News, Reviews & Interviews February 2023

Here are the highlights in theatre across London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional venues in the UK for February 2023:

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical “Hamilton” continued to be a major attraction 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” 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 February 2023 illustrate 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 regional offerings, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This varied lineup underscores the enduring appeal and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, ensuring audiences have a wealth of memorable experiences to choose from this month.

News, Reviews & Interviews February 2023

How Not To Drown at Theatre Royal Stratford East
I Found My Horn – at the White Bear Theatre
Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe
Full Cast Announced for ANNIE UK and Ireland Tour
One Who Wants To Cross (Un Qui Veut Traverser)
The Kindness of Strangers at Canal Cafe Theatre
The Dissent – Themis Theatre – Vault Festival
BUFF: Scott Le Crass and Ben Fensome at Vault Festival
The Trial of Josie K at the Unicorn Theatre
Cast Announced For Heathers UK and Ireland Tour
Notre Dame (Online) Threedumb Theatre
Mythos: Ragnarök at Vault Festival
Wodehouse in Wonderland at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
DOG HAIR at VAULT Festival
My Son’s a Queer, (But what can you do?)
SMOKE by Kim Davies at Southwark Playhouse
Home at the Vault Festival | Review
Linck & Mülhahn at Hampstead Theatre
Tori Scott: Tori with an “I” at Crazy Coqs
Disney’s NEWSIES at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Sniff at the Jack Studio Theatre
National Youth Theatre – Much Ado About Nothing
Matilda the Musical Extends Booking to 26th May 2024
Richard II – Guildford Shakespeare Company
Passion at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Phaedra at the Lyttelton Theatre – National Theatre
Borders הגדר ألسياج – VAULT Festival
The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
The Chosen Haram by Sadiq Ali at The Place, London
Live To Tell: (A Proposal For) The Madonna Musical
2:22 A Ghost Story UK Tour – September 2023 – May 2024
When Everyone Talks At Once – at The Playground Theatre
Christina Bianco at The Pheasantry
Cirque Berserk! – Riverside Studios
23rd Annual Whatsonstage Awards – 2023
Ain’t Too Proud Full Casting Announced
Winner’s Curse at Park Theatre
Varna International Ballet and Orchestra – Giselle
Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the Olivier Theatre
Full Company announced for UK Tour of Titanic The Musical
The Birds and The Bees – UK Tour & Casting Announcement
Pretty Woman: The Musical Announces UK and Ireland Tour
Windfall by Scooter Pietsch at Southwark Playhouse
COUNTER by Maggie N. Razavi at Vault Festival
The Play That Goes Wrong New Cast Announced – 2023
Cowpuncher My Ass at the Southbank Centre
SURFACING by Tom Powell at the Vault Festival
Jesus Christ Superstar will embark on a UK tour in 2023/2024
New Cast Announced for LES MISÉRABLES
Duet For One By Tom Kempinski at Orange Tree Theatre
Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of) Breaking Box Office Records
Medea by Euripides @sohoplace
Nina Kristofferson Sings Billie Holiday at The Pheasantry
The Wizard of Oz to Open UK Tour at the Liverpool Empire
Jack v Giant at the Polka Theatre
Akedah by Michael John O’Neill at Hampstead Theatre
The Beach House by Jo Harper at Park Theatre
HAMILTON UK Tour Commencing November 2023
Romeo and Julie a new play by Gary Owen – Dorfman Theatre
Blood Brothers at Richmond Theatre | Review
Noughts and Crosses at Theatre Royal Brighton
My Brother’s Keeper at Theatre503 | Review
Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten – Theatre at the Tabard
Trouble in Butetown at Donmar Warehouse | Review
Mortality at the Hope Theatre | Review
Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Savoy Theatre | Review (2023)
ALL ROADS by Roy Williams – Attic Theatre Company
Can’t Wait To Leave at Waterloo East Theatre
Merboy by Campfire Theatre at Omnibus Theatre
Hide and Seek by Zava Productions – Vault Festival
Witness for the Prosecution Extends to April 2024
Jason Manford & Ashley Banjo to Star in The Wizard of Oz
Grenfell: System Failure at The Playground Theatre
This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers – White Bear Theatre
The Blue Whale at The Space | Review
SIX announces a new West End booking period
Shrek the Musical Tour Cast Announcement
Disney’s ALADDIN – UK and Ireland tour announced
The Rhinegold – English National Opera London Coliseum
The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh – Southwark Playhouse
Cyanide in the Speakeasy playing at the COLAB Tavern
FLIES by Charlie Josephine at Shoreditch Town Hall
Motherf**king Pleasure at Vault Festival

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