London Theatre News


Beatle's Let It Be returns from 28 February 2015

The theatrical concert ahow Let It Be returns to London's West End from 28 February 2015 when it plays a seven month season at the Garrick Theatre prior to a UK tour. This live concert-style show follows The Beatles rise from Liverpool's Cavern Club, through Beatlemania, though to their later studio masterpieces in this multimedia presentation. This show returns having already played a total of 19 months in the West End psince its London premiere in September 2012 when Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph described it as being "essentially a concert with a brilliant covers band offering a non-stop parade of hits in more or less chronological order," and Michael Billington in the Guardian said it "offers an evening of faithfully executed Beatles hits." Let It Be will play at the Garrick Theatre up to Sunday 27 September 2015.


High Society opens 14 May 2015

Maria Friedman's revival of the classic Cole Porter musical High Society opens at the Old Vic Theatre on Thursday 14 May 2015, following public previews from 30 April. Long Island socialite Tracy Lord is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband appears to try and win her back. His unwelcome arrival threatens to disrupt proceedings. When tabloid reporter Mike Connor arrives to cover the nuptials, he too takes a shine to the bride-to-be. But which of these three suitors will she choose? High Society will be performed 'in-the-round' at the Old Vic Theatre up to Saturday 22 August 2015.


JM Barrie's 'Original' Peter Pan opens 21 May 2015

The first production in the Open Air Theatre's 2015 Season is a 'rediscovery' of J M Barrie's original play Peter Pan which will open on Thursday 21 May 2015, following previews from 15 May. Staged by the directors Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, who rediscover JM Barrie's original Never Land where danger stalks dreams and adventure breeds mischief. This production of the original play is unlikely to be suitable for younger children. Peter Pan will play nine performances-a-week at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park for a four week season up to Sunday 14 June 2015.


Anton Chekhov's The Seagull opens 24 June 2015

The second production in the Open Air Theatre's 2015 Season is Torben Betts new English version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull which opens on Wednesday 24 June 2015, following public previews from 19 June. Matthew Dunster directs this revival of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece play that entwines both comic and tragic situations in the lives of a famous actress, her son and their lovers. As the young strive for fulfilment, their older counterparts look back to youthful dreams that remain unfulfilled. The Seagull will play at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park for a three week season up to Saturday 11 June 2015.


A View From The Bridge transfers 16 February 2015

It has been officially confirmed that, following an extended, sell-out season at the Young Vic earlier this year, Ivo van Hove's acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge starring Mark Strong will transfer to the West End's Wydnham's Theatre on Monday 16 February 2015, following public previews from 11 February. In Brooklyn New York, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Italian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret - one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. When this production was seen at the Young Vic Paul Taylor in the Independent praised it as being "unforgettable" and Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard hailed it as being a "magnificent, electrifying production." A View From The Bridge will play at the Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited season up to Saturday 11 April 2015.


White Christmas: "an explosion of song & high-energy hoofing"

The stage version of the classic Irving Berlin movie White Christmas opened at the Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 12 November 2014 starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers. Two successful Broadway partners stay at a ski resort in Vermont, but as there is no snow, there are no other guests - so they arrange to stage their Broadway bound revue at the resort. When the production opened Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph ssaid it "seemingly compresses 12 days' worth of hearty good cheer into two and a half hours" while Lyn Gardner in the Guardian highlighted that "it liberally sprinkles snowflakes and cosiness and throws in an explosion of song and high-energy hoofing." White Christmas plays for a strictly limited holiday season at the Dominion Theatre up to Saturday 3 January 2015.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens 23 July 2015

Next year's musical at the Open Air Theatre will be a revival of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which opens on Thursday 23 Juy 2015, folowing public previews from 16 July. Set in Oregon in 1850 this musical tells the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Rachel Kavanaugh directs this revival which will play at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park for a six wek season up to Saturday 29 August 2015.


"Brilliantly staged" Lord of the Flies returns 3-12 Sept 2015

Timothy Sheader's 2011 staging of William Golding's Lord of the Flies returns to the Open Air Theatre on Saturday 5 September 2015, following public previews from 3 September, for a strictly limited run of just 14 performances in total prior to a major UK tour. After a group of schoolboys survive a massive plane crash, what starts as a classic desert island adventure quickly becomes a struggle for survival as superstition and immorality sees the community slide into a darkly sinister world. William Golding's groundbreaking and disturbing novel has been adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. When this production was originally seen in 2011 Michael Coveney in the Independent hailed it as being a "tremendous two-hour production" and Libby Purves in the Times praised it as being "brilliantly staged... a remarkable evening." Lord of the Flies will play at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park for just 14 performances from 3 to 12 September 2015.


Sweeney Todd in concert from 30 March to 12 April 2015

Following its premiere by the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center in February 2014, Lonny Price's semi-staged production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd will be staged by English National Opera at the London Coliseum for 13 performances between 30 March to 12 April 2015. Both Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson will reprise their roles as 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Mrs Lovett' from the New York staging, in London they will be joined by Philip Quast as 'Judge Turpin'.


My Night With Reg transfers 23 January 2015

The Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Robert Hastie's 20th Anniversary revival of Kevin Elyot's comedy My Night With Reg transfers to the West End's Apollo Theatre on Friday 23 January 2015, following public previews from 17 January. Set in the Summer 1985 when a group of old and new friends gather to party through the night, but their world is about to change forever. When this production opened at the Donmar Warehouse in August 2015 Patrick Marmion in the Daily Mail hailed it as "a landmark production of a landmark play" and Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times hailed it as a "touching and superbly acted revival." The entire cast from the Donmar reprise their roles in the West End transfer of My Night With Reg which will run for a strictly limited season up to Saturday 11 April 2015.


Urinetown to close two weeks early - 10 January 2015

It has been announced that the musical Urinetown, currently playing at the the Apollo Theatre, will close two weeks earlier than expected on Saturday 10 January 2015 after a run of 14 weeks in the West End. Set sometime in the near future in a world where the privilege to pee has become a punishable offence, the show transferred to the West End following a run at the St James Theatre in Victoria. Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard praised this "sparky production full of notable ensemble pizzazz that revels in the piece's gleeful self-referentiality." It has also been announced that Phill Jupitus will be joining the cast in the role of 'Caldwell B. Cladwell' from Monday 1 December 2014, while Jenna Russell who is currently playing the role of 'Penelope Pennywise' will be leaving on Saturday 29 November 2014. Urinetown The Musical continues at the Apollo Theatre up to Saturday 10 December 2014.


Made in Dagenham: "witty, fun, fitfully inventive and distinctly English"

The new musical comedy Made in Dagenham, adapted for the stage from the hit 2010 British movie, opened at the Adelphi Theatre on Wednesday 5 November 2015. Adapted from the film by Richard Bean with original songs by David Arnold and Richard Thomas, the show is inspired by the true story in 1968 of the women workers at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, Essex, who were the first women to challenge for equal pay leading to them going on strike and winning their case. When it opened Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail hailed it as being "witty, fun, fitfully inventive and distinctly English... with its feel-good approach to a long-won battle for fairness, this show will win plenty of friends out for an evening’s easy entertainment." Made in Dagenham is currently booking up to Saturday 28 March 2015.


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