News, Reviews & Interviews June 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Groundhog Day” at the Old Vic:
    • The musical adaptation of the beloved film “Groundhog Day” returned to the West End, featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. This clever and heartfelt production follows weatherman Phil Connors as he relives the same day over and over, discovering the true meaning of life along the way.
  2. “Once Upon a One More Time” at the Shaftesbury Theatre:
    • This fun and energetic new musical, set to the hits of Britney Spears, offers a fresh twist on classic fairy tales. With empowering messages and a pop-infused score, “Once Upon a One More Time” brings Cinderella, Snow White, and other beloved characters into a contemporary, feminist narrative.
  3. “Leopoldstadt” at Wyndham’s Theatre:
    • Tom Stoppard’s poignant and deeply personal play “Leopoldstadt” returned to the West End. Set in Vienna, this epic family saga spans several decades, exploring themes of identity, heritage, and the impact of historical events on generations of a Jewish family.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “Next to Normal” at the Donmar Warehouse:
    • This powerful and emotionally charged musical “Next to Normal” made its way to the Donmar Warehouse. The production delves into the complexities of mental illness within a suburban family, featuring an evocative rock score and gripping performances.
  2. “A Place for We” at the Park Theatre:
    • “A Place for We,” a new play by Archie Maddocks, explores the changing face of communities in London. Focusing on a Caribbean funeral parlour and its transformation into a trendy wine bar, the play offers a poignant reflection on gentrification, cultural identity, and the meaning of home.
  3. “Berlusconi” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • This satirical musical about the controversial Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi brought political intrigue and dark humour to the stage. “Berlusconi” explores his rise to power, scandals, and legacy through a blend of sharp wit, catchy songs, and a vibrant cast.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “The Glass Menagerie” at Nottingham Playhouse:
    • Tennessee Williams’ classic play “The Glass Menagerie” received a fresh and intimate production at Nottingham Playhouse. This haunting and lyrical drama about memory, family, and unfulfilled dreams captivated audiences with its powerful performances and evocative staging.
  2. “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” at Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
    • A new adaptation of the beloved Christmas tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” enchanted audiences at Theatre Royal, Glasgow. This imaginative production combined dance, puppetry, and a whimsical score to bring E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story to life, delighting both young and old.
  3. “Jack Absolute Flies Again” at Chichester Festival Theatre:
    • Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’s comedic play “Jack Absolute Flies Again” premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre. Set during World War II, this farcical romp reimagines Sheridan’s “The Rivals” with a modern twist, offering plenty of laughs and sharp dialogue.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from June 2023 highlight the rich diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK. From the spectacular productions in the West End to the innovative and intimate offerings in Off-West End venues, as well as the compelling new works gracing regional stages, there is an abundance of exciting performances to explore. This varied array of productions reflects the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, promising audiences a wealth of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a long-time theatre enthusiast or a newcomer to the scene, these shows offer something unique and captivating for everyone to enjoy.

News, Reviews & Interviews June 2023

Re-Member Me by Dickie Beau at Hampstead Theatre
Matilda The Musical now booking to 15 December, 2024
Review of GYPSY at The Mill at Sonning
Mamma Mia! The Party at the O2 Book to March 2024
Lion King’s Scar & Mufasa 15th Anniversary
Giffords Circus 2023 Tour – ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Charterhouse
Dogmouth Theatre presents Sluts With Consoles
Hayley Tamaddon joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Talawa’s production of Recognition at Fairfield Halls
On Sale and Performance Dates Announced for Sunset Boulevard
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Musical UK Tour Tickets
Review of Patriots at the Noël Coward Theatre
Review of SWEET CAROLINE at the Adelphi Theatre
Review of Yours Unfaithfully at Jermyn Street Theatre
We Will Rock You at London Coliseum
Richard III at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Grindr: The Opera at Union Theatre
Andrew Scott to return to the West End with VANYA
Review of Snakehead at Hope Theatre
Our Last First at The Space
all of it by Alistair McDowall at Royal Court Theatre
The Unicorn written by Sam Potter at the Arcola Theatre
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – The Immersive Experience
Andrew Scott: The Quintessential Chameleon of Modern Acting
Ivano Turco as Jamie New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Review of Assassins at Chichester Festival Theatre
Milly Willows wins Student Performer of the Year 2023 competition
Disney’s The Lion King and Frozen the Musical extend into 2024
Hope has a Happy Meal in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Review of Paper Cut at Park90, Park Theatre
Final Casting Announced For The Crown Jewels
Full cast and creative team announced for Pygmalion at the Old Vic
Calendar Girls The Musical UK Tour 2023
Review of Spitting Image The Musical – Phoenix Theatre
LOST IN MUSIC One Night at the Disco at the Adelphi Theatre
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse
Kerry Ellis & Denise Welch Star in Diana: The Musical in Concert
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures announces Doorstep Duets 2023
Review of 42nd Street at Sadler’s Wells
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announces new West End cast
Cinderella in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall
The Crucible at The Gielgud Theatre | Review
The Return of Benjamin Lay at Finborough Theatre
Divas London at The Prince Of Wales Cabaret Venue
No One by Akimbo Theatre at Soho Theatre | Review
Henry V at Guildford Cathedral | Review
Dear England by James Graham at the Olivier Theatre
Cast Announced for Derren’s Brown Unbelievable
Full casting announced for Evita in Concert
Blood Brothers Musical UK Tour Dates 2023
JULIE: The Musical at The Hope Mill Theatre
An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical UK Tour 2024
Lead Cast Announced for Jesus Christ Superstar
Full Cast Announced for THE FULL MONTY UK Tour
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at New Wimbledon Theatre
Scouts! The Musical at The Other Palace
Tambo & Bones at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Shewolves by Sarah Middleton at Southwark Playhouse
Casting announced for Calendar Girls the Musical
ROBIN HOOD The Legend. Re-Written at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Behold! The Monkey Jesus at the Jack Studio Theatre
National Theatre’s 2023 Connections Festival
MACBETH (solo) Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2023
London West End Theatre Breaks – UK City Theatre Breaks
STUMPED at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs | Review
Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James to star in Lyonesse
Henrik Ibsen’s Lady Inger by ottisdotter | Review
TONY! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at Theatre Royal Brighton
The Power (of) The Fragile – Shubbak Festival
Full Cast Announced for Love Never Dies In Concert
Wobegone at the Bread and Roses Theatre | Review
Then, Now & Next at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Jennifer Ellison to star in The Official Take That Musical Greatest Days
Julian Clary to play Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar UK Tour
Cast Announced for the UK Tour of 2:22 A Ghost Story
A Playlist for the Revolution at Bush Theatre
Olivier Awards Official Date Announced for 2024
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Holland Park

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