News, Reviews & Interviews March 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” continued to be a major attraction 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” 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 March 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 March 2022

DEFRIEST at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Mimma – A Musical Of War & Friendship
Seventh cast announced for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution
CABARET at the Kit Kat Club Announces New Emcee and Sally Bowles
The Woods by David Mamet | Review
Bloody Difficult Women at Riverside Studios | Review
Full cast announced for Pinter’s The Homecoming UK Tour
Dreamboats & Petticoats albums, Bringing On Back The Good Times
Lal – A play about the women of WWII at the Hen & Chickens Theatre
Henry V at the Donmar Warehouse | Review
When We Dead Awaken at The Coronet, London
The Play That Goes Wrong announces a new cast at The Duchess Theatre
Louis Gaunt to join the cast of Mary Poppins to play the role of Bert
Today marks the 9000th performance of London’s West End of Mamma Mia!
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical Cast and Tour Dates Announced
Stretch Marks & Broken Hearts at the Etcetera Theatre
Small Island in the Olivier Theatre | Review
BOOT by Eliza Williams at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
My Fair Lady directed by Bartlett Sher to embark on UK Tour
Shana Farr – The Songbook of Julie Andrews
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Leicester’s Curve
English Touring Opera: The Golden Cockerel
Flo & Joan’s Sweet Release at Bloomsbury Theatre
NEWSIES UK Premiere at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Goldilocks and the Three Bears will star TV-favourite Matt Baker
Roles We’ll Never Play at The Lyric Theatre | Review
Cluedo at Richmond Theatre | Review
Full Cast Announced for Johannes Radebe: Freedom UK Tour
The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical extends booking until 2023
David Hunter and Wendy Mae Brown join the cast of WAITRESS – UK Tour
Carmen at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Mohand & Peter at Southwark Playhouse | Review
The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre | Review
Matilda The Musical now booking period to 28 May 2023
Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous | Review
Felicity Kendal to star in 40th Anniversary Production of Noises Off
Casting update for West End production of Jerusalem
Full Cast Announced for the UK and Ireland Tour of THE CHER SHOW
Steve and Tobias Versus Death at the Pleasance Theatre
The Da Vinci Code at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce principal casting for Legally Blonde
The Play That Goes Wrong announces (brave) new touring cast
MAD HOUSE at The Ambassadors Theatre Cast Announced
Tom Fool at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Under the Radar at the Old Red Lion Theatre | Review
Snow White and The Seven Merry Men!
Gulliver’s Travels at the Unicorn Theatre | Review
Sasha Regan’s All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore at Wilton’s Music Hall
Gary Barlow’s A Different Stage comes to the West End
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce full casting for 101 Dalmatians
Jewish Hollywood Upstairs At The Gatehouse | Review
The Kitchen Sink at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | Review
A Journey to the Past at the Lyric Theatre
School of Rock – The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
An Hour and a Half Late at Theatre Royal Brighton
The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre
The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Bridewell Theatre
The Spiral Path at The White Bear Theatre
Q&A with Rhys Whitfield – Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera
Ray Gelato at QT Presents The Green Room
Letters at the Network Theatre | Review
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris at Park Theatre
Loveplay at The Questors Theatre | Review
Dracula at Richmond Theatre | Review
Gemma Collins announced as ‘Mama Morton’ in the UK tour of Chicago
Hamlet at the Dorfman Theatre | Review
Mugabe, My Dad & Me at Brixton House
Live screening of the sold-out Sondheim’s OLD FRIENDS Gala
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton
Full Casting Announced for My Fair Lady – London Coliseum
Mojo Mickybo at the Union Theatre | Review
Nothing in a Butterfly at Omnibus Theatre | Review
Circus in a Bottle by Trajectory Theatre | Review

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