News, Reviews & Interviews April 2023

Here are the highlights of new shows in London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional theatre across the UK for April 2023:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Guys and Dolls” at the Bridge Theatre:
    • This vibrant revival of the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” brought the bustling streets of New York City to life with its captivating story, memorable songs, and dazzling choreography. The tale of gamblers and showgirls in the city’s underbelly is a timeless favourite, promising a night of top-tier entertainment.
  2. “Mrs. Doubtfire” at Shaftesbury Theatre:
    • Based on the beloved film, this new musical adaptation of “Mrs. Doubtfire” tells the story of an out-of-work actor who disguises himself as a Scottish nanny to stay close to his children. With its heartfelt story and comedic flair, the show offered a fresh take on a classic tale, complete with original songs and dynamic performances.
  3. “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” at Prince Edward Theatre:
    • This electrifying new musical chronicles the remarkable journey of The Temptations, tracing their rise from the streets of Detroit to the heights of fame. Featuring a catalogue of the group’s greatest hits, the show celebrated their music and legacy with energetic performances and slick choreography.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Standing at the Sky’s Edge” at the National Theatre:
    • This powerful new musical, set in the iconic Park Hill estate in Sheffield, explores the lives of its residents across three generations. With a score by Richard Hawley and a compelling narrative, the production delved into themes of community, identity, and resilience, offering a poignant and timely reflection on British society.
  2. “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • This innovative new play by Sam Steiner imagined a world where a “hush law” limits each person to 140 words per day. The production explored the implications of restricted communication on relationships and society, blending sharp wit and profound insights to engage audiences.
  3. “The P Word” at Bush Theatre:
    • Waleed Akhtar’s new play, “The P Word,” presented a poignant and humorous exploration of identity, friendship, and love in contemporary Britain. The story of two gay Pakistani men navigating their personal and cultural challenges resonated deeply with audiences, offering a fresh perspective on modern life.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Time Traveller’s Wife” at Storyhouse, Chester:
    • This new musical adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel “The Time Traveller’s Wife” premiered at Storyhouse. The production, with music and lyrics by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart, beautifully captured the love story of Clare and Henry, whose relationship is complicated by his uncontrollable time travel.
  2. “The Great Gatsby” at Leeds Playhouse:
    • This immersive production of “The Great Gatsby” transported audiences to the glamour and decadence of the 1920s. The innovative staging and interactive elements allowed theatregoers to step into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, experiencing the opulence and tragedy of Jay Gatsby’s world firsthand.
  3. “The Secret Garden” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle:
    • This enchanting new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel “The Secret Garden” brought the magic of the Yorkshire moors to life. With its lush set design and evocative score, the production captivated audiences of all ages, celebrating the transformative power of nature and friendship.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from April 2023 highlight the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of theatre across the UK. From the glitzy stages of the West End to the intimate settings of Off-West End venues and the innovative productions in regional theatres, there is an abundance of fresh and exciting performances to explore. This diverse array of offerings underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, promising memorable and enriching experiences for all who attend. Whether you’re a long-time theatre enthusiast or new to the scene, these productions offer something unique and captivating for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews April 2023

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Beverley Knight & Alexandra Burke to star in Sister Act
Review of Home, I’m Darling at Richmond Theatre
Review of Betty Blue Eyes at Union Theatre
Sea Creatures by Cordelia Lynn at Hampstead Theatre
A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre
The King & I at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End
Zoe Birkett to star in The Bodygaurd UK tour
Interview with Alison Buchanan, Artistic Director Pegasus Opera
Sucker Punch by Roy Williams at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
The Dry House at Marylebone Theatre | Review
The Only White at Chelsea Theatre
Decommissioned by Molly Anne Sweeney
Home, I’m Darling at Theatre Royal Brighton
Pygmalion starring Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran at the Old Vic
Ben Elton to make his stage debut in We Will Rock You
Birmingham Stage Companies Terrible Thames River Tour
Quality Street at Richmond Theatre
My Silence Gives Consent at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Family Tree at Brixton House
Private Lives by Noël Coward at Donmar Warehouse
Generation Games at the White Bear Theatre
Life is a Dream (La Vida Es Sueño) at the Barbican
Strike! by Tracy Ryan at Southwark Playhouse
Snowflakes By Robert Boulton at Park Theatre
The Silence & the Noise by Tom Powell
HAMILTON UK and Ireland Tour – 10 more cities added to tour
Shirley Valentine Starring Sheridan Smith is Making Record Profits
Dancing at Lughnasa at the Olivier Theatre
Yippee Ki Yay at Wilton’s Music Hall
Trumpets and Raspberries by Dario Fo | Review
New Casting Announced for The Wizard of Oz at The Palladium
New Victoria Theatre in Woking Announces Upcoming Season
Village Idiot at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Wish You Were Dead – Richmond Theatre
Adore Me at Camden People’s Theatre
What’s On in Theatres in Manchester
Derren Brown presents UNBELIEVABLE at the Criterion Theatre
Immersive Picture of Dorian Gray at The Crypt in Bethnal Green
The Good Person of Szechwan at the Lyric Hammersmith
Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out UK Tour 2023-2024
Kentish Opera – The Yeomen of the Guard
The Sun the Mountain and Me at Jack Studio Theatre
FAUN Written by Vinnie Heaven at Theatre503
The Six of Calais & Ruth at Susie Sainsbury Theatre
Second Summer of Love at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Jennifer Saunders and Julian Clary to lead cast of Peter Pan
Nina Kristofferson ‘Timeless’ at The Pheasantry (Chelsea)
Sweeney Todd – the Victorian Melodrama at Wilton’s
TONY! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at Leicester Square Theatre
F**king Men at Waterloo East Theatre
Jules and Jim at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
Ellen Kent’s La Bohème at Theatre Royal Brighton
New Casting Announced for HAMILTON at Victoria Palace Theatre
Full cast announced for Patriots, Peter Morgan’s new play
Elf the Musical to return to the Dominion Theatre – November 2023
Georgina Onuorah will play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
Maude Apatow & Mason Alexander Park to star in Cabaret
Love Talk at New Wimbledon Theatre Studio
Retrograde by Ryan Calais-Cameron
Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma will star in Macbeth
Cast Announced for The Full Monty UK Tour
Barb Jungr and John McDaniel: The Best of The Beatles and Sting
I Love You, Now What? at the Pleasance
Kenneth Branagh in King Lear at Wyndham’s Theatre
Musicals by Candlelight at The Actors’ Church, London
Glory Ride at Charing Cross Theatre
Self Tape at King’s Head Theatre
The Retreat by Jason Sherman at Finborough Theatre
Ain’t Too Proud at Prince Edward Theatre
The Book of Will at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera at St John’s Church, Hyde Park

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