Welcome

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

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, in addition to blogging and tweeting here, 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.

Hire me: Off-the-shelf services

Twitter_cloudbirdI love working with organisations to promote theatre through events, content marketing and social media. I have a range of affordable, off-the-shelf services for potential clients, listed below. I am also available to provide content strategy and consultancy on larger projects, and comment on wider theatre matters. Please do get in touch if you’d like to work with me.

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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

The power of the poetry in The Wild Party onstage

| 0 comments Stage shows based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem The Wild Party are like buses. Ahead of next month’s much-anticipated UK premiere of the Michael John LaChiusa’s musical version, directed by Drew McOnie and starring Frances Ruffelle at the…

The list of lists: Was there a consensus on the best of #theatre2016?

| 0 comments Last week I was more on schedule with rounding up lists of critics' tips for the best theatre coming up this year. But in truth, as I've been organising the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards ceremony on 31 January, as well…

The list of lists: The best theatre coming up in 2017

| 0 comments What are the hottest shows coming up this year? Based on the ones that are most likely to appear on top picks' lists in my round-up of commentators' round-ups, they are: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Trump-tweeted hit Hamilton; Ivo van Hove's production of Obsession,…

My top #theatre2016 plays, musicals & performances

| 0 comments Ahead of rounding up various publications #theatre2016 highlights, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my own theatregoing year and my favourite plays, musicals, performances and other events. My lists are not in the least bit definitive: they represent only…

How much have I been missing the National Theatre? 5 NT shows for 2017

| 0 comments The National Theatre used to be one of my favourite theatregoing destinations, but I've only been a handful of times in recent years. This hasn't been an intentional omission on my part. When I left WhatsOnStage, I dropped off the…

Q&A photos and podcast: What’s most absurd about Murray Schisgal’s LUV?

| 0 comments What's most absurd about absurdist comedy LUV? That it's virtually unknown in this country - despite an incredible pedigree. Long before he wrote the screenplay for the hit 1982 film Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman, American Murray Schisgal made a name for…

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Amber Riley in Dreamgirls

| 0 comments It's taken 35 years, but Broadway hit Dreamgirls, inspired by the story of The Supremes, finally received its West End premiere last night (14 December) at the Savoy Theatre. Was it worth the wait? Based on most overnight reviews, the…

Musicals (in SE1 1RU) diary: She Loves Me and Muted

| 0 comments I have become even more spoilt for choice for theatre on my doorstep with the arrival of my SE1 neighborhood’s newest venue, The Bunker. This subterranean black box is so close to another one of my locals – the Menier…

My musicals diary: Her Aching Heart and Another Night Before Christmas

| 0 comments I saw two two-hander musical gems this past weekend: Her Aching Heart at the Hope Theatre in Islington and, on the opposite side of town, Another Night Before Christmas at the Bridge House Theatre in Penge. Though they're on different ends…

6 Quotes: What can Buried Child tell us about Trump’s America?

| 0 comments What does Sam Shepard’s 1978 play Buried Child have to tell us about America after the presidential election of Donald Trump? The West End transfer of the New Group’s production, first seen in New York this past February, was announced…