News, Reviews & Interviews June 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Six” at Lyric Theatre:
    • The electrifying musical “Six” returned to the West End with its innovative retelling of the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives. With a modern pop score and vibrant performances, this show continued to dazzle audiences, offering a fresh perspective on historical figures.
  2. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • This spectacular stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s film transported audiences to the world of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. With its stunning set design, opulent costumes, and a soundtrack of modern hits, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” provided a feast for the senses.
  3. “Cinderella” at Gillian Lynne Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new adaptation of “Cinderella” presented a contemporary twist on the classic fairy tale. With a book by Emerald Fennell and a score by Lloyd Webber, this production featured a strong, independent Cinderella and was praised for its wit and charm.
  4. “The Drifters Girl” at Garrick Theatre:
    • Beverley Knight starred in this compelling musical about the legendary soul group The Drifters and their manager, Faye Treadwell. The show highlighted the challenges and triumphs of Treadwell’s journey, with a soundtrack of the group’s greatest hits.
  5. “Matilda The Musical” at Cambridge Theatre:
    • Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, “Matilda The Musical” continued to enchant audiences with its story of a precocious girl with extraordinary powers. Tim Minchin’s music and lyrics, combined with a clever and heartwarming script, made this production a family favourite.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Operation Mincemeat” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • This innovative musical comedy, based on the true World War II espionage operation, provided a unique blend of history and humour. Its inventive storytelling and energetic cast received widespread acclaim, making it a standout Off-West End production.
  2. “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre:
    • Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play about a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship returned to the stage. The gripping narrative and powerful performances made this production a compelling theatrical experience.
  3. “Zorro The Musical” at Charing Cross Theatre:
    • Featuring music by the Gipsy Kings, “Zorro The Musical” brought the legendary tale of the masked hero to life with passion and flair. The production’s lively choreography and vibrant score captivated audiences, offering a thrilling night at the theatre.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • This acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel continued its UK tour, drawing audiences into the world of Christopher Boone. With its innovative staging and emotionally powerful narrative, the production remained a must-see.
  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.

These highlights from June 2022 showcase the rich variety 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. Theatre enthusiasts were treated to a diverse array of compelling and memorable performances, whether in London or beyond.

News, Reviews & Interviews June 2022

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em at Richmond Theatre
The Lion at Southwark Playhouse | Review
The Collab by Lauren Morley at The Space Theatre
Wuthering Heights – The Musical Workshop at The Turbine Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King extends season at Manchester Palace Theatre
A New Production of Shrek The Musical to Tour from July 2023
Starcrossed at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
Jersey Boys at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley
Tony [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre
Let’s Pause There at the King’s Head Theatre
The Gunpowder Plot at Tower Vaults at the Tower of London
LOVE (TO) BITS at Barons Court Theatre
The Convert at the Above The Stag Theatre
The Bodyguard to tour UK and Ireland 2023
Operation Mincemeat at Riverside Studios
Cluedo at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show 2023
Scottish Ballet – The Crucible at Sadler’s Wells
A Letter to Harvey Milk – The Musical at Waterloo East Theatre
Hamilton and Mary Poppins extend booking to December 2022
To Kill a Mockingbird Education and Outreach Initiatives Launched
Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood
Forsaking Others at The White Bear Theatre
Stigma at the Camden People’s Theatre
Theatre Trips for Disadvantaged London Families
Her Hem at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden
The King Symphonic: The Music of Elvis Presley
King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe
Fukushima – by John Foster/Doppelganger productions
New Casting at Her Majesty’s Theatre for The Phantom of the Opera
Soho Songs by Barb Jungr & Mike Lindup at Crazy Coqs, London
Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful at Richmond Theatre
Ten Days in a Mad House by So It Goes Theatre Company
Louis Gaunt joins the cast of Mary Poppins to play the iconic role of Bert
Frozen the Musical New Cast and Booking Extension Announced
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Travis Jay: Son of David at Soho Theatre, Downstairs
The Sun Never sets on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Todd Carty and Gwyneth Strong cast in The Mousetrap 70th Anniversary Tour
Sad-Vents by Eleanor Hill at The White Bear Theatre
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical Further Dates Announced
Further Casting Announced for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Hamlet at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Compania Ana Morales – Without Permission, Songs for Silence
Mad House at the Ambassador Theatre, London
East London Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night
Metamorphosis at the Lyric Theatre, London | Review
The Fellowship by Roy Williams at Hampstead Theatre
Lea Salonga Dream Again, Royal Albert Hall
Singin’ in the Rain at New Wimbledon Theatre
Principal Cast Announced for Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical
Jesus Christ Supercast – rewatching ‘Superstar’ ten years on

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