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 30 March

A year after I last chaired a post-show panel on the subject of political theatre for Lazarus Theatre, MUCH has changed! As Lazarus’ critically acclaimed production of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle returns for eight performances only at Greenwich Theatre, we reconvene to ask: how well is theatre responding to Trump? to Brexit? to the populist right? For the Q&A, I’ll be joined by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, Brecht authority Stephen Unwin and other experts.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Thu 13 April

Original British musical Miss Nightingale, set in war-torn London, is a deeply touching but raucously funny tale about ‘prejudice, passion and debauchery’ revolving around a saucy chanteuse and two of the men in her life. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The musical reclaims the forgotten fate of gay men castigated as ‘the enemy within’ during World War Two. For the Q&A, I’ll be joined by writer-director Matthew Bugg and the cast of actor-musicians led by Tamar Broadbent as Miss Nightingale.

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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

Take two: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Travesties, plus future fantasy casting

| 0 comments I'm pleased that the Old Vic has added a week to the run of its 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, now booking until 6 May - it gives me another chance to tell you to…

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about An American in Paris

| 0 comments Here's what London is crying out for: an escape to Paris. And not the Paris of Marine Le Pen or any other modern foes and woes, but the sumptuous Hollywood Golden Age version now bursting into technicolour life onstage at…

Off-West End musicals diary: The Sorrows of Satan and The Wild Party

| 0 comments Not long left to see two Off-West End musicals I can recommend: The Wild Party at The Other Palace and The Sorrows of Satan at Tristan Bates Theatre. The Wild Party has, of course, created waves not least for being the…

Limehouse asks both ‘what if?’ and ‘why not now?’ Urgent questions

| 0 comments Steve Waters’ Limehouse is as much a rallying call as a play: a rallying call for those of us left politically homeless by Jeremy Corbyn’s failed Labour Party. It takes its name from the east London district where the “Gang…

The ‘will of the people’? London has no place in My Country

| 0 comments I’ve never voted Conserative. Indeed, the morning after the 2015 General Election, I was so horrified that, after five years of austerity, the Tories had not only got back in but had done so with a majority, that I immediately…

My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Diary of a Teenage Girl, In Other Words and La Ronde

| 0 comments Two Off-West End plays have recently inspired my other half Peter Jones to compile Spotify playlists of his youth - terribly convenient as I've tasked him with providing background music for a milestone birthday party this weekend (shhh... he's celebrating the…

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…