This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times!
Much of my ‘touring’ has been concentrated in Bristol and Chichester; there are a few other UK venues to add to the list, as well as some from my week in New York, of course.
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from November 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
The actors playing the teens are very fine, but top of the class are John McCrea as a spectacularly well-sung and well-observed Jamie, and Josie Walker as his mum with the only really heartfelt song in the show, ‘He’s My Boy’.
Following a hugely successful run in Sheffield, the popular new musical officially opened at the Apollo Theatre this week. But what have critics made of it?
It’s about kids – the boiling mass of hormones that is a year 11 class grappling with GCSEs and half-formed hope. It’s about a mother and son, anger and kindness and making the best of a bad-dad deal.
Based on real life events, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who’s dreams are a little different to his classmates. Chronicling the struggles of growing up, issues with family and being accepted, it’s the warm, British, comedic show the West End has been waiting for.
These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘star attractions’ (in other words, there are famous faces in the cast) – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings
What are the big shows opening in November 2017? Here’s Love London Love Culture’s monthly guide to shows opening in London’s West End and Off-West End, including those led by big-name American stars Bryan Cranston, Kelsey Grammar and Christian Slater… Click on links to BUY tickets in the Mates Ticket Shop.
Winners of the 2017 UK Theatre Awards have been announced, including two big wins for Sheffield Theatres’ musical premiere Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and its leading man, John McCrea, now heading to London.
Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,
directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a
limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at
Winners were announced for the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards, recognising the best breakthrough actors and creatives in theatre, in a star-studded ceremony held last night (17 September 2017) at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
Industry body UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the annual UK Theatre Awards, which celebrate creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Notably, for the first time in the Awards history, all nominations for Best New Play are written by female playwrights.
Thanks to Jamie Campbell, Firecracker Films, Michael Ball, Sheffield Theatres and Nica Burns, a new British musical by a new British theatre writing and directing team, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opens at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
What a joy it is, a breath of feel-good fresh air that can’t help but leave you feeling fabulous. With career advice flying by unheeded, all 16-year-old Jamie is really bothered about as his school-time comes to an end is whether he will attend the school prom as his drag persona Mimi Me or not.
This list is looking a little further afield to shows I hope to get to throughout the year from Bolton to Manchester, Sheffield, Woking and several Off-West End and fringe venues.
Daniel Evans today announces his final season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. The new season opens with Folie À Deux Productions and From Ground Up Theatre Company in association with Sheffield Theatres presenting Kieran Knowles’ Operation Crucible directed by Bryony Shanahan. This is followed by a co-production with English Touring Theatre of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – in …