News, Reviews & Interviews October 2020

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

West End Highlights:

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

Ploutos at The Space | Review
The Theatre Channel – The Theatre Cafe
We Were Having A Perfectly Nice Time at Clapham Omnibus | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Orfeh and Andy Karl | Review
Wait For Me – a new British dance musical | Review
The Dumb Waiter at Hampstead Theatre from 18th November…
Wilton’s Music Hall to Open with Social Distancing
Tall Stories to produce live-streamed tour of The Snail and the Whale
The Shows Must Go On – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
Britain’s Got Talent Grand Finale with a Show-Stopping Extravaganza…
Strictly Announces New Tours for 2021 and 2022
Banana Crabtree Simon, starring CJ de Mooi – performed live in Guildford
‘Here Come The Boys’ are Heading for the West End
National Theatre Live Broadcast of WAR HORSE Returns to Cinemas
PRIVATE PEACEFUL to play London’s West End November 2020
2020 Pantoland at The London Palladium
New West End Cast recordings of Mary Poppins and Les Miserables
The Off Key by Scott Mackie at The White Bear Theatre | Review
Les Misérables -The Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre
The Seth Concert Series – Beth Leavel | Review
Interview with Alfie Boe
Live Theatre Returns to Leicester as Curve Announces Reopening Plans
The Mermaid’s Tongue by Swamp Motel | Review
Living With The Lights On at the Golden Goose Theatre | Review
The Comeback at The Noel Coward Theatre – December 2020
West End Musical Christmas Live at the Palace Theatre
Macbeth by Big Telly Theatre Company | Review
IMAGINARIUM: Part of Dazed New World Festival 2020 | Review
Interview with Linus Karp and Joseph Paterson
Plymouth Point by Swamp Motel | Review
A Night At The Musicals with Christina Modestou
The Seth Concert Series – Keala Settle | Review
People Show 138: Last Day | Review
How to Live a Jellicle Life: Life Lessons from the 2019 Hit Movie Musical Cats
Strictly Presents: The Power of Dance that will tour the UK in 2021
Call Me By My Name by Nicole Botha | Review
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Back Together – Live in Concert DVD
Lambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs present First Date | Review
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie returns to the Apollo Theatre
PSYCHODRAMA: Interview with Emily Bruni
Flicker: a socially distanced immersive horror experience | Review
Dante’s In-Furlough The Vaults London | Review
Next Thing You Know – Garden Theatre at Eagle London | Review
Naked Boys Singing at The Garden Theatre | Review
LIVE IN LONDON Concerts Announced at Hippodrome
Trafalgar Theatre: A New Theatre Opening in London Spring 2021
The Seth Concert Series: LaChanze | Review
Hampstead Theatre Announces Casting and Extension for The Dumb Waiter
The CO-OP at the Bread & Roses Theatre | Review
Magic Goes Wrong Returns to London West End
Interview with Joseph Millson – Mr Banks in Mary Poppins
Darkfield Radio Immersive Audio Experience – Visitors & Double
Howerd’s End by Mark Farrelly at The Golden Goose Theatre | Review
Hair The Musical (In Concert) and Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball
Jersey Boys Returns to London Opening the new Trafalgar Theatre
An Evening With Dawn French at the London Palladium

 

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