London Theatre News - September 2017

Five Guys Named Moe: "So full of energy that it zings"

Clarke Peters' revival of the musical Five Guys Named Moe opened at London's 'pop-up' Marble Arch Theatre on Thursday 14 August 2017.
Nomax's girl has walked out on him and he's got the blues. As he sits in his apartment drinking with the radio playing, suddenly five 'Moes' - Big Moe, Little Moe, No Moe, Eat Moe and Four-Eyed Moe - all appear from out of the radio to tell him about life and women... all to the soundtrack of forties saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan's music.
When this production opened Ann Treneman in the Times noted that this revival "is so full of energy that it zings. The plot revolves around the Moes trying to convince Nomax to stop drinking and go back to his woman, who has dumped him. Mostly it's a ploy to showcase some brilliant numbers," while Tim Auld in the Daily Telegraph described how "the choreography by Andrew Wright is a mixture of slick, relaxed and witty; the singing is accomplished; the dancing and acrobatics at times breathtaking; the music, by a five-man and one-woman band, on the money."
Five Guys Named Moe is currently playing at the 'pop-up' Marble Arch Theatre up to Saturday 17 February 2018.

An American in Paris to close 6 January 2018

It has been confirmed that the Gershwin dance musical An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre will close on Saturday 6 January 2018, following a West End run of 11 months.
Based on George and Ira Gershwin's classic Oscar-winning film and reimagined for the stage the musical follows a young American GI who pursues his dream to make it as a painter in Paris in the aftermath of war - but then he has a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer...
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with a cast of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians, this production transferred from New York's Broadway where the show run for 17 months at the Palace Theatre.
When this producion opened in London in March 2017 Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail praised the "repeatedly inventive staging" while Neil Norman in the Daily Express described how "there isn't a weak spot or a dull moment... gobsmackingly brilliant."
The next production at the Dominion Theatre has not been announced yet.
An American In Paris continues at the Dominion Theatre up to Saturday 6 January 2018.

Oslo: "An absorbing mix of historical reconstruction and political thriller"

Prior to transferring into London's West End, Bartlett Sher's acclaimed production of J.T. Rogers' new Tony Award-winning play Oslo opened at London's National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre on Tuesday 12 September 2017.
The true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated the top-secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships between Israeli, Palestinian, Norwegian and American people in the early 1990s. Their quiet heroics led to the ground-breaking Oslo Peace Accords. A darkly funny political thriller.
The cast features Toby Stephens as 'Terje Rød-Larsen' and Lydia Leonard as 'Mona Juul', and this production will transfer to the Harold Pinter from Monday 2 October 2017.
When this production opened Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard hailed it as being "an absorbing mix of historical reconstruction and political thriller... richly theatrical," and Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times praised it as being a "tremendous piece of theatre... witty, gripping, Shakespearean in scope, makes fizzingly light work of complex negotiations and is delivered by a flawless ensemble."
Oslo coninues at the Lyttelton Theatre up to 23 September 2017, before transferring to the the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre on Monday 2 October 2017 where it is currently scheduled to play up to Saturday 30 December 2017.

Stephen Sondheim's Company starring Patti LuPone opens 10 October 2018

It has been announced that Marianne Elliott's 'gender-reversed' revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company will open at London's Gieldgud Theatre on Wednesday 10 October 2018, following public previews from Wednesday 26 September.
The legendary Broadway musical as you've never seen it before - with the lead role gender-swapped from 'Bobby' to 'Bobbi'.
It's Bobbi's birthday, and she's got company... Bobbi has always been content living alone. But now, on the eve of her 35th birthday, images of her married friends begin to haunt her. As she looks over her life she begins to wonder whether she's as happy and independent as she thought she was... A wry and witty take on love, sex and relationships in the big city.
The cast features Rosalie Craig as 'Bobbi' and Patti LuPone as 'Joanne', who sings 'The Ladies Who Lunch'.
Company at the Gielgud Theatre is currently scheduled to play uo to Saturday 22 December 2018.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens 17 April 2018

The new stage show Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens at the Aldwych Theatre on Tuesday 17 April 2018, following public previews from Wednesday 21 March.
Presented in association with Tina Turner, this new musical reveals her untold story from Nutbush in Tennessee through to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock'n'Roll - defying the bounds of age, gender and race.
Tina Turner says: "I am so excited to be bringing my musical to the West End! London is a place that means so much to me and had such a big impact on my music and my life. Returning now to tell my full story, in the city I love, feels like an important chapter and is truly exciting."
This production is directed by Phyllida Lloyd who is best known for bringing the long-running global smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! to the stage.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is currently taking bookings at the Aldwych Theatre up to Saturday 16 June 2018.

