News, Reviews & Interviews November 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Rebecca” at Charing Cross Theatre:
    • The new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel “Rebecca” brings its haunting tale to the West End. With its gripping narrative and atmospheric production, audiences are drawn into the mysterious world of Manderley, where secrets and shadows abound.
  2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Gielgud Theatre:
    • Harper Lee’s seminal work “To Kill a Mockingbird” returns to the West End stage, adapted by Aaron Sorkin. This powerful and timely production, exploring themes of racial injustice and moral integrity, continues to resonate deeply with contemporary audiences.
  3. “The Devil Wears Prada” at 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.

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. “The House of Shades” at Almeida Theatre:
    • Beth Steel’s new play “The House of Shades” premiered at the Almeida Theatre, offering a sweeping family saga set against the backdrop of political and social change in Britain. The multi-generational story, rich in character and historical detail, resonated deeply with 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 Railway Children” at York Theatre Royal:
    • A new adaptation of E. Nesbit’s beloved novel “The Railway Children” premiered at York Theatre Royal. This heartwarming production, featuring immersive staging and a talented cast, brought the story of adventure and family to life, delighting audiences of all ages.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from November 2023 underscore the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of theatre across the UK. From the grandeur of London’s West End to the innovative productions in Off-West End venues and the richly diverse offerings in regional theatres, there is an abundance of compelling performances to discover. This impressive array of new productions highlights the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, providing audiences with a wealth of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a long-time theatre enthusiast or new to the magic of live performance, these shows promise something extraordinary for everyone to enjoy.

News, Reviews & Interviews November 2023

Calendar Girls The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Theatre Royal Brighton
MALEVO at the Peacock Theatre – Sadler’s Wells | Review
Lizzie the Musical at Southwark Playhouse Elephant
White Bear Theatre Presents Blackheath by Alex Bower
Alice Ripoll: Zona Franca at the Southbank Centre
Knocking On The Wall – A Trilogy by Ena Lamont Stewart
NEBT – Genesis Dance Project at Sadler’s Wells | Review
The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden
Nutcracker at The Tuff Nutt Club, Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre
Irvine Welsh’s Porno at the Arts Theatre, London
To Have And To Hold at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Beyond Ourselves at the Union Theatre | Review
GuyMart – a new musical at Waterloo East Theatre
Annie at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Influence at the Collective Theatre London | Review
Nineteen Gardens at Hampstead Theatre | Review
The Elephant in the Room by Peter Hamilton – Theatre at the Tabard
Treason The Musical at the Alexandra Palace Theatre
Sheridan Smith to star in Opening Night – A New Musical
Interview with Emily Barber – Backstairs Billy
Fuel Theatre’s FLIP! at Soho Theatre | Review
Hänsel and Gretel at Jacksons Lane | Review
PAUL ZERDIN: PUPPETMAN at Leicester Square Theatre
Tiger Written by Joe Eyre at Omnibus Theatre | Review
New Production of Dear Evan Hansen to open at Nottingham Playhouse
Final Casting Announced for the UK and Ireland Tour of The Wizard of Oz
Without Verona Walls at the Bread & Roses Theatre
Shrek the Musical to transfer to Eventim Apollo – July 2024
The Woman in Black at Richmond Theatre | Review
Radio Gaga The Ultimate Celebration of Queen – Adelphi Theatre
Ian McKellen is Falstaff in Robert Icke’s Production of Player Kings
SuperYou The Musical in Concert at the Lyric Theatre
Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen
La Clique at Leicester Square 2023 | Review
The Mitfords & The Good Dad (A Love Story)
Passing By Dan Sareen at Park Theatre | Review
Connor Burns at Soho Theatre London | Review
The Words Are There at the Hope Theatre | Review
Mark Thomas in England & Son at the Arcola Theatre | Review
Night Shift by Zoo Co at Stanley Arts Centre London | Review
Next To Normal in West End Transfer in 2024
& JULIET celebrates continued international success
The Mongol Khan at the London Coliseum | Review
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose at Theatre Royal Brighton
Rob Brydon Announces UK and Ireland Tour in 2024
The Witches at the Olivier Theatre National Theatre | Review
For Black Boys Who Have Considered… Returns to the West End
Lady J at Waterloo East Theatre | Review
A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic 2023 | Review
She Stoops to Conquer at The Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Titanic the Musical at the Bridewell Theatre | Review
Oh What a Lovely War at Southwark Playhouse | Review
Wicked Announces 2024/25 London Cast
Ballet Nights 003 at The Lanterns Studio Theatre, London
John Bishop announces new 57 date UK tour for 2024 – Back At It
Constella Music 10th Anniversary Concert at Sadler’s Wells
World Premiere of new musical ‘Wild About You’ March 2024
Odyssey: A Heroic Pantomime at Jermyn Street Theatre
The House of Bernarda Alba by Alice Birch – Lyttelton Theatre
TINDERELLA, Two Big Balls, One Happy Ending! – Union Theatre
Sleeping Beauty Takes A Prick – at Charing Cross Theatre
Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz at the Royal Court Theatre

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