News, Reviews & Interviews October 2021

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

Borrowed Time at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
We Like To Move It Move It at St Margarets House | Review
The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre Ends 8th January 2022
Nigel Harman & Danny John-Jules star in The Da Vinci Code
How to Survive an Apocalypse at Finborough Theatre | Review
LIMINAL by Le Gateau Chocolat at King’s Head Theatre
Handel’s Amadigi at Hackney Empire | Review
One Man Poe – Threedumb Theatre | Review
Going the Distance – A New Digital Comedy | Review
Full Disclosure Theatre return with their new writing night XPOSED
SIX wows the critics and is the toast of New York!
The Questors present The Browning Version | The Studio | Review
NoMad: written and performed by Nell Hardy | Review
RAINER at the Arcola Theatre Outside | Review
The World Goes ‘Round at Above The Stag | Review
Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Opera House | Review
27 Degrees – Behind closed doors | Review
Cast announcement for fundraising gala #CheerUpCharlie – The Show
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Theatre Royal Brighton this Christmas!
The Mirror And The Light at the Gielgud Theatre, London | Review
Rankin to celebrate talent and resilience of London theatre industry
ATHENA written by Gracie Gardner | Review
Christine Andreas ‘And So It Goes’ at The Pheasantry (Chelsea) | Review
The Witchfinder’s Sister at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
Cast announced for West End Musical Christmas at the Lyric Theatre
Full Casting Announced for LES MISÉRABLES UK And Ireland Tour
Drama Inspired by the Radical Act of Caring | Review
Osmond brothers cast for world premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical
No Fear! at Hoxton Hall | Review
A musical based on the 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt is in the works
Chelsea Halfpenny to star in WAITRESS UK and Ireland Tour
The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
RICE by Michele Lee at Orange Tree Theatre | Review
White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks at Bridge Theatre | Review
Love and Other Acts of Violence at Donmar Warehouse
Our War by Andrew Ashaye at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
The Cherry Orchard at Theatre Royal Windsor | Review
MULAN ROUGE at The Vaults, London | Review
Bull and Contractions at The Questors – Judi Dench Playhouse
A Splinter of Ice by Ben Brown at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Ourselves at the Bloomsbury Festival | Review
Broken Lad by Robin Hooper at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Tour Dates added for Private Lives Starring Nigel Havers & Patricia Hodge
Value Engineering: Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry at The Tabernacle
Hans Christian Andersen at St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford
Homemaking for Beginners at The Golden Goose Theatre | Review
9 to 5 the Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Q&A with Richard Katz – Tatte in ‘Love and Other Acts of Violence’
If You Love Me This Might Hurt at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Double bill Flushed and Sold at Park Theatre | Review
Skin Tight at The Hope Theatre | Review
Flushed at Park Theatre | Review
Disney’s The Lion King reveals cast for UK & Ireland Tour
Full Cast for the UK and Ireland Tour of JERSEY BOYS
Sold at Park Theatre | Review
Laurie Brett to reunite with Adam Woodyatt in Looking Good Dead
Little Wimmin by Figs in Wigs at Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall
Top Hat at The Mill at Sonning | Review
Fuel presents The Body Remembers | Review
Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm at Soho Theatre | Review
ARRIVAL at London’s Royal Docks – this is theatre at its most creative
Albatross at The Playground Theatre | Review
Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
The Dresser at Richmond Theatre | Review
Working: A Musical at Bridewell Theatre
Heathers the Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton
The Tragedy of Dorian Gray – at Drayton Arms Theatre
Theatre Royal Drury Lane Halloween Tour
Old Bridge by Igor Memic at the Bush Theatre
‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman at Hampstead Theatre
Tender Napalm at the King’s Head Theatre
Regeneration by Pat Barker at the Jack Studio Theatre
The Jamie Lloyd Company Announces Plans for 2022
Echoes: An Immersive Horror Experience by COLAB Theatre
Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale at The National Archives, Kew
Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill at the Maltings Theatre

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