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 15 December

luv_newlandscape_dec16Following Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) in July, I’m chairing a post-show Q&A to Buckland Theatre company’s next offering at the Park Theatre: the long-overdue UK premiere of the riotous, Tony Award-winning 1964 comedy LUV, written by Tootsie author Murray Schisgal. Prepare for laugh-out-loud dialogue, physical comedy, and infectious energy – just in time for Christmas. For the Q&A, I’ll be joined by director Gary Condes and the LUV cast.

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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

New Songs 4 New Shows: Douglas Hodge is one to watch (not just for his acting)

| 0 comments A new musical – especially one not based on a film and/or arrived from Broadway trailing Tony Awards – is always a risky proposition. One received way of establishing a level of recognition and excitement for a piece before it…

Q&A photos and podcast: Feeling the rage with Donny Stixx‘s Philip Ridley

| 0 comments What a treat to pay my first visit to London's newest venue - The Bunker, carved out of a carpark beneath the Menier Chocolate Factory - to host this post-show Q&A for Tonight with Donny Stixx. I'm a little in…

Photos and podcast: Nearly 300 years on, why does The Beggar’s Opera still resonate?

| 0 comments There's something in the water with The Beggar's Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre's new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year. Dougal Irvine's musical The…

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about School of Rock The Musical

| 0 comments Here's everything you need to know about last night's West End premiere of School of Rock: The Musical in a nutshell: Andrew Lloyd Webber has a monster hit on his hands; the show is both a return to hit factory form…

What fair-minded people need to know about… Trump’s America

| 0 comments In the days before this year's US presidential election, Donald Trump predicted that the result would be "Brexit-plus-plus-plus".  For me personally, "Brexit-plus-plus-plus" is a fair description of my personal reaction to the news: as an American who has lived in London most…

Overdosing at the Park Theatre: Deny, Deny, Deny & Saving Jason

| 0 comments Everyone's on drugs at the Park Theatre, I tweeted last Monday night. For a theatre that consistently impresses with the diversity of its received productions, it's interesting that it should be hosting premieres in both of its houses, opened within…

10 couples over 16 years: Looking back on The Last Five Years in photos

| 0 comments Update: Since first tweeting this morning, the response to this piece has been fantastic, and I've been alerted to more pairings. I've added one into the main list (taking my original 9 to 10) and am trying to include all…

Quirky musicals on my doorstep: Side Show and Moby Dick

| 0 comments The (new) Union Theatre and Southwark Playhouse are always a pleasure to visit – not least because both venues are practically on my doorstep, within a ten-minute walk. At the moment, they’re both showing quirky, seldom-seen musical revivals. Moby Dick!…

Exit, pursued by a bear: How we reacted to Emma Rice’s Globe departure

| 0 comments My first gut response to yesterday's news that Emma Rice was leaving Shakespeare's Globe, announced after less than a year - and only one summer season in post - was simply "Oh my God!". In my years of commenting on theatre,…

Photos and podcast: Sharing joy with debut playwright Theresa Ikoko and her Girls

| 0 comments What an astonishing way to make your playwriting debut. Theresa Ikoko's first full-length play GIRLS was a Verity Bargate finalist and winner of both the Alfred Fagon Award (for Black British playwrights) and the George Devine Award (for new writers). The premiere…