• My post-show talk with Richard Shelton at Sinatra: Raw at Wilton's Music Hall, London, on 22 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager in Wolverhampton, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. So when he was invited to audition for the much darker play with music, Rat Pack Confidential, which ran at the West End’s Whitehall Theatre […]

  • Brendan Murphy, Rosie Holt, Owen Lewis & Daniel Clarkson at The Crown Dual post-show Q&A at Wilton's Music Hall chaired by Terri Paddock at Wilton's Music Hall on 3 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Crown Dual Q&A video and photos: How to condense two Netflix seasons into 70 minutes… with more to come

The Crown Dual Q&A video and photos: How to condense two Netflix seasons into 70 minutes… with more to come

We were all madly checking our phones for news in the bars afterwards, but while much of last night’s Westminster drama was going on, at Wilton’s Music Hall, we were getting to glorious grip with the (affectionate) comedy potential of the monarchy with The Crown Dual.
In Dan Clarkson’s new comedy The Crown Dual, transferred for […]

  • The Falcon's Malteser post-show Q&A at The Vaults. © Peter Jones
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    The Falcon’s Malteser Q&A video and photos: How to detect an Anthony Horowitz page-to-stage hit

The Falcon’s Malteser Q&A video and photos: How to detect an Anthony Horowitz page-to-stage hit

How did New Old Friends come to adapt Anthony Horowitz’s 1986 children’s novel The Falcon’s Malteser into a hit family stage show? How has a new gender-equal, four-strong cast brought it to life for its London premiere? And what do the kids – and parents – in the audience think?
I had such a giggle […]

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    Q&A video and photos: How did Nina Simone inspire Black Is the Color of My Voice?

Q&A video and photos: How did Nina Simone inspire Black Is the Color of My Voice?

How much do you know about Nina Simone? Guaranteed: after you see Black Is the Color Of My Voice, the one-woman play with music written by and starring young American theatremaker Apphia Campbell, you will be inspired to learn more.
The “High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North […]

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    How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

I’ve always been squeamish about needles. And I’m not much better with graphic drug-taking by any other method either. 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. My memory of the experience involves nausea and confusion (I wasn’t able to understand much of what the […]

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    Musicals diary: Death Takes a Holiday, Promises and Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Musicals diary: Death Takes a Holiday, Promises and Sorcerer’s Apprentice

A few thoughts on musical productions I’ve seen recently, with my on-the-night tweet thoughts further below.
Promises, Promises
Less than a week left to see this rarely seen Broadway musical – the first London production, in fact, since its 1969 West End premiere. I have fond memories of the Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment, which starred […]

  • The company of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the West End's Apollo Theatre
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    A new musical every night? Top 5 Showstopper conspiracy theories

A new musical every night? Top 5 Showstopper conspiracy theories

I’ve known the Showstoppers for many years, both the company and its producers (James Seabright and Suzanna Rosenthal), and over that time, I’ve seen the show many times – or rather I’ve seen many shows care of the Showstoppers exactly one time each.

On one of those occasions, when the company was resident at the King’s […]

What are the challenges populating Bedford Falls onstage?

During my visit to the rehearsal rooms of It’s a Wonderful Life on radio, which launches a new UK tour this week, I also got to chat to three of the incredibly hard-working, six-strong ensemble cast about their experiences creating characters in a community we’re all familiar with.

Your fave It’s a Wonderful Life #quote? I well up […]

  • James Stewart and Donna Reed starred as George and Mary Bailey in Frank Capra's 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life - with Karolyn Grimes as their daughter Zuzu.
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    It’s a Wonderful Life – coming to a stage near you – isn’t just for Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life – coming to a stage near you – isn’t just for Christmas

Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as everyman George Bailey, is probably my favourite film of all time. It’s certainly the one I’ve seen more times than any other. Quite frankly, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it. Definitely once – or sometimes twice, thrice […]

  • Terri Paddock with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel at Eric and Little Ern Q&A, 18 Dec 2014. © Peter Jones
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    Eric and Little Ern Q&A photos + 13 things I now know about Morecambe & Wise

Eric and Little Ern Q&A photos + 13 things I now know about Morecambe & Wise

Less than 24 hours before my scheduled post-show Q&A at the St James Theatre, I had a temperature of over 103° F (39.4° C). My boyfriend tells me I was semi-delirious. He contacted the producers of Eric and Little Ern and warned them I may not be able to make it the next night.

But, […]

Simon Callow reaches 21 with The Man Jesus. What next?

After catching Simon Callow’s latest barn-storming performance in The Man Jesus, which stopped off last night (6 October 2014) at the West End’s Lyric Theatre as part of a national tour, I had a lightbulb moment.

Similar to what Colin Watkeys is doing with his annual Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre, which opened […]

  • Benjamin Scheuer and Terri Paddock at The Lion post-show Q&A, 27 Aug 2014. © Peter Jones
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    Photos and podcast: The Lion post-show Q&A with Benjamin Scheuer

Photos and podcast: The Lion post-show Q&A with Benjamin Scheuer

As I mentioned in my Theatre Diary today, I cannot recommend Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion highly enough. This is a beautiful one-man musical about a boy and his father and how that boy became a man and fell in love with playing music.

Last night, after being blown away by the 70-minute performance, I had […]

My 2014 Edinburgh Fringe firsts

This year, I’m returning from Edinburgh just at the time I would normally be heading up… And that’s not the only difference in my festival going. 2014 has been a year of many Fringe firsts for me:
1. The first time I’ve reported on the Fringe from the shows’ rather than the media perspective.
I’ve lost […]