News, Reviews & Interviews May 2022

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

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Musicals by Candlelight at the Actors Church, Covent Garden
The Homecoming at Theatre Royal Brighton
Joe Stilgoe & The BBC Concert Orchestra at The Barbican
The End of the Night by Ben Brown at Park Theatre
Enclosed Spaces by Daybreak Theatre Company
Orlando by Sarah Ruhl at Jermyn Street Theatre
The Da Vinci Code at Richmond Theatre | Review
ABBA Voyage London Tickets on sale – ABBA Arena
Middle: a new play by David Eldridge | National Theatre
Bat Out of Hell returns to London at the Peacock Theatre
The Dan Daw Show at Battersea Arts Centre
Sara Pascoe Announces UK & Ireland Tour
Busman’s Honeymoon at The Mill at Sonning Theatre
New Cast Announced for West End Production of HAMILTON
Juniper and Jules at Soho Theatre | Review
Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing at Waterloo East Theatre
Barry Humphries in The Man Behind the Mask at Churchill Theatre
Emily Davis at Jazz Bar, Toulouse Lautrec Kennington
Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe
A Murder Is Announced at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Animal Farm at Richmond Theatre | Review
Dreamgirls at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
An Intervention by Mike Bartlett at Riverside Studios
Casanova at Sadler’s Wells, London | Review
Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Hope Mill Theatre
Julius Caesar at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Jarman at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Full Casting Announced for Girl From The North Country Dublin and UK Tour
The Breach at Hampstead Theatre
Harold Pinter’s The Dwarfs at the White Bear Theatre
Illicit Signals Bletchley at the Crypt, St Peter’s Close, Bethnal Green
The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs at Soho Theatre
Julian Forsyth and Matthew Spencer to join cast of The Woman in Black
MISSION by David Watson at The Big House | Review
Chicago The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Three Decembers presented by Opera della Luna
Lift at Southwark Playhouse | Review
My Fair Lady at London Coliseum
SPIKE UK Tour Autumn 2022
Flightpath by James Burke at Jack Studio Theatre | Review
La Clique at Underbelly Festival | Review
Lotus Beauty by Satinder Chohan at Hampstead Theatre
Casting and tour schedule for first-ever tour of BUGSY MALONE
Dickens Theatre Company’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Tom, Dick and Harry at the Alexandra Palace Theatre
We Started To Sing at the Arcola Theatre
Cruise at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End
West End LIVE is unveiled for Trafalgar Square June 2022
Everyman – Miracle Theatre – Brighton Fringe and Tour
Legally Blonde at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Girl On An Altar by Marina Carr at Kiln Theatre
Full cast announced for one-off script in hand performance of The Pride
Rula Lenska Joins the Cast of The Real Marigold Hotel – UK Tour
Brenda Edwards announced as ‘Mama Morton’ in the UK tour of CHICAGO
Tomorrow May Be My Last by Collette Cooper
Dear Evan Hansen final London performance on 22 October 2022
Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe | Review
SOHO BOY a new musical by Paul Emelion Daly
Carmen at The Queen Elizabeth Hall – Southbank Centre
New Dates Announced for the UK and Ireland Tour of JERSEY BOYS
The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition
Back To The Future The Musical Extends to February 2023

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