Welcome

I’ve been championing theatre, online and offline, for nearly 20 years – and am as passionate about it as ever.

While blogging and tweeting here, I am also available to host post-show Q&As for other shows and organisations, provide content strategy and consultancy, and comment on wider theatre matters. Please do get in touch if you’d like to work with me.

For over 16 years, I was the driving force behind the British theatre website, WhatsOnStage.com, and the WhatsOnStage Awards. I co-founded the company and oversaw its editorial content, branding and events until December 2013.

Since then, I’ve launched two new, media businesses: StageFaves.com is a pioneering a social media directory and fanbase-building platform for musical theatre; and MyTheatreMates.com, co-founded with fellow commentator Mark Shenton, is a portal for independent theatre journalists and bloggers, as well as home of the Also Recognised Awards.

NEW post-show Q&A: Wed 6 July

Saveage-Square2-400x400Gay rights activist and journalist Peter Tatchell joins the creative team for my post-show Q&A at SAVAGE, the new drama uncovering the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived “cure” for homosexuality: injecting testosterone into the testicles of live human subjects without anaesthetic. Claudio Macor‘s new play, running Above the Arts Theatre in the West End, centres on Dr Værnet and two young men directly affected by his treatments. Tatchell wrote a ground-breaking piece on the history of Værnet.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Tue 19 July

TrialOfJaneFonda-thumbnail_jul16Hanoi Jane versus Hollywood Jane: Why do so many US veterans still revile American screen star Jane Fonda? From her meeting in North Vietnam in 1972 to protests on the set of one of her films in 1988, Terry Jastrow‘s new political drama THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA retraces her steps, using interviews with guides, veterans and Fonda herself. Fellow Hollywood star Anne Archer plays Fonda in this London premiere, directed by Joe Harmston. For the Q&A, I’ll talk to Jastrow, Archer, Harmston and members of the company.

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CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE

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Stage Faves is a new concept in musical theatre community building: it also tells you full Twitter lists for every West End musical. How handy is that?!

 

Testimonials

I’ve been following you on Twitter, and I’m so glad I found you. I’m an actor who finds it hard to keep up with all the various castings, season announcements, changes of personnel at theatres… and you do all the work for me, which is BRILLIANT. Also, on actorly ‘down’ days, it’s great to be reminded that there are people who are so genuinely enthusiastic about theatre out there.
Nicola Sangster, Actor
There are few people who are not actors, producers or directors who have influenced the London theatre scene more over the last 17  years than Terri Paddock. Her passion, intelligence and professionalism have made her the incredible force she is. During the period of time we worked together, I came to believe there was nothing the amazing lady couldn’t achieve.
I have enjoyed working with Terri for many years, on events around productions, as a journalist and a commentator. She is highly knowledgeable and perceptive, and a great champion of theatre.
Terri is a knowledgeable advocate for theatre in all its forms. Her enthusiasm for the medium is tireless and infectious. She has built an important bridge between the profession and the audience, and that work will continue successfully in various exciting new ways.

Recent blogs

Press pass: All the Aladdin reviews, the biggest star on the purple carpet + show trailer

| 0 comments The first-night bookers could never have imagined that the timing of Aladdin's West End opening could feel so incongruous with what's happening in the real world. For producers Disney themselves, it's been a week of sadness and horror: a boy…

My personal #EURef round-up: If you’re not sure how to vote yet, please read & watch

| 0 comments I've spent a lot of time over the past two months campaigning on behalf of Britain Stronger in Europe and Labour In for Britain. In these final days leading up to the EU Referendum next Thursday, 23 June, I'm actually IN…

PHOTOS: The new cast of Some Girl(s) show their sassiness

| 0 comments Character portraits aren't just for Harry Potter. Photographer Darren Bell gained access to the new cast of Buckland Theatre's revival of Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) to snap these beauties. In the play, directed by Gary Condes, Guy (played by Charles Dorfman)…

Press Pass: All the reviews on Jesse Eisenberg and The Spoils

| 0 comments In my years of covering theatre, I’ve seen a lot of Hollywood stars make their West End debuts, but I’ve rarely, if ever, seen it done with quite so much aplomb. Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar – best known internationally…

Manchester’s Menier is born: Look inside the new Hope Mill Theatre

| 0 comments I've long been a fan of Katy Lipson at Aria Entertainment and have followed her fast-growing career with great interest. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to physically follow her to Manchester, where she's recently branched out into venue programming and…
The Potters captured in Charlie Gray's family character portrait

Complete Harry Potter family albums + VIDEO: Potters, Granger-Weasleys and Malfoys in Cursed Child

| 0 comments Celebrity photographer Charlie Gray has shot three sets of exclusive character portraits of the grown-up characters from JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, along with the next generation, which feature in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The wildly anticipated two-part…

Photos and podcast: Sideways author Rex Pickett and the wine-mad cast

| 0 comments Did you know that Sideways was an unpublished novel - rejected, like the efforts of the character Miles in the story, some 66 times - when the film rights were first picked up? In fact, the novel and film, about middle-aged…

A View from Islington North: “It’s not all about deselection”

| 0 comments Having never met him before, in less than a week, I’ve crossed paths with Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum, twice. Last Thursday, he attended the monthly meeting of my constituency Labour party (CLP), in which one of his colleagues threatened…

From stage to page: Barney Norris’ Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain + 12 quotes

| 0 comments I took slight umbrage with arts journalist Richard Brooks the other week. “You have probably not heard of Barney Norris,” started one of Brooks’ item in his weekly column in the Sunday Times’ Culture section. “Yes, I absolutely have!” I…

Monster Raving Loony: Where is the party now? Tooting…

| 0 comments When Monster Raving Loony was announced a few months ago, I got a bashing on Twitter when I cheekily asked dramatist James Graham if he’d considered writing his next political play about the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn – “or…