News, Reviews & Interviews October 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a major draw in the West End. This dynamic production, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B, tells 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.
  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 October 2022 underscore the vibrant and diverse nature 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 was something for everyone. This varied array of performances reflects the enduring strength and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, offering audiences an abundance of memorable and enriching experiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews October 2022

Mother Goose Starring Ian McKellen, John Bishop & Mel Giedroyc
King Hamlin by Gloria Williams at Park Theatre
The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore at Charing Cross Theatre
Cookie Jar at The Space Theatre
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announces Kristina Love
Ravenscourt by Georgina Burns at Hampstead Theatre
Only An Octave Apart at Wilton’s Music Hall
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
Are You As Nervous As I Am? at Greenwich Theatre
Strictly Ballroom at Bromley Theatre – UK Tour
So You’ve Found Me at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
The Boy With Two Hearts at the National Theatre
Robert Bathurst stars as ‘Scrooge’ in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
River Medway & Victoria Scone are to co-star in Death Drop: Back In The Habit
Witness for the Prosecution celebrates 5 years at London County Hall
& JULIET to close at Shaftesbury Theatre on 25 March 2023
Full Casting Announced for Orlando in London’s West End
The Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Rose Theatre Kingston
The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London
Ruckus by Jenna Fincken at Southwark Playhouse
The Theatre Cafe Diner – 154 Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Knock Down at Brixton House
Cast Announced for To Kill a Mocking Bird – Gielgud Theatre
Rebecca Lock Completes the Cast of ELF at the Dominion Theatre
Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Lyttelton Theatre
Kinky Boots The Musical at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
SPIKE by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman at Theatre Royal Brighton
Last Sales Conference of The Apocolypse – Waterloo East Theatre
Craig Revel Horwood to star as Miss Hannigan in UK tour of ANNIE
Interview with Lungiswa Plaatjies – South African Road Trip
Dillie Keane ‘Songs My Mother Would Have Hated’
GOOD at the Harold Pinter Theatre
The Play with Speeches at Jack Studio Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost at Southwark Playhouse
Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan at London’s Crazy Coqs
Crumbleflan: LIVE! at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Full Cast Announced for WHITE CHRISTMAS UK Tour
The Poltergeist by Philip Ridley at Arcola Theatre
The Great British Bake Off Musical transfers to London West End
The Phantom of the Opera Extends Booking Until Autumn 2023
Something In The Air at Jermyn Street Theatre
Noises Off at Theatre Royal Brighton
14 new dates confirmed for Shrek The Musical Tour
The Mousetrap to celebrate 70th Anniversary
JEKYLL & HYDE at St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
Talley’s Folly at The Cockpit | Review
Q&A with Piers Torday – The Wind in the W̵i̵l̵l̵o̵w̵s̵ Wilton’s
Bonnie Langford ‘Live… and Still Kicking!’
A Single Man at Park Theatre
Tutankhamun’s Shoes – English Touring Opera
Musical Con, ExCel Centre, London Royal Victoria Dock
Noises Off comes to the West End – London’s Phoenix Theatre
King Hamlin at Park Theatre
The Mousetrap UK Tour at Theatre Royal Brighton
Scene Unseen – An Online Musical | Review
Bonnie and Clyde the Musical to Open at The Garrick Theatre
Carrie: The Musical – Bridewell Theatre
South African Road Trip: Good Hope | Review
Heathers the Musical UK & Ireland Tour 2023 & Cast
Jekyll and Hyde at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Behind Closed Walls at Jack Studio Theatre
Anna-Jane Casey joins the cast of Mother Goose in UK & Ireland Tour
Peppa Pig’s Best Day – at New Wimbledon Theatre
Reboot Festival at Baron’s Court Theatre
John Gabriel Borkman – Bridge Theatre, London
TITANIC – The Queen of the Ocean
Bat Out of Hell International Tour Dates & Venues Announced
Mad Women in my Attic! at London’s Crazy Coqs

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