News, Reviews & Interviews July 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “A Strange Loop” at Barbican Theatre:
    • Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Strange Loop” made its West End debut, offering a bold and thought-provoking exploration of identity and self-perception. The show follows Usher, a young, Black, queer writer, as he navigates the challenges of writing a musical about writing a musical.
  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. “Sylvia” at the Old Vic:
    • “Sylvia” is a vibrant new musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, the suffragette, activist, and daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Combining powerful storytelling with an eclectic score, this production highlights Sylvia’s contributions to the women’s suffrage movement and her enduring legacy.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Patriots” at Almeida Theatre:
    • “Patriots,” a gripping new play by Peter Morgan, explores the complex world of contemporary Russian politics. Focusing on the power struggles and personal vendettas among the country’s elite, the play delves into themes of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition, offering a timely and thought-provoking theatrical experience.
  2. “The Fens” at Bush Theatre:
    • “The Fens,” a compelling new drama by Zoe Cooper, tells the intertwined stories of three women living in the remote and haunting landscape of the Fens. Through their personal struggles and triumphs, the play examines themes of isolation, resilience, and the enduring power of community.
  3. “Medea” at Soho Theatre:
    • This bold new adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragedy, “Medea,” reimagines the story in a contemporary setting. With a focus on themes of betrayal, revenge, and the complexities of motherhood, this production offers a fresh and powerful take on the ancient tale, resonating with modern audiences.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Hypocrite” at Hull Truck Theatre:
    • “The Hypocrite,” a new comedy by Richard Bean, premiered at Hull Truck Theatre. Set during the English Civil War, the play follows Sir John Hotham as he navigates political intrigue, personal ambition, and comedic mishaps. This lively and entertaining production captures the spirit of Yorkshire humour and history.
  2. “Our Town” at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester:
    • Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” received a fresh interpretation at the Royal Exchange Theatre. This new production, with its innovative staging and contemporary sensibilities, explored the universal themes of life, love, and loss in the small town of Grover’s Corners, resonating deeply with audiences.
  3. “The Time Traveller’s Wife” at Theatre Royal, Bath:
    • Following its success in Chester, the new musical adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel “The Time Traveller’s Wife” continued its journey at Theatre Royal, Bath. With music and lyrics by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart, this production beautifully captured the poignant love story of Clare and Henry.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from July 2023 underscore the rich and dynamic landscape of theatre across the UK. From the dazzling productions in London’s West End to the innovative and intimate performances in Off-West End venues, as well as the diverse and compelling offerings in regional theatres, there is a wealth of theatrical experiences to explore. This array of new productions highlights the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, offering audiences an abundance of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a seasoned theatre enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of live performance, these shows promise something extraordinary and captivating for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews July 2023

Song From Far Away at Hampstead Theatre | Review
HMS Pinafore – Opera Anywhere | Review
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World | UK Tour 2023/24
Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in Private Lives at Ambassadors Theatre
Modest by Ellen Brammar at Kiln Theatre
Michael Grandage directs Backstairs Billy at Duke of York’s Theatre
Interview with Melissa Errico ahead of her return to Crazy Coqs
Groundhog Day at the Old Vic, London | Review
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie UK Tour New Cast Announced
Cast Announced for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s King Lear
Cast Announced for Elf the Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical UK and Ireland Tour Cast Announced
Jersey Boys announces its new cast and a season extension
The Phantom of the Opera Announces New Casting at His Majesty’s Theatre
Universal presented by Unshaded Arts | Review
Joe Pitts stars in The Wind and The Rain at Finborough Theatre
2023 National Theatre New Views
Once the Musical at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester
United We Dance International presents Black Beauty
New Cast Announced for Back to the Future: The Musical
Animal Farm at the Golden Goose Theatre
Melissa Errico & James Pearson Band at Crazy Coqs
World Tour of Les Misérables The Arena Spectacular Announced
Wicked Writers: Be the Change 2023 Competition Winners Announced
Dr Semmelweis at Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals UK Tour 2024
Book Review: Frank Exchanges by David Wood
Cuckoo by Michael Wynne at the Royal Court Theatre
Bad Ladz – Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre
Catherine Tate and David Threlfall to star in The Enfield Haunting
The Unfriend returns to the West End with Lee Mack
Bones By Lewis Aaron Wood at Park Theatre
The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy at Jack Studio Theatre
The Flying Dutchman by OperaUpClose | Review
PlayFight at Seven Dials Playhouse | Review
Ghost Light by Molly O’Gorman at the Hope Theatre
Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove to open in the West End Autumn 2024
Cirque – Where Musical Theatre Meets Circus
Trafalgar Entertainment raises over £221K for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Review of Wonder Drug at Omnibus Theatre
Please Leave (A Message) presented by Clusterflux Collective
I Should Be So Lucky Musical Cast Announced + Tickets On Sale
The Big West End Walk fundraising event for Acting for Others
The Canterbury Tales by Guildford Shakespeare Company
Full Cast Announced for The Father and the Assassin
Paul Chuckle joins the cast of the swashbuckling pantomime, Peter Pan
Noises Off returns to the West End at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Artistic hub Shoreditch Town Hall announce autumn season
RSC’s Matilda The Musical New Cast Announced
UK & Ireland Tour of Murder in the Dark Cast Announced
Cast announced for the English language premiere of ‘Rebecca’
Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove reunite for Alone Together
Full Cast for World Premiere of Sinatra The Musical Announced
Full Casting Announced for And Then There Were None
Dazzling Divas by Issy van Randwyck
Bonnie & Clyde the Musical West End Cast Recording
Annie Get Your Gun at Lavender Theatre | Review
LAMBCO Productions: Boys in the Buff and Love is Blue
Murder Trial Tonight by Tigerslane Studios | Review
Ain’t Too Proud to end its run at Prince Edward Theatre
Recommendations for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe
RIDE: a New Musical at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical Extends into 2024
Review of 2-Faces at Barons Court Theatre
Emily Williams announced as ‘Rachel Marron’ in The Bodyguard
The King’s Head Theatre confirms move from pub theatre
Cluedo 2 – The Next Chapter to Open at Richmond Theatre in 2024
First Look at Shrek the Musical UK & Ireland Tour
Ballet Nights 2023 at Lanterns Studio Theatre in Canary Wharf
New Cast Announced for Disney’s The Lion King UK & Ireland Tour
Noises Off UK Tour announces full casting starring Liza Goddard…
Outlier by Marcus Bateson at the Jack Studio Theatre
Death Note transfers to the Lyric Theatre
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child celebrates its 7th anniversary
Bat Boy: The Musical returns to London’s West End
Grease the Musical UK Tour in 2024
Under 30s Vanya £10 Ticket Lottery Launched
Cast Announced for UK and Ireland Tour of The Woman In Black

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