News, Reviews & Interviews April 2022

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for April 2022, 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 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 Manchester Opera House:
    • 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. “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 April 2022 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 April 2022

Premieres Season at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of To Kill a Mockingbird at The Gielgud Theatre
ROCK OF AGES UK and Ireland Tour Announces New Casting and Dates
Black Love at The Kiln Theatre | Review
Lorna Dallas: ‘Glamorous Nights and Rainy Days’ in London
Polka Theatre double schools tickets as part of Curtain Up! scheme
Review of The Fever Syndrome at Hampstead Theatre
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at New Wimbledon Theatre
Review of Anyone Can Whistle at Southwark Playhouse
Same Time, Next Year at Devonshire Park Theatre | Review
Project Dictator at the New Diorama Theatre | Review
Sir Ian McKellen lends his voice to Am-Dram Society’s Little Shop of Horrors
Review of SAD at Omnibus Theatre
Review of Another America at Park Theatre
Short Memory by Richard Roques – Golden Goose Theatre
Review of I know I Know I Know at Southwark Playhouse
Review of The Bone Sparrow at Theatre Peckham
Winners announced for 2022 Olivier Awards
Review of A Partnership at the King’s Head Theatre
Catch Me If You Can at Richmond Theatre | Review
The Rocky Horror Show at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to embark on UK and Ireland Tour
Zorro the Musical at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at New Wimbledon Theatre
Dirty Hearts at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Private Lives at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Wolf Cub at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Full Cast Announced for The Seagull at Harold Pinter Theatre
Drag Queens Vs Zombies at the King’s Head Theatre
Lillias White Sings Broadway – An Evening with Billy Stritch
The Paradis Files at The Southbank Centre | Review
Scandaltown by Mike Bartlett at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Drag Baby at King’s Head Theatre | Review
Lee Mead to star as Billy Flynn in Tour of Chicago
Bonnie and Clyde The Musical at The Arts Theatre
Review of Sheila’s Island at Theatre Royal Brighton
Payne: The Stars Are Fire and Holst: The Music in the Spheres
UK Tour of Les Misérables announces Rachelle Ann Go to star as Fantine
Cast and Creative announced for Billy Elliot the Musical – Curve Leicester
MARYS SEACOLE at the Donmar Warehouse
Sidney Fox’s Crime – Above The Stag Theatre | Review
Liza Pulman – The Heart of It at Riverside Studios | Review
The Rise & Fall of Little Voice at Theatre Royal Brighton
ELF Returns to London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre
Room on the Broom returns to the West End this Summer
Final casting announced for Harold Pinter’s The Dwarfs
Cast Announcement: King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe
Tenderfoot by Edith Pearlman at Drayton Arms Theatre
The Osmonds, A New Musical at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall | Review
Shake The City at Greenwich Theatre
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre Extends Booking into 2023
The Misfortune of the English at the Orange Tree Theatre
IF. DESTROYED. STILL. TRUE. at The Hope Theatre
Sliding Lives at The Free Association, London
Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City at One Cartridge Place, Woolwich

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