News, Reviews & Interviews July 2021

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

Starting Here, Starting Now at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
Golden Age Theatre Company Presents: Testimony | Review
RSC The Comedy of Errors 2021 Performances
Farewell Leicester Square The Talking Horse Venue at The Place, Bedford
Gustav Holst’s The Idea at Gatehouse Theatre – Irrational Theatre | Review
Four Quartets starring Ralph Fiennes at Harold Pinter Theatre
Extinct at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
The Winter’s Tale at The Roman Theatre, St Albans
Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre, London | Review
Pippin at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to recommence on 14th October 2021
Full Cast Announced for The Addams Family Tour
Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly in tour of The Dresser
The Garden at Buckingham Palace and River Cruise
Grumble Pup Theatre’s Helium at The Space | Review
Be More Chill at The Shaftesbury Theatre | Review
Mr and Mrs Nobody at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
The Invisible Hand at Kiln Theatre | Review
Wolves Are Coming For You at the Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie UK Tour – 2021 to 2022 Booking Now
Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre Announces Season of New Writing
Full Cast Announced For Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
Flossie Golightly Productions presents Chronic – SWK Fest | Review
Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket | Review
Lucy McCormick’s Life: LIVE! at Battersea Arts Centre | Review
Casting announced for Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt
Mischief announces full casting for Groan Ups UK Tour
South Pacific at Chichester Festival Theatre | Review
SIX at the Vaudeville Theatre Performances from 29 September, 2021
English Touring Theatre announce the full programme for Trailer Story
& JULIET to reopen on Friday 24th September 2021
When Sarah Arrives at the White Bear Theatre | Review
The Windsors: Endgame Prince of Wales Theatre, London
Bush Theatre presents Lava by Benedict Lombe | Review
CABARET starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley London West End
Heathers the Musical UK Tour 2021 Booking Now
The Da Vinci Code UK Tour in 2022 confirmed
Two Worlds No Family at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
…cake at Theatre Peckham | Review
The Comeback at the Noël Coward Theatre | Review
Truth / Reconciliation at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT to play to full capacity from 23 July 2021
Witness for the Prosecution Casting Announced 2021
The Game Of Love & Chance at Arcola Outside | Review
Hamilton cast confirmed for London West End
Don’t Ask Don’t Get, Baby at The Space | Review
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tour cast announced
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice UK Tour
Alpha’s The Best of the West End at the Royal Albert Hall | Review
Footloose The Musical Rescheduled Tour Cast Announced
Tethered at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre | Review
As You Like It – Guildford Shakespeare Company | Review
Billionaire Boy at the Garrick Theatre, London | Review
Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan reunite for Bonnie and Clyde in Concert
Drive Thru by Blink Dance Theatre | Review
Every Seven Years by Jack Fairey at the Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Jacksons Lane’s reopening plans includes world premiere of circus cabaret
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL full casting announced…
The Choir of Man at London Wonderground | Review
Bigot by Hassan Govia at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
12 Written by Henry Roberts – Greenhouse Theatre | Review
The Cancellation of Crispin Cox by Michael Conley | Review
The Two Character Play at Hampstead Theatre | Review
David Suchet in Poirot and More, A Retrospective – UK tour
The Interview by Joshua David Bartholomew | Review
TUCK SHOP WEST END – Ginny Lemon and Friends | Review
Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best at The Space | Review
Charlotte Hamblin Q&A ahead of SHAKE Festival
My Night With Reg at the Turbine Theatre | Review
head/lining written by Charlie Heptinstall at Pleasance Theatre | Review
Jerusalem to London’s West End for a strictly limited 16-week engagement
STIGMA at Poplar Union | Review
The Revel Puck Circus at Leyton Jubilee Park | Review
Janie Dee in Cabaret at The Pheasantry | Review
The Great Gatsby returns to London – at Immersive LDN
Tamar Broadbent presents… Stacey Solo: Strong Female Lead
Dad’s Army Radio Show – Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel | Review

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