Mates blogger: Lisa Martland


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Lisa Martland
An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.
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Kinky Boots The Musical at the cinema – filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre, Continue Reading, Kinky Boots The Musical at the cinema – filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre 23rd January 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre, Continue Reading, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre 23rd January 2020
Five Questions With: Romantic Anonymous’ Marc Antolin, Continue Reading, Five Questions With: Romantic Anonymous’ Marc Antolin 20th January 2020
Six to keep rocking the West End until 2021, Continue Reading, Six to keep rocking the West End until 2021 20th January 2020
Birthday singalong planned by Thriller Live, Continue Reading, Birthday singalong planned by Thriller Live 20th January 2020
Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley head back to West End’s 9 To 5 The Musical, Continue Reading, Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley head back to West End’s 9 To 5 The Musical, Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley head back to West End’s 9 To 5 The Musical 20th January 2020
Musical Theatre Review | Jason Manford to host the Olivier Awards for a third year 19th January 2020
Greenwich Theatre debut for Polly (The Heartbreak Opera), Continue Reading, Greenwich Theatre debut for Polly (The Heartbreak Opera) 16th January 2020
Rags: The Musical – Park Theatre, Continue Reading, Rags: The Musical – Park Theatre, Rags: The Musical – Park Theatre 16th January 2020
Off the Top with Jason Kravitz – Live at Zédel, Continue Reading, Off the Top with Jason Kravitz – Live at Zédel 16th January 2020
Wedding Singer Kevin Clifton finds his leading lady in Rhiannon Chesterman, Continue Reading, Wedding Singer Kevin Clifton finds his leading lady in Rhiannon Chesterman 16th January 2020
Book Review: The Pheasantry – The Untold Story, Continue Reading, Book Review: The Pheasantry – The Untold Story 8th January 2020
WhatsOnStage Awards nominations revealed, Continue Reading, WhatsOnStage Awards nominations revealed 8th January 2020
Musical Theatre Review | Full cast details for Pretty Woman The Musical in the West End 6th January 2020
CD Review: Girl In A Crisis – Original Cast Recording, Continue Reading, CD Review: Girl In A Crisis – Original Cast Recording 2nd January 2020
Lucie Jones to star in first West End solo concert, Continue Reading, Lucie Jones to star in first West End solo concert 2nd January 2020
Darren Day joins hit revival of Mame for tour dates, Continue Reading, Darren Day joins hit revival of Mame for tour dates 2nd January 2020
A Swingin’ Christmas: Gary Williams – Live at Zédel, Continue Reading, A Swingin’ Christmas: Gary Williams – Live at Zédel 1st January 2020
Tributes paid to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, Continue Reading, Tributes paid to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, Tributes paid to Broadway legend Jerry Herman 1st January 2020
Sam Mendes, Giles Terera and Stephen Mear feature in New Year Honours list, Continue Reading, Sam Mendes, Giles Terera and Stephen Mear feature in New Year Honours list 1st January 2020
Musical Theatre Review 2019 – Five-Star Show Round-Up 23rd December 2019
Jagged Little Pill – Broadhurst Theatre, New York. 23rd December 2019
Matt Lucas saves Christmas for Sondheim Theatre’s Les Misérables 22nd December 2019
New cast confirmed for extended runs of Soho Cinders 22nd December 2019
CD Review: Musical Direction – Jon Robyns 22nd December 2019
42nd Street – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Continue Reading, 42nd Street – Upstairs at the Gatehouse 18th December 2019
Girl from the North Country – Gielgud Theatre, London, Continue Reading, Girl from the North Country – Gielgud Theatre, London, Girl from the North Country – Gielgud Theatre, London 18th December 2019
Guys and Dolls – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Continue Reading, Guys and Dolls – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 18th December 2019
Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester – Salberg Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, Continue Reading, Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester – Salberg Studio, Salisbury Playhouse 18th December 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Fascinating Aida – Queen Elizabeth Hall and Touring 18th December 2019
Singin’ in the Rain – The Mill at Sonning 9th December 2019
Broadway Princess Party heads for London 8th December 2019
New cast for West End’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 8th December 2019
A Christmas Carol – Barn Theatre, Cirencester 8th December 2019
Gypsy – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 8th December 2019
CD Review: Legends – Gary Williams, Continue Reading, CD Review: Legends – Gary Williams 7th December 2019
The Boy Friend – Menier Chocolate Factory, Continue Reading, The Boy Friend – Menier Chocolate Factory 7th December 2019
Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre, Continue Reading, Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre, Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre 7th December 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Amélie The Musical – The Other Palace 5th December 2019
Musical Theatre Review | First tour dates announced for UK tour of Dreamgirls 2nd December 2019
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York 24th November 2019
Beetlejuice The Musical scares up the crowds on Broadway 23rd November 2019
The Season – A New Musical – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton 23rd November 2019
& Juliet – Shaftesbury Theatre 21st November 2019
The Addams Family musical to tour again in 2020, Continue Reading, The Addams Family musical to tour again in 2020 17th November 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Full cast for Back To The Future The Musical 15th November 2019
