A round-up of reviews for Strangers on a Train starring Laurence Fox at the Gielgud Theatre
A new stage adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s acclaimed novel Stranger’s on a Train has opened at the Gielgud Theatre.
Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, Strangers on a Train is adapted by Craig Warner and stars Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs and MyAnna Buring.
Read reviews below from the critics, including the Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail and Evening Standards.
A round-up of reviews for From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Tim Rice’s first musical for 13 years, an adaptation of From Here to Eternity, has hit the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. This big, ambitious production directed by Tamara Harvey, reunites Rice with Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book).
With a cast that includes Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt and Darius Campbell as Warden, the show gets strong notices for the talent, and that also includes choreographer Javier De Frutos, but overall the musical gets quite measured reviews from most of the press.
Musicals with original songs don’t come along very often, and with the pedigree of the creatives behind this show, it deserves to be seen.
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A round-up of press reviews for The Commitments at the Palace Theatre in London
The reviews are in! Did the critics love or loathe The Commitments, the latest jukebox-style musical to hit the West End?
This brand new show, which opened last night – 9 October 2013, is a stage reworking of Roddy Doyle’s acclaimed novel, which was famously turned into a hit 1991 movie by Alan Parker.
The cast get plenty of praise in the reviews, particularly Dennis Grindel as Billy Rabitte who puts the band together, and Ben Fox as Joey The Lips Fagan, and the cast give the show the energy and passion that audiences love.
Soutra Gilmour’s council estate sets also get raves from the critics.
But the show gets criticism for a lack of engagement with plot and characters – something that is often leveled against Jukebox shows.
See a round-up of reviews below from the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and more.
A round-up of reviews for Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic.
The reviews are in and the critics have been less than impressed by a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic directed by Mark Rylance.
The reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick are played by theatre legends Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in a production that comes under quite a battering for its central premise, design and casting issues.
See review highlights below from the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail and more.
A round-up of reveiws of Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans star in the late Clive Exton’s new play Barking in Essex about a dysfunctional Essex family.
A strong supporting cast includes Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard.
But did the critics go for it?
Seems not. Despite being a new play it was written a decade ago and generally the critics feel that the play is out-of-date, not funny enough and doesn’t do justice to the acting talent attached to the project.
Read reviews from the Guardian, Standard, FT and more, below.
A round-up of reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Sam Mendes directs Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in a new musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Critics were largely positive about the show, which didn’t set the reviews on fire with its music, but wowed with the spectacle and visual. Douglas Hodge enjoyed solid notices for his performance as Willy Wonka. See all reviews below including the Guardian, Telegraphy and New York Times.
A round-up of reviews of ONCE The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London
This Tony Award-winning musical has now charmed the London theatre critics following its opening at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End.
This old-fashioned love story about an Irish busker who falls in love with a young Czech mother through their shared passion for music and song writing, stars Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić.
Once is written and directed by John Carney, who created the much-loved film on which the musical is based, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and a book by celebrated Irish playwright Enda Walsh.
Read reviews below from the Guardian, Telegraph, FT and more.
A round-up of reviews of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London
One of the most anticipated shows of the year has opened in London, as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon had it’s UK premiere at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Thursday night (21 March 2013).
The producers of the show, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, have not allowed themselves to be complacent about the London opening following its New York success: they have run a long, expensive marketing campaign for the show in the run up to its opening, which has paid off in a sold-out first booking period, and a second booking period now open and selling well.
Part of this marketing push was to sell the show based on its Broadway hype rather than on the reaction of UK critics, who have remained a wild card in terms of their reaction.
The good news is that it has been mostly positive, with the critics who enjoyed it really enjoying it. But the big three key newspapers, the Guardian, Telegraph and Mail, were slightly less impressed with the show.
Read a round-up of London reviews for The Book of Mormon, below.
A round-up of reviews of The Audience starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre.
Helen Mirren follows her acclaimed on-screen performance as Elizabeth II in a new play by The Queen writer Peter Morgan, charting the 60 years of weekly audiences the Queen has granted her Prime Ministers.
Award-winning director Stephen Daldry directs Mirren and an all star cast of British Prime Ministers through the ages including Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Edward Fox as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.
Read reviews of The Audience, below, from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Evening Standard and more.
A round-up of reviews of Macbeth starring James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
The reviews are in for Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios, the first production of ex-Donmar associate director Jamie Lloyd’s new company. Acclaimed actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement) stars as Shakespeare’s Macbeth alongside Claire Foy as Lady Macbeth.
Olivier Award winner Jamie Lloyd directs this nihilistic vision of chaos, played out with breathless momentum and visceral passion. Jamie Lloyd’s production sees Shakespeare’s darkest tale play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia. Set to be the hottest ticket of the year.
Read reviews of Macbeth, below, from The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Express and more.