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.

Have a look at these packages: 

NEW post-show Q&A: Thu 6 October

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Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard lead an all-star cast – also including James Holmes and Daniel Boys – in a major revival of Mart Crowley‘s seminal (filter-free) play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which premiered in New York in 1968, just before the Stonewall riots, and changed the landscape of gay theatre. For the Q&A at the Park Theatre, I’ll be joined by author Mart Crowley, on a special visit from the US, and members of the cast.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Fri 14 October

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Prisoner of Cell Block H star Amanda Muggleton brings her one-woman comedy THE BOOK CLUB to the King’s Head for its London premiere after huge success in Australia. While her husband goes through manopause, Deborah disappears into her books and then forms a book club for her friends. I’ll have an exclusive one-to-one Q&A with Amanda Muggleton after the 7pm 90-minute performance for a Friday evening treat – what a way to start the weekend!

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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: Everything you need to know about Dominic Cooper in The Libertine

| 0 comments I experienced frequent flashbacks while watching The Libertine last night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Here's another Restoration-set comedy to hit the West End in which much of the action (and myriad in-jokes) takes place in and around a London theatre. The Libertine even…

Photos and podcast: Climbing metaphorical mountains with Pilgrims playwright Elinor Cook

| 0 comments Critic Matt Trueman described Elinor Cook's Pilgrims, about a pair of young mountain climbers, as the "peak of playwriting". I got to talk mountain climbing, metaphors and much more with this whipsmart George Devine Award-winning playwright at last night's Q&A after…

Unfaithful: 11 quotes for would-be cheaters

| 0 comments Are you in a happy relationship? An unhappy one? Or just a normal one with standard-fare ups and downs? Ever thought about cheating on your partner? Owen McCafferty’s play Unfaithful, now in its London premiere run at Found111 in Charing…

Podcast: Showcasing Caro Emerald and new musical That Man

| 0 comments That Man musical had two performances only at London's Hippodrome Casino yesterday (20 September 2016) and, after the first one, I chaired a post-show discussion in front of an audience of industry guests to talk about the show's journey to…

Press Pass: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land ‘masterclass’

| 0 comments After a run in New York and a short UK regional tour, Sean Mathias' much-anticipated production of Harold Pinter's 1975 play No Man's Land officially opened in the West End last night (20 September 2016). The production reunites Mathias with…

Quote Unquote: 11 different takes on actors & acting

| 0 comments Is it pure coincidence that many of the plays I’ve seen recently feature actors as characters? And, consequently, a range of views on the life of actors and the nature of acting, which got my quote-taking pen twitching. For any actors…

Photos and podcast: Discussing the ‘war on terror’ at The American Wife Q&A

| 0 comments What if everything you’re ever known was thrown into question? And everything you ever trusted was subjected to doubt? When San Diego housewife Karen Ruiz’s husband is accused of being a terrorist, she endeavours to clear his name. Can she…

#HighTide2016 photos and podcast: Alexi Kaye Campbell, Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles

| 0 comments I made my HighTide Festival debut this weekend and what a privilege. Over the course of the weekend at this ten-day annual event, held in the beautiful Suffolk coast town of Aldeburgh and now marking its tenth anniversary, I had…

Photos and podcast: Post-show Q&A with Britten in Brooklyn‘s writer, director and star Sadie Frost

| 0 comments A New York artistic commune in the early 1940s - occupied by British exiles Benjamin Britten, WH Auden, American novelist Carson McCullers (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) and stripper Gypsy Rose Lee amongst many other artists - is the…

Cheerleaders get a bad rap: Vanities and four other musicals with pep

| 0 comments Starting out as cheerleaders: Lauren Samuels, Ashleigh Gray and Lizzy Connolly in Vanities at Trafalgar Studios. © Pamela Raith Cheerleaders generally get a bad rap. When I went back to the States for my twenty-year high school reunion a few…