West End Features - May 2019

Tony Awards
Friday Briefing: The upcoming Tony Awards and the importance of a bad review
The home stretch to the Tony Awards No theatre awards ceremony carries more weight than the Tony Awards, which are being presented this year on Sunday 9th June at Radio City Music Hall. Though the... Read more
The Starry Messenger
The Week Ahead: Rutherford and Son at the National and Matthew Broderick at the Wyndham's
Another bank holiday weekend means a slightly curtailed week for London theatre openings, but there are still two big first nights: one at the National, the other at the West End's Wyndham's. And I'm... Read more
Friday Briefing: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, a rousing Carousel and happy birthday Ian McKellen
A new Lloyd Webber Cinderella Yes, I already love a lot of Andrew Lloyd Webber's work - he's unquestionably Britain's commercially most successful musical theatre composer ever; but for anyone who... Read more
Katharine McPhee & Shoshana Bean
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Katharine McPhee & Shoshana Bean
"What's Inside" this month's edition of 5 Questions from Over the Pond, you ask? Well, we've decided to serve up a slice of mouth-watering, transatlantic pie to celebrate the two current leading... Read more
Waitress the Musical
Importing more stunt casting to the West End
The West End's worst-kept secret was finally let out of the bag yesterday with the announcement that Lucie Jones is to take over as Jenna from Katharine McPhee in the West End production of Waitress... Read more
The Lehman Trilogy
The Week Ahead: The National's ANNA and The Lehman Trilogy and Lenny Henry in King Hedley II
I'm heading to Skiathos, a Greek island which was one of the principal locations for the making of the movie version of Mamma Mia! (when it wasn't being filmed at Pinewood Studios back here, that is... Read more
Follies
Friday Briefing: The last night of Follies, the joys of theatrical reunions and rock musicals
The last night of Follies The curtain came down on the final night of Follies at the National Theatre. Photo credit: Mark Shenton I've written before elsewhere of how, "As a critic, I am used to... Read more
The Starry Messenger
'Kenneth Lonergan weaves large ideas into everyday life': The Starry Messenger cast and director Sam Yates
The presence of Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan returns to the West End with The Starry Messenger, soon to open at the Wyndham's Theatre. Matthew Broderick will make his West End... Read more
Mental Health
Being aware of mental health awareness week in the theatre industry
In the musical Hairspray, black kids are invited to appear on the Corny Collins TV show once a month only, on what's referred to as Negro Day. Tracy Turnblad, the show's heroine, proudly proclaims: "... Read more
The Week Ahead 13th May
The Week Ahead: Boris Johnson at the Park, Orpheus Descending and Follies reunions
As if Boris Johnson was not ubiquitous enough, he turns up on stage this week in a new play at the Park Theatre this week (which is in fact located in Jeremy Corbyn's constituency!) A more welcome... Read more
Follies
Friday Briefing: Hosting Carlos Acosta and talking Sondheim at the National, plus theatrical marmite
Carlos Acosta receives the Critics' Circle's highest honour For nine years, I was chairman of the drama section of the Critics' Circle, and I have recently begun a two-year term as President of the... Read more
Giles Terera
London Theatre launches Spotlight podcast with first guest, Giles Terera
LondonTheatre.co.uk today launches its new podcast series, Spotlight, featuring extended interviews with the cast, creatives and supporters of theatre in London. Released on a bi-weekly basis, each... Read more
Amour
What makes a theatrical flop, and why give one a new lease of life?
No theatrical producer - with the entirely fictitious exception of Bialystock and Bloom in The Producers - sets out to deliberately make a flop show; but the road to Broadway (or West End) glory is... Read more
Death of a Salesman
The Week Ahead: London premiere of Amour, Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic and the best of rock musicals
It may be a shorter week owing to the bank holiday, but there's still a busy week for what's left - plus celebrations of Sondheim and rock musicals. This Week in Theatre Sondheim features strongly... Read more
Hadestown
Friday Briefing: The Brits snubbed at the Tonys, and All About Eve's very meta performance
The winners (and losers) in the Tony nominations Nominations for this year's Tony Awards on Broadway, announced on Tuesday, saw two original plays transferred from London's Royal Court and Almeida... Read more
Golden Age musicals
Are we running out of golden age musicals to revive?
The great canon of Broadway musicals from its golden age - roughly the 1920s to the 1960s - produced a great trench of enduring classics, some of them certainly the amongst the greatest musicals ever... Read more
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