News, Reviews & Interviews January 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” remained 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” continues to captivate audiences.
  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. “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre:
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera” continued to captivate audiences with its hauntingly beautiful score and opulent production. This enduring musical, set in the atmospheric Paris Opera House, remained a cornerstone of West End theatre.

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 January 2023 underscore the rich tapestry and vitality of theatre across the UK. From the grand spectacles of the West End to the innovative productions in Off-West End venues and the diverse offerings in regional theatres, there is something for everyone. This array of performances highlights the enduring strength and creativity of the UK’s theatrical scene, providing audiences with an abundance of memorable and enriching experiences to start the new year.

News, Reviews & Interviews January 2023

Cast Announced for International Tour of Mamma Mia!
Peter Pan Goes Wrong to premiere on Broadway
All This Must Pass at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Salt-Water Moon at Finborough Theatre
Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo’s A Night at the Musicals
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton at Tower Theatre
Aimee Lou Wood and John McCrea join the cast of Cabaret
SIX the Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre, London
Watch On the Rhine by Lillian Hellman
A Child In Striped Pyjamas at the Cockpit Theatre
The Masks of Aphra Behn at the White Bear Theatre
Louise Redknapp to play Teen Angel in GREASE
Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City extends run…
The Loaf by Alan Booty at Jack Studio Theatre
Salt-Water Moon at Finborough Theatre
Irrelevant at Seven Dials Playhouse
Homobesity: How My Fat Gay Body Made Me
Cast Announced for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
In The Net at Jermyn Street Theatre
The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House
George Takei’s Allegiance at Charing Cross Theatre
Rock of Ages Announces 2023 Farewell Tour Cast
Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Phantom of the Opera Announces New Casting
Lazarus Theatre Company presents Hamlet
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
NO ONE at Clapham Omnibus Theatre
Alex Edelman Just for Us at Menier Chocolate Factory
Rory Bremner Stars As Christ Tarrant in QUIZ
Twinkle by Philip Meeks at Drayton Arms Theatre
We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants – Riverside Studios
Morveren at Barons Court Theatre
The Elephant Song at Park Theatre
The Shawshank Redemption UK Tour
The Best Pints at The Hope Theatre, London
Have I None by Edward Bond at the Golden Goose Theatre
Charlie and Stan at Wilton’s Music Hall
Othello: A Frantic Assembly production, co-produced with Curve
West End transfer of Rose, starring Maureen Lipman
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Steel Magnolias at Richmond Theatre
Casting Announced for Blood Brothers at Richmond Theatre
PICASSO at The Playground Theatre
Two Billion Beats at The Orange Tree
Swamp Motel Presents: Saint Jude
We’ll Always Have Paris – The Mill at Sonning
Pick n Mix at Pleasance, London
THIRST by Callum Hughes – Vault Festival
Life Before the Line at the Cockpit Theatre
Earth – A Children’s Story for Adults at Bridewell Theatre
Butchered – Expial Atrocious – Vault Festival
Full Cast Announced for Bonnie & Clyde The Musical
Welcome Home by Willy Huson at Soho Theatre
Why Can’t I Just Enjoy Things – Soho Theatre
West End closing date for Only Fools and Horses The Musical

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