News, Reviews & Interviews March 2021

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

Anything Goes at the Barbican
Gorgon: A Horror Story – Written by Elf Lyons | Review
From Acting to Akt: The founders behind the natural deodorant brand
The Seth Concert Series – Brian Stokes Mitchell | Review
Die Fledermaus Zu Haus: an international opera for the lockdown age
Bring It On The Musical announced by Selladoor Worldwide
Without Walls leads the way for cultural recovery with Outdoor Arts
Hearts for the Arts 2021 – National Campaign for the Arts
Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels | Review
Kerry Ellis to release autobiography with foreword by Brian May
SIX the Musical will reopen at the Lyric Theatre on Friday 21 May, 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie returns to the West End from 20 May ’21
Dave Stewart & Joss Stone write new musical The Time Traveller’s Wife
Manimals by Michelle Hudson | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Eva Noblezada | Review
Ore Oduba to star in 2021/22 Rocky Horror Show UK tour
Digital Sharing – KickItDown Productions | Review
Frozen the Musical New Opening Dates at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Les Misérables – The Staged Concert returns to the West End 20 May ’21
PDSW announce Adie Dove and Vrushali Harihar as WLSW Associates
John Owen-Jones: Celebrating his 50th Birthday at Cadogan Hall
The Prince of Egypt Reopens at the Dominion Theatre on 1st July
RE:EMERGE season coming to the Harold Pinter Theatre
CHICAGO UK Tour: Faye Brookes, Sinitta, & Divina De Campo to join cast
A Scott Alan song cycle at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Treason the Musical at Cadogan Hall | Review
Giles Terera performs the world premiere of Black Matter
The Removal Service livestreaming from Maltings Theatre
21st Annual WhatsOnStage Awards live-streamed from The Turbine Theatre
BBC Commissions New Musical For A Virtual Theatre Experience
The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the West End from 18 June 2021
Robert Lindsay to star in a new online comedy of The Three Musketeers
Back to the Future the Musical begins performances
Hair the Musical: London Palladium and Southampton Mayflower Theatre
Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman head the cast of Rumi: The Musical
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Barn Theatre | Review
Opera Up Close – Coffee Concert! | Review
CRUISE at the Duchess Theatre from 18th May – 13th June 2021
Sara Crowe and Ian Hallard in Adventurous | Review
Jersey Boys to begin performances in London 28th July 2021
New Online Version of EUROBEAT Musical
Akram Khan’s Jungle Book Reimagine to Premiere at Curve Leicester
The Kindling Hour – the third instalment of the Swamp Motel Trilogy
Disney’s The Lion King Sets Date for London West End Return
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Official Tour 2022
Pretty Woman the Musical London West End
Celebrating Sondheim – Chichester Festival Theatre | Review
BKLYN – The Musical streamed online | Review
Audio production of Mark Ravenhill’s ANGELA | Review
Denise Van Outen’s Some Girl I Used to Know
Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird
Inside – Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat – a live online event | Review
TRESTLE live streaming from the Maltings | Review
Scaramouche Jones or the Seven White Masks | Review
Ashley Spencer w/special guests Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan
Nottingham Playhouse re-opens with Piaf – starring Jenna Russell
Amélie The Musical at the Criterion Theatre from 20th May 2021
Golden Age Theatre Company – Solitaire | Review
Open Mic, a new interactive show by Rob Drummond
Opera Up Close: Coffee Break Concert – Songs of Solace

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