News, Reviews & Interviews July 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s beloved musical “The Lion King” continued to enchant audiences with its stunning visuals, captivating music by Elton John and Tim Rice, and innovative puppetry. This timeless story of Simba’s journey from cub to king remained a favourite among theatregoers.
  2. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at Palace Theatre:
    • J.K. Rowling’s magical world returned to the stage with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” This two-part play, filled with breathtaking special effects and a compelling narrative, followed Harry Potter’s son, Albus, as he navigated his own adventures at Hogwarts.
  3. “Back to the Future: The Musical” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • This new musical adaptation of the iconic film transported audiences back to 1985 and beyond. With a score featuring original songs and favourites from the movie, the production thrilled fans with its high-energy performances and impressive stagecraft.
  4. “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” at Aldwych Theatre:
    • The electrifying musical based on the life of the legendary singer Tina Turner continued to dazzle audiences. Featuring Tina’s greatest hits and a powerful performance by the lead actress, this show offered a tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s extraordinary career and resilience.
  5. “The Play That Goes Wrong” at Duchess Theatre:
    • This hilarious comedy about a disastrous amateur production of a murder mystery kept audiences in stitches. With its slapstick humour and perfectly timed mishaps, “The Play That Goes Wrong” provided a joyous night of laughter.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Cages” at Riverside Studios:
    • This innovative, immersive musical experience blended animation, live performance, and a hauntingly beautiful score. Set in a dystopian future, “Cages” captivated audiences with its unique storytelling and stunning visual effects.
  2. “Cruise” at Duchess Theatre:
    • This powerful one-man show, set during the AIDS crisis in 1980s London, offered a poignant and uplifting tale of resilience and community. Jack Holden’s performance was both heartfelt and compelling, making “Cruise” a standout in Off-West End theatre.
  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 Color Purple” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • This moving adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel continued to touch audiences with its powerful story and soulful music. The production’s strong cast and emotional depth made it a highlight of the regional theatre scene.
  2. “Kinky Boots” at Liverpool Empire:
    • The vibrant musical “Kinky Boots,” with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, continued its UK tour. The heartwarming story of a struggling shoe factory and its unlikely partnership with a drag queen resonated with audiences, offering a message of acceptance and diversity.
  3. “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.
  4. “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.
  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 July 2022 showcase the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK, from the grand productions in the West End 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 July 2022

Figure presents a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Serse
Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Mary Poppins extends to 8th January 2023
Les Misérables Extends Booking & Announces New Performance Schedule
COME FROM AWAY will play final performance in West End January 2023
2:22 – A Ghost Story extend its run at The Criterion Theatre
Invisible: Written and performed by Nikhil Parmar
Review of Medico – Museum of Comedy
The Throne by John Goldsmith at Charing Cross Theatre
The Dance of Death at the Arcola Theatre | Review
The Phantom of the Opera Extends Booking Until 4 March 2023
UK Tour of Annie Announced for 2023
Interview with Jason Barnett – The Seagull, Harold Pinter Theatre
Icarus Theatre presents The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Actors’ Church
I, Kermit at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
New Cast Announced for Jersey Boys in London’s West End
Chess the Musical in Concert Cast Announced + Extra Performance
Love! Valour! Compassion! at Bridewell Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical celebrates back in the West End for one year
Wicked Plays 6000th Performance
Barefoot in the Park at the Mill At Sonning Theatre
The Seagull at Harold Pinter Theatre is ‘Highly Recommended’
Ben Joyce & Amber Davies join the West End cast of Back to the Future the Musical
John Altman joins Todd Carty and Gwyneth Strong in The Mousetrap
Peaky Blinders: The Rise at The Camden Garrison
A Thousand Sons at the Etcetera Theatre
Written off Theatre Presents Careless at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Waitress at Theatre Royal Brighton
Dreamboats and Petticoats at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Johannes Radebe’s Second UK Tour: Freedom Unleashed 2023
The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 January 2023
No Tits & Plenty of Troubles at the Golden Goose Theatre
Cirque du Soleil CORTEO at the O2 Arena
Hungry by Chris Bush at Soho Theatre
Yummy Iconic at Underbelly Festival Cavendish Square, London
Jack Absolute Flies Again at the Olivier Theatre
The Woman Who Amuses Herself at the Jack Studio Theatre
The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre, London
The King & I Announces 2023 UK Tour
The Sun, the Mountain, and Me at the Union Theatre
PENNYROYAL at Finborough Theatre
CABARET Announces Booking Extension and Christmas Performances
Casting Announced for White Christmas the Musical
Much Ado About Nothing at Lyttelton Theatre
The Tempest by William Shakespeare at GSC HQ, Astolat Pavilion
Melody Thornton announced as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard
Bill Kenwright presents Blood Brothers 2022 UK Tour
Crazy For You at Chichester Festival Theatre
Billy Elliot the Musical at Leicester’s Curve Theatre
The first new build West End theatre to open in 50 years
Closer Written by Patrick Marber at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Elizabeth Taylor’s Kiss and Other Brushes with Hollywood
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – 2023-24 UK Tour
Jean Paul Gaultier – Fashion Freak Show
Briefs: Bite Club at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Darkest Part of the Night at the Kiln Theatre
Fan Girl at Etcetera Theatre
Horsepower – Written and Performed by Harriet Gandy
Hidden Figures WW2 at Bethnal Green
Bold Mellon – Belinda at Above The Stag Theatre
Milk & Honey – two absurdist one-act plays
New Production of 42nd STREET Announced
New casting Announced for Matilda The Musical
Full cast announced for Tour of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical
Casting Announced for An Inspector Calls 30th Anniversary UK and Ireland Tour
Magical Merlin at the Fortune Theatre London
101 Dalmatians at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Yeast Nation: The Triumph of Life
Sister Act: The Musical at Eventim Apollo, London
Summer Showcase at the Etcetera Theatre
My Name Is Ricardo P Lloyd – BBC Sounds
Letters written by Kashyap Raja – Jack Studio Theatre
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at Gillian Lynne Theatre
Interview with Sha Dessi – Éponine in Les Misérables
Tasting Notes at Southwark Playhouse
Artorigus Written by Ross Stephenson at Etcetera Theatre
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Cadogan Hall
Tomatito in concert at Sadler’s Wells


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