By Imogen Sarre
Twitter's wonderful and all, but it's so very immediate
that if you're not on the button right when the news hits the retweet,
yesterday's news is very quickly siphoned off into cyber antiquity. So, now
that we're in the middle of the year, we thought it would be timely to provide
a quick snapshot into 20 of the top theatre headline grabbers since the start
first Pinter play opens in the Harold Pinter
after it's been renamed after him.
Lloyd Productions launched Trafalgar Transformed in the West End with £15 Monday
tickets for Macbeth
(starring James McAvoy
This was followed with Pinter's The
(starring John Simm
and The Pride
by Alexi Kaye
film of Les
(released in the UK on 11 January 2013) has reinvigorated interest in the
musical and has prompted a return
Griffiths died on 28 March 2013. Richard was best known or his portrayal of
Hector in The
History Boys ,for
which he won Best Actor at both the Olivier and Tony Awards. He also played the memorable Uncle Monty
in black comedy Withnail
His final theatre role was alongside
Danny DeVito in The
founding the National Theatre of Scotland, Vicky Featherstone moves to London
up the Royal Court Theatre as its first female Artistic Director.
She's just announced her new
the National with the chance to do more innovative and experimental
productions, The Shed
opens to replace the Cottosloe
theatre while it undergoes building work.
Margaret Thatcher's death on 8 April 2013 had substantial theatrical effect. Haydn Gwynne was playing her part in The Audience
in the West End; The Wizard of Oz
song Ding Dong! The
Witch Is Dead
entered the music charts at number two;
and Billy Elliot
to keep the musical's song about her death in
Only 2 months after her death, Theatre503 showcased the first major theatrical
response to her death with the sold out ThatcherWrite
Artistic Director of the National Theatre and behind The
History Boys, War Horse
Man, Two Guv'nors, announces
that he'll step down from the top job in 2015
selling out all over the world, it's announced that Sadler's Wells' West
will return to the UK in August.
Lion King musical had a dedicated autism-friendly performance in London
announced a relaxed performance in Edinburgh
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Timeswept
the board at the Oliviers
winning 7 Olivier Awards and matching Matilda,
only other show to ever achieve it
We Roll Along
got more 5*
any other musical in West End history
One in the Park
got the shock of their lives when their noisy promotion of
their festival for gay and transgender people was interrupted
by Helen Mirren
resplendent in full Queen Elizabeth costume. During the interval of The
plays the Queen, she told them in no uncertain terms to move their performance
on from outside The Gielgud Theatre.
The Park Theatre
Finsbury, London, opened on 8 May 2013.
moves international, purchasing
Broadway's biggest theatre, Foxwoods
, and hitting the 40 theatre mark.
performing in three different languages in Holland, Germany and on Broadway,
it's announced that Willemijn Verkaik is
set to come join the London cast of Wicked as Elphaba in
co-founder and Creative Director Howard Panter joins other theatre impresarios Andrew
Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh to become knighted for
services to drama.
announced that Miss Saigon is going to return to the West
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
learn that Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is going to give her/his final
at the London Palladium in November.