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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Crazy Coqs Q&A: Fri 28 October


I’m understudying Mark Shenton for his weekly West End chat show Coq-Tales & Conversation twice this month. As part of the Crazy Coqs Live at Zedel programme at Brasserie Zedel, on Thursday 13 October at 5pm, I interviewed dazzling divas Anna-Jane Casey (Annie Get Your Gun) and Emma Hatton (Wicked), and on Friday 28 October, I’ll quiz Moby Dick‘s director-choreographer Andrew Wright with stars Anton Stephans and Brenda Edwards.


NEW post-show Q&A: Tue 15 November


Lazarus Theatre, my favourite company for reimagining classic texts from the canon, turns its attention to musical theatre, with the first-ever musical, John Gay‘s 1728 London-set satire, The Beggar’s Opera. Following productions this year of spin-off works Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and Dougal Irvine’s premiere of The Buskers Opera, I’ll be chairing a post-show panel debate on the enduring political resonance of Gay’s original. That’s on Tuesday 15 November at Brockley’s Jack Studio Theatre.




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?!



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.

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