News, Reviews & Interviews September 2022

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “The Lion King” at Lyceum Theatre:
    • Disney’s beloved musical “The Lion King” continued to enchant audiences with its stunning visuals, captivating music by Elton John and Tim Rice, and innovative puppetry. This timeless story of Simba’s journey from cub to king remained a favourite among theatregoers.
  2. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at Palace Theatre:
    • J.K. Rowling’s magical world returned to the stage with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” This two-part play, filled with breathtaking special effects and a compelling narrative, followed Harry Potter’s son, Albus, as he navigated his own adventures at Hogwarts.
  3. “Back to the Future: The Musical” at Adelphi Theatre:
    • This high-energy musical adaptation of the iconic film transported audiences back to 1985 and beyond. With a score featuring original songs and favourites from the movie, the production thrilled fans with its high-energy performances and impressive stagecraft.
  4. “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” at Aldwych Theatre:
    • The electrifying musical based on the life of the legendary singer Tina Turner continued to dazzle audiences. Featuring Tina’s greatest hits and a powerful performance by the lead actress, this show offered a tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s extraordinary career and resilience.
  5. “The Play That Goes Wrong” at Duchess Theatre:
    • This hilarious comedy about a disastrous amateur production of a murder mystery kept audiences in stitches. With its slapstick humour and perfectly timed mishaps, “The Play That Goes Wrong” provided a joyous night of laughter.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Cages” at Riverside Studios:
    • This innovative, immersive musical experience blended animation, live performance, and a hauntingly beautiful score. Set in a dystopian future, “Cages” captivated audiences with its unique storytelling and stunning visual effects.
  2. “Cruise” at Duchess Theatre:
    • This powerful one-man show, set during the AIDS crisis in 1980s London, offered a poignant and uplifting tale of resilience and community. Jack Holden’s performance was both heartfelt and compelling, making “Cruise” a standout in Off-West End theatre.
  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 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.
  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 September 2022 demonstrate the enduring vibrancy and diversity of theatre across the UK. From the grandeur of West End productions to the innovative Off-West End shows and the dynamic regional tours, there is something to enchant every theatregoer. This array of performances underscores the resilience and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, offering audiences a wealth of compelling and memorable experiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews September 2022

RIDE at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Attenborough & His Animals at Wilton’s
Heathers The Musical: New Casting Announced For Autumn 2022
New Cast Announced for Witness for the Prosecution
Gary Barlow – A Different Stage
New cast announced for Moulin Rouge the Musical!
Aladdin Full Casting Announced for Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
For casting announced for West End run of The Upstart Crow
New Cast & Extended Booking Period for MAMMA MIA! in London
Yellowman at Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Antigone at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Review
Help! We Are Still Alive at Seven Dials Playhouse
Distinguished Villa at the Finborough Theatre
Gabriel Byrne’s Walking With Ghosts
Leave The Light On For Me – Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival
Doctor Faustus at Southwark Playhouse
Empty Orchestra at The Place
The Snail House at Hampstead Theatre
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw at The Tabard Theatre
2:22 A Ghost Story at The Criterion Theatre
Rose by Martin Sherman at Park Theatre
Love All by Dorothy L. Sayers at Jermyn Street Theatre
Don Giovanni – Royal Opera House | Review
Last Sales Conference of the Apocalypse at Waterloo East Theatre
The Feeling at the Union Theatre | Review
Greatest Days – The Official Take That Musical to tour in 2023
The Drought at The Kings Head Theatre
The Unfriend will transfer to the Criterion Theatre
New Cast Joining the UK & Ireland Tour of JERSEY BOYS
Frantic Assembly’s Othello by William Shakespeare at Leicester Curve
Apples In Winter at The Playground Theatre
Wicked To Welcome Back Mark Curry As The Wizard
Another Eavesdropping at the Jack Studio Theatre
Full Cast Announced for UK Tour of The Lavender Hill Mob
The Broadway Musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ at Prince Edward Theatre
Addictive Beat from Boundless Theatre at Southwark Park Galleries
The Gretchen Question at The Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford
Kim Noble: Lullaby for Scavengers at Soho Theatre
Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear at Greenwich Theatre
Gardner Conducts Gurrelieder – Southbank Centre
Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield at The King’s Head Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour Announces More Venues
Ghosts on a Wire at the Union Theatre
Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical announces new casting
Wicked Celebrates 16th Birthday – Now Booking to November 2023
Cast and Creative Team Announced for Family Musical Magical Merlin
Mamma Mia! The Party New Cast Announcement
Cast Announced for Wish You Were Dead
The Play That Goes Wrong Extends to October 2023
The Commitments at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley
The Osmonds – A New Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton
Full cast announced for the National Theatre’s new musical HEX
Noughts & Crosses at Richmond Theatre
The Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Olivier Theatre
Linda Lavin: Love Notes at Crazy Coqs, London
The Quality of Mercy at The Courtyard Theatre
Candlesticks by Deborah Freeman at the White Bear Theatre

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