News, Reviews & Interviews May 2021

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for May 2021, presented with British elegance:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking 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 May 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 May 2021

Paper Smokers present Diary of an Expat at St. Margaret’s House
The Seth Concert Series – Andrea McArdle | Review
Matilda The Musical Performances return in London West End
The Addams Family UK & Ireland Tour 2021-2022
The Sorrows of Satan: A musical play by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley
The Play That Goes Wrong full casting for 2021 UK Tour
The Phantom of the Opera Performances London West End 2021-2022
Constellations performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, London
Lady Chatterley’s Lover at Shaftesbury Theatre London West End
A Killer Party ‘is a lot of fun’ | Review
Romeo and Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Casting Announced
Preludes: streamed live from The Little, Southwark Playhouse
Drew Gasparini’s I Could Use A Drink | Review
The Seth Concert Series – Christine Pedi | Review
Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell UK Tour
The Andrew Fisher Songbook – SimG Records | Review
West End premiere of Drew Gasparini’s I Could Use A Drink
Jane McDonald Tour Tickets 2021
English National Opera Season 2021 – 2022
Dragons and Mythical Beasts cast for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour
Dear Evan Hansen performances London West End 2021 – 2022
Trafalgar Entertainment’s new London theatre at Olympia
Be More Chill Performances London Shaftesbury Theatre
Exclusive Presale – Book tickets now for Mary Poppins
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Performances London West End
Everything Is Absolutely Fine – The North Wall | Review
Gyrus and The Forest – Naked Frank Theatre on Location | Review
Laura Benanti and Linda Benanti, Live In-Concert with Seth Rudetsky
Stags at the Network Theatre, Waterloo | Review
The Tina Turner Musical Performances Aldwych Theatre London
Romeo and Juliet: A Multi-Platform Digital Theatre production
You Are Here at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Two Horsemen at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
The Mirror and the Light performances London West End
The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour 2022 – 2023
…The F*CK Am I Doing? Presented by The COW Community | Review
The Callaway Sisters: Side By Side | Review
Cruise at the Duchess Theatre: ‘Holden is a remarkable tour de force…’
Here Come The Boys at the London Palladium | Review
CLUEDO UK Tour Tickets Booking Now for 2022
Wonderment Magic & Illusion performances London Palace Theatre
Review of Public Domain at the Vaudeville Theatre, London
I and the Village at The Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
Johannes Radebe 2022 UK Tour Announced
Neville’s Island at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch | Review
Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me at Kiln Theatre | Review
Jennifer Saunders returns to BLITHE SPIRIT in London West End
Aslant Theatre Company’s Echo/Chamber | Review
The Seth Concert Series – George Salazar | Review

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