News, Reviews & Interviews November 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” remained a major draw 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” continues to captivate audiences.
  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.
  3. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” at Piccadilly Theatre:
    • Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular film came to life on stage with stunning set designs, opulent costumes, and a medley of modern pop hits. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” offered a visually and musically dazzling night out, capturing the spirit and glamour of the legendary Parisian cabaret.
  4. “The Book of Mormon” at Prince of Wales Theatre:
    • The irreverent and hilarious musical “The Book of Mormon,” by the creators of “South Park,” continued to entertain audiences with its sharp satire and catchy songs. This show provided a night of laughter and high-energy performances.
  5. “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.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “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.
  2. “Operation Mincemeat” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • This ingenious musical comedy, based on a true World War II espionage operation, delighted audiences with its sharp wit and inventive storytelling. The energetic cast and clever script made “Operation Mincemeat” a standout Off-West End production.
  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 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. “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.
  5. “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.

These highlights from November 2022 reflect the rich diversity and vibrant energy of theatre across the UK. From the grand spectacles of the West End to the innovative productions in Off-West End venues and the dynamic offerings in regional theatres, there is something for everyone. This array of performances underscores the enduring strength and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, providing audiences with an abundance of memorable and enriching experiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews November 2022

Mary by Rona Munro at Hampstead Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Seeds – No Stone Theatre – Pleasance, London
The Cher Show at Theatre Royal Brighton
Melissa Errico – Out Of The Dark: The Film Noir Project
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh The Musical London & UK & Ireland Tour
The Yeomen of the Guard – ENO
Paddy goes to Petra at the Jack Studio Theatre
Full Cast Announced for Doctor Zhivago In Concert – London Palladium
Not Now by David Ireland at Finborough Theatre
Colloquium at Etcetera Theatre | Review
Frances Mayli McCann & Jordan Luke Gage reunite in Bonnie & Clyde
Disney’s Frozen Extends to June 2023 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Happiness by Marilia Samper – Cervantes Theatre
Strictly Ballroom at New Wimbledon Theatre
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – London, Manchester, Brighton
WICKED Announces 2023 New Cast
Full Cast Announced for The Bodyguard UK & Ireland Tour
Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me at Kiln Theatre
From Here to Eternity at Charing Cross Theatre
SPIKE at Richmond Theatre
The Woman In Black final performance on Saturday 4 March 2023
Death Drop: Back In The Habit at The Garrick Theatre
The Light Trail at the Hope Theatre
Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story at the Pleasance Theatre
Joe White’s Blackout Songs at Hampstead Theatre
A Gala Celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan
Glory Ride at The Other Palace
Mrs Doubtfire The Musical to open in the West End in May 2023
Here by Clive Judd at The Large, Southwark Playhouse
New Drama School Headed Up by Ruthie Henshall
An Inspector Calls – at Theatre Royal Brighton
Anything With A Pulse at Park Theatre
Pickle at Park Theatre
The Critic at The Calder Bookshop & Theatre
The Last Laugh by Richard Harris – Theatre at the Tabard
Home, I’m Darling National Tour and London West End
Pinocchio at the Unicorn Theatre
Death on the Pier by Jamie West | Review
Wicked UK & Ireland Tour Opening December 2023
Operation Mincemeat transfers to Fortune Theatre
Come Bargain With Uncanny Things at COLAB Tavern
Barb Jungr and her Trio: My Marquee
The Wedding Speech by Cheryl May Coward-Walker
Love Goddess: The Rita Hayworth Musical
The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
The Lavender Hill Mob at Brighton Theatre Royal
The Rocky Horror Show at New Wimbledon Theatre
Dinner With Groucho at The Arcola Theatre
Star Cast Announced for Steel Magnolias UK & Ireland Tour 2023
The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! – Jermyn Street Theatre
Mrs Warren’s Profession at Richmond Theatre
The Mirror Crack’d at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
The Beekeeper of Aleppo National Tour
VAULT Festival returns in 2023 with over 500 shows
Sarah by Scott McClanahan at The Coronet Theatre
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer at Bridewell Theatre
Arms and the Man at the Orange Tree Theatre
A Sherlock Carol at Marylebone Theatre
Baghdaddy at the Royal Court Theatre
The Mousetrap is to make its Broadway Premiere in 2023
Full cast announced for Once – In Concert at the London Palladium
UK Tour dates announced for 42nd Street
Henry V at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe
Top Hat – The Mill at Sonning Theatre
The Wizard Of Oz – Curve Theatre
Catch Me by Arnoud Breitbarth & Christian Czornyj
The UK & Ireland Tour of Disney’s The Lion King Cast Announced
Come From Away UK & Ireland Tour from February 2024
Lowkey Dying at Omnibus Theatre

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