2022 theatre at LouReviews (part 4)

The final quarter of the year saw some excellent fringe shows and the peak of the pantoomime seasom. There were revivals, adaptations, dance and the opening of a new London Theatre near Baker Street.

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October-December

Shows not reviewed

Exceptional

Poster images for shows Peaky Blinders and The Doctor

Peaky Blinders: the Redemption of Thomas Shelby (Troubadour Wembley Park)

It was difficult to see how Rambert were planning to make Steven Knight’s story of Birmingham gangsters dance, but this show was an excellent piece of work which caught the spirit of the Shelbys without being a direct copy of the show.

The Doctor (Duke of York’s)

Seen from the stalls, this was as powerful as it had been a few years ago at the Almeida. It plays with gender and race politics with clever casting, and is anchored by a powerful central performance from Juliet Stevenson.

Very good

Poster images for shows 42 Balloons, Tammy Faye, Dance Umbrella, Prima Facie

Dance Umbrella (digital)

Fourteen pieces were availanle with the digital pass of which six were performances playing with the idea of dance theatre and film. These were #PUNK, Radioactive Practice, Hunter, SAY AF and Friends, O Samba do Crioulo Doido, and The Devil.

Prima Facie (NT at Home, digital)

This solo performance by Jodie Comer played in the West End earlier in the year, then into cinemas through the NT Live initiative. It is now available on the subscription/rental service NT at Home. It features a defence lawyer who specialises in sexual assault cases who finds out the systems fails her.

42 Balloons (Vaudeville Theatre, WIP)

This new musical takes the real-life stoiry of a man who flew in a lawn chair held by 42 balloons. Using 80s pop songs as inspiration for its score, this is a show which boasts a large amount of potential.

Tammy Faye (Almeida)

Another musical biopic, this one takes the story of TV envangelust Tammy Faye Bakker and makes it into a tongue-in-cheek piece scripted by James Graham and with songs by Elton John and Jake Shears. Katie Brayben and Zubin Varla stand out in the cast.

Good

The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theater, digital)

The John Webster classic receives a rehearsed reading from the American theatre company.

Mother Goose (Duke of York’s)

Ian McKellen is the clear draw as the Dame in this lively, bawdy and tuneful turn on the classic panto.

Service to Empire (National Galleries of Scotland, digital)

A reading of Maud Sulter’s 2002 play which had not been previously performed. Sulter was a Black Scottishwoman and visual artists, photographer and writer.

Choir of the Earth presents Christmas 2022 (digital)

SEEING 30 DEC Cinderella (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

Shows reviewed

Exceptional

Images for Rocky Horror Show, Fame Whore, La Voix, The Black Cat

Fame Whore (King’s Head)

Life of Pi (Wyndham’s)

La VoixEighth Wonder of the World (Lyric Theatre)

The Rocky Horror Show (New Wimbledon Theatre)

The Black Cat (Threedumb Theatre, digital)

Very good

Images for The Last Laugh, A Sherlock Carol, In the Melting Pot, Alice

Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall)

Trainspotting Live! (Riverside Studios)

Alice (Sadler’s Wells)

A Visit to the Minotaur (Voila! Festival, digital)

The Last Laugh (Theatre at the Tabard)

Not Now (Finborough Theatre)

Sarah (Coronet Theatre)

A Sherlock Carol (Marylebone Theatre)

Mother Goose (Hackney Empire)

Wickies (Park Theatre)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (New Wimbledon Theatre)

Jonny Feathers, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pigeon (Riverside Studios)

Into the Melting Pot (The Telling, digital)

Sherlock Holmes: the Valley of Fear (digital)

Talking Hands (Deafinitely Theatre, digital)

Good

Images for A Single Man, Yellowman, The Last Sales Conference of the Apocalypse, Dmitry

Last Sales Conference of the Apocalypse (Waterloo East Theatre)

Dmitry (Marylebone Theatre)

looking for fun …? (King’s Head)

Yellowman (Orange Tree, digital)

A Single Man (Park Theatre)

Enos (Voila! Festival, digital)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith)

Picture Perfect Christmas (National Gallery Theatre)

The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English (Bush Theatre, Studio)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (New Wolsey Theatre, digital)

King Arthur and the Twelfth Knight (Questors Playhouse)

Press Play (Fox Story Theatre, digital)

Fair

From Here to Eternity (Charing Cross Theatre)

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Charing Cross Theatre)

The Ealing Club (Questors Studio)

Daddy Issues (Seven Dials Playhouse)

Love Goddess – the Rita Hayworth Musical (The Cockpit)

Disappointing

This is Why We Live (Voila! Festival, digital)

Shows reviewed for others

Very good

Still Ticking! (Etcetera Theatre) – reviewed for NorthWestEnd

Grey Man – reviewed for Broadway World UK

Pantoland reviewed for Broadway World UK

SEE YOU IN 2023!!!

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