London Theatre News

Relative Values: "winningly droll production"

Trevor Nunn's revival of Noel Coward's Relative Values opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Monday 14 April 2014 when Kate Bassett in the Times praised it as being a "winningly droll production" while Michael Billington in the Guardian wrote: "I can't imagine Noël Coward's 1951 light comedy being much better done than it is here," adding that "there's much pleasure to be had from the stylish acting and direction."

Handbagged: "wickedly witty"

Indhu Rubasingham's production of Moira Buffini's new play Handbagged opened at the Vuadeville Theatre on Thursday 10 April 2014 when Dominic Maxwell in the Times praised it being "wickedly witty," Lyn Gardner in the Guardian hailed it as both "fascinating and affecting" and Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard thought it was a "witty and confident conjectural take on the weekly meetings between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher."

Let the Right One In: 'a scary & quirky vampire drama'

John Tiffany’s production of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland opened at the Apollo Theatre on Monday 7 April 2014 when Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "there are some gratifyingly scary scenes in this touching and quirky vampire drama," while in the Daily Mail Quentin Letts said "though I dislike vampire stories, this one is slickly done, director John Tiffany engineering coups de theatre amid threatening chords of gloom music."

Another Country: "strongly acted revival"

After playing a season in Chichester, Jeremy Herrin’s revival of Julian Mitchell's 1981 play Another Country opened in London at the Trafalgar Studios on Thursday 3 April 2014 when Dominic Maxwell in the Times said that this was a "strongly acted revival" and Michael Coveney in the Independent highlighted that the "elegant, incisive writing still pleases and provokes in equal measure." When previously seen in Chichester Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph priased it as being "a gripping, detailed production that does equal justice to the play’s humour and its gathering sense of cruelty and darkness."

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: "escapist fantasy"

The new musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound opened at the Savoy Theatre on Wednesday 2 April 2014 when Michael Billington in the Guardian hailed it as being "a prime, and highly pleasurable, example of the musical as escapist fantasy and source of fun" and Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail said that this "musical farce complete with spangly sets, slapstick and a chorus line of pearly lovelies" was performed "with drilled, insistent professionalism."

Blithe Spirit: "wittily assured production"

Angela Lansbury stars in Michael Blakemore's revival of Noel Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit which opened at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014. Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph highlighted that "Angela Lansbury brings astonishing energy and comic panache to her performance." Paul Taylor in The Independent calls it a "wittily assured production" and The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts says it's "a top-class show."

Martin Freeman as Richard III from 1 July 2014

It has been confirmed that the first production in the Second Season of Trafalgar Transformed at the Trafalgar Studios will by a revial of Shakespeare's Richard III starring Martin Freeman in the title role and directed by Jamie Lloyd. The production, which is not open for booking yet, will have a strictly limited from 1 July to 27 September 2014.

Alexandra Burke joins The Bodyguard from 2 June 2014

It has been announced that three-time Brit nominee Alexandra Burke will join the cast of the musical The Bodyguard playing the leading role of 'Rachel Marron' from Monday 2 June 2014. She will be taking over from Beverley Knight who continues to play the role up to Saturday 31 May 2014.

'Thriller Live' extends into 2015

The hit West End musical Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre has announced a new six month booking period covering performances up to 19 April 2015. The production originally opened in January 2009 and is currently play its sixth year in London's West End.

I Can't Sing: 'wildly eccentric - wonderfully funny'

The new 'X-Factor' comedy musical I Can't Sing! opened at the London Palladium on Wednesday 26 March 2014 when Simon Edge in the Daily Express highlighted that "Harry Hill's knowing tease, directed by the ever–inventive Sean Foley and festooned with visual gags by designer Es Devlin, is smart, funny, foot-tapping and surprisingly hard-hitting beneath its cloak of reverence" while in the Daily Telegraph Charles Spencer praised the show as being "wildly eccentric and often wonderfully funny."

Fatal Attraction: "sleekly designed thriller"

James Dearden's stage adaptation of his movie Fatal Attraction starring Kristin Davis and Natascha McElhone opened at the Haymarket Theatre on Tuesday 25 March 2014 when Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph wrote that director Trevour Nunn offers "a slickly staged, sleekly designed thriller" while Simon Edge in the Daily Express said that he "came away happy enough to have seen two interesting screen stars in the flesh but this does seem to be an instance of adapted material that worked better in its original medium."

Other Desert Cities: 'outstanding & compelling'

Jon Robin Baitz's new play Other Desert Cities opened at the Old Vic Theatre on Monday 24 March 2014 when Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph hailed it as an "outstanding play" that "is often laugh-out-loud funny." Michael Billington in the Guardian said it offered "a compelling portrait of both the nuclear family and a fissured nation" while in the Independent, Paul Taylor praised it as being an "superlatively well-acted production."

March 2014 News