News, Reviews & Interviews October 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “Backstairs Billy” at the Duke of York’s Theatre:
    • Michael J. Balogun and Penelope Wilton star in this hilarious new play by Marc Glanville, chronicling the true story of William “Billy” Tallon, the flamboyant butler of the Queen Mother. Set in Clarence House, this play explores the unique relationship between Billy and his employer, providing both laughs and poignant moments.
  2. “Rebecca” at Charing Cross Theatre:
    • This new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel “Rebecca” brings the 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.
  3. “Next to Normal” at Donmar Warehouse:
    • The acclaimed musical “Next to Normal” opened at the Donmar Warehouse, offering a powerful exploration of mental illness within a suburban family. With its evocative rock score and intense performances, this production promises to be both thought-provoking and emotionally impactful.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “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.
  2. “The Mountaintop” at the Young Vic:
    • Katori Hall’s award-winning play “The Mountaintop” reimagines the last night of Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination. With its profound themes and powerful performances, this production explores the man behind the legend and his enduring impact on civil rights.
  3. “The Moors” at Southwark Playhouse:
    • Jen Silverman’s darkly comic play “The Moors” made its Off-West End debut at Southwark Playhouse. Set on the bleak Yorkshire moors, this gothic comedy explored themes of isolation, desire, and power, with a distinctive blend of humour and suspense.

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 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.
  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 October 2023 highlight the rich diversity and vibrant energy of theatre across the UK. From the grand stages of London’s West End to the innovative and intimate productions in Off-West End venues, as well as the compelling new works gracing regional theatres, there is an abundance of exciting performances to explore. This array of productions underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, ensuring audiences a wealth of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a seasoned theatre aficionado or discovering the magic of live performance for the first time, these shows promise to deliver something truly special for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews October 2023

Ballet Nights at Lanterns Studio Theatre | Review
Ian Smith: Crushing at Soho Theatre | Review
Hairspray UK & Ireland Tour 2024/2025
Mean Girls the Musical at the Savoy Theatre, London June 2024
Helen George to Reprise the Role of Anna Leonowens in The King and I
Blood Brothers at Theatre Royal Brighton 2023 | Review
These Demons by Rachel Bellman at Theatre503 | Review
That’ll Be The Day’s Christmas Show Set to Tour the UK
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club… is an inspiration
Full Cast Announced for The Motive and The Cue – Noël Coward Theatre
Shooting Hedda Gabler – Rose Theatre Kingston
fell by Chris Salt at Barons Court Theatre | Review
Les Misérables and Hamilton Extend Booking until September 2024
Noises Off at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London | Review
NOW That’s What I Call A Musical To Embark on UK & Ireland Tour
Disney’s The Lion King to Hold Open Auditions to Find New Talent
Kylie Minogue Surprises Cast of I Should Be So Lucky in Rehearsals
Dead Dad Dog by John McKay at Finborough Theatre
Dear England at Prince Edward Theatre | Review
It’s Her Turn Now – The Mill at Sonning | Review
Story of the Fair Field at Fairfield Halls
The White Factory at Marylebone Theatre | Review
Les Misérables the Arena Spectacular World Tour Announces Dates and Venues
Jason Manford Back on Tour with ‘A Manford All Seasons’ – Live 2024
Death of England: Closing Time – National Theatre | Review
Gentlemen: a new play by Matt Parvin – Arcola Theatre | Review
What it Means at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review
The Wizard of Oz UK and Ireland Tour Cast Announcement
An Evening of Burlesque at the Adelphi Theatre | Review
The Choir of Man Anniversary Gala Performance – Arts Theatre
A Voyage Round My Father at Richmond Theatre
Greatest Days at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Sonia Friedman Productions & Neal Street Present The Hills of California
Killian Donnelly returns to LES MISÉRABLES for 15 Weeks only
Piece of Work at Camden People’s Theatre | Review
The Least We Could Do at the Hope Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera Extends Booking to 28 September 2024
Blue Mist by Mohamed-Zain Dada at the Royal Court Theatre
All The Fraudulent Horse Girls at The Glory | Review
Sue Cleaver to star as Mother Superior Sister Act – UK & Ireland Tour
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends booking & new cast
The Flea at The Yard Theatre | Review
Owners by Caryl Churchill at Jermyn Street Theatre
New musical version of 101 Dalmatians to tour the UK in 2024
Meetings by Mustapha Matura at Orange Tree Theatre
Hamnet at Garrick Theatre, London | Review
Award-Winning Musical & Juliet to Embark on UK Tour
The Nag’s Head at Park Theatre | Review
The Boy Written by Joakim Daun – at Soho Theatre | Review
Casting The Runes at The Pleasance | Review
People Show 145: The Diviners at the Golden Goose Theatre
The Confessions a new play by Alexander Zeldin
Farm Hall at Richmond Theatre | Review
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: A Spectacular Return – UK Tour
2:22 A Ghost Story at Theatre Royal Brighton | Review
Heathers the Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett at Underbelly Boulevard Soho
I, DANIEL BLAKE at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Hit West End Production of GREASE to tour the UK and Ireland
New Cast Announced For The UK Tour Of 2:22 A Ghost Story
Boy Parts at Soho Theatre | Review
Lead Cast Announced for An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical
Full Cast Announced for An Enemy of the People
Casting announced for the Come From Away UK and Ireland tour
BESS – The Other Houdini Upstairs at the Gatehouse
We Are Monsters x Glass at Barons Court Theatre
UK tour of Only Fools and Horses The Musical Announced
Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre | Review
George Orwell’s 1984 at Hackney Town Hall – Immersive Experience
Jamiel Devernay-Laurence presents Ballet Nights 2023
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami at Arcola Theatre
Gothic Opera presents Rip Van Winkle at Hoxton Hall
Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Coach and Horses Pub


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