News, Reviews & Interviews November 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a major attraction 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” remains 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 captivate 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 November 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 November 2020

The Barren Author starring Richard O’Brien | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Beth Malone – Review
The Actors Centre On Demand
The Watford Gap at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
FISSION by Ewan Pollitt, an online performance at The Actors Centre
Semi-staged rehearsed reading of The Understudy at the Palace Theatre
Half Moon Theatre Release New Live-Recorded Family Shows to Watch at Home
Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove in Love Letters at Theatre Royal Haymarket
West End stars join forces with Anti-Bullying Ambassador Charlie Kristensen
World Premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical in 2021/2022
The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour March – October 2021
Guildford Fringe Theatre Company revises Jim Cartwright’s play Two
Mary Poppins Cast Recording | Review
Review of Blue Electric – An Opera
15 Heroines – Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Star Cast Announced for A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre
Songs For a New World will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre
Lockdown Theatre announces For One Knight Only
Les Misérables The Staged Concert Recording | Review
The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience with 97 Dates for 2021
Jacksons Lane starts redevelopment programme…
The Seth Concert Series – Jessie Mueller | Review
London’s Queer cabaret collectives take over Pleasance Islington
Make Your Own Musicals and Pantomimes at Home
spikizi – the first global community-led accent app for the creative industries
Golden Age Theatre Company – Transhuman | Review
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe UK and Ireland Tour 2021/2022
Adam Woodyatt to star in Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD
What a Carve Up – Barn Theatre | Review
Right left with heels produced and presented by STIGMAcollective
Misfits at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
All That Jazz – Celebrating the 24th Anniversary of CHICAGO
Caperucita as a part of The Actors Centre On Demand Series
Lillias White – The Seth Concert Series | Review
Shaken – The Latin American Season – The Actors Centre | Review
The Aftermath: an exciting new dance theatre piece
Mike Bartlett’s Phoenix – Read by Bertie Carvell | Review
Trevor Nunn directs Lisa Dwan in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days
The Prince of Egypt Cast Recording CD Released 20th November 2020
The Agent Venture created by The Adventure Is Real | Review
Monday Night at the Apollo – a brand-new concert series
Marry Me A Little starring Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Festive Album Together at Christmas
Interview with Abigail Bailey and Ben Felton
An evening of unplugged performance with West End Acoustic
Ute Lemper in Rendezvous with Marlene | Review
Interview with Simon Gross and Aaron Johns
Tall Stories present a live-streamed adaptation of The Gruffalo
Announcing the world premiere of a DIY musical starring… YOU!
The Prince of Egypt Cast Recording gets Grammy Nomination
We Need A Little Christmas in aid of Shelter and Crisis at Christmas
Kerry Ellis & Brian May to release ‘One Beautiful Christmas Day’ single
Unmissable Christmas treats to enjoy online and in-person!
Black key workers have their voices heard in Tales from the Front Line
Aaron Lee Lambert and Rachel Mason release charity single ‘Make A Start’
Flowers For Mrs Harris – Chichester Festival Theatre Cast Recording
The Barn Theatre Announces Schools Digital Tour of Peter Pan
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde written by Stuart Crowther
Christmas Again (The Show Must Go On) Released Today
Maria Friedman & Adrian Der Gregorian Launch Doorstep Productions
Sadler’s Wells announces full line-up for its Global Gala
Songwriters Anderson & Petty today announce A Christmas Wish
Fundraising Festive Farewell to Bridge House Theatre SE20
Voiceover Scout: a nationwide talent search
Review of Hope Mill Theatre’s RENT Online
Les Misérables -The Staged Concert Extended Again
One Night Only with Come From Away Cast and Creatives
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie returns to the West End this Christmas
The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas by Gina Beck and Neil McDermott

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