News, Reviews & Interviews August 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Crazy for You” at Gillian Lynne Theatre:
    • The classic Gershwin musical “Crazy for You” burst onto the West End stage with its toe-tapping numbers and comedic charm. This high-energy production, featuring beloved songs such as “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” offered audiences a delightful escape into the world of 1930s Broadway.
  2. “Operation Epsilon” at Apollo Theatre:
    • Based on a true story, “Operation Epsilon” delved into the gripping tale of German scientists detained by the Allies at the end of World War II. This thought-provoking drama explored the ethical complexities of scientific discovery and wartime loyalty, brought to life with compelling performances and a taut narrative.
  3. “The Night of the Iguana” at Noël Coward Theatre:
    • Tennessee Williams’ powerful play “The Night of the Iguana” returned to the West End, featuring a stellar cast and atmospheric staging. This intense drama, set in a dilapidated Mexican hotel, examined themes of desperation, redemption, and human connection.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “The House of Shades” at Almeida Theatre:
    • Beth Steel’s new play “The House of Shades” premiered at the Almeida Theatre, offering a sweeping family saga set against the backdrop of political and social change in Britain. The multi-generational story, rich in character and historical detail, resonated deeply with audiences.
  2. “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” at Harold Pinter Theatre:
    • This innovative 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 Moors” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • Jen Silverman’s darkly comic play “The Moors” made its Off-West End debut at Southwark Playhouse. Set on the bleak Yorkshire moors, this gothic comedy explored themes of isolation, desire, and power, with a distinctive blend of humour and suspense.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Railway Children” at York Theatre Royal:
    • A new adaptation of E. Nesbit’s beloved novel “The Railway Children” premiered at York Theatre Royal. This heartwarming production, featuring immersive staging and a talented cast, brought the story of adventure and family to life, delighting audiences of all ages.
  2. “The Tempest” at Minack Theatre, Cornwall:
    • Shakespeare’s enchanting play “The Tempest” was performed against the stunning backdrop of the Minack Theatre. This production, with its magical setting and dynamic performances, offered a unique and unforgettable theatrical experience.
  3. “Pride and Prejudice (sort of)” at Birmingham Repertory Theatre:
    • This playful and irreverent adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” delighted audiences at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Combining contemporary humour with Austen’s timeless wit, the show provided a fresh and entertaining take on a literary favourite.

Edinburgh Fringe Highlights:

  1. “Fleabag” at Underbelly:
    • Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s original one-woman show “Fleabag” returned to the Fringe, offering a raw and hilarious exploration of a young woman’s life in London. This intimate performance captured the essence of Waller-Bridge’s critically acclaimed television series, resonating deeply with audiences.
  2. “Six” at Pleasance Courtyard:
    • The hit musical “Six,” which reimagines the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives as pop stars, made a triumphant return to the Edinburgh Fringe. With its catchy songs, vibrant choreography, and empowering message, “Six” continued to be a festival favourite.
  3. “My Left Nut” at Assembly Roxy:
    • Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney’s poignant and funny play “My Left Nut” explored themes of adolescence, masculinity, and family. Based on Patrick’s own experiences, the show blended humour and heart, offering a touching and relatable story.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from August 2023 highlight the extraordinary range and vitality of theatre across the UK. From the grand stages of London’s West End to the innovative Off-West End productions, the rich regional offerings, and the eclectic mix of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, there is an abundance of captivating experiences to discover. This diverse array of productions underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical scene, providing audiences with a wealth of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a long-time theatre aficionado or new to the world of live performance, these shows promise to deliver something truly special for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews August 2023

