, and Melissa Errico join The Seth Concert Series
The National Theatre Announces Final Titles to be Streamed for Free
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch to stream The Hired Man musical
Associated Studios launch a new Master’s in Musical Theatre Performance
West End stars perform Flat B from new British Musical ‘Halls’
The Maltings Theatre – Twelfth Night Live on Zoom
Over £600,000 Raised for Acting for Others Covid-19 Fund
Invisible Music: an immersive digital meditation on disability
Scottish stars of stage and screen tribute to NHS and key workers
Guildford Fringe: LIVE ONLINE performances for Pinocchio Gets Wood
Online charity event raising awareness for Black Lives Matter
Bush Theatre releases ‘The Protest’
Ruthie Henshall – New 2021 dates announced for In My Life Tour
Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Locked down. Locked in. But living
Secret Cinema launches Drive-in
Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Hamilton and The Phantom of the Opera re-open in 2021
After the Tempest by University of West London – Review
Fuel announce Charlie Ward At Home from 22 June – 20 July 2020
The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced The Philharmonia Sessions
We R Not Virus, a digital performance event – Review
Birmingham Opera Company presents its most radical productions online
Bard From The Barn – Review
JOAN: a brand new audiodrama – Review
The Sound of Music – The Shows Must Go On!
HighTide’s Lighthouse Programme supports freelance artists in lockdown
SELECT A QUEST online interactive children’s adventure
Designers Unite to Support Freelance Theatre Creatives
Declan – The Actors Centre’s new online play – Review
Stiles + Drewe’s Best New Song Prize
West End Stars Announced for The Music of Amies & Clements
Full Cast Announced for The Show Must Go Online’s Henry IV Part I
Bare E-ssentials Livestream – Review
Planet Earth II Live in Concert UK & Ireland Arena Tour Rescheduled for 2022
The Actors Centre – Declan is a ‘brief but intriguing production’
First major post-COVID theatre production begins rehearsals…
SLEEPLESS, A MUSICAL ROMANCE to open with social distancing
The Da Vinci Code to make stage premiere in 2021
Hairspray announces 2021 season dates at the London Coliseum
ArtsEd: Babel by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen – Review
SIX will join the Utilita Live From The Drive-In summer shows
Isaac Saddlesore and the Curse of Nebet – Review
Primrose Path – A Mannequin Mouth production – Review
The Seth Concert Series Featuring Lea Salonga – Review
London Theatre Runway Announce New Training Programme
Kunstfest Weimar (Weimar International Festival) boldly adapts its 2020 Festival
West End stars direct to your cars! | Musical Theatre Drive-In
The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water announces Live Theatre

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