News, Reviews & Interviews December 2022

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for December 2022:

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, narrates the compelling story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Celebrated for its innovative storytelling and energetic performances, “Hamilton” continues 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.
  3. “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.
  4. “The Book of Mormon” at Prince of Wales Theatre:
    • The irreverent and hilarious musical “The Book of Mormon,” by the creators of “South Park,” continued to entertain audiences with its sharp satire and catchy songs. This show provided a night of laughter and high-energy 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 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.
  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. “Misty” at Bush Theatre:
    • Arinzé Kene’s critically acclaimed play returned to the stage, blending theatre, gig, and spoken word. “Misty” explored the challenges of being a Black artist in London, with Kene’s dynamic performance and inventive storytelling receiving widespread acclaim.

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. “My Fair Lady” at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff:
    • The classic musical “My Fair Lady” delighted regional audiences with its charming story and memorable songs. The high-quality production values and strong performances made this a highlight of the regional theatre circuit.
  3. “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice” at Birmingham Repertory Theatre:
    • This poignant comedy-drama by Jim Cartwright, featuring a young woman with a remarkable talent for impersonating famous singers, continued to resonate with audiences. The production’s mix of humour and heart made it a standout in regional theatre.
  4. “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” at Liverpool Empire:
    • The inspirational musical about a teenager’s journey to self-acceptance and his dreams of becoming a drag queen continued its successful UK tour. With its uplifting message and catchy score, the show garnered rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences.
  5. “War Horse” at Bristol Hippodrome:
    • The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of “War Horse” continued its tour, bringing Michael Morpurgo’s story of a boy and his horse during World War I to life. The innovative puppetry and poignant narrative captivated audiences of all ages.

These highlights from December 2022 demonstrate the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK. From the grandeur of West End productions to the innovative Off-West End shows and dynamic regional offerings, theatre enthusiasts were treated to a wide array of compelling performances. This varied lineup underscores the enduring appeal and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, ensuring audiences have a wealth of memorable experiences to choose from.

News, Reviews & Interviews December 2022

Othello by William Shakespeare – Lyttelton Theatre
Tunnels By Oliver Yellop at Park Theatre
Press By Sam Hoare at Park Theatre
The Wind in the (Willows) Wilton’s at Wilton’s Music Hall
‘Dawn French Is A Huge Twat’ 2023 Dates Announced
The Wizard of Oz Tickets – The London Palladium, London
To Have And To Hold at The Bread And Roses Theatre
12:37 at Finborough Theatre
Don’t Shoot the Albatross at Canal Cafe Theatre
Mother Goose at Hackney Empire
Sleeping Beauty at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Life of Pi UK & Ireland Tour 2023 – 2024
TONY! The Tony Blair Rock Opera
Crazy For You to open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre 24 June 2023
Peter Duncan’s Panto Online
Mother Goose Starring Ian McKellen and John Bishop
Orlando at the Garrick Theatre
We Will Rock You returns to the West End – London Coliseum
Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial – Ambassadors Theatre
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at New Wimbledon Theatre
Hex a new musical based on Sleeping Beauty – National Theatre
Fairytale of New York at the Adelphi Theatre
Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
First Ever Relaxed Performance For Back to the Future The Musical
Kerry Jackson at the Dorfman Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Richmond Theatre
Bugsy Malone The Musical at Alexandra Palace
Alice in Wonderland at Brixton House
Idolatry written and performed by Paul Bridger – Union Theatre
Newsies The Musical at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Sheridan Smith stars in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine
A Christmas Carol at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Harry’s Christmas at the King’s Head Theatre
Crackers: A Festive Family Farce at Polka Theatre
Blackout written by Poppy Abbott at Theatre503
The Further Adventures of Peter Pan… at the Fairfield Halls
There Was a Little Girl at Camden People’s Theatre
Grandad, Me and Teddy Too at Polka Theatre
New ITV Entertainment Show to find a Sophie & Sky for MAMMA MIA!
Groundhog Day at Old Vic Theatre, London
Sons of the Prophet at Hampstead Theatre
Sheridan Smith Announces Shirley Valentine Extension
Grease returns to London’s Dominion Theatre in June 2023
Five Children and It at the Tabard Theatre
As You Like It at Soho Place, London
The Lost Lending Library at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Nice Jewish Boy at The Hope Theatre
Circus 1903 at the Eventim Apollo
The Grotto at Drayton Arms Theatre
Top shows of 2022 from reviewers at LondonTheatre1.com
Potted Panto at the Apollo Theatre, London
The Wing Scuffle Spectacular at Beckenham Place Park
Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood Extends
The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the West End in 2023
My Son’s a Queer (But what can you do?) at Ambassadors Theatre
One Woman Show at Ambassadors Theatre | Review
A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall, London
‘Mother Goose’ announces additional venues for UK & Ireland Tour

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