Never Mind The Blog… Here’s Autumn/Winter 2019


Autumn Winter 2019

The slightest of delays in getting this one out – but if you were dealing with unco-operative internet, a laptop whose keyboard still won’t work, and a manic month at work to prepare for, you’d be in the same boat.

Tower Theatre in Stoke Newington is celebrating its first anniversary, and will be holding an open day on Saturday 7 September to mark the occasion.

There have been some great casting announcements recently, including early news from The Boy in the Dress (Forbes Masson, Rufus Hound, Irvine Iqbal & Natasha Lewis) and Prince of Egypt (Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Adam Pearce, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Joe Dixon & Tanisha Spring) – plus Fra Fee is set to join Ciarán Hinds in the return of Translations at the National, and the Bridge House Theatre has today confirmed the casting of West End performers Alex Lodge, Georgie Ashford & James Hume for their production of Tick, Tick… Boom! (playing throughout October).

Opening in London

59857274_1174815262680123_1658652288803143680_oAs ever, there’s an incredible range of shows on offer.

September: Action to the Word’s Romeo & Juliet (3 September), Preludes (6 September), The Life I Lead (16 September), Ian McKellen On Stage (20 September), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (21 September)

October: Beryl (16 October), Mary Poppins (23 October), Death of a Salesman (24 October), On Bear Ridge (24 October)

November/December: & Juliet (2 November), Ubu! A Singalong Satire (5 December), The Red Shoes (6 December), Magic Goes Wrong (14 December)

Closing in London

And it’s your last chance to catch this selection of London shows!

September: Blues in the Night (7 September), The Worst Witch (8 September), Fleabag (14 September), Bitter Wheat (21 September), Evita (21 September), The Night of the Iguana (28 September)

October/November: A Very Expensive Poison (5 October), Fiddler on the Roof (2 November)

Regional theatre comings & goings

I’m still doing my bit for regional theatre, although there’s an increasing need to be careful about which venues to visit

One Man, Two Guvnors (5 September), An Enemy of the People (13 September), A View From The Bridge (20 September), Daddy Long Legs (2 October), Girls Don’t Play Guitars (4 October), Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads (7 October), Hedda Gabler (18 October), Great British Mysteries: 1599? (23 October), I Believe in Unicorns (1 November)

And do make sure to catch the following shows before they finish their runs: The Provoked Wife and Venice Preserved at the RSC (7 September), Crocodile Fever (8 September), Oklahoma! (7 September), Hedda Tesman (28 September)

Mind the Blog reviews

Not much to report back so far, but that’s thanks to a bit of an admin backlog that started with all things Edinburgh and has continued thanks to work inconveniently getting in the way.

  • What Girls Are Made Of (Soho Theatre)
  • Mushy (Arcola)
  • Red Palace (The Vaults)

I am rather excited about these three shows, and I think there are a few interesting invites waiting for me to consider – so there should be plenty of reviews planned as the months go by.

Other shows

67219538_2799474313413488_2070070594816180224_nI’ve got September almost fully covered (it’s a hell of a month at work, so I need plenty of things to distract me and keep me relatively sane), as well as a few other future bookings sorted… Having started the month with a return to Hamilton, I’ve also booked to see Chiaroscuro at the Bush, Peter Gynt at the National, A Doll’s House at the Lyric Hammersmith, Lungs at the Old Vic, Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward, and the RSC transfers of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew & Measure for Measure. Plus I’m intrigued by Joe Sugg’s casting, so am heading back to the diner to see Waitress next week.

BroadwayWorld UK reviews
Most of my impending reviews are currently for BWW! Confirmed so far are Falsettos at The Other Palace, Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, plus The Empire Strikes Back, Skyfall, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ll also be heading to the RAH’s Elgar Room for Classic Album Sundays: Badly Drawn Boy (About a Boy). There are a few shows tbc, but I should be reviewing The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s, [Blank] at the Donmar Warehouse, Amélie at The Other Palace, Fairview at the Young Vic, Three Sisters at the National, Swive at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and Girl From the North Country at the Gielgud Theatre.

On tour
I don’t have many trips confirmed at the moment – just Malory Towers at York Theatre Royal and We Will Rock You at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. However, I do have my eye on trips to Liverpool (quelle surprise), Southampton & Cardiff in the not-too-distant future.

Any Other Business

I’m still managing to keep up the variety – and I think I’ve surpassed myself in my planning for the next couple of months! Talks, gigs, screenings – my diary has it all:

  • Richard Ayoade: Ayoade on Top (Southbank Centre)
  • Sara Pascoe: Sex, Power, Money (Southbank Centre)
  • Kelly Jones: Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day (York Barbican)
  • Underwire Festival: Boundaries (Castle Cinema)
  • Professor Brian Cox: Universal – Adventures in Time and Space (O2 Arena)
  • Orpheus in the Underworld (London Coliseum)
  • Tailenders Live (Hackney Empire)
  • No Such Thing As A Fish: Book of the Year (Bridge Theatre)
  • Tim Minchin: Back (St David’s Hall)

All that I need to do now is fit in some kind of educational experience – I keep signing up to courses on FutureLearn but then never have time to commit to them…

I do also have a slightly different flavour of challenge week coming up at the end of November, so keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

New releases

Photo courtesy of TIFF

DVD: Rocketman (30 September), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (7 October), Yesterday (4 November), Good Omens (5 November), Peaky Blinders series 5 (11 November) 
CD: The Kinks – Transmissions 1964-1968 (6 September), Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Sydney Opera House (25 October), Stereophonics – Kind (25 October) 

Coming soon to a screen near you…
Downton Abbey (13 September), The Goldfinch (27 September), Judy (4 October), Farming (11 October), Official Secrets (18 October), Frozen 2 (22 November), Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (19 December)

Hot tips

Blog post: Centre Stage interviews Georgie Staight, Isabel Della-Porta & Katie Buchholz about Eigengrau
Book: Greetings from Bury Park (Sarfraz Manzoor)
TV shows: The Capture (BBC1), The Crown (Netflix), Temple (Sky One), Catherine the Great (Sky Atlantic), The Good Place (Netflix)

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)

Don’t miss!
My Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 round-up.

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