News, Reviews & Interviews September 2023

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

West End Highlights:

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  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 September 2023 highlight the rich and dynamic landscape of theatre across the UK. From the dazzling productions in London’s West End to the innovative and intimate performances in Off-West End venues, as well as the diverse and compelling offerings in regional theatres, there is a wealth of theatrical experiences to explore. This array of new productions underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, providing audiences with an abundance of memorable and enriching experiences. Whether you are a seasoned theatre enthusiast or new to the world of live performance, these shows promise to deliver something extraordinary and captivating for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews September 2023

The W.I.G of Life: A Conference at Camden People’s Theatre
Slippery When Wet at Barons Court Theatre
The Geneva Convention of Human F**Ks
Casting announced for Disney’s ALADDIN – UK and Ireland tour
Matt Smith leads the cast of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People
5000 £20 tickets released for Sunset Boulevard – Savoy Theatre
New Queens Announced for Six the Musical at Vaudeville Theatre
My First Time was in a Car Park is ‘a fascinating and engaging show’
God of Carnage at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Wicked Tour Cast Announced – Tour opens 7th December 2023
Colder Than Here by Laura Wade at the Jack Studio Theatre
Strategic Love Play at Soho Theatre | Review
Birthright by T C Murray at Finborough Theatre | Review
Disney’s Frozen Extends Until June 2024
Full Casting Announced for Backstairs Billy – Duke of York’s Theatre
PLAZA SUITE On-Sale Dates Announced for Savoy Theatre
CLARE BURT joins the company of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends
Casting and Further Dates Announced for Edward Scissorhands
That Face at Orange Tree Theatre | Review
Infamous at Jermyn Street Theatre | Review
PRESS by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller at The Old Red Lion Theatre
The Devil Wears Prada strutting into the West End October 2024
Full cast announced for the National Theatre’s Dear England
Babies – A New(Born) British Musical at the Lyric Theatre
The Little Big Things @sohoplace | Review
Sorry We Didn’t Die at Sea – Park Theatre
The Father and the Assassin – Olivier Theatre, National Theatre
The Lady With a Dog – Upstairs at the Gatehouse
The Old Man and The Pool at Wyndham’s Theatre
Police Cops: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse
Bonnie & Clyde the Musical Casting & New Dates Announced
Anthropology at Hampstead Theatre | Review
Rebecca at Charing Cross Theatre | Review
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express returns to London in 2024
It’s Headed Straight Towards Us at Park Theatre
Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder! – Bristol Old Vic
Charles Court Opera presents The Mikado By Gilbert & Sullivan
Legend: The Music of Bob Marley at the Adelphi Theatre
Julian Clary as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar Venues & Dates
Murder Trial Tonight – Witness for the Prosecution Tickets
Full Cast Announced for Stranger Things: The First Shadow
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical extends booking in the West End
Operation Epsilon by Alan Brody at Southwark Playhouse
HAMILTON UK and Ireland Tour Full Cast Announced
“Just My Imagination” Spring 2024 Theatre Tour
The Threepenny Opera at the Cockpit Theatre
Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage at Kiln Theatre
The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight Tour Tickets 2023/24
Charlie Dupré’s Compositor E at Omnibus Theatre
Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey at Stratford East | Review
Jazz Dynamos featuring Lucy Randell at Ronnie Scott’s
Octopolis by Mark Horn at Hampstead Theatre
Steve Coogan to star in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove
Myra’s Story at The Trafalgar Theatre | Review
Shrek The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre | Review
Unbelievable at the Criterion Theatre
The War Inside at The Albany | Review
West End Cast Announced for Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Lyric Theatre
The Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty UK Tour 2024
The 39 Steps Will Tour the UK from March to July 2024
Past Tents at Jack Studio Theatre
Imposter 22 at the Royal Court Theatre | Review

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