Are you missing live theatre as much as we are? In the face of the coronavirus crisis, most London and UK theatres remain closed until further notice. Our theatre-loving Mates are still blogging, and we’re doing our best to help keep theatre alive in unprecedented times. If we can help promote your project, give us a shout!
MyTheatreMates is a portal for independent theatre bloggers, run by Terri Paddock. We currently have over 45 bloggers whose sites and content are regularly featured and hundreds more guest bloggers. We love meeting new mates! Are you a champion of theatre? Do you regularly blog and tweet about it? Why not join us?
Terri Paddock co-founded MyTheatreMates in 2015 with the help of leading theatre critic and industry commentator Mark Shenton, a mate for life! Find out more about the original ethos behind the website.
‘Warmly assured, instantly engaging & softly inspiring’: HEADS OR TAILS – Living Record Festival (Online review)
22nd January 2021Yesterday I watched Skye Hallam’s excellent one-woman show, Heads or Tails, one of the headline acts at the new Living Record Festival. It’s a gently confessional monologue about the afterlife spoken by 25-year-old Steph, who has – as they say – been… .. Read more
Mark Shenton’s latest ShenTens podcast throws the spotlight on his top ten favourite movie musicals
22nd January 2021Last week I launched a new podcast series ShenTens here, counting down my top ten favourite musicals, and today the second episode is released. What follows is the equivalent of the CD booklet — a complementary editorial that gives some… .. Read more
NEWS: Curve announces plans to stream its production of The Color Purple
22nd January 2021Following the success of its recent five-star production of Sunset Boulevard – at Home, Curve has announced plans to also stream The Color Purple online between 16 February and 7 March 2021, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome. Whilst the planned… .. Read more
NEWS: Filmed theatre production of Romeo & Juliet will star Derek Jacobi alongside Sam Tutty & Emily Redpath
22nd January 2021Derek Jacobi has joined the cast of the new filmed theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet starring Sam Tutty and Emily Redpath in the title roles. He will play the Narrator. The production, which utilised new, cutting edge… .. Read more
‘Rich, multi-layered play that is clever in its storytelling’: OVERFLOW – Bush Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
22nd January 2021Travis Alabanza’s play Overflow is set in the toilet of a club from where transgirl Rosie (Reece Lyons) has locked herself in. She talks about the power of a ‘pre-emptive pee’ but it isn’t just about being organised enough to… .. Read more
NEWS: Felicity Kendal & Gary Wilmot join the cast of Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre
22nd January 2021Award-winning actress Felicity Kendal will make her West End musical debut starring as Evangeline Harcourt, alongside leading actor Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney, in Anything Goes at London’s Barbican Theatre, running for a strictly limited season from 5 June to 22 August 2021. The pair… .. Read more
‘Exploring difficult topics like addiction through drama can hoist warning flags’: ROSEGOLD / GOOD ENOUGH – Online@TheSpaceUK (Online review)
21st January 2021‘Exploring difficult topics through drama can hoist warning flags’: Donna Kay Yarborough & Ted McGrath are to be applauded for putting their monologues #Rosegold & #GoodEnough – about coming through the rigours of addiction – online, thinks @johnchapman398 @theSpaceUK Everyday brings a new set of statistics –… .. Read more
NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announces that 101 Dalmatians is no longer part of the 2021 season
21st January 2021Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed that the venue will be unable to go ahead with its plans to present 101 Dalmatians as part of their 2021 season. Indications appear to be such that restrictions will almost certainly still be… .. Read more
‘Part Zoom meeting, part supernatural chiller’: BROKEN LINK – Living Record Festival (Online review)
21st January 2021This latest show from Harpy Productions is Broken Link by Noga Flaishon. Part Zoom meeting, part supernatural chiller, it is directed by Kitty Ball. The four characters on the call are meeting to remember Ellie, who passed away five years… .. Read more
‘Mesmerising, fascinating & imaginative story’: FLIGHT PATHS – Extant (Online review) ★★★★
21st January 2021This thoughtful, imaginative and accessible production takes audiences into a whole different world. In the last year, a number of theatre companies have adapted their shows to make them suitable for online audiences. Extant Theatre’s online adaptation of its show… .. Read more