News, Reviews & Interviews December 2021

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for December 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 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 Shark Is Broken” at Ambassadors Theatre:
    • This fascinating play, co-written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film “Jaws.” Starring Ian Shaw as his father, Robert Shaw, the production combined humour and drama to explore the tensions and camaraderie among the film’s cast.
  2. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this spellbinding production returned to the West End with its captivating blend of fantasy and reality. Directed by Katy Rudd, the play featured stunning visuals and a hauntingly beautiful narrative that enthralled audiences.
  3. “Constellations” at Vaudeville Theatre:
    • Nick Payne’s acclaimed play “Constellations” continued its run at the Vaudeville Theatre, featuring a rotating cast of actors in the lead roles. This innovative production explored the multiverse theory through the relationship of a couple, offering a deeply moving and intellectually stimulating 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 Manchester Opera House:
    • 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, Nottingham:
    • 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. “Blood Brothers” at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff:
    • Willy Russell’s powerful musical “Blood Brothers” continued its UK tour, captivating audiences with its emotional storyline and memorable songs. This tale of twin brothers separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate, remained a compelling and moving theatrical experience.

These highlights from December 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 December 2021

Beowulf: An Epic Panto at King’s Head Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Troubador Theatre
Dog Show at The Pleasance | Review
LIFE of PI at Wyndham’s Theatre | Review
21 round for Christmas at The Hope Theatre
Life of Pi is a heart-in-your-throat winner
Jack and the Beanstalk at Hackney Empire | Review
Measure for Measure at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Formidable Lizzie Boone at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Interview with Ava Cardo and Jamie Redman
Aladdin at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Rob Myles announces the launch of The Shakespeare Deck
Red Riding Hood at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Michelle Collins is to star as Miss Scarlett in the UK tour of Cluedo
A Chorus Line at the Curve Theatre in Leicester
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Sleeping Beauty at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley | Review
Fair Play by Ella Road at the Bush Theatre
Doctor Who: Time Fracture – An Immersive Adventure
Review of Cratchit at Park Theatre
White Christmas the Musical announces UK tour for Winter 2022
A Pissedmas Carol at Leicester Square Theatre
Cabaret at the KIT KAT CLUB | Review | Book Tickets
Interview with Ionica Adriana – 2021
The Phantom of the Opera Graphic Novel
2:22 at the Gielgud Theatre | Review
Ghost Walk by Poltergeist Theatre | Review
Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre, London | Review
GANGSTA GRANNY at The Bloomsbury Theatre | Review
Snow White and The Seven Merry Men | Review
Beauty and The Beast at Fairfield Ashcroft Playhouse
Top shows of 2021 from reviewers at LondonTheatre1.com
Contact at the Golden Goose Theatre
Treasure Island The Pirate Panto at Rotherhithe Playhouse
The Tiger Lillies’ Christmas Carol at The Southbank Centre
Kindred Spirits by Ross McGregor at the Jack Studio Theatre
Peaky Blinders: The Rise The Immersive Show announced for Summer 2022
Catch Me If You Can UK Tour in 2022
Five Guys Named Moe – Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Omid Djalili’s The Good Times Tour at London’s Eventim Apollo
Boys in the Buff at the Drayton Arms Theatre
Saturday Night Fever West End Run and UK Tour in 2022
Peggy For You by Alan Plater at Hampstead Theatre
‘Boys in the Buff’ installs latest UVC technology in the fight against Covid
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story at Alexandra Palace
Gatsby the Musical at Southwark Playhouse | Review

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