News, Reviews & Interviews April 2021

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for April 2021, presented with British elegance:

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 April 2021 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 April 2021

Beauty and the Beast UK & Ireland Tour opens August 2021
Little Angel Theatre’s Where the Bugaboo Lives
Shakespeare’s Globe are hosting Holly’s Angels Food Distribution Hub
The Mousetrap to re-open in the West End on 17th May 2021
Matthew Harvey’s song cycle Now or Never | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Matt Doyle | Review
An Elephant in the Garden based on the book by Michael Morpurgo
Rebuilding Beirut’s theatre scene with Whispers International
Rescheduled dates for the UK Tour of GREASE starring Peter Andre
Interview with Gash Theatre – Gash Theatre Gets Ghosted
Heathers the Musical Returns to the West End from 21 June 2021
West End transfer of acclaimed new musical Public Domain
HERE COME THE BOYS is moving to The London Palladium
She Loves You: new musical based on Lennon & McCartney song catalogue
Alexandra Burke to star as The Narrator this summer in Joseph
Constellations by Nick Payne opens at the Vaudeville Theatre June 2021
A digital retelling of hit musical Disenchanted | Review
West End in Blackpool – Winter Gardens | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Ali Stroker | Review
The Last Five Years at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End
Digital Production of The Importance of Being Earnest
BOURNE TO DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Podcast…
New interactive magic show The Secret Connection | Review
Disney’s Frozen to open in August 2021 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Great Pacific Octopus Maritime School: Q&A with Manjinder Virk
New dates announced for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution
Hairspray at the London Coliseum – Booking 22 June – 29 September 2021
SAFE is an unusual piece of ‘verbatim’ theatre…
Livestreamed performance of Outside at Orange Tree Theatre
Blink Theatre – Response 5: ESCAPE | Review
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Starring Jodie Prenger UK National Tour
Brenda Edwards, Norman Pace and Alex Bourne join Hairspray cast
New Summer 2021 dates announced for Educating Rita
Waitress: Matt Willis, Lucie Jones, Sandra Marvin & Evelyn Hoskins to star
Wonderment at the Palace Theatre from 16th July – 30th August
Horrible Histories Live Onboard – Terrible Thames!
OLEANNA: West End transfer and tour for David Mamet’s provocative play
Crips With Chips At Home Graeae | Review
Soft Sessions Live In Concert | Review
LES MISÉRABLES UK and Ireland Tour Dates Announced – Booking Now
DREAMGIRLS to tour UK from December 2021 to 2022 & 2023
Only Fools and Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt returns to the West End August 2021
The Woman in Black UK Tour and London West End
JEW…ish presented by Unleash the Llama & Zoe Weldon
HENRY V: live online – Guildford Shakespeare Company | Review
DNA – Golden Age Theatre Company | Review
The Rising Stars Festival showcasing the work of 23 producers…
Future Spotlight Productions: In Pieces by Joey Contreras | Review
THIS IS REALITY 2000 – Immersive Digital Experience | Review
CELLS a New Musical Film starring Clive Rowe and Lem Knights
Wicked returns to the Apollo Victoria Theatre
SIX announces full casting for UK & Ireland Tour 2021/22
The Seth Concert Series – Mandy Gonzalez | Review
The Phantom of the Opera casting update – London Her Majesty’s Theatre
Chronic Insanity’s There’s Something Among Us | Review
David Ribi – Musical Duets Series – Free to Watch!
Mary Poppins London West End Performances Resume
Hamilton London West End Performances Resume
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever! London West End and UK Tour
Peter Pan at The Chrysalis, Milton Keynes
Cinderella Full Cast Announced for Gillian Lynne Theatre
Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Albert Hall December 2021
Rachel Tucker and Lewis Cornay star in musical John & Jen
Theatre-Rites announce cast for premiere of The Global Playground
TENNIS ELBOW by John Byrne | Review

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