News, Reviews & Interviews January 2022

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

Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre | Review
Into The Night by Frazer Flintham – The Original Theatre Company
Folk by Nell Leyshon at Hampstead Theatre
Full casting announced for To Kill a Mockingbird
The Truth Stops Here by 19 Steps Productions at Esher Theatre
The Book Of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at The Bridge Theatre, London
Bring It On The Musical UK and Ireland Tour Cancelled due to Covid-19
Tickets on sale for Jamie Lloyd’s The Seagull
Full Cast Announced for The Osmonds: A New Musical
Sheila Ferguson to play ‘Mama Morton’ in Chicago UK and Ireland Tour
Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers is back for 2022
Narcissus at Chiswick Playhouse | Review
Power Luncheon at The Hope Theatre | Review
Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA ‘A Waking Dream of Mexico’ – Royal Albert Hall
9 to 5 The Musical celebrates Dolly Parton awards…
The 4th Country at Park Theatre | Review
Jersey Boys Extends Booking Period in London
Disney’s Frozen extends due to public demand
Bat Out of Hell the Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story at Jermyn Street Theatre
Bonnie and Clyde the Musical Announced at The Arts Centre
The Cold Approach by Rufus Love at Golden Goose Theatre
Barb Jungr: Dylan and Cohen and Love
Freud’s Last Session at the King’s Head Theatre | Review
Romeo and Juliet at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Fatal Attraction at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
HOLST: The Music In The Spheres at the Jack Studio Theatre | Review
Tour of The Color Purple Announced
Krapp’s Last Tape at Tower Theatre | Review
AVA: The Secret Conversations at Riverside Studios | Review
Dear Evan Hansen London West End Booking to October 2022
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical Aldwych Theatre Cast Announced
The Play That Goes Wrong announces new UK Tour for 2022
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour is back for 2022
Mary Poppins with tickets now on sale until 10 July 2022
Wonder in Aliceland at the Hen and Chickens Theatre | Review
Cell Outs at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
Death Drop will be sashaying into the Criterion Theatre this March
The Winston Machine at New Diorama Theatre | Review

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