News, Reviews & Interviews September 2020

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking 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 September 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 September 2020

Private Lives by Noël Coward – Live Virtual Table Read
The Little Fox And Other Mongolian Folktales Concept Recording
Barn Theatre to Reopen for Live Indoor Performances
Sleepless: A Musical Romance at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Lambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs present FIRST DATE
Casting Announced for The Great Gatsby – Re-Opening in West End
Maureen Lipman starring in digital revival of Rose
Total Insight provides mental health support and creative platforms…
ETT today announces the inaugural Nationwide Voices…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane will now open in 2021
Theatre Royal Bath to Reopen With The Welcome Back Season of Plays
Kiln Theatre Presents Dear Future Generation
Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World at The London Palladium
Run At It Shouting announces rehearsed reading of Harold Pinter’s The Dwarfs
Dates announced for Tonight at the London Coliseum
National Theatre adapts programmes to support theatre in schools
The Show Must Go Online announce full cast for Othello
Back to the Future Musical opens in the West End at the Adelphi
In Memory of Dame Diana Rigg
Young Vic celebrates 50th Birthday and launches 50th year programme
Living With The Light’s On at St Margaret’s House
Pinocchio Gets Wood the Online Adult Panto – Review
Love Screens: a pre-recorded premiere – Review
Nimax Theatres to open all six West End theatres from October 22nd 2020
SIX will be the first West End musical to reopen since Lockdown
West End Revival of Good Starring David Tennant for Spring 2021
The Seth Concert Series – Jeremy Jordan | Review
The National Theatre will reopen to audiences on the 21st October 2020
Educating Rita 2020 Tour Recommences
Six the Musical at the Lyric Theatre – Tickets Onsale 18th September 2020
Tête à Tête Opera Festival – We Sing/I Sang – Review
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner at Theatro Technis | Review
Magic & Mind-Reading at Le Meridien Piccadilly | Review
Pippin at the Open-Air Garden Theatre | Review
IN THE WINGS: Series 2 In conversation with Robert J. Sherman
ROCK OF AGES Announces 2021 and 2022 UK Tour Dates
Judy Kuhn – The Seth Concert Series | Review
New Virtual Exhibition Of Stars of Stage and Screen
Hope Mill Theatre announces its long-awaited cast of RENT
The Wild Duck at Theatro Technis | Review
The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the West End
Sunnymead Court at Tristan Bates Theatre | The Actors Centre | Review
Guildford Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The reopening of The Mousetrap to be postponed
Dance Umbrella Announces Virtual Festival for 2020
Antony and Cleopatra at Theatro Technis | Review
World premiere of ‘Wait For Me’ a major new British dance musical

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