Written on Sep, 22, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
evita

This week one of my favourite musicals, Evita, returns to the West End. The show is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but is one that even people who dislike Lloyd Webber can usually get on board with. I have always found the score to be his most exciting, driving and forthcoming, and teamed with Tim Rice’s lyrics, it purveys a …

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Written on Sep, 15, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
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Faye Ellen as Amanda & Lynsey Simon as Bella Derrydown-Web. On Saturday, 13 September, I went to see a showcase performance of a brand new British musical called Feelgood Academy The Musical. A showcase is primarily aimed at producers and potential backers, or anyone else that can help a new show to move forward and become a success. The general …

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Written on Sep, 11, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
RegentsParkOpenAirTheatre11sep2014

As this unexpectedly warm and sunny British summer (on the whole) comes to an end, so too, sadly, does the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season. I have to say that it is one of my favourite London theatre venues and I always look forward to each season with optimistic anticipation. Obviously it is one of the most unique …

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Written on Sep, 10, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
samuelbeckett

In Britain, and now across the world, it is common to see a mug, tea towel, T-shirt etc., which proudly displays the inspirational message, “Keep Calm, and carry on.” Words taken from a poster created by the British government in 1939 which was intended to raise the moral of the British public following the declaration of war. The poster was …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
fringe

The London fringe has long been a hive of activity. Many of the best productions I have ever seen lay far away from the glittery lights of Shaftesbury Avenue and the West End – often in the most modest and unassuming of venues in zones of London which many rarely dare to tread. The sheer amount of Fringe theatre means …

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Written on Sep, 02, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
medea2sep2014

  There are many theatre goers, especially theatrical newbies, who if provided with the unavoidable choice of having a tooth extracted or watching a Greek tragedy by Euripides, would gladly choose the former. Even experienced theatre goers, for whom a night out means an evening at the theatre, may recoil at the thought of a Greek tragedy narrated by a …

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Written on Aug, 29, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
dessarose29aug2014

Late yesterday afternoon I suddenly had a bee in my bonnet. Totally out of the blue, I decided that I just had to see Cynthia Erivo in ‘Dessa Rose’ (at the Trafalgar Studios 2). The show closes on Saturday and so I had to move fast. Naturally enough, tickets were very hard to come by. Only a single ticket was …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
misssaigon27aug2014

Since the dawn of the internet, the online ticketing industry has embraced the new technology to embrace ticket purchases for events around the globe – be it theatre, music, comedy or cinema, figures show that most people choose to book online. In fact, in many instances venues now advise their customers to book online, with some getting rid of telephone …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
commitments27aug2014

My first ever blog entry can only be about one subject – the ‘out of body experience’. I’d never really taken much notice of this, until I went to see The Commitments musical at the Palace Theatre earlier this year. What happened to me was totally extraordinary. During some of the songs, I felt my whole body going into a …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
avenueq27aug2014

Last night I braved the terrential London downpour and travelled South to the New Wimbledon Theatre for the opening night of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. Having settled in London’s West End in three different homes (at the Noël Coward Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and finally the Wyndham’s Theatre) from 2006, earning a nomination for Best New Musical at the …

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