LIT’S PICKS – FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER 22

Here is our weekly round up of stagey news, our 5* reviews, interviews, shows opening next week and ticket deals! Go on, have a little scroll.

NEWS OF THE WEEK

Top Theatre News Stories of the Week include:

The English language premiere of the critically acclaimed musical Rebecca was announced. The musical will be performed in English for the first time, with a translation by Christopher Hampton. The show will run at Charing Cross Theatre from the 4th September – 18th November 2023. Get ready for some more ‘Summer Nights’ as Grease RETURNS to the Dominion Theatre, running from the 2nd of June until the 28th of October 2023. The upcoming run of Shirley Valentine, starring Sheridan Smith, which was announced last week has been extended already due to popular demand – the show will now run for three extra weeks! In exciting news for anyone that loved the Andrew Lloyd Webber talent searching shows in the past, a new show, Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream, will be coming to ITV1!

In Off West End news, The Off West End awards are to be held on the 12th February 2023 at Alexandra Palace, the biggest celebration of Off West End theatre! Tickets will go on sale early next year, ticket info here. The Pleasance has announced its Spring/ Summer 2023 season, filled with a wide range of shows – there is something for everyone. Head to their website to check out their listing here.

Finally, Kin the musical have created and released their concept album on Spotify & Apple Music. Kin is a new British musical, inspired by real life events that took place in a small town in 80’s America. The show had two sell out concert performances at The Other Palace, and has over 2 million TikTok views – I went along to see the show a couple of months ago at the Factory Playhouse Hitchin, you can read my 4* review here. The album features, Alex James-Hatton (Newsies), Sophie-Rose Middleton (SIX), Ross Harmon (Wicked), so get listening!

REVIEWS OF THE WEEK

Our top rated shows of the week are;

HOME ALONE IN CONCERT

‘All in all, Home Alone in Concert was the perfect event to put me in the Christmas spirit, and I can’t wait to see what comes to the Royal Albert Hall next year!’

– Jill

Check out Jill’s review in full here

AS YOU LIKE IT

‘An inclusive, refreshing and lively adaptation’

– Valeria

Check out Val’s review in full here.

HARRY’S CHRISTMAS

‘An anti-festive gift, this is a responsible and respectful study of a person in crisis.’

– Tom

Check out Tom’s review in full now

SINDERFELLA

Sinderfella is a fast-paced, nasty piece of a show that celebrates panto, drag, queer- and quirkiness.’

– Anne

Check out Anne’s review in full now

LESBIAN SPACE CRIME

‘Raucously funny from start to finish, this is queer theatre made by queer people, and it’s a joy to watch.’

– Amy

Check out Amy’s review in full now

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Jill had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Rachel Lancaster, the artistic director of Cirque du Soleil Kurois: Cabinet of Curiosities. You can read the full interview here!

SHOWS OPENING NEXT WEEK

MOST ANTICIPATED

Potted Panto – It’s the 7th West End season of this Olivier-nominated panto, written by double Olivier nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (also former CBBC TV presenters) and Richard Hurst. Over 70 hilarious minutes, our double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the Ball. Not to mention the full-scale versions of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty which see the boys trying to work out not only how two people can play 7 dwarves, but also which of them will make the prettiest princess! Opening on the 18th December, this show is running at the Apollo Theatre until the 8th of January, and tickets are from £20.

One Woman Show – Following sensational critical acclaim One Woman Show played sold out runs at Soho Theatre London and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing. This is a show so unflinching you’ll be begging for a flinch. Opening night is the 19th of December at the Ambassadors Theatre, the show is running until January 21st – and tickets are from just £15!

CHRISTMAS SHOW OF THE WEEK

SCROOGELICIOUS – if you aren’t too tired of A Christmas Carol… this adaptation of the classic blends storytelling, dance and song with an original music score by Jordan Xavier featuring rap, RnB, hip hop and funk. Aymer reunites with Theatre Peckham’s Artistic Director Suzann McLean to present a refreshed and entertaining allegorical tale that will deeply resonate with audiences across London.

The production is on at Theatre Peckham, and closes on the 23rd December. Tickets are from £15, with discounts for concession and Peckham locals! Find more info and tickets here.

FRINGE THEATRE

The Dream Machine – Following successful runs at the White Bear, Space, Cockpit and the OSO Arts Centre, The Dream Machine is back, this time at the Golden Goose Theatre. Bring your wacky, weird and embarrassing dreams to the show, and they will be stuffed into the machine and turned into long form improvised comedy. Expect to see a full length production of odd characters, compelling stories, and the Christmas spirit. On from 19th – 21st December – tickets £12 / £10 for concessions. Find out more here!

Jordan Gray: Is It A Bird? – following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, a historic performance at The London Palladium and a game-changing set on Channel 4’s Friday Night Live, the UK’s premier transgender comedian returns to take on babies, boobies, bigots and Batman in this blistering hour of music and comedy. Jordan is at Soho Theatre until the 23rd December, tickets are from £20. You can read George’s 5* review here!

Summer in the City – Ovation present their festive season show, a 60s jukebox musical. Set in a Carnaby Street coffee bar, this show follows the lives of six characters. With live music from a five piece band. The show is running until the 15th of January at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Tickets are from £22 – info here.

TICKET DEAL OF THE WEEK

There’s £15 tickets for One Woman Show on Today Tix.

Also, Mother Goose, the star studded panto has announced it will have £25 rush tickets available! Every Thursday at midday, which began this week, 80 stalls seats – priced at just £25 – will be released for shows during the following week. These ringfenced, accessibly priced seats will be exclusively available on LOVEtheatre.

REVIEWS TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK

We’re reviewing Potted Panto and A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall!

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