Review of Jersey Boys at Trafalgar Theatre 2023
INVASION! An Alien Musical at Camden People’s Theatre
Signposts into Blackpool at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Best of Three at The Etcetera Theatre | Review
SPIRITED AWAY re-imagined for the stage London Coliseum
Mamma Mia! The Party announces new cast…
Mathew Horne and Tamzin Outhwaite join Noises Off in the West End
Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at the Garrick Theatre
Audible and National Theatre release new podcast, New Voices
Peter Pan Goes Wrong announces brave new cast for UK Tour
Hidden St James’s Immersive Audio Experience
Skin by Peter Todd at the Jack Studio Theatre
Review of Spiral at Jermyn Street Theatre
String V SPITTA at Soho Theatre | Review
National Theatre’s Dear England to Transfer to West End
Ashley Barnhill: TEXAS TITANIUM – Camden Fringe
Split Infinitive (Camden Fringe) presents A Caravan Named Desire
La Cage Aux Folles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Kiss Me Kate at The Curve Theatre Leicester | Review
New Cast Announced for Les Misérables at Sondheim Theatre
Sister Act UK and Ireland Tour Announces Casting & Further Dates
Full Casting Announced for Jesus Christ Superstar
Richmond Theatre Announces Autumn Season…
Paved with Gold and Ashes at Old Red Lion Theatre
Rachel Tucker joins the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard
Makeshifts and Realities by Gertrude Robbins at Finborough Theatre
Assessment Centre by Craig Henry at the Etcetera Theatre
The Effect at the National Theatre (Lyttelton), by Lucy Prebble
Matty Hutson: Don’t Hold Back – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023
The SpongeBob Musical at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Siân Docksey: Pole Yourself Together
Amy Di Bartolomeo leads Principal Cast in New Musical ‘For Tonight’
Twinkle by Philip Meeks at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Making of Frederick the Great at The Cockpit
Charlie Vero-Martin: Pic at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023
Full Cast and Creatives Announced for Sunset Boulevard
As Far As Impossible – Edinburgh International Festival
The Harvard Dramatic Club Presents: Atalanta at Edinburgh Fringe
Santi & Naz at Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical – Pleasance Courtyard
Express G&S presented by Charles Court Opera
Hello Kitty Must Die Pleasance Courtyard – Edinburgh Fringe
Dimanche – Edinburgh International Festival | Review
Michelle Brasier: Reform at Edinburgh Fringe
Emma Hadley-Leonard presents Pinched at Edinburgh Fringe
FaceOddity presents This Isn’t Working at Edinburgh Fringe 2023
SCAVENGERS by Bryan Oliver at The Etcetera Theatre
Ministry of Science LIVE – Science Saved The World
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Edges at Edinburgh Fringe
Full Casting Announced for Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre
30 and Out comes to Edinburgh Fringe | Review
Holly Spillar: HOLE at Edinburgh Fringe 2023 | Review
Alone Together at Theatre Royal Windsor
The Arc: A Trilogy of New Jewish Plays at Soho Theatre
Sound Clash: Death in the Arena Pleasance Courtyard
ELLIOT STEEL: Love And Hate Speech at Edinburgh Fringe
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presents Big Fish
The Great Gatsby at The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden
Dough by David Lescot at Edinburgh Fringe
Fiona Allen: On The Run at Pleasance Courtyard – Upstairs
Daniel Foxx: Villain at Pleasance, Baby Grand
Dumbledore Is So Gay by Robert Holtom at Southwark Playhouse
The Way Old Friends Do at the Criterion Theatre
The Threepenny Opera – Edinburgh International Festival
Josh Jones: Gobsmacked at Pleasance Courtyard, Baby Grand
Esther Manito: Hell Hath No Fury at Soho Theatre
Until Death – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
Breaking The Castle at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
17 Minutes at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Wine Bar) Edinburgh
How The Other Half Loves – Mill at Sonning
Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story at Edinburgh Fringe
Louise Young – Feral – Pleasance Courtyard at Edinburgh Fringe
Steve N Allen: Alzheimer’s? I Can’t Even Remember How To Spell It
SUSIE MCCABE: Femme Fatality at Edinburgh Fringe
Sing, River at Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One) Edinburgh Fringe
Super at Pleasance Courtyard (Cellar), 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh
PITCH at Pleasance Courtyard (Above), Edinburgh
Death Note The Musical in Concert at the London Palladium
NewsRevue (HMS Unthinkable) Edinburgh Fringe
Beehavioural Problems: Something Something Autism
Mystery House by Wendy Weiner at Edinburgh Fringe
Ginny Hogan: Regression – Gilded Balloon Teviot
A Queer Season In The West End: Bloody Elle & Boy Out The City
Nobody’s Talking About Jamie – Edinburgh Fringe
Simons Evans: Have We Met? Assembly Rooms, Bijou
Ivo Graham: Organised Fun – Pleasance Courtyard
Niamh Denyer: Get Blessed! – Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
stark bollock naked Assembly Roxy (Downstairs) Edinburgh
Pinocchio! The Panto – theSpace on the Mile
Next to Normal at Donmar Warehouse
Mervyn’s 30th Charity Gala – Pleasance Courtyard
Hawk & Hill Theatre present Lost In the Woods @ Gilded Balloon
Life is a Dream at The Lyceum – Edinburgh International Festival
Luke Kempner – Gritty Police Drama: A One-Man Musical
Jonny Pelham: Optimism Over Despair
Bill’s 44th Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Button) Edinburgh
Blueprints at Pleasance Courtyard, Beneath – Edinburgh
The Brilliance of Broken Glass – Underbelly George Square
The Black Blues Brothers at 54 George Street, Edinburgh
Birthmarked Assembly Rooms (Ballroom), Edinburgh
Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time – Edinburgh Fringe
Do Rhinos Feel Their Horns? Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023
No Love Songs – Traverse Theatre – Edinburgh Fringe
Declan Bennett presents: Boy Out The City – Edinburgh Fringe
What Goes On Without Me – Edinburgh Fringe
Candy written by Tim Fraser – Park Theatre
Desmond’s Scared of the Smoking Sea by Tommy Sissons
Does My Fanny Look Big in This? – Edinburgh Fringe
Orange Works presents Locusts – Edinburgh Fringe
Jade Anouka presents HEART @ Summerhall
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Sunshine on Leith: The Bijou Spiegeltent, Assembly Rooms
Sunsets: Venue 24: Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
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Full cast announced for The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical
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