Occasionally, I have time to write about productions where I haven’t chaired post-show talks and perhaps even thoughts on topics that have nothing to do with theatre. You can find these ramblings here, including my still very popular What I Learned Today series.
David Walliams on getting the RSC’s ‘stamp of approval’ with The Boy in the Dress musical
During rehearsals for The Boy in the Dress, I spoke to David Walliams about his inspiration for the original story, his burgeoning career as a children’s writer and how he feels having his work adapted by the RSC.
Going to the Oliviers? Gotta have a selfie competition, of course
Who did you spot? 2019 #OlivierAwards selfies I was thrilled to attend last night's Olivier Awards with the
How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself
I first saw Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting in the 1990s when I was a recently-arrived-from-America twenty-something in London.
WATCH show vlogs: Julius Caesar, Beginning, The Lady With a Dog and Foul Pages
I've been raving about Julius Caesar to everyone over the past few weeks, and particularly the experience of seeing it in the pit of the staggeringly versatile Bridge Theatre.
WATCH: My thoughts on Mary Stuart, Oranges & Elephants and other #TimesUp shows
It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme accordingly.
History has its eyes on us all: My joy and sorrow at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton
The London cast of Hamilton is led by Jamael Westman and Giles Terera as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
WATCH: My thoughts on Off-West End musicals Miracle On 34th Street, The Little Match Girl, The Woman in White and Barnum
Does this count as a vlogmas? Probably not, but here's my attempt at a theatre diary vlog in any case, which includes two Christmas shows!
Acts of theatre resistance: Insignificance, The Lorax, Young Marx, Imagine This, Bernarda Alba
Clockwise from top left: Young Marx, The House of Bernarda Alba, Insignificance, Imagine This & The Lorax Understandably,
Plays diary: Heisenberg, 31 Hours, All the Little Lights
Clockwise from top left: 31 Hours, Heisenberg and All the Little Lights. I can't get out of my
Musicals diary: Hair, Five Guys Named Moe, Young Frankenstein
Clockwise from top: Five Guys Named Moe, Young Frankenstein and Hair. In the past month, two musicals have