Zoe Wanamaker in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party opens 18 January 2018

It has been announced that Ian Rickson's revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Thursday 18 January 2018, following public previews from Tuesday 9 January.
Stanley lodges in the seaside boarding house owned by Meg and Petey Boles. One day his peaceful existance is threatened by the arrival of mysterious strangers Goldberg and McCann who organise a birthday party - except Stanley insists it is not his birthday...
The cast for this revival will feature Zoe Wanamaker along with Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan and will be directed by Ian Rickson.
The Birthday Party is scheduled to play a three month season at the Harold Pinter Theatre up to Saturday 14 April 2018.

Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom opens 11 April 2018

It has been announced that Drew McOnie's stage musical production of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom will open at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Wednesday 11 April 2018, following public previews from Friday 16 March.
Based on the Baz Luhrmann's 1992 multi-award-winning film, this stage musical tells the inspiring story of Scott Hastings - a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love. Featuring all the hit songs from the movie including Love Is In The Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time along with a number of new songs.
This production, which is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, comes into London's West End following a successful Christmas season last year at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom is currently booking at the Piccadilly Theatre up to Saturday 14 July 2018.

"Beautiful Funny Impossible" La Soirée returns 1 December 2018

The hit cabaret show La Soirée returns to London for a Christmas and New Year holiday season at the Aldwych Theatre opening on Friday 1 December 2017, following public previews from Friday 24 November.
Returning to London for it's fifth season since it was first staged at the Big Top Tent on London's Southbank in 2010, this show promises to once again amaze audiences with it's heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in an inspirational night of live entertainment.
When this production was originally seen in London Brian Logan in The Guardian exclaimed: "Beautiful. Funny. Impossible. La Soiree's triumph is that there's not a single moment when one, two or all three of those terms don't apply" while Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph wrote that "frankly, good nights out don't come much better... mixing good humour and glamour with a thrilling frisson of danger, La Soiree offers a wonderfully warm and welcoming refuge from the cold, scary world outside."
This show is recommended for ages 18 and above - but for the first time, as part of the show's run, a special 'family-friendly, fun and daring hour-long show for cabaret fans of all ages from 8 to 80' is being presented under the title La Petite Soirée which take place at 3.00pm on Saturdays and selected days during the Christmas holidays.
La Soirée will play a two month season at the Aldwych Theatre up to Saturday 3 February 2018.

Christian Slater in Glengarry Glen Ross opens 9 November 2018

Sam Yates' major revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Thursday 9 November 2018, following public previews from Thursday 26 October.
Lie, Cheat, Steal... All in a day's work. David Mamet's modern classic is set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen. Pitched in competition against each other, they will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate. In this world of high stakes and hard sell, the mantra is simple: close the deal and you've won a Cadillac; blow the lead and you're f***d.
The cast features Christian Slater as 'Ricky Roma' long with Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington.
Glengarry Glen Ross will play a three month season up to Saturday 3 February 2018.

Five Guys Named Moe extends over Christmas and New Year

Clarke Peters' revival of the musical Five Guys Named Moe - which opens at London's 'pop-up' Marble Arch Theatre on Thursday 14 August 2017 - has announced a three month extension over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, up to Saturday 17 February 2018.
Nomax's girl has walked out on him and he's got the blues. As he sits in his apartment drinking with the radio playing, suddenly five 'Moes' - Big Moe, Little Moe, No Moe, Eat Moe and Four-Eyed Moe - all appear from out of the radio to tell him about life and women... all to the soundtrack of forties saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan's music.
This production is performed 'in-the-round' in a specially built theatre which is located next to Marble Arch in central London.
Five Guys Named Moe will play for an extended season up to Saturday 17 February 2018.

Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins in Frozen opens 21 February 2018

Jonathan Munby's revival of Bryony Lavery's play Frozen opens at the Haymarket Theatre on Wednesday 21 February 2018, following public preview from Friday 9 February.
One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhoda goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic comes to England to research a thesis Serial Killing - a forgivable act? Then there's Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous who's looking for some distraction... Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a long dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.
The cast for this revival, which is directed by Jonathan Munby, features Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins.
Frozen will play a 12-week season up to Saturday 5 May 2018.