News, Reviews & Interviews November 2021

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for November 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 Shark Is Broken” at Ambassadors Theatre:
    • This fascinating play, co-written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film “Jaws.” Starring Ian Shaw as his father, Robert Shaw, the production combined humour and drama to explore the tensions and camaraderie among the film’s cast.
  2. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this spellbinding production returned to the West End with its captivating blend of fantasy and reality. Directed by Katy Rudd, the play featured stunning visuals and a hauntingly beautiful narrative that enthralled audiences.
  3. “Constellations” at Vaudeville Theatre:
    • Nick Payne’s acclaimed play “Constellations” continued its run at the Vaudeville Theatre, featuring a rotating cast of actors in the lead roles. This innovative production explored the multiverse theory through the relationship of a couple, offering a deeply moving and intellectually stimulating experience.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Lowry Theatre, Salford:
    • 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 Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • 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, Nottingham:
    • 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. “Blood Brothers” at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff:
    • Willy Russell’s powerful musical “Blood Brothers” continued its UK tour, captivating audiences with its emotional storyline and memorable songs. This tale of twin brothers separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate, remained a compelling and moving theatrical experience.

These highlights from November 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 November 2021

The Battersea Poltergeist – Live at Clapham Grand
Hansel and Gretel – Colour House Theatre
BRIAN & ROGER – A Highly Offensive Play
The Cat and the Canary at Theatre Royal Brighton
Further Casting Announced for CABARET at the KIT KAT CLUB
Indecent Proposal at the Southwark Playhouse
The White Heart Inn at Bridge House Theatre
Heathers the Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
SIX the Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre
Cyrano de Bergerac Tickets on sale for London and Glasgow
Disney’s Frozen Freezes Covent Garden This Christmas
Magic Goes Wrong Gala Performance at the Apollo Theatre
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of) Criterion Theatre, London
The Ocean at the End of the Lane at The Duke of York’s Theatre
EMMELINE by Beatrice Hyde Theatre Lab Company
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos at Sadler’s Wells
The Sugar House at Finborough Theatre
Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination at the Coronet Theatre
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical to tour UK & Ireland in 2022 & 2023
Footfalls & Rockaby by Samuel Beckett at Jermyn Street Theatre
Bluebeard’s Castle, at Stone Nest in Soho, London
The Water’s Edge by Theresa Rebeck – The Questors Theatre
2:22 A Ghost Story Announces Casting for Gielgud Theatre Transfer
PLAY: David Hunter’s New EP is available on all online platforms
Claire Sweeney to star as Violet Newstead in 9 to 5 The Musical
Casting Announced for Heathers the Musical at The Other Palace
Seven Dials Playhouse launches in Covent Garden
Private Lives starring Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me starring Outlander’s John Bell
The Drop by Swamp Motel – Immersive Show
Innocence at The Bread and Roses Theatre
South Pacific + Manchester Opera House + Sadler’s Wells + UK Tour
Darling by Kathy Rucker at The Hope Theatre
Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh at Park Theatre
Love Dance at Chiswick Playhouse | Review
Maddie by Josh Merritt at The Arcola Theatre | Review
Awakenings at Bloomsbury Theatre | Review
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre
A Merchant of Venice at The Playground Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong at Theatre Royal Brighton
Charity Case: a new play by Jeff Page at Drayton Arms Theatre
Straight White Men at Southwark Playhouse
Anything Goes announces return to The Barbican + UK Tour
Wicked 2023 London Cast for the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Grease the Musical at the Dominion Theatre London
Little Women The Musical at Park Theatre | Review
Two Cigarettes in the Dark UK Tour 2022
The Rise And Fall of Little Voice at Theatre Royal Brighton
Lost Origin is an immersive show with a mixed-reality twist
The Art of Banksy announces extension to May 2022
Interview with Kathy Rucker and Scott Le Crass
Tartarus & Other Stories at the Space Theatre | Review
My Fair Lady Venue opening at the London Coliseum May 2022
Russell Watson to play Billy Flynn in Chicago UK and Ireland Tour
Ben Elton to direct We Will Rock You 20th Anniversary UK Tour
West End return for Whitney – Queen Of The Night
LA CLIQUE at The Leicester Square Spiegeltent
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge at The Coronet Theatre
Botis Seva’s BLKDOG at Sadler’s Wells
Groove Into the Woods at King’s Place
Gardenia – 10 years later at Sadler’s Wells
The Wife of Willesden at Kiln Theatre
A Christmas Gift – Branden and James
Polly Creed’s Humane at The Pleasance
Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask London West End & UK Tour
Game Night at The Hen and Chickens Theatre
Chicago The Musical at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Moira Buffini’s new play Manor at the National Theatre
Rumi: The Musical at the London Coliseum
The Good Life at Richmond Theatre
Education, Education, Karaoke at Camden People’s Theatre
The Bolds by Julian Clary at The Unicorn Theatre
Terence Rattigan’s While The Sun Shines at The Orange Tree Theatre
Restless at the Etcetera Theatre
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Bridewell Theatre
Nick Payne’s Constellations On Demand at the Vaudeville Theatre
Julia Donaldson’s The Smeds and the Smoos at Arts Depot
Bonny & Read at the Jack Studio Theatre
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel UK Tour & London West End
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage London West End Return
Rumble! by Yasir Senna at Drayton Arms Theatre
Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith
EverAfter – A mixed up fairytale at Chickenshed Theatre
West End date for John Barrowman + 16-date tour of ‘I AM WHAT I AM’
Girl From The North Country will embark on its first UK Tour…
The Human Voice starring Ruth Wilson comes to London…

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