• The open forum with cast, creatives and audience following a performance of All in Row at London's Southwark Playhouse on 21 February 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Post-show forum: Taking the All in a Row controversy & conversation offline

Post-show forum: Taking the All in a Row controversy & conversation offline

A lot has been said about All in a Row online (especially on Twitter around #puppetgate) – about the play itself, its depiction of autism and its use of a puppet in portraying the non-verbal autistic 11-year-old character. Last night we were able to take the conversation offline.
I felt a great responsibility in chairing what I view as […]

  • My Unexpected Joy post-show Q&A at London's Southwark Playhouse on 13 September 2018. © Anthony Kelly
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    Unexpected Joy Q&A video and photos: How can we find common ground through musical theatre?

Unexpected Joy Q&A video and photos: How can we find common ground through musical theatre?

Can musical theatre help us find common ground with those with whom we disagree? If so, Unexpected Joy is undoubtedly the musical to do it. 

Set in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air. Joy, a baby boomer […]

  • Q&A 1: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley at Angry's post-show Q&A on 21 February 2018 at Southwark Playhouse. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A photos and podcasts: Getting Angry with Philip Ridley, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley

Q&A photos and podcasts: Getting Angry with Philip Ridley, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley

Updated 8 March 2018 following third event: This post has been updated with podcasts, photos and other content from all three post-show Q&As in the ANGRY series.
In November 2016, a week after the election of Donald Trump, I chaired a post-show Q&A at Philip Ridley’s Tonight with Donny Stixx. That one-man show, which follows a would-be magician […]

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    Photos and podcast: Talking second chances and JM Barrie with Dear Brutus director and cast

Photos and podcast: Talking second chances and JM Barrie with Dear Brutus director and cast

Another fascinating rediscovery from Troupe Theatre. J.M. Barrie is best known, of course, for Peter Pan (and there are no shortage of revivals and spin-offs of that around Theatreland at the moment), but he also authored myriad novels and numerous other stage works, including The Admirable Crichton, Quality Street, Echoes of War, the opera […]

Top #quotes on faith, truth & tolerance from Doubt

There are only a few days left to catch Che Walker’s new in-the-round production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, which finishes at London’s Southwark Playhouse this Saturday (30 September 2017).

While catching up with friends last night, including the show’s producer Darren Murphy, a group of us started arguing anew over the central question in the […]

  • Peter Hamilton Dyer (George Orwell), Jimmy Walters (director) & Tony Cox (writer) at the Mrs Orwell Q&A. © Peter Jones
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    Mrs Orwell Q&A podcast and photos: What might George Orwell have written after 1984?

Mrs Orwell Q&A podcast and photos: What might George Orwell have written after 1984?

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surged by a staggering 9,500% after the election of Donald Trump to become Amazon’s biggest seller. Orwell himself died, at the age of 46, in January 1950, just seven months after 1984 was published. What might he have written after 1984, and his earlier hit novel Animal Farm (published in 1945), if he’d lived […]

  • Discussing the creation of new British musical Superhero at post-show Q&A at Southwark Playhouse. © Anthony Kelly
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    Q&A podcast and photos: How new British one-man musical Superhero took flight

Q&A podcast and photos: How new British one-man musical Superhero took flight

How many creatives does it take to make a one-man musical? The answer can be “quite a few”. And that it is in the case of SUPERHERO, the British one-man – or rather “one-dad” – musical now receiving its world premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

At a post-show Q&A I chaired after last night’s performance, I was joined […]

  • Sophia Carr-Gomm, Natalie Simpson & assistant director Leigh Toney at The Cardinal Q&A, 2 May 2017.
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    Q&A photos and podcast: Why has James Shirley’s The Cardinal been overlooked since the 17th century?

Q&A photos and podcast: Why has James Shirley’s The Cardinal been overlooked since the 17th century?

James Shirley’s 1641 tragic masterpiece THE CARDINAL, one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre, this month receives its first major production since the 17th century. This critically lauded rediscovery is directed by Justin Audibert for Troupe Theatre in a limited season now running at London’s Southwark Playhouse […]

  • The Life at Southwark Playhouse until 29 April 2017
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    What if The Life characters met their peers in Guys & Dolls & 42nd Street?

What if The Life characters met their peers in Guys & Dolls & 42nd Street?

One little postcode in New York City has been attracting a lot of stage real estate in London in recent years: the blocks around Times Square. The area is, of course, well known to theatre lovers around the globe as Broadway – both the physical street and the wider showbiz environment it encapsulates – […]

  • Clockwise: In Other Words, Diary of a Teenaged Girl and La Ronde
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    My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Diary of a Teenage Girl, In Other Words and La Ronde

My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