Terri Paddock

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

  • Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, London, August 2014
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    My theatre diary: Streetcar, My Night with Reg, Muswell Hill, The Lion and Dogfight

My theatre diary: Streetcar, My Night with Reg, Muswell Hill, The Lion and Dogfight

Edinburgh aside, my August theatregoing has been sporadic, but here are a few shows I’ve seen recently that are worth catching if you can, especially now that the late summer sunshine seems to have abandoned us. As usual, I list them below in closing date order.

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Embarking on my Edinburgh Festival Highlights adventure

In London, five shows a week is a serious haul. In Edinburgh, that’s small fry. When I was reviewing in Edinburgh, I could easily do twice that in a day.

This year, this week, I’m experiencing the festival from a different perspective. I’ve been working with producer James Seabright and Festival Highlights, guest-editing content on […]

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    Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

When the production shots for Richard III were first released earlier this week, showing that director Jamie Lloyd had located the Bard’s bloody history play in a 1970s office block, my interest was piqued.

After seeing the show at Tuesday’s opening night, my first reaction was to describe the resulting effect as “Get Carter meets […]

  • Dermot Crowley and Billie Piper star in Great Britain, Richard Bean's new satire at the National Theatre
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    Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

The News of the World phone hacking trial may have ended yesterday, but the drama continues at the National Theatre where, less than 24 hours after the end of the eight-month trial at the Old Bailey, outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner this morning finally confirmed rumours that Richard Bean has indeed been working on […]

Wanted: Small Asian children for Miss Saigon

Do you have a small, confident, South-East Asian-looking child? If so, Jo Hawes is looking for you. My interest was piqued when I attended Miss Saigon recently at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre.

On the cast credits page of the programme, just below the notification about American stars Eva Noblezada (who plays Kim) and […]

When did you catch the theatre bug? (VIDEO)

Every theatregoer has their own story about what and who turned them on to theatre. For me, growing up in the United States, it all started with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Years later, after moving to London, I got to meet him and work for his company, the Really Useful Group.

This video blog – using […]

Never mind Titus: The West End is awash with blood

There’s been a lot of media attention around the Globe’s Titus Andronicus. Once again, Lucy Bailey’s production – which starred Douglas Hodge in its first 2006 outing and now has William Houston in the title role – has got audiences fainting on Bankside.

Titus, with the strapline “brutality of the highest order”, is an extreme example […]

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 […]

  • Harriet Walter takes the title role in Henry IV, directed by Phyllida Lloyd at the Donmar Warehouse
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    Who owns Shakespeare? Phyllida Lloyd and Harriet Walter lay claim for women

Who owns Shakespeare? Phyllida Lloyd and Harriet Walter lay claim for women

“Julius Caesar rocked my world,” says Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. She isn’t talking about the play alone, but rather Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed all-female production, which Rourke programmed at the Donmar Warehouse in late 2012-early 2013 before transferring it to New York for a run at St Ann’s Warehouse.

Now director Lloyd is reuniting with star […]

  • Angela Lansbury keeps conjuring at the West End's Gielgud Theatre until 7 June 2014 only
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    Noel Coward in three events: Blithe Spirit, Relative Values and Tonight at 8.30

Noel Coward in three events: Blithe Spirit, Relative Values and Tonight at 8.30

You only have three more weeks to catch Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Michael Blakemore’s production – and, more specifically, Angela Lansbury’s performance in it as dotty clairvoyant Madame Arcati – is undoubtedly one of the theatre events of the year.

The “eventfulness” of the occasion has little to do with the play. The […]

Tony trivia: Twelfth Night is officially a history play

Twelfth Night is generally classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but last week it officially became a history play as well, after its phenomenal haul in this year’s Tony Awards nominations.

Mark Rylance is already something of a Tony legend. He has won Best Actor twice for two other London transfers –1960s farce Boeing-Boeing in […]

What I learned today: Help! SOS doesn’t mean anything

With all the blood and gore – and fantastically poetic staging care of director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett – Morse code may not be the first thing you associate with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of vampire Let the Right One, now playing at the West End’s Apollo Theatre. But it […]

  • Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsay star as conmen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the West End's Savoy Theatre, London
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    Musicals to make you laugh: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Urinetown

Musicals to make you laugh: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Urinetown

The Book of Mormon now has two major contenders for the title of funniest musical in London. But why just coronate one?! Let’s go ahead and give them all crowns (or tiaras, if they prefer).

In any case, rest assured, if you enjoyed the South Park creators’ naughty humour, you will love these two as […]

I confess: I am not and never will be a critic

I hate reviewing. There, I said it. Years ago, I reviewed very regularly, and became a member of the Critics’ Circle as a result. But the truth is I’ve always hated doing it. And, the more years I’ve racked up in the theatre industry, the more I’ve grown to hate it.

It’s not that I […]

  • Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb play She and He in The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court, running until 22 March 2014
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    Saskia Reeves’ two contrasting roles: The Mistress Contract and A Disappearing Number

Saskia Reeves’ two contrasting roles: The Mistress Contract and A Disappearing Number

Two things kept coming to mind as I watched The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court. The two-hander, starring Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb, is based on a memoir, authored by the anonymous She and He and published last year. The book, and subsequent play by Abi Morgan, details the couple’s three-decade consensual and […]