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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NEW post-show Q&A: Thu 16 March

FastestClockInTheUniverse-Shoreditch_mar17400After a great event to Tonight with Donny Stixx in November, I can’t wait to chair another Q&A with legendary British playwright Philip Ridley. As part of the Jamie Lloyd-helmed double bill of Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney and Killer, I’ll talk to Philip and the cast after a special rehearsed reading of his multi award-winning 1992 breakthrough play The Fastest Clock in the Universe.

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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

Lizzie Q&A podcast and photos: Why axe murderer Lizzie Borden is a feminist icon

| 0 comments The American gothic rock musical LIZZIE, which is now receiving its UK premiere in a limited season at London's Greenwich Theatre, opens and closes with a nursery rhyme I memorised in my own American youth about the real-life 19th century…

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Gary Barlow & The Girls

| 0 comments In his review this morning, Michael Billington has - to borrow a phrase from Meat Loaf - taken the words right out of mouth. At last night's West End premiere of The Girls, I was telling anyone within listening distance…

Where were you on 9/11? How about 7/7? BU21 brought it all back

| 0 comments What were you doing on 9/11? And, if you were in London, on 7/7? I thought about this recently when watching Stuart Slade’s excellent new play BU21, which this weekend completes its West End run at Trafalgar Studios 2 after…

Musicals diary: Death Takes a Holiday, Promises and Sorcerer’s Apprentice

| 0 comments A few thoughts on musical productions I've seen recently, with my on-the-night tweet thoughts further below. Promises, Promises Less than a week left to see this rarely seen Broadway musical - the first London production, in fact, since its 1969…

Tanya Moodie on Trump: ‘We need to keep marching together, every day’

| 0 comments This week the president of the United States Donald Trump said (or rather tweeted) that those who participated in protests against his administration fell into one of three categories: “professional anarchists, thugs or paid protestors”. His White House Secretary Sean Spicer…

Behind-the-scenes: My Critics’ Circle Awards experience and Glenda Jackson crush

| 0 comments A year ago when blogging about the annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, my headline was “Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?” I didn’t know then that Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chair Mark Shenton…

Top Trumps podcast: What can we do next as progressives?

| 0 comments The best antidote to hopelessness has got to be action. That's what I have kept reminding myself over the past few months, and what I recited almost mantra-like on Friday afternoon as I watched Donald J Trump be sworn in as the 45th…

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,…