Terri Paddock

"Queen of theatre post-show talks", social media & content marketer

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    WATCH: My thoughts on Mary Stuart, Oranges & Elephants and other #TimesUp shows

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.

In the case of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUp, the BBC pay gap furore and all related issues around sexual misconduct and gender inequality, […]

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    Plays diary: What Shadows, Ink, The Unknown Island, Lucy Light, The Swallow

Plays diary: What Shadows, Ink, The Unknown Island, Lucy Light, The Swallow

I’ve had a rich few weeks for playgoing. In addition to productions I’ve already written about elsewhere – including, of those still running, Arrows and Traps’ Frankenstein at Brockley Jack and Stephen Clark’s Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios 2 – here’s a quick round-up of some other smart plays I’ve seen recently and […]

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    My theatre diary: West End Live, Lady Day, Hamlet and Quentin Dentin

My theatre diary: West End Live, Lady Day, Hamlet and Quentin Dentin

My theatre week last week started and ended with musicals.

My partner Peter and I rushed back from our – rather too work-filled – fortnight in Mallorca just in time for West End Live. It’s incredible how much this free, two-day event has grown in its 13-year history. Having started out with a handful of […]

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

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

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 go see it.

There’s a special thrill seeing Stoppard’s breakthrough play back on the same […]

  • Christina Bianco joined fellow Forbidden Broadway co-stars Damian Humbley and Anna-Jane Casey in daring to go bare
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    Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards.

The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]

  • BEST ACTOR: Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge - Young Vic
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    Critics’ Circle winners contradict Standard: any bets on Oliviers?

Critics’ Circle winners contradict Standard: any bets on Oliviers?

If you read my Best of the Best of #theatre2014 round-ups a few weeks ago, you may have been able to predict most of the winners of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, announced today at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. That’s with the possible exception of Best Actress, which based on the […]

  • The candelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe opened its doors in January 2014
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    Podcast: AYULTP looks back on #theatre2014 discoveries including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Podcast: AYULTP looks back on #theatre2014 discoveries including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

After perusing so many other people’s year-end, best of lists, and compiling a few of mine, I hugely enjoyed taking part in the “As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast” (cunningly named) comprehensive #theatre2014 review of the year discussion.

These guys – TRP Watson, Gareth James, Phil from West End Whingers and Shakespeare lecturer Julie Raby – are […]

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    Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage’s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and […]

  • Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III at Wyndham's Theatre, London's West End, September 2014
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    My theatre diary: King Charles III, True West, Toast, Eye of a Needle and Breeders

My theatre diary: King Charles III, True West, Toast, Eye of a Needle and Breeders

Knowing that my theatregoing – and overall mental and emotional bandwidth – would be going into tailspin this week, I packed in as many shows as I could over the past fortnight.

Amongst them, the five notable plays below. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in […]

Mr Burns, Marmite and memory

I haven’t read them all but a glance at the headlines as they whizzed by in my Twitter feed alerted me that the UK premiere of Anne Washburn’s “post-electric play” Mr Burns had received some bad reviews from critics last week.

Undeterred, I showed up at the Almeida for Saturday’s matinee. Look, there’s no denying that […]

From famine to feast: My ever-growing theatre to-see list

Between my father’s illness, coursework and a month in Mallorca (sigh), I was out of show-going circulation for six weeks. Social media monitoring is fine for staying in the openings, closings and castings loop, but I was missing ACTUAL theatre.

So, when I arrived back in London, I had a very very long wish list.

I hit the […]

What did I miss? Part One: Tons of transfers

What an odd feeling not to be able to write or shout about theatre – or indeed see much theatre – for more than a month, which was the unfortunate situation I found myself in over the past month and a bit. It’s something I haven’t experienced since I first stumbled into Theatreland professionally […]

The horrors of Headlong’s 1984 strike close to home

I came home from the opening night of Headlong’s 1984 at the Almeida Theatre in a foul mood. It’s a brilliant production and a slick adaptation by Robert Icke (@robertwicke) and Duncan Macmillan (@SleeveNotes) – though slightly over-reliant on the gimmick of performing key scenes backstage and then projecting them onto Orwell’s ever-present telescreens, […]