Charity concert debut for Boublil & Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen, Continue Reading, Charity concert debut for Boublil & Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen 15th November 2019
Fascinating Aida leads The Pheasantry’s tenth anniversary celebrations, Continue Reading, Fascinating Aida leads The Pheasantry’s tenth anniversary celebrations 15th November 2019
Cyrano – Daryl Roth Theatre, New York, Continue Reading, Cyrano – Daryl Roth Theatre, New York 15th November 2019
Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre, Continue Reading, Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre, Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre 15th November 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Waitress is the big winner at the West End Wilma Awards 2019 12th November 2019
Waitress is the big winner at the West End Wilma Awards 2019 12th November 2019
Charity concert debut for Boublil & Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen 10th November 2019
Beverley Knight to star in new musical The Drifters Girl 10th November 2019
London season for new touring production of Curtains 10th November 2019
John Barrowman talks Christmas & his Fabulous festive tour & album 10th November 2019
The King and I – Grand Theatre, Leeds and Touring, Continue Reading, The King and I – Grand Theatre, Leeds and Touring 10th November 2019
Musical theatre is bustin’ out all over in Paris, Continue Reading, Musical theatre is bustin’ out all over in Paris 10th November 2019
Reputation – The Other Palace, Continue Reading, Reputation – The Other Palace, Reputation – The Other Palace 10th November 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Nativity! The Musical – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring 7th November 2019
Broadway stars Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel to reunite for West End’s Waitress 5th November 2019
Stages – The Musical Theatre Festival At Sea from Floating Festivals 3rd November 2019
Kinky Boots – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring, Continue Reading, Kinky Boots – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring 3rd November 2019
I Do! I Do! – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Continue Reading, I Do! I Do! – Upstairs at the Gatehouse 3rd November 2019
High Fidelity – Turbine Theatre, Continue Reading, High Fidelity – Turbine Theatre, High Fidelity – Turbine Theatre 3rd November 2019
Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre, Continue Reading, Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre 3rd November 2019
Musical Theatre Review | The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – Longacre Theatre, New York 2nd November 2019
Turbine Theatre hosts second MT Fest UK in 2020, Continue Reading, Turbine Theatre hosts second MT Fest UK in 2020, Turbine Theatre hosts second MT Fest UK in 2020 1st November 2019
Musical Theatre Review | The Hoff to play the boss in 9 To 5 The Musical 31st October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Soho Cinders – Charing Cross Theatre 30th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Sinatra: Raw – Wilton’s Music Hall 30th October 2019
Workshop presentation of Leslie Bricusse’s Sammy to star Giles Terera 27th October 2019
CD Review: Face To Face – Hayden Tee 26th October 2019
CD Review: Once In A While – Seth MacFarlane 26th October 2019
Book Review: Life Drawing – A Life Under Lights – Jessica Martin 26th October 2019
CD Review: From Now On – Ramin Karimloo 26th October 2019
Curve’s West Side Story cast revealed 25th October 2019
CD Review: Tootsie – Original Broadway Cast 23rd October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Book Review: Come From Away – Welcome To The Rock – Laurence Maslon 23rd October 2019
Hannah Tointon is the new Dawn in West End’s Waitress 23rd October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Barbican transfer for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Evita 23rd October 2019
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Cadogan Hall, Continue Reading, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Cadogan Hall 22nd October 2019
West End debut for Moulin Rouge! The Musical in 2021, Continue Reading, West End debut for Moulin Rouge! The Musical in 2021 22nd October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Karl Queensborough is the new West End Hamilton from November 2019 21st October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Hope Mill’s Rags to transfer to London's Park Theatre 21st October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Come From Away’s West End run extended again 21st October 2019
Curtains – Palace Theatre, Manchester and Touring 19th October 2019
BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen: All you needed to know 19th October 2019
Tickle The Musical – King’s Head Theatre, 19th October 2019
Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musicals: Singin’ in the Rain – Adelphi Theatre 19th October 2019
Girls Don’t Play Guitars – Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool 17th October 2019
Anastasia – Circus Theater Scheveningen, The Netherlands 13th October 2019
Andrew Pepper – The Other Palace 12th October 2019
I Have Lived: Jean Brassard Salutes Charles Aznavour – The Pheasantry 12th October 2019
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring, Continue Reading, Priscilla Queen of the Desert – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring 12th October 2019
Cast for Sheffield Theatres’ Guys and Dolls, Continue Reading, Cast for Sheffield Theatres’ Guys and Dolls, Cast for Sheffield Theatres’ Guys and Dolls 12th October 2019
Sandra Marvin is the new Becky in West End’s Waitress, Continue Reading, Sandra Marvin is the new Becky in West End’s Waitress 12th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Stars return to host 10th West End Bares 11th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Islander – Southwark Playhouse 10th October 2019
