News, Reviews & Interviews June 2021

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

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 June 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 June 2021

9 to 5 The Musical UK Tour starring Louise Redknapp
Fat Friends the Musical UK and Ireland Tour starring Lee Mead
Lit – Nottingham Playhouse | Review
Amélie The Musical at the Criterion Theatre | Review
The Cloak of Visibility at The Space Arts Centre | Review
Cast announced for Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Forever Plaid – Upstairs at the Gatehouse | Review
Circus 1903 performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall
Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man | Review
The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars | Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Alex Newell | Review
PARADISE LOST (lies unopened beside me) at The Place | Review
The Smeds and The Smoos to premiere at the Rose Theatre, Kingston
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Garrick Theatre | Review
The Language of Kindness – Wayward Productions | Review
The Life of Olu at The Golden Goose Theatre | Review
Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! at the Vaudeville Theatre | Review
Mischief announce full casting for Magic Goes Wrong UK Tour
Looking Good Dead performances UK Tour
Take Off Your Cornflakes at St Margaret’s House
Lone Flyer by Ade Morris at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Q&A with Sarah Kameela Impey from the cast of The Three Musketeers
Kevin Clifton as Stacee Jaxx in ROCK OF AGES UK Tour
Legends of Lockdown – LIVE!’ at the Vaudeville Theatre | Review
Sovereign Song at COLAB Tavern | Review
West End Musical Celebration at the Palace Theatre | Review
Psychodrama by Matt Wilkinson | Review
The Smartest Giant in Town’ at Little Angel Theatre | Review
Underbelly’s Austentatious at Earls Court and the Fortune Theatre
The Prince of Egypt performances go ahead – full company announced
The Three Musketeers – attempted by FoolHardy | Review
Hamlet by William Shakespeare presented by Acting Gymnasium | Review
The Letter of Last Resort at The Judi Dench Playhouse | Review
Heathers the Musical London West End – Casting and Rehearsal Images
Doctor Who: Time Fracture – Immersive Everywhere | Review
Casting Announced for UK Tour of The Woman in Black
Mamma Mia! Cast announced for return to Novello Theatre London
Trestle by Stewart Pringle at Brockley Jack Studio | Review
Q&A with Danielle Pearson, playwright of Queen Mab
Tom Ryalls: Writer and Producer of Can You See into A Black Hole?
Barb Jungr sings Dylan and Cohen at the Crazy Coqs | Review
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett at Riverside Studios | Review
Deborah Bruce’s Raya at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Full Casting Announced for Pretty Woman the Musical – Savoy Theatre
Bat Out of Hell the Musical UK and Ireland Tour from September 2021
Queen Mab at Iris Summer Festival St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Matilda the Musical Announces new casting for the Cambridge Theatre
J’Ouvert at the Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
The Distance You Have Come at the Apollo Theatre | Review
Fresh Life Theatre Present Rock Bottom | Review
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Symphonic Suites – Live In Concert – UK Tour
Russell Brand – Our Little Lives: Shakespeare & Me Live Stream
Charles Court Opera’s Express G&S | Review
Romeo and Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Under Milk Wood at the Olivier Theatre | Review
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tickets on Sale
Staircase by Charles Dyer at Southwark Playhouse | Review
The Human Connection by Eugene O’Hare – Omnibus Theatre | Review
Shedding A Skin by Amanda Wilkin at Soho Theatre | Review
Q&A with Georgie Bailey and Hal Darling – Chewboy Productions
Alpha’s The Best of the West End at the Royal Albert Hall
Dagny Wants to Dance at Bureau of Silly Ideas, Brixton | Review
Tuck Shop West End at the Garrick Theatre

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