My theatre diary: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Rabbit Hole, Pink Mist, One of Those

Here are a few more plays that I’ve seen recently and can happily recommend. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing order – and two of them finish their London runs this weekend, so sorry for the short notice.

If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please do! – you’ll be able to see […]

  • Angela Lansbury received a standing ovation at the 2015 Oliviers
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    Oliviers: 23 priceless quotes and 8 more-than-words moments from the Royal Opera House

Oliviers: 23 priceless quotes and 8 more-than-words moments from the Royal Opera House

This afternoon I caught up with the ITV highlights programme of last night’s Olivier Awards. While quite entertaining, it’s no surprise that the telecast missed out a lot of good stuff – sometimes right in the middle of a quote. (Ahem, see Kevin Spacey, oh what’s his name… Matthew Warchus.) The TV version was […]

  • Shaun Evans, Miranda Raison and various collectables in Hello/Goodbye at Hampstead Theatre, London, February 2015
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    Hello, crazy collectors: 15 world record-breaking collections

Hello, crazy collectors: 15 world record-breaking collections

If I had a bigger flat with lots of nice empty walls, I’d be ringing Hampstead Theatre and putting my name on a waiting list for some of the props in the current production of Peter Souter’s romantic comedy Hello/Goodbye.

In it, Shaun Evans plays Alex, “a lister, a filer, a collector”, who unpacks boxes […]

  • Serena Evans, James McAvoy and Kathryn Drysdale in The Ruling Class in director Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed Season at Traflagar Studios, London's West End
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    My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

I’ve had a heavy schedule of plays over the past few weeks, including quite a few comedies, many of them with deep, dark cores. (For dramas I’ve seen recently, see my companion Theatre Diary piece.)

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first – not the least bit dark – finishes […]

10 things you should never say to a copper (c/o Wildefire)

A note in the programme for Wildefire, Roy Williams’ new play about the perils of modern-day policing at Hampstead Theatre, deftly summarises the public relations problem that the police force faces today. Titled “A Policeman’s Lot Is Not a Happy Note”, the piece is written by Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commission of The […]

Does Dr Theatre have a cure for the audience?

My partner Peter had vicious man-flu for over a week so it was only a matter of time until I caught the female equivalent, a.k.a the common cold. Yesterday morning, after a no-sleep night, I “woke up” feeling terrible: heavily congested, nose streaming, cotton-wool head and aches all over.

I cancelled a 10am meeting, chugged […]

Must-see musicals: Memphis and Kinks-filled Sunny Afternoon

In my Theatre Diary last week, I recommended two new musicals – Urinetown and The Scottsboro Boys, both originated in New York and given UK premiere productions Off-West End before transferring in the past few weeks.

Now, I can add two more major new West End musicals to your must-see list, which I had the […]

  • Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in Bakersfield Mist at the West End's Duchess Theatre
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    My theatre diary: Five plays worth seeing, from Adler to Bakersfield

My theatre diary: Five plays worth seeing, from Adler to Bakersfield

Despite the considerable distractions of the World Cup, Wimbledon and my own much-talked about (!) triathlon debut in Wales – I’m a sucker for a sporting spectacle – I have been lucky enough to squeeze in some top theatregoing in recent weeks.

Here are five plays I can heartily recommend, listed in closing date order. […]

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 […]