News, Reviews & Interviews August 2022

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, regional venues in the UK, and the Edinburgh Fringe for 2022, presented with British elegance:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” remained a major draw in the West End. This dynamic production, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, tells the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Celebrated for its innovative storytelling and energetic performances, “Hamilton” continued to captivate audiences.
  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. “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.
  4. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular film came to life on stage with stunning set designs, opulent costumes, and a medley of modern pop hits. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” offered a visually and musically dazzling night out, capturing the spirit and glamour of the legendary Parisian cabaret.
  5. “Back to the Future: The Musical” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • This high-energy musical adaptation of the beloved film transported audiences back to 1985 and beyond. With its thrilling special effects, catchy songs, and nostalgic charm, “Back to the Future: The Musical” provided an exhilarating theatre experience.

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. “Operation Mincemeat” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • This ingenious musical comedy, based on a true World War II espionage operation, delighted audiences with its sharp wit and inventive storytelling. The energetic cast and clever script made “Operation Mincemeat” a standout Off-West End production.
  3. “Zorro The Musical” at Charing Cross Theatre:
    • Featuring music by the Gipsy Kings, “Zorro The Musical” brought the legendary masked hero to life with flair and passion. The vibrant choreography and lively score made this production a thrilling and entertaining spectacle.

Edinburgh Fringe Highlights:

  1. “Fleabag” by Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
    • The original one-woman show that inspired the acclaimed television series returned to the Fringe, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering a blisteringly funny and poignant performance. Her candid and unapologetic portrayal of the titular character captivated audiences, making it one of the festival’s standout events.
  2. “Myra Dubois: Dead Funny” at Underbelly:
    • This sharp and satirical cabaret show featured the acid-tongued Myra Dubois in a hilariously dark exploration of mortality. With biting wit and flamboyant flair, Dubois delivered a performance that was as thought-provoking as it was entertaining.
  3. “Baby Reindeer” by Richard Gadd at Summerhall:
    • Richard Gadd’s gripping and deeply personal monologue recounted his harrowing experience with a stalker. The raw and unflinching storytelling, combined with Gadd’s compelling delivery, created a profoundly impactful theatre 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. “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle:
    • This dazzling musical, based on the hit film, brought its colourful costumes, catchy songs, and uplifting story to regional audiences. The tale of three drag queens on a road trip across Australia provided a joyous and entertaining night at the theatre.
  5. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon:
    • This enchanting production of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy delighted audiences with its magical setting, witty dialogue, and superb performances. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s interpretation of the play showcased the timeless appeal of the Bard’s work.

These highlights from 2022 demonstrate the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK. From the grandeur of West End productions to the innovative offerings in Off-West End venues, the dynamic regional tours, and the eclectic mix of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, there was truly something for every theatre enthusiast. The year showcased an array of compelling and memorable experiences, reflecting the resilience and creativity of the UK’s theatrical community.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2022

