London Theatre News

A Taste of Honey: 'its revolutionary verve is powerfully realised'

Following a national tour, Bijan Sheibani's revival of Shelagh Delaney's 1958 play A Taste of Honey opened at London's Trafalgar Studios on Monday 9 December 2019.
When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmie, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas. Art student Geof moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.
The cast features Jodie Prenger as 'Helen' and Gemma Dobson as 'Jo'.
When this production opened Nick Curtis in the London Evening Standard wrote that it "stars a magnificently blowsy Jodie Prenger as combative single mother Helen," adding that "the play felt ponderous and dated when Bijan Sheibani's production first appeared in 2014, but now its revolutionary verve is more powerfully realised." In the Daily Express, Neil Norman highlighted how "Bijan Sheibani's production captures the restlessness, the hopelessness and the indomitable spirit of Shelagh Delaney's characters as they stumble through a world of brutish men and subsistence sex with a raucous, scathing wit."
A Taste of Honey continues at the Trafalgar Studios in London up to Saturday 29 February 2020 - read more....

James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac: "a stunningly powerful performance"

Jamie Lloyd's revival of Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, in a free adaptation by Martin Crimp, starring James McAvoy, opened at London's Playhouse Theatre on Friday 6 December 2019.
Too ugly to win the love of Roxane for himself, or so he thinks, Cyrano agrees to woo her on behalf of another. His tender verse gives voice to the inarticulate, dashing Christian, gaining him her heart just before both men depart for war.
When this production opened Nick Curtis in the London Evening Standard praised James McAvoy's "stunningly powerful performance in this piece of pure theatre, the most breathtakingly exciting show in London right now." In the Times Clive Davis hailed "this mesmerising West End production of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play... an unforgettable evening."
Cyrano de Bergerac continues at the Playhouse Theatre in London up to Saturday 29 February 2020 - read more....

White Christmas: "as shiny as a newly unwrapped Christmas tree bauble"

Nikolai Foster's revival of Irving Berlin's musical White Christmas opened at London's Dominion Theatre on Monday 25 November 2019.
Two successful Broadway partners stage their Broadway bound Revue at a ski resort in Vermont when it is snowed-in on Christmas Eve.
The cast features Danny Mac, Dan Burton, Danielle Hope and Clare Halse.
When this production opened Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph said that, "with ravishing costumes, svelte choreography by Stephen Mear, and enjoyable supporting turns, it's all as shiny as a newly unwrapped Christmas tree bauble." In the London Evening Standard Nick Curtis said that "it's exuberant, dumb fun... the encore is irresistible and brings the audience to its feet."
White Christmas continues at the Dominion Theatre in London continues up to Saturday 4 January 2020 - read more....

& Juliet: 'a feelgood extravaganza... rambunctious fun'

Luke Sheppard's production of the new David West Read musical & Juliet, featuring songs by Max Martin, opened at London's Shaftesbury Theatre on Wednesday 20 November 2019.
What happened after Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet finished? This new musical picks up where Shakespeare finished...
When this production opened Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph described it as "dripping with high-energy dance routines," a "feelgood extravaganza." Sam Marlowe in the i newspaper said that "it is, unashamedly, Shakespeare for the generation that grew up on TV talent shows... the show is neither edgy, nor cool. It is, though, rambunctious fun."
& Juliet continues at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London up to Saturday 28 March 2020 - read more....

Dear Evan Hansen: "sharp satire and winning three-dimensional characterisation"

The West End transfer of the Broadway Tony Award-winning new musical Dear Evan Hansen opened at London's Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 19 November 2019
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.
When this production opened Michael Billington in the Guardian described how "it captures the agonies of youth, allows the songs to grow out of the action... I admired the show without lapsing into unqualified rapture." In the i newspaper Marianka Swain highlighted that "Michael Greif's slick production features sharp satire and winning three-dimensional characterisation."
Dear Evan Hansen continues at the Noel Coward Theatre in London where it is booking up to 30 May 2020 - read more....