News, Reviews & Interviews May 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “The Little Big Things” at the Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Based on the inspirational memoir by Henry Fraser, “The Little Big Things” is a new musical that tells the remarkable true story of a young man who became paralysed from the neck down but found a new way to embrace life. With its uplifting message and moving performances, this production promises to inspire and touch hearts.
  2. “The Devil Wears Prada” at the Savoy Theatre:
    • This highly anticipated musical adaptation of the bestselling novel and hit film, “The Devil Wears Prada,” brings the world of high fashion to the West End. With music by Elton John and a sharp, witty book, the show explores the glamorous yet cutthroat world of fashion through the eyes of aspiring journalist Andy Sachs.
  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 May 2023 highlight the vibrant and dynamic nature of theatre across the UK. From the grandeur of the West End to the innovative productions in Off-West End venues and the diverse offerings in regional theatres, there is a wealth of fresh and exciting performances to enjoy. This varied selection underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, offering audiences an array of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a seasoned theatregoer or exploring the magic of live performance for the first time, these productions promise to captivate and inspire.

News, Reviews & Interviews May 2023

The Motive and the Cue by Jack Thorne – National Theatre
The Beekeeper of Aleppo at Richmond Theatre
We Need New Names at Brixton House
Kitty in the Lane at Jack Studio Theatre
August in England at the Bush Theatre
Next Door’s Baby at Theatre at the Tabard
NUL POINTS! at the Union Theatre
Russell Maliphant Dance Company Vortex at Sadler’s Wells
Sister Act Priority and General On Sale Dates Announced
Candy Gigi: Friday Night Sinner!
Police Cops In Space at Brighton Fringe
Annalene Beechey is to reprise the role of Anna Lenowens
Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas at Wiltons Music Hall
Review of Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical
Long Days Journey Into Night Cast Announced
Desperate Times at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
UK Tour of Pigs Might Fly Full Cast Announced
Biscuits for Breakfast in Hampstead Downstairs
AfterlifeOvertime at the White Bear Theatre
Skid by Damien Jalet and SAABA by Sharon Eyal
Venus and Adonis at Riverside Studios
Hadestown opens at London’s Lyric Theatre from 10 February 2024
Professor Brian Cox – Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey
Christina Bianco: In Divine Company – Menier Chocolate Factory
One Of Them Ones at Brixton House
Leaves of Glass at Park Theatre
A Couple of Swells at The Duchess Theatre
Murdered to Death at the Network Theatre
Catherine Shipton joins Todd Carty in The Mousetrap Tour
West End premiere of SWEET CAROLINE at the Adelphi Theatre
Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – Sadler’s Wells
Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Around the World in 80 Days at Richmond Theatre
The Misandrist By Lisa Carroll at the Arcola Theatre
The Dumb Waiter and A Slight Ache at Greenwich Theatre
Once On This Island at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Dreamcoat Stars: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
What’s On – All Things Jazz! From London to Brighton
Granville Theatre Ramgsate Opening Gala & Shows Booking Now
Shows to see at New Wimbledon Theatre Spring 2024
Review of Brokeback Mountain @sohoplace
The Public Shaming of Rufus Love at Hope Theatre
Nicole Scherzinger to star as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard
Kidnapped is ‘strongly recommended’ at Brighton Festival 2023
Happy Hour at Gatehouse Theatre
A Brief List of Everyone Who Died – at Finborough Theatre
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke at Bridewell Theatre
Review of breaDth at Omnibus Theatre
MJ The Musical to Premiere in London March 2024
Bonnie & Clyde The Musical UK & Ireland Tour Announced
Casting Announced for Matthew Bourne’s ROMEO AND JULIET
Full Casting Announced for Shrek The Musical UK & Ireland Tour
GODZ at The Brighton Spiegeltent
Happy Birthday Sunita! at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Absent Friends – OnBookTheatre – OSO Arts Centre
Love Never Dies In Concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Death Note The Musical at the London Palladium
Roald Dahl Story Company announce 3 exciting new productions
The Hound of The Baskervilles at The Bridge House Theatre
Noel Fitzpatrick announces 2023 UK Tour
Macready! Dickens’ Theatrical Friend at Jack Studio Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe Theatre
Breakin’ Convention Presents: The Ruggeds State Shift
Maureen Lipman in Rose by Martin Sherman
A Century of London Theatre Ticket Prices
A Journey Through the History of Theatre in Bristol
Come From Away Announces UK Tour Schedule
Come From Away: A Heartwarming Musical at Liverpool Empire
Back To The Future the Musical Extends to 2024


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