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Monster by Abigail Hood at Park Theatre
Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors Garrick Theatre
New Cast Announced To Join Kevin Kennedy in Rock of Ages Tour
Jarman at the King’s Head Theatre
Dog/Actor Threedumb Theatre at the Etcetera Theatre
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Black, the Clown by Pablo Sorozábal and Francisco Serrano Anguita
Little Women at The Roman Theatre of Verulamium St Albans
FOX-LIGHT by Barnaby Tobias at The Hope Theatre
Pennyroyal at Finborough Theatre | Review
Kinky Boots – The Musical In Concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
‘Rita’, or ‘Deux Hommes et Une Femme’ at Charing Cross Theatre
Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer to join cast of Cabaret
The Woman in Black – Interview with Matthew Spencer
The Phantom of the Opera – Interview with Kelly Glyptis
Try Harder at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
COLAB Theatre presents: The West at COLAB Tavern
Cast Announced for NOISES OFF 40th Anniversary Tour
ROOM – Edinburgh International Festival | Review
Lucy Porter: Wake-Up Call – Pleasance Courtyard
Foundations – Underbelly Cowgate – Edinburgh Fringe
Tiger Lady – Pleasance Courtyard (Above) – Edinburgh Fringe
No Place Like Home at Pleasance Dome – Edinburgh Fringe
Musclebound – Assembly Roxy – Edinburgh Fringe
The Book of Life – Edinburgh International Festival
Bits ‘N’ Pieces – Leith Arches – Edinburgh Fringe
Dawn King’s The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse
Wonderville: Magic and Cabaret
Elementa at Greenside, Infirmary Street
Fanboy at Pleasance Dome (10 Dome) – Edinburgh Fringe
Brown Boys Swim at Pleasance Dome (Jack Dome) – Edinburgh
Sticky Door – Pleasance Dome – Edinburgh Fringe
Cruise at the Apollo Theatre, London
Emily Wilson: Fixed – Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath) Venue 33
Making A Murderer: The Musical – Edinburgh Fringe
Les Misérables Announces New Cast at Sondheim Theatre
NewsRevue 2022 – Pleasance at EICC | Review
Peppa Pig: My First Concert – Assembly Hall
Peter Morgan’s Patriots to transfer to Noël Coward Theatre
Love Them to Death – Underbelly Cowgate
DIVA: Live From Hell! at the Turbine Theatre
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical | Edinburgh Fringe
Divas: From Stage to Screen – Rose Theatre Edinburgh
You Know We Belong Together – Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
Fat Chance – Pleasance Dome – Edinburgh Fringe
Block’d Off – Pleasance Courtyard – Edinburgh Fringe
Bette Midler… and Me – Edinburgh Fringe
Emo Majok: African Aussie – Underbelly Bristo Square
Snort at Pleasance Courtyard – Upstairs – Edinburgh Fringe
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Little Women
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Godspell
Cassie and the Lights – Underbelly Cowgate
Speed Dial Pleasance Dome (Queen Dome) Edinburgh
Alex Kealy: Winner Takes All – Edinburgh Fringe
Jenny Bede: The First Pregnant Woman in the World
Rhys Nicholson: Rhys! Rhys! Rhys – Underbelly Bristo Square
Luke Wright’s Late Night Dance Floor Fillers (poems) – Pleasance Dome
Please, Feel Free To Share – Pleasance Courtyard
Today I Killed My Very First Bird – Pleasance Courtyard
Let’s Talk About Philip – Pleasance Courtyard
Jake Lambert: LIMINAL – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022
Cast announced for UK and Ireland tour of My Fair Lady
The Osmonds – A New Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Josh Jones: Waste Of Space – Edinburgh Fringe
Sam Lake: Cake – Edinburgh Fringe
RuneSical – Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Oh No – Monkey Barrel Comedy
Jake Farrell: Sky – Pleasance Courtyard
Dan Rath: Cockroach Party – Assembly George Square
Pauline at Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker 2)
Alex MacKeith – Thanks for Listening – Underbelly Bristo Square
Richard Stott: Afterparty – Underbelly Bristo Square
Pierre Novellie: Why Can’t I Just Enjoy Things?
Simon Evans and His Big Ideas – Assembly George Square
Julia Masli – Choosh! – Assembly Roxy
Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks – Underbelly Bristo Square
Kindertransport at South London Theatre
Oklahoma! opens in February 2023 at Wyndham’s Theatre
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Wreckage at Venue 26, Summer Hall Red Lecture Theatre
Bilal Zafar: CARE – Underbelly Bristo Square
Susie McCabe: Born Believer – Assembly George Square
Head/Lining by Charlie Heptinstall
Danielle Walker: Nostalgia – Assembly George Square
Ali Woods: Best Friend Ever at Underbelly – The Clover Room
My Son’s a Queer (But what can you do?) Garrick Theatre Transfer
Classic! – Pleasance Courtyard – Edinburgh Fringe
Eme Essien: Flat Shoes in the Club – Underbelly Bristo Square
Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy – Pleasance Courtyard
Angela Barnes: Hot Mess – Pleasance Courtyard
James Barr: Straight Jokes – Underbelly Bristo Square
A Gay and a NonGay – Underbelly Bristo Square
Ian McKellen in HAMLET at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Ivo Graham: My Future My Clutter – Pleasance Courtyard
Follow The Signs by Chris Fonseca at Soho Theatre
LES MISÉRABLES Tour Announces New Cast Members
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