Leading media experts Vuelio has named My Theatre Mates has one of the Top 10 UK Theatre Blogs and therefore one of the leading influencers within the theatre industry blogger network.
In my round-up of theatre in 2017, I warned 2018 that it had “big shoes to fill”. Not only did 2018 not need the door to be opened, but it also didn’t even need anyone to hold its coat.
The Studio at The Other Palace is the perfect setting for Murder For Two, which is an affectionate homage to black and white murder mystery movies and to camp musical theatre. It is written by an American pair, Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, who clearly have a love for both of the genres that they are sending up.
With this View From The Bridge, Tobacco Factory Theatres Artistic director Mike Tweddle has orchestrated a piece of theatre so seamless, so beautifully directed that his own work is invisible.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is Simon Stephens’ charming adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name. The story of Christopher Boone is one that has touched many people over the years, telling of an intelligent and inquisitive 15-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock was in Twitter duty for @MyTheatreMates as well as her mad-about-musicals site @StageFaves and her own @TerriPaddock. How’d she do?
After rounding up various publications’ #theatre2015 highlights yesterday, it’s time to reflect on my own year in the stalls (well, mainly in the stalls, occasionally in the dress circle)… My top ten lists include: new plays, revivals, musicals, performances, events and ones to watch.
Ok so I realise I’m a little to the party, but have you read about Terri Paddock’s new venture? Well, I suggest you do because if, like me, you are a musical theatre enthusiast then this is just the sort of site you need in your life! So be inspired, read on and check it out, all the links are incorporated here, so you can be enthused by this rather brilliant new musical theatre heaven.
Terri Paddock today responded to Megan Vaughan’s recent article in The Stage on MyTheatreMates’s “damaging business practices” – and here she explains why, however fallacious, she welcomes Megan’s harsh criticism. This is a full version of Terri’s piece – as well as links to the two articles for The Stage.
Most actors don’t read their reviews – or, at least, most actors say they don’t read their reviews. And when it comes to stage acting, I can see their point. Critics review a single performance, one night. After reviews are published, the actors have still got to go out onstage every night and critical words […]
On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards. The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]
Readers of Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye may have spotted that the Mates gave the brilliant Baz a sneak peek at one of our winners in our inaugural Also Recognised Awards. We’re so proud of introducing the UK’s first-ever Award for Best Musical Direction – along with our partners and passionate campaigners, musical director Mike Dixon and Andrew Keates – that we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. So, without further …
Mark has been taking part in a workshop as part of the Young Critics programme held at Winchester’s Theatre Royal. He gave the following speech to young critics on 4 April 2015.
No one ever built a statue to a critic, it was once famously said, but in 2013 two critics received OBE’s in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Michael Billington and Philip French, theatre and film critics for The Guardian and The Observer,were honoured after writing reviews in their particular disciplines for a 100 years between them. And in New York, there are not one but two Broadway theatres named after critics, Brooks Atkinson (pictured left) and Walter Kerr. We don’t yet have a Ken Tynan or even a Jack Tinker Theatre here, let alone a Billington.
And 2013 marked another centenary: that of the Critics’ Circle itself. So critics have been around for a long time, and are still having a demonstrable influence in setting the cultural agendas of the areas they cover. But will they be around much longer?
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I had a curious but highly enjoyable afternoon this past Friday, when I dropped in on lovely chappies Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews, presenters of the weekly Curtain Up show on London radio station Resonance FM. Initially, I’d been invited in to talk about the launch of the My Theatre Mates website as well as the […]
In the years that I ran WhatsOnStage, the site’s Discussion Forum, a.k.a. “The Board”, was often the bane of my life. Producers would pull me aside on press nights to complain about it – insiders were revealing secrets about their shows that they shouldn’t be, they lamented; competitors were dishing dirt on their shows and […]
For all the planning and preparation I’ve been doing with Mark Shenton over the past few months, even I am a little taken aback by the response to our launch yesterday of MyTheatreMates.com and the Also Recognised Awards, including the UK’s first-ever award for Best Musical Direction. I couldn’t be more delighted, and, on […]
Early in my career, I worked for a West End ad agency, and I remember a head banging session on trying to promote a group outing to a slightly risqué West End musical — I can’t remember which one it was! — and I offered:
”Come in a group. Bring your mates!”
Sadly, this never made it into print, but I was pretty proud of it at the time.
Now, however, I’m even more proud to have joined forces with my Theatre Mate Terri Paddock to launch www.MyTheatreMates.com.
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I was touched and heartened by the outpouring to the news last week that I finally won my unfair dismissal claim against the new owners of WhatsOnStage. Amongst many of those responses was a very frequent question: what am I up to next? First, let me please assure you, apart from litigation, I have been […]