Mates blogger: Andrew Wright


Andrew Wright is one of over 45 theatre bloggers who are part of the MyTheatreMates collective. This page features Andrew's posts on MyTheatreMates. Take a look at our full list of theatre bloggers and our aggregated feed of all our Mates' posts. We’re always looking for new theatre bloggers. Could that be you? Learn about how to join us.
Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright is an award-winning choreographer, whose myriad credits from the West End, Chichester, Bath, Leicester and elsewhere, include: Mrs Henderson Presents, Guys and Dolls, Singin’ In The Rain, Barnum, 42nd Street, The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound, High Society, Wonderful Town, Betty Blue Eyes, Saturday Night Fever, A Little Night Music, Follies, Oliver!, The Showgirl Within, Almost Like Being In Love, Stepping Out, Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi, By Jeeves, I Sing and Soul Traders. He directed and choreographed Happy Days (National Tour), for which he was nominated for Best Director/Choreographer in the Broadway World Awards 2014. Andrew was educated at Millfield School (Old Millfieldian of the year 2015, Distinguished Old Millfieldian 2012) and trained with the NYMT and Arts Ed. He blogs at a-wright.com and tweets at @AndrewWright5.
Andrew Wright on Twitter


The latest from Andrew on MyTheatreMates

View Post

Olympic Golds for Half a Sixpence ensemble?

In Dance, Features, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

The wonderful (fellow Mate) Libby Purves herself had a Sixpence related question, and I quote: “I just want to know IN DETAIL how Andrew Wright gets those actors to do such astonishing perilous Olympicish THINGS. They fly through the air! They skid! They throw one another! End of Sixpence is like a pub brawl between seraphim and gods”!

View Post

Act One Finale: 10 lessons learnt this season

In Dance, Features, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

I was thinking what to write for my final blog this season [editor: before Andrew heads off to immerse himself in Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre]. I’ve had a few suggestions, most of them I wouldn’t share without at least a cocktail and a good fillet steak! So here are my top ten reflections from my recent ramblings…

View Post

Should performers earn the right to perform in the West End?

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

This got me to thinking to how it was when I graduated. There was still the strict rule of not being allowed to audition yet alone take a West End show until you had your hours on your Equity card. Thus, by the time you had finally gained your full Equity card by doing summer season, panto, clubs etc, you had earned your right and, more importantly, your knowledge to then audition and hopefully get a West End show.

View Post

Remembering Louise Plowright: ‘How Lucky Can You Get’

In Dance, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

Recently I attended a beautiful life affirming memorial service for Louise Plowright. She was not only a shining talent but also a dear, kind and downright hilarious women. During the service they showed clips of Louise at both work and play but one startling image stuck in my mind and gave me cause for great reflection. It was the video of her singing “How Lucky Can you Get” from Hot Shoe Shuffle.

View Post

Times have changed: Remember Grand Hotel in the West End with no stunts?

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

You have the legendary casting director Anne Vosser to blame for my Blog this week! Not only did she kindly give me my first job from college (Pickwick choreographed by Gillian Lynne), but she recently posted this YouTube clip from the West End opening of Grand Hotel at the Dominion Theatre in 1992 which lurched my sleepy Sunday brain into action!

View Post

In praise of understudies: Any-Swing Goes!

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

One couldn’t help but notice the slight hysteria surrounding understudies this week but is this really anything new? Cast your minds back to missing performances from Martine McCutcheon in My Fair Lady, Tamsin Outhwaite in Sweet Charity… the list goes on. If I see the ‘At this performance’ sign in the box office my heart…

View Post

Stop apologising: Why Americans have an edge in auditions

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

This particular day a succession of people came in who looked beaten, constantly apologising for themselves and churning out a decidedly tepid performance. It struck me: is this synonymous with being British? As a nation, we often apologise for ourselves, nervous to put ourselves on the line, worried what others will think. I thought: if only we could have the confidence of American dancers.

View Post

The politics of the final bow: Why I hate staging curtain calls

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

What does a choreographers job really consist of? Staging a number – big or small , yes of course. Making scene changes look elegant and fluid – you bet. Ask me to stage a curtain call and you’ll probably find me cowering under the nearest table waving a white flag in surrender. Years ago whilst…

View Post

Wrestling With Elephants … and bad reviews

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

Our brilliant Mrs Henderson Presents lyricist Don Black once said that mounting a new musical was like wrestling with an elephant. How true he is. After months of hard labour, Mrs Henderson Presents finally had its West End debut last week. We have all put our heart and soul into this production and no matter how many times we all reassure ourselves with the thought that reviews don’t really matter the horrid truth is they do. Bad/mixed reviews hurt deep down into the very soul of you.

View Post

“Your work must be so glamorous…” If only

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

Nothing is more thrilling than entering the rehearsal room at 10 with a blank canvas and by 6 a number has been born! As a dancer, you become a machine, repeating the same choreography 8 times a week. I have no idea how I managed it for all those years now I think about it. I am a creative being and not being able to create and invent became frustrating.


More from Andrew

See the latest posts from Andrew's own website

Click here