News, Reviews & Interviews September 2021

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

Jason Robert Brown’s 13 at London’s Cadogan Hall | Review
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child full casting announced
Curtain Raisers at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Cast Announced for The Woman in Black in London’s West End
The Good Dad (A Love Story) by Gail Louw | Review
Overflow by Travis Alabanza at the Bush Theatre | Review
Fever Pitch at the Hope Theatre | Review
Coppelia by KVN Dance at The Cockpit | Review
Wicked London Cast – Sophie Evans Joins Returning Cast To Play Glinda
Twelfth Night at The Globe Theatre 2021 | Review
Invisible Me – Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
THE GOOD LIFE World Premiere stage production
Ghostlight: The Unknown Soldier – Above The Stag Theatre | Review
Full Casting for CABARET at the KIT KAT CLUB in London’s West End
About Money by Eliza Gearty at Theatre 503 | Review
Hairspray the Musical at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre | Review
Casting Announced for The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre
Artistic People’s Tribunal opens in London
A Dog’s Solution at Barons Court Theatre | Review
Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl at Theatro Technis | Review
Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) to open in London’s West End
Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter | Review
Full Cast Announced for MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY
Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane | Review
The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre | Review
The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute at Rosemary Branch Theatre | Review
David Suchet’s POIROT AND MORE, A RETROSPECTIVE
Beginning at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
Carrying David at Canal Café Theatre | Review
The Play That Goes Wrong celebrates its 7th birthday
Indecent at the Menier Chocolate Factory | Review
Shakespeare’s Globe Winter Season Pre-Sale Live
Casts announced for The Book of Mormon in the West End and on tour
Fault Lines by Cameron Corcoran at White Bear Theatre | Review
Mario: A Super Musical! at The Union Theatre | Review
Joanne Clifton to play Morticia in The Addams Family UK & Ireland Tour
The Glass Menagerie starring Amy Adams – Tickets on Sale
Cast announced for DREAMGIRLS UK Tour
Leicester’s Curve will stage the first new UK production of Billy Elliot
Cast announced for MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Tête à Tête Opera Festival: Rune | Review
Small Change by Peter Gill at Omnibus Theatre | Review
Dear Evan Hansen Casting announced for West End return
Dick Whittington: Tuck Shop’s Second Annual Drag West End Panto
Tens of thousands flock to Trafalgar Square for West End Live
ENGLISH TOURING OPERA – AMADIGI
The Lodger at the Coronet Theatre | Review
Rock of Ages at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Cervantes Theatre presents: Joe Strummer Takes a Walk
There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories | Review
Mythosphere by Inna Dulerayn at Stone Nest | Review
Dial M For Murder at Churchill Theatre, Bromley | Review
Jacksons Lane and Lost in Translation present Luminosa
Closer Than Ever – BroadwayHD Digital Revival | Review
Blithe Spirit at the Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
Penetration by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies at The Cockpit | Review
Cock by Mike Bartlett at the Ambassadors Theatre London
Feathers at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre | Review
Malindadzimu by Mufaro Makubika at Hampstead Theatre | Review
The Great Gatsby at Gatsby’s Mansion Immersive LDN
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Highbury Opera Theatre presents: The Weekend – Bloomsbury Theatre
Back To The Future The Musical at the Adephi Theatre | Review
Shining City at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Tokyo Rose by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin | Review
The Dresser starring Julian Clary & Matthew Kelly | Review
Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall | Review
Love Genius and a Walk at Theatro Technis
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Full Casting and Touring Dates Announced
Casting Announced for White Christmas the Musical UK Tour

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