Mates blogger: Terri Paddock


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Terri Paddock
Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously, Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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The latest from Terri on MyTheatreMates

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Embarking on my Edinburgh Festival Highlights adventure

In Edinburgh Festival, Features, Inspiring people, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

In London, five shows a week is a serious haul. In Edinburgh, that’s small fry. When I was reviewing in Edinburgh, I could easily do twice that in a day. This year, this week, I’m experiencing the festival from a different perspective. I’ve been working with producer James Seabright and Festival Highlights, guest-editing content on […]

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My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

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I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from the […]

Mobile switch-off: My role in the Theatre Charter movement

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Have you lost count how many times a mobile has gone off when you’re at the theatre? I have. And I marvel at the timing. Doesn’t it always seem to be at a quiet, crucial moment of performance? In truth, what’s started to annoy me even more than mobiles ringing – it is possible accidentally […]

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Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

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When the production shots for Richard III were first released earlier this week, showing that director Jamie Lloyd had located the Bard’s bloody history play in a 1970s office block, my interest was piqued. After seeing the show at Tuesday’s opening night, my first reaction was to describe the resulting effect as “Get Carter meets […]

Photos and podcast: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West post-show Q&A

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I had a great time last night (3 July 2014) hosting the post-show Q&A at the hilarious new “two-woman comedy about putting on a one-woman show”, The Frida Kahlo of Penge West. I was joined by writer/director Chris Larner and the show’s two stars, Cecily Nash and Laura Kirman. Amongst the topics discussed were: comedy […]

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My theatre diary: Five plays worth seeing, from Adler to Bakersfield

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Despite the considerable distractions of the World Cup, Wimbledon and my own much-talked about (!) triathlon debut in Wales – I’m a sucker for a sporting spectacle – I have been lucky enough to squeeze in some top theatregoing in recent weeks. Here are five plays I can heartily recommend, listed in closing date order. […]

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The Jersey Boys‘ lost song (and VIDEO): Reminted by original London four

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Clint Eastwood eat your heart out. While the Jersey Boys big screen release has received lukewarm reviews, I’m giving a massively big thumbs-up to a small screen release featuring the stage musical’s original four West End stars. Everybody Knows My Name is the brainchild of actor Philip Bulcock, who played The Four Seasons’ Nick Massi […]

The Jersey Boys‘ lost song (and VIDEO): Reminted by original London four

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Clint Eastwood eat your heart out. While the Jersey Boys big screen release has received lukewarm reviews, I’m giving a massively big thumbs-up to a small screen release featuring the stage musical’s original four West End stars. Everybody Knows My Name is the brainchild of actor Philip Bulcock, who played The Four Seasons’ Nick Massi […]

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Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

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The News of the World phone hacking trial may have ended yesterday, but the drama continues at the National Theatre where, less than 24 hours after the end of the eight-month trial at the Old Bailey, outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner this morning finally confirmed rumours that Richard Bean has indeed been working on a […]

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Wanted: Small Asian children for Miss Saigon

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Do you have a small, confident, South-East Asian-looking child? If so, Jo Hawes is looking for you. My interest was piqued when I attended Miss Saigon recently at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre. On the cast credits page of the programme, just below the notification about American stars Eva Noblezada (who plays Kim) and […]

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Hey, Ms Producer! Sonia Friedman leads the growing ranks of female producers

In Broadway, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Maybe it’s because I’m considering trying my own hand at producing and the universe is sending me encouragement, but everywhere I look at the moment, I see female producers. On Sunday night, the powerhouse that is Sonia Friedman takes another shot at Tony Awards glory in New York, where her transfers of the Shakespeare’s Globe […]

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Never mind Titus: The West End is awash with blood

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There’s been a lot of media attention around the Globe’s Titus Andronicus. Once again, Lucy Bailey’s production – which starred Douglas Hodge in its first 2006 outing and now has William Houston in the title role – has got audiences fainting on Bankside. Titus, with the strapline “brutality of the highest order”, is an extreme example […]

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Don’t ride the Tube with blood on your face… Urinetown‘s company manager explains

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David Curl, company manager of Urinetown at St James Theatre, recalls the challenges of working with so much stage blood. The show is now aiming for a West End transfer, venue still to be announced. I first had to use a large amount of blood onstage in a tour of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling in […]

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Who owns Shakespeare? Phyllida Lloyd and Harriet Walter lay claim for women

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“Julius Caesar rocked my world,” says Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. She isn’t talking about the play alone, but rather Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed all-female production, which Rourke programmed at the Donmar Warehouse in late 2012-early 2013 before transferring it to New York for a run at St Ann’s Warehouse. Now director Lloyd is reuniting with star […]

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Noel Coward in three events: Blithe Spirit, Relative Values and Tonight at 8.30

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You only have three more weeks to catch Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Michael Blakemore’s production – and, more specifically, Angela Lansbury’s performance in it as dotty clairvoyant Madame Arcati – is undoubtedly one of the theatre events of the year. The “eventfulness” of the occasion has little to do with the play. The […]

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Tony trivia: Twelfth Night is officially a history play

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Twelfth Night is generally classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but last week it officially became a history play as well, after its phenomenal haul in this year’s Tony Awards nominations. Mark Rylance is already something of a Tony legend. He has won Best Actor twice for two other London transfers –1960s farce Boeing-Boeing in […]

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What I learned today: Help! SOS doesn’t mean anything

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With all the blood and gore – and fantastically poetic staging care of director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett – Morse code may not be the first thing you associate with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of vampire Let the Right One, now playing at the West End’s Apollo Theatre. But it nevertheless […]