News, Reviews & Interviews August 2021

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

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.

Edinburgh Fringe Highlights:

  1. “Fleabag” by Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
    • The original one-woman show that inspired the acclaimed television series returned to the Fringe, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering a blisteringly funny and poignant performance. Her candid and unapologetic portrayal of the titular character captivated audiences, making it one of the festival’s standout events.
  2. “Myra Dubois: Dead Funny” at Underbelly:
    • This sharp and satirical cabaret show featured the acid-tongued Myra Dubois in a hilariously dark exploration of mortality. With biting wit and flamboyant flair, Dubois delivered a performance that was as thought-provoking as it was entertaining.
  3. “Baby Reindeer” by Richard Gadd at Summerhall:
    • Richard Gadd’s gripping and deeply personal monologue recounted his harrowing experience with a stalker. The raw and unflinching storytelling, combined with Gadd’s compelling delivery, created a profoundly impactful theatre experience.

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 August 2021 showcase the rich variety and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, from the grandeur of West End productions and innovative Off-West End shows to the dynamic offerings at the Edinburgh Fringe and regional tours. Whether in London or beyond, theatre enthusiasts were treated to an array of compelling and memorable performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2021

SHAKE Festival – The Winter’s Tale Livestreamed | Review
Operation Ouch! Returns to London’s West End
The Perfect Crime: a new immersive theatre experience | Review
John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Love Letters by Douglas Rintoul at Queen’s Theatre | Review
Interview with Luke Hallgarten, artistic director of the Revel Puck Circus
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Five! | Review
Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre, London | Review
Casting announced for Invisible Me at New Wimbledon Theatre’s Studio
Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground at Underbelly Festival | Review
Horrigan & Howell: A Sketch Too Far at The Hope Theatre
Well Behaved Women at Cadogan Hall Performances
Don’t Open the Door at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
Coppelia and The Supermarket Suite at The Garden Theatre | Review
Park Bench by Tori Allen-Martin at Park Theatre | Review
Paperboy at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre | Review
Big Big Sky by Tom Wells at Hampstead Theatre | Review
RENT at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester | Review
Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2021 | Review
If we Ended This at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
If You Find This at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
Review of Bleach at the Garden Theatre 2021
Casting announced for UK Tour of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical
Major to Minor with Emma Hatton at The Pheasantry (Chelsea)
Carousel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Happy Ending – Garden Theatre Summer Festival | Review
Tier Three Sisters at The Hope Theatre | Review
Rosemary Ashe in Adorable Dora – Pizza Express Live
Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her)
Paradise at the Olivier Theatre, London | Review
Blood Brothers musical UK Tour 2021
The Endling at Chelsea Theatre & Camden Fringe | Review
Nick Payne’s Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre | Review
Changing the Sheets at The Playground Theatre | Review
Fabulett 1933 at Canal Café Theatre, London | Review
The Hound of the Baskervilles Tour 2021/2022
Full Cast Announced for Blithe Spirit at Harold Pinter Theatre
Six Serpents and a Tarantula at The Hen and Chickens Theatre | Review
Jammy Dodgers at The Cockpit | Review
PUSH – a digital show for Edinburgh Fringe 2021 | Review
Jersey Boys at Trafalgar Theatre | Review
Casting Announced – BAT OUT OF HELL The Musical UK & Ireland Tour
Cinderella The Musical Gillian Lynne Theatre, London | Review
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at the Garrick Theatre | Review
This Beautiful Future at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
London Theatre Week for West End shows at £15, £25 and £35
Daddy Issues at The Etcetera Theatre | Review
Tempus Fugit: Troy & Us at the Union Theatre | Review
I Lost My Virginity To Chopin’s Nocturne In B-Flat Minor | Review
LES MISÉRABLES Full Casting Announced – Sondheim Theatre
When Darkness Falls – at Park Theatre, London | Review
Interview with Richard Frame from the cast of Frozen the Musical
Cirque Berserk! at The Garrick Theatre | Review
Tomorrow May Be My Last at the Union Theatre | Review
Ithaca, Edinburgh Fringe On Demand | Review
The Great Gatsby – Immersive London – Full Casting Announced
Wuthering Heights Tour Casting and Dates Announced
Pheromone – Edinburgh Festival Fringe Online | Review
Gay Generations – White Bear Theatre | Review
The Bean Spillers – | Review
King Lear – UK Actors Support Network | Review
Two Cigarettes in the Dark UK Tour starring Dame Penelope Keith

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