News, Reviews & Interviews February 2021

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for February 2021:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to captivate West End audiences with its dynamic blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. This compelling narrative of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton remained a standout for its innovative storytelling and vibrant performances.
  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 February 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 February 2021

Little Wars – Ginger Quiff Media | Review
Falling Stars – Union Theatre – Review
Breaking Up With Reality – Living Record Festival | Review
Heads or Tails – The Living Record Festival | Review
Casting Announced for the Online Concert Treason the Musical
One Woman Show: Actors Anonymous | Review
Together – a new sitcom created by CJ de Mooi
Mum Can You Hear Me – Living Record Festival | Review
Always On My Mind – Living Record Festival | Review
Schools’ Education Pack to Accompany The Picture of Dorian Gray
Rose Bruford College Launches Centre for Digital Production
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella releases I Know I Have A Heart
The Gift by Leanna Benjamin – Graeae Theatre Company | Review
Good Day, Bad Day – Graeae Theatre Company | Review
Love Down the Line Written by Sophia Hatfield and Jack McNamara
Good Grief by Lorien Haynes | Review
The Filmed Theatre Production of Romeo and Juliet
SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL Postponed Until 2022
The Seth Concert Series – Laura Osnes | Review
Living Record Festival – And Breathe | Review
Stuck With You – Graeae | Review
On Record an audio drama by Cameron Essam & Ella Dorman-Gajic
A Bloody Shambles – Audio Drama by Ella Dorman-Gajic
Graduates at Cadogan Hall announces cast and on sale
Full Cast Announced for Digital Production of The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Secret Society of Leading Ladies | Review
Orange Tree Theatre announces Inside/Outside
Key Changes: A Musical Memoir: Revised and Extended 2020 Edition
The Seth Concert Series – Santino Fontana | Review
Rachael Stirling and Alec Newman star in Love in the Lockdown
The return of Leave a Light On, the online concert series
Typical: Soho Theatre On Demand | Review
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice filmed at Southwark Playhouse | Review
HOTLINE: an interactive theatre piece by telephone
Interview with Scott Le Crass
Going Outside broadcast Live from TheMill.TV | Review
Sharon ‘n’ Barry do Romeo & Juliet at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch


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