Are you a David Bowie fan? What first turned you on? Was it seeing his Top of the Pops debut as Ziggy Stardust? Was it your parents taking you to your first Bowie concert when you were still a baby? Was it memorising the album liner notes in your bedroom? Bebe Barry inherited her love of […]
If you had to choose just three Hollywood legends to build a theatre show around, who would you choose? For Sirens of the Silver Screen, Beth Burrows selected Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. At last week’s post-show discussion hosted by MyTheatreMates’ Terri Paddock at the Tabard Theatre, she explained why she did, how much fun she had researching each and to which she feels most connected.
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
What would Dan Crawford himself think of this week’s developments? In response to some of the qualms expressed, Crawford’s widow Stephanie Sinclaire has been unequivocal – Dan would have applauded very loudly, as she herself is doing. With Stephanie’s permission, I’m reprinting an edited version of her Facebook posts in support of the new King’s Head initiative and artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher and his team.
Here’s what London is crying out for: an escape to Paris. And not the Paris of Marine Le Pen or any other modern foes and woes, but the sumptuous Hollywood Golden Age version now bursting into technicolour life onstage at the West End’s Dominion Theatre via New York and, yes, appropriately, Paris.
being laid up on the sofa has allowed me to keep my head above water with the volume of theatre news emerging lately, so I thought this would be a good time to start my new weekly round-up of what is happening in the West End and beyond…
I’m often asked by friends and workmates why I’m so
passionate about theatre and what got me hooked on going to see shows. I
normally just turn the question back on them with whatever they are passionate
about (live music, football and food are common denominators). Recent events in
my home life have led to me thinking back to early theatre memories, going to
The Kings in Southsea and The Mayflower in Southampton with my parents… having
to send a stamped addressed envelope to the theatre with a cheque for the
How things have changed… These days a quick google search
will bring up dozens of options for buying tickets, you can purchase through
most productions websites, Amazon are in on the act and my fine friends at MyTheatreMates can help you out too
(check the link here).
There’s even an app specialising in
a more last minute theatre buyer. TodayTix,
http://www.todaytix.com, only offers tickets for the forthcoming week, updated daily. It’s
a great little app and has made waves in New York. When it launched in London I
was interested in seeing how it worked and thanks to the fine folks behind the
app I was able to use it to see Miss Saigon on Thursday (review to follow). The app was wonderfully easy to use and I was pleasantly surprised by the range of shows available in the West End and beyond.
It’s brilliantly easy to use and as well as offering ticket
purchasing, they’ve teamed up with the producers of Kinky Boots and the Adelphi
Theatre to offer a daily ticket lottery and the first e-tickets in the West
So, if you’re planning on a trip to the theatre I’d heartily
recommend you hit up MyTheatreMates to book in advance, but if you get the
sudden urge to see what might be available go check out TodayTix!
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 – […]
What were your red carpet memories from this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards? A week before this year’s event on Sunday 12 April 2015, having been quietly dropped from the media invitation list since leaving WhatsOnStage, I wasn’t planning to get very involved in the furore this year – apart from, of course, watching the highlights […]
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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