News, Reviews & Interviews February 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” continued to captivate audiences 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” 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 February 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 February 2022

UK Theatre launches ‘Love Your Local Theatre’
SIX The Musical announces new cast for the UK Tour
The Wasp at The Hen and Chickens Theatre | Review
Perform Productions is giving away 1,000 free theatre tickets…
WOW – Women of the World announces headliners for 2022 London Festival
The Play That Goes Wrong London Now Booking to April 2023
Apollo Theatre Company – Round The Horne | Review
General Secretary at Soho Theatre | Review
Soul Sisters The Musical – UK Tour opens March 2022
CHANSONS: Songs & Stories from Piaf, Brel & Me | Review
Peter Andre to play Vince Fontaine in GREASE at the Dominion Theatre
New star casting announced for Anything Goes
Interview with Anoushka Lucas – Shakespeare’s Henry V at Donmar Warehouse
Hamlet at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse | Review
Wuthering Heights at the Lyttelton Theatre | Review
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Kontakthof at Sadler’s Wells
Jeff Harnar sings Sondheim at The Pheasantry | Review
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Romeo and Juliet
Road to Nowhere at the Bread and Roses Theatre
An evening Without Kate Bush at Soho Theatre
Blood Brothers at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Guildford Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet | Review
Singin’ in the Rain Announces Cast and Guest Stars For UK Tour
Q&A with Tanya Cubric – Trade at Omnibus Theatre
Two Billion Beats at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review
ENG-ER-LAND at Dulwich College Edward Alleyn Theatre
VIPER SQUAD at Colab Tavern | Review
Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Season 2022 Tickets Booking Now
JOSHUA (AND ME) at The Hope Theatre | Review
Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon at Southwark Playhouse
The House On Cold Hill at The Mill at Sonning
All My Sons – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
No One is Coming (Bitesize) at Riverside Studios | Review
The Tiger Who Came to Tea announces return West End summer season
Louise Redknapp Joins the Cast of Fatal Attraction
Florian Zeller’s The Forest at Hampstead Theatre | Review
NEVER NOT ONCE by Carey Crim at Park Theatre | Review
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Now Booking to February 2023
Broken Wings at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
The Addams Family Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
2:22 – A Ghost Story will transfer to The Criterion Theatre
Matilda The Musical will host World Book Day Live with Matilda and friends
New Adventures announces the return of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
Saturday Night Fever at the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells
Lost In Blue at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Rain and Zoe Save The World at Jermyn Street Theatre
An Unfinished Man at The Yard Theatre | Review
Review of Vinland at artsdepot
Jungle Rumble at The Fortune Theatre | Review
Footloose The Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton
It All by Cameron Cook at Soho Theatre | Review
Waitress at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley | Review
Agatha Christie’s THE MIRROR CRACK’D to tour the UK
Red Pitch by Tyrell Williams at the Bush Theatre | Review
Q&A with Rosie Day – Teenage Armageddon at Southwark Playhouse
Rehearsals start for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice UK Tour
Richard II by William Shakespeare at the Jack Studio Theatre
MEASURED at The Hope Theatre | Review
Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium
Initial Lead Casting announced for The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour
Natalie Douglas ‘Sammy’ at The Pheasantry | Review
English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire | Review
Proud at The King’s Head Theatre | Review
WhatsOnStage Awards at The Prince of Wales Theatre

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