Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play is a raw and physical exploration of how motherhood can be tough, and how some mothers can be failed by the system set up to protect their children.
‘Humorous then utterly heart-rending with much to say to all of us’: MUM – Soho Theatre
Following on from the brilliant Emilia, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Mum is a powerfully bracing experience at the Soho Theatre.
NEWS: West End production of Come From Away returns in July 2021
The shutters of London’s Phoenix Theatre will lift on 22 July 2021 and welcome in audiences to the highly anticipated re-opening of the hit musical Come From Away.
NEWS: Come From Away returns to the West End with a special staged concert version
Multi-award-winning hit musical Come From Away will make a return to the West End early next year with a very special staged concert version performed for a limited run at London’s Phoenix Theatre from 10-27 February 2021.
NEWS: Come From Away new West End cast announced
As the Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical Come From Away enters its second year in the West End, it welcomes new cast members from 10 February 2020.
‘One of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre’: COME FROM AWAY – West End ★★★★★
Come From Away, the story of how one small town, Gander in Newfoundland, responded to events of 9/11 when 7,000 passengers from 38 diverted aircraft landed in their midst, is one of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre.
‘What it’s really about is the best of humanity’: COME FROM AWAY – West End ★★★★★
Come From Away is a show that needs to run and run; its brilliant music and wealth of humour are enough to keep you coming back for more, and we can never remind ourselves too many times of the good that humanity is capable of when it puts its mind to it.
‘Best feel-good life-affirming show I think I have ever seen’: COME FROM AWAY – West End ★★★★★
Come From Away tells the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the 7,000 passengers of planes from around the world, due to the American air space being closed after 9/11.
‘Leaves no stone unturned in its determination to be heart-warming’: COME FROM AWAY – West End
The highly anticipated musical Come From Away leaves me dry-eyed at the Phoenix Theatre despite a very strong cast.
‘The emotional impact is off the scale’: COME FROM AWAY – West End
Come From Away is a funny, moving and uplifting new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Having won Best Musical awards across North America, the show now arrives in London where, if there’s any justice, it’ll prove to be just as successful.
‘Gripping, emotional & heart-warming’: COME FROM AWAY – Dublin & London ★★★★
Come From Away, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin before transferring to the West End is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time of need is truly inspirational and this intense, gripping, emotional and heart-warming production perfectly captures the generosity of the human spirit.
NEWS: Rachel Tucker is cast in West End production of Come From Away as full details announced
Casting has been announced for Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning musical which will arrive in London for its UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from 30 January 2019.
Queer Theatre at the National: Wig Out
McCraney is now an Oscar-winning writer after the phenomenal success of Moonlight (based on one of his unproduced plays) and RuPaul has dragged drag into the mainstream
WIG OUT – National Theatre
The play centres around the house ball culture mostly based in the US, and takes place over the course of 24 hours. We follow the journey of the House of Light *snaps* as they get ready for a ball thrown by their rivals, House of Diabolique.
NEWS: Jude Law is patron of Lewisham free ticket scheme, and other news
A Theatre Trip for Every Child, Lewisham is a new giving scheme to provide a free theatre ticket for every 5-year-old in the Borough of Lewisham. ‘Every Child’ enables businesses and individuals to give a local child the chance to experience the magic of theatre.
ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL – Birmingham Rep
There’s much to enjoy in One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, not least the joyous celebration of some of the most enduringly famous music in the world. And writer and director Kwame Kwei-Armah does a decent job at balancing the populist demands of a jukebox musical with something more dramatically satisfying.
SWEET CHARITY – Manchester
Under Derek Bond’s masterful direction, the musical theatre classic fills the Great Hall – bursting with big Fosse numbers, a superb live band and extraordinary cast – it’s as if Sweet Charity was made to be performed in the round.
SWEET CHARITY – Manchester
Anchored by a properly star-making and heart-breaking performance from Kaisa Hammarlund, Derek Bond’s Royal Exchange production of Sweet Charity just works.
JANE WENHAM, THE WITCH OF WALKERN – Arcola Theatre
The best theatre is controversial theatre, but some controversies just make you want to weep. Out of Joint theatre company has been touring Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (co-produced with Watford Palace Theatre and Arcola Theatre) since September last year. All was going well until the 13 October performance at Ipswich High School for Girls was cancelled by the venue “citing concerns over the play’s language”. Max Stafford-Clark, Out of Joint’s artistic director, said: “It is deeply troubling that a play which so eloquently examines witch persecutions from a feminist perspective, and looks at the way society treated and continues to treat women, is considered inappropriate for an audience of young women. The school has also said that the inclusion of swearing is inappropriate, a policy which presumably rules out much contemporary drama or fiction for study.” Indeed. But enough about the follies of our educators, what about the play?
Mark’s Critical Digest: Linda, Funny Girl, The Girls, Oliver!, Barbarians and Macbeth
Reviews digest of openings in London, Leicester and Leeds from national critics for new productions of Linda, Funny Girl, The Girls, Oliver!, Barbarians and Macbeth.