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Union Theatre, Continue Reading, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Union Theatre, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Union Theatre 10th October 2019
Heathers The Musical to return for UK tour, Continue Reading, Heathers The Musical to return for UK tour 8th October 2019
Luke Bayer and Millie O’Connell are cast in Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre, Continue Reading, Luke Bayer and Millie O’Connell are cast in Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre 8th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Chelsea nightspot The Pheasantry celebrates its tenth anniversary 7th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Daddy Long Legs – Barn Theatre, Cirencester 5th October 2019
Mame – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester 5th October 2019
tick, tick… BOOM! – Bridge House Theatre 5th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | View an exclusive gallery of new images from Fame at the Peacock Theatre 5th October 2019
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring, Continue Reading, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring 5th October 2019
Calendar Girls The Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring, Continue Reading, Calendar Girls The Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring 5th October 2019
Film Review: Renée Zellweger in Judy, Continue Reading, Film Review: Renée Zellweger in Judy 5th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Lorna Luft Loves London – Live at Zédel 4th October 2019
Brooklyn: The Musical – Greenwich Theatre, Continue Reading, Brooklyn: The Musical – Greenwich Theatre 4th October 2019
Assassins – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Continue Reading, Assassins – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor 4th October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Film Review: Renée Zellweger in Judy 3rd October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Calendar Girls The Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring 3rd October 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring 3rd October 2019
Broadway musical Be More Chill will have its UK premiere at The Other Palace 30th September 2019
Mamma Mia! – Edinburgh Playhouse and Touring 30th September 2019
Angela’s Ashes The Musical – Fairfield Halls, Croydon 30th September 2019
A tribute to Harold Prince – King of Broadway 28th September 2019
CD Review: Beetlejuice – Original Broadway Cast 28th September 2019
Cast changes and extra dates for Les Misérables’ tour 28th September 2019
Book Review: Till The Boys Come Home – Roger Foss 28th September 2019
Nominees for UK Theatre Awards 2019 28th September 2019
Midlife Cowboy – Pleasance Theatre, Continue Reading, Midlife Cowboy – Pleasance Theatre 25th September 2019
First casting news for concert version of Zorro, Continue Reading, First casting news for concert version of Zorro 25th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Second summer season for London Palladium’s Joseph 21st September 2019
CD Review: Follies – National Theatre 2018 Cast, Continue Reading, CD Review: Follies – National Theatre 2018 Cast 18th September 2019
Preludes – Southwark Playhouse, Continue Reading 18th September 2019
New musical 101 Dalmatians for Regent’s Park Open Air’s 2020 season, Continue Reading, New musical 101 Dalmatians for Regent’s Park Open Air’s 2020 season 18th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Now & Then – Above The Stag Theatre 17th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | CD Review: Lost Broadway 1956-1957 – Various Artists 16th September 2019
Valentine’s Day 2020 London debut for Pretty Woman: The Musical 10th September 2019
RSC’s The Boy in the Dress – full cast unveiled 10th September 2019
On Your Feet! – Birmingham Hippodrome and Touring 10th September 2019
Full cast announced for The Prince of Egypt, Continue Reading, Full cast announced for The Prince of Egypt, Full cast announced for The Prince of Egypt 10th September 2019
Six touring Queens announced, Continue Reading, Six touring Queens announced 10th September 2019
Christina Bianco to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Theatre Marigny, Continue Reading, Christina Bianco to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Theatre Marigny 10th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Rachel Tucker to climb aboard Stages musical theatre cruise 8th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Meet Me in St Louis is the next musical for Grange Park Opera 8th September 2019
CD Review: Oklahoma! – 2019 Broadway Cast, Continue Reading, CD Review: Oklahoma! – 2019 Broadway Cast 5th September 2019
Bridge House Theatre’s tick, tick…Boom! – cast announced, Continue Reading, Bridge House Theatre’s tick, tick…Boom! – cast announced, Bridge House Theatre’s tick, tick…Boom! – cast announced 5th September 2019
Casting for new musical Reputation at The Other Palace, Continue Reading, Casting for new musical Reputation at The Other Palace 5th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | BFI to celebrate the movie musical 5th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Last few weeks in West End for Adrian Mole 4th September 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Great Gatsby The Musical at Live at Zédel – Exclusive gallery of images 29th August 2019
Oddball – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Continue Reading, Oddball – Upstairs at the Gatehouse 29th August 2019
As You Like It – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Continue Reading, As You Like It – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch 29th August 2019
Upstairs at the Gatehouse 29th August 2019
Joe Suggs to join West End Waitress cast, Continue Reading, Joe Suggs to join West End Waitress cast, Joe Suggs to join West End Waitress cast 29th August 2019
Musical Theatre Review | Rufus Hound among first cast revealed for RSC’s The Boy in the Dress 27th August 2019

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