London Theatre News - August 2017

Bat Out Of Hell "to return to London in 2018"

After completing a successful and extended 14 week summer season this year at the London Coliseum, it has been confirmed that Jay Scheib's production of Bat out of Hell will return to London during 2018 - with dates, venue and casting all to be announced.
Based on Meat Loaf's most famous album, the musical follows the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of post-apocalyptic Obsidian, ruled by the tyrannical Falco. When Strat falls in love with Falcoís daughter, Raven, he sets out to rescue her in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rockĎníroll dream.
When this production was seen earlier this year Neil Norman in the Daily Express said it was "rock'n'roll in extremis... the songs hold up and there is a pleasurable kick of familiarity" while Ann Treneman in the Times highlighted that the music "remains epic... it's all revved up, with some place to go. Vroom!"

Apologia: "stinging dialogue and sparky performances"

Jamie Lloyd's production of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play Apologia starring Stockard Channing opened at London's Trafalgar Studios on Thursday 3 August 2017.
Kristin Miller is a firebrand liberal matriarch and eminent art historian. But then a birthday gathering that should be a cause for celebration brings cracks in her family relationships to the surface with the recent publication of her memoir which detail a background of left-wing Sixties politics, and European intellectual bohemia, but fails to mention her children. When her son decides to challenge her version of their lives, the cost of her devotion to art and to her principles starts to emerge.
The cast features Stockard Channing as 'Kristin Miller' along with Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael and Joseph Millson.
When this production opened Neil Norman in the Daily Express praised the "stinging dialogue and sparky performances" adding that "director Jamie Lloyd delivers a satisfyingly bumpy ride and it is hard to take your eyes off Stockard Channing." In the London Evening Standard Henry Hitchings noted how the production "has a satisfying vividness. With Stockard Channing at the heart of all its richest moments, it has plenty of bite and some big laughs."
Apologia continues at the Trafalgar Studio 1 up to Saturday 18 November 2017.

William Peter Blatty's Exorcist opens 20 October 2018

John Pielmeier's stage adapation of William Peter Blatty's novel Exorcist opens in London at the Phoenix Theatre on Friday 20 October 2017.
When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Reganís strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul...
William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel - based on true events - is perhaps best-known for the 1973 movie adaptation which won two Oscars. This stage adaptation, directed by Sean Mathias, transfers to London's West End following a successful season at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in November 2016. Casting for the London run is to be announced.
Exorcist will have a five month run up to Saturday 10 March 2018.

Craig Revel Horwood stars as Miss Hannigan in Annie from 18 September 2017

It has been announced that Craig Revel Horwood will take over the role of Miss Hannigan in Nikolai Fosterís revival production of the musical Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre from Monday 18 September 2017.
Although now best known for being a choreographer and a judge on TV' Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood has previously performed in a number of West End show. He also performed the role 'Miss Hannigan' in Nikolai Fosterís original 2015 touring production of Annie.
Craig Revel Horwood is scheduled to play the role up to Sunday 26 November 2017. Please note that he will not be performing on Saturdays, and other selected dates.
Miranda Hart, who originated the role of 'Miss Hannigan' in this West End revival when it opened in June 2017, will play her last performance on Sunday 17 September 2017.
The musical Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre is currently booking up to Sunday 18 February 2018.