News, Reviews & Interviews March 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Hamilton” at Victoria Palace Theatre:
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary 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 March 2023 showcase the incredible diversity and vibrancy of theatre across the UK. From the grand spectacles of the West End to the inventive productions in Off-West End venues and the compelling regional offerings, there is something to delight every theatre enthusiast. This rich tapestry of performances highlights the enduring appeal and creative spirit of the UK’s theatrical scene, promising unforgettable experiences for all audiences.

News, Reviews & Interviews March 2023

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! – Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Blood Brothers at Churchill Theatre | Review
An Absolute Farce of a Murder Mystery
Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical at Richmond Theatre
Someone of Significance – The Network Theatre
Steel Magnolias at Theatre Royal Brighton
Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel at Battersea Arts Centre
Stranger Things: The First Shadow to open in London West End
Sleepova by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini at Bush Theatre
Cast of Winnie the Pooh Musical visits Hundred Acre Wood
42nd Street – Cast for Curve Leicester and Sadler’s Wells
The Woman In Black UK Tour Announced
The Great British Bake Off Musical – Noël Coward Theatre, London
Titans from Euripides Laskaridis at the Coronet Theatre
Brilliant Jerks by Joseph Charlton at Southwark Playhouse
My Dead at Barons Court Theatre
The Bodyguard at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – Review
Radebe: Freedom Unleashed UK Tour Cast Announced
The Drifters Girl UK & Ireland Tour Extended Into 2024
Peter Pan Goes Wrong announces UK Tour!
Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton
Mind Full at The Hope Theatre
Michelle Brasier’s Average Bear at the Soho Theatre
Oliver Tomsett to star in Pretty Woman: the Musical
Bonnie and Clyde at the Garrick Theatre, London
SIX announces new cast for UK Tour 2023/24
Their Finest Hour by Steve Darlow at Waterloo East Theatre
Dry Season at Canada Water Theatre
The Journey to Venice by Bjørg Vik at Finborough Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera, London Extends Booking Until March 2024
LES MISÉRABLES in London Extends Booking Until 2 March 2024
TIME: Beinghuman Ltd / Gaynor O’Flynn
The Oracle at Camden People’s Theatre
Rob Auton: The Crowd Show
Farm Hall at Jermyn Street Theatre
All Roads – Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre
Mark Rylance to star in Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore at Wilton’s Music Hall
Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley at Stones Nest
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces initial casting
Ten Days – at The Space Theatre
The Full Monty to Tour the UK
Swim by Liz Richardson at Omnibus Theatre, London
Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
The Way Old Friends Do at Park Theatre
Marjorie Prime at Menier Chocolate Factory
Flabbergast Theatre presents Macbeth at Southwark Playhouse
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Now Booking to March 2024
Leaving Vietnam at Park Theatre | Review
Wish You Were Dead at Theatre Royal Brighton
I Should Be So Lucky Musical UK Tour Announced
Black Superhero at The Royal Court Theatre
The Effect By Lucy Prebble at Bridewell Theatre
Charlotte and Theodore at Richmond Theatre
The Black Cat at the King’s Head Theatre, London
London News – Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical
Full cast announced for The Official Take That Musical
Review of One Minute at the King’s Head Theatre
Hang by Debbie Tucker Green at Tower Theatre
Review of Killing The Cat at Riverside Studios
Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the West End at Christmas
Musical Adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Pigs Might Fly UK Tour
Hay Fever at The Mill at Sonning | Review
2:22 A Ghost Story at Apollo Theatre: Book Tickets
The Paddington Bear™ Experience at London County Hall in 2023
Jack and the Beanstalk at Broadway Theatre
Letters To My Dead Mother at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – UK Tour
Go Live Theatre Projects – A Relaxed Performance of Wicked
Jason Donovan & Peter Andre Return to Grease
Berlusconi A New Musical at Southwark Playhouse
Book The Mongol Khan London Coliseum Tickets
Casting Announced for 42nd Street UK Tour – 2023
Astoria at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

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