News, Reviews & Interviews March 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sensational musical “Hamilton” continued to electrify the West End. This innovative production, which blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, tells the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and remained an unmissable highlight, celebrated for its groundbreaking storytelling and dynamic performances.
  2. “Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre:
    • The epic and beloved “Les Misérables” maintained its powerful presence at the Sondheim Theatre. With its moving tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption set against the backdrop of revolutionary France, this enduring classic continued to captivate audiences with its soaring melodies and poignant performances.
  3. “Mary Poppins” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • The magical musical “Mary Poppins” delighted audiences with its enchanting 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 audiences with its heartfelt narrative and powerful score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. This poignant musical, exploring themes of social anxiety and the quest for belonging, resonated deeply with theatre-goers, lauded for its emotional depth and outstanding 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 with its haunting score and opulent production. This iconic musical, set in the atmospheric Paris Opera House, remained a cornerstone of West End theatre, enchanting audiences with its dramatic tale of love and mystery.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The Watsons” at Menier Chocolate Factory:
    • Laura Wade’s imaginative adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “The Watsons” offered a delightful blend of wit and charm. Directed by Samuel West, this clever 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 March 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.

Select News, Reviews & Interviews March 2020

Whitney – Queen Of The Night
I Think We Are Alone at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Darkfield at London’s King Cross | Review
Winners Announced for 20th Annual WhatsonStage Awards
The Sublet Next To Heaven by Madeleine Accalia | Review
Cracking by Alright Mate? at The King’s Head Theatre | Review
Frankenstein at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
UK Premiere Announced of The 13-Storey Treehouse
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time UK and Ireland Tour 2020/21
The Revenger’s Tragedy (La tragedia del vendicatore) | Barbican Theatre
Unlikely Productions presents The Apologists at Omnibus Theatre | Review
All Quiet on the Western Front by Incognito Theatre Company
UK Tour of Bang Bang! at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford | Review
The Children’s Theatre Partnership’s Animal Farm UK Tour in 2022
Review of Pretty Woman: The Musical at The Piccadilly Theatre
Synergy Theatre Project presents The Special Relationship | Review
The Revenger’s Tragedy at the Barbican Theatre | Review
LAD by Alan Mahon and Rhys Dunlop at the Vault Festival | Review
Olivier Awards release official podcast hosted by Magic Radio’s Alice Arnold
Bring It On The Musical Announces London Season and Full Casting
Full Cast Announced For UK Tour Of What’s In A Name?
Our Man In Havana by Spies Like Us Theatre | Review
Chanje Kunda – Plant Fetish at the Vault Festival
Daughter by Adam Lazarus at Battersea Arts Centre | Review
Fat Rascal Theatre’s Waiter, There’s A Murder in my Soup!
CORPSE! by Gerald Moon at Park Theatre (Park90) | Review
Take Care by Écoute Theate at the Vault Festival
Pilot Theatre’s Noughts & Crosses to tour in Autumn 2020
Jon Culshaw to star as Bill Bryson in Notes From a Small Island
Tyrone Huntley joins the cast of Hello Dolly, as full company is confirmed
Howerd’s End: a new play by Mark Farrelly about Frankie Howerd
World Premiere of I’m Sorry Prime Minister I Can’t Quite Remember
Sticks and Stones at Tristan Bates Theatre | Review
Windows Of Displacement by Toussaint To Move | Vault Festival
Red Peter by Grid Theatre at the Vault Festival | Review
Ride by Bottle Cap Theatre at the Vault Festival | Review
Sheridan Smith to star in Bill Kenwright’s Cilla The Musical
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain UK & Ireland Tour | 2021
LIFE: The Gameshow at the VAULT Festival | Review
National Theatre Live to Broadcast Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel | Review
Lucie Jones and David Hunter will be returning to Waitress
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
‘Punkt Presents Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
Review of The Kite Runner at Richmond Theatre
Cause Célèbre by Terence Rattigan at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review
SFP at the Ambassadors announces season of Lates
10th Anniversary Production of Clybourne Park at Park Theatre
When We Died by Alexandra Donnachie at the Vault Festival | Review
39 Degrees by RedBellyBlack Theatre at the Vault Festival | Review
Review of Back to the Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House
Delivery by Andy Walker at Chiswick Playhouse | Review
One Jewish Boy by Stephen Laughton at Trafalgar Studios | Review
The Time Machine at The London Library | Review
Afterplay by Brian Friel at The Coronet Theatre | Review
Peace in Our Time by Noël Coward at the Union Theatre | Review
Two Super Super Hot Men at the Vault Festival | Review
ENO The Marriage of Figaro at the London Coliseum | Review
Chickenshed Theatre | Waiting for the Ship to Sail | Review
The Mirror and the Light (The Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 3)
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Watch Downton Abbey the Film Online
Watch Judy starring Renée Zellweger Rent | Buy | Online | DVD
SOLT and UK Theatre bring together leading theatrical charities
Slime: The new children’s book from David Walliams
I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast by Michael Holland and Philip Giordano
The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic
The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop
Eugenius! available on line in aid of Acting For Others
Artists Come Together for All the Web’s a Stage an Online Event
Coronavirus: Working for now and the future… Join Us On The Journey
Hampstead Theatre to stream I and You on 23rd – 29th March 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Official Companion Guide
Playwriting: Structure, Character, How and What to Write
The Dock Brief by John Mortimer at the Cockpit Theatre London
The Alternative LDIF20 April 29th-May 16th – A Digital Festival of Dance
Nottingham Playhouse goes digital to fight lockdown
Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre From a State of Isolation
The Habit of Art and The Croft to share online videos
Sadler’s Wells announces new dance content for Digital Stage
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Rescheduled Dates Announced for Remembering The Oscars Tour
A Selection of National Theatre Live productions on YouTube for free
BalletBoyz’ Deluxe at Sadler’s Wells | Review
The Barn Theatre’s production of Henry V | Review
Review of Catfish the Musical

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