Terri Paddock

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

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    WATCH show vlogs: Julius Caesar, Beginning, The Lady With a Dog and Foul Pages

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. This second production in the new 900-seater founded by former National Theatre Nicks Hytner and Starr really flaunts its wide-ranging ambition with this modern-dress Shakespeare.

Okay, […]

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    Acts of theatre resistance: Insignificance, The Lorax, Young Marx, Imagine This, Bernarda Alba

Acts of theatre resistance: Insignificance, The Lorax, Young Marx, Imagine This, Bernarda Alba

Understandably, as theatremakers and audiences try to make sense of our turbulent times, political plays are de rigueur – and it’s not just ones written by James Graham either. And even productions that you wouldn’t categorise as such, inevitably take on political overtones when filtered through our consumption of daily headlines. I’m not sure if every […]

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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 […]

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    My musicals (and market) diary: Groundhog Day, Allegro, Children of Eden

My musicals (and market) diary: Groundhog Day, Allegro, Children of Eden

This instalment of my theatregoing recommendations could be called not just my musicals diary but my musicals-on-my-doorstep diary. All three shows – Children of Eden, Allegro and Groundhog Day – are playing at what I consider neighbourhood theatres, within five to ten minutes’ walk of my front door: Southwark Playhouse (more like two minutes), […]

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    Press pass: First Groundhog Day reviews + Tim Minchin interviews & features

Press pass: First Groundhog Day reviews + Tim Minchin interviews & features

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Could the dream team behind multi award-winning, all-over-the-globe hit Matilda – director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell – possibly strike gold again with their very next musical? Judging by reactions of the first batch of reviews for Groundhog Day, the answer is a resounding […]

  • Kevin Spacey gives his successor Matthew Warchus the thumbs up at the Old Vic
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    Press pass: All the news, interviews and opinions on the Old Vic’s changing of the guard

Press pass: All the news, interviews and opinions on the Old Vic’s changing of the guard

Less than two days after the star-studded gala to bid farewell to Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, his successor Matthew Warchus is making headlines with an inaugural year-long season and commanding statement of intent. It’s undoubtedly a whole new era down Waterloo way – the award-laden Young Vic down the road, be warned. […]

  • Under new artistic director Matthew Warchus, the Old Vic is poised for a very bright future
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    Matthew Warchus brings real star-quality – and a major rebrand – to his first season at the Old Vic

Matthew Warchus brings real star-quality – and a major rebrand – to his first season at the Old Vic

One of the most awkward moments at the Olivier Awards last week came during Kevin Spacey’s acceptance of his Special Award – when he forgot the name of his successor.

“As nice as this is,” said Spacey, Olivier in hand, “I don’t want to necessarily spend a lot of time looking back at the past […]

  • The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre
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    My theatre diary: The Distance, Electra, Lord of the Flies, Urinetown, Next Fall

My theatre diary: The Distance, Electra, Lord of the Flies, Urinetown, Next Fall

Having escaped back to Mallorca for a week (god, I love that place, my little piece of heaven), there are at least two weeks of theatre I want to catch up with. My must-see list just keeps growing and growing and has, more accurately become, a might-see list … if I can find a […]

  • Richard Armitage in The Crucible at the Old Vic
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    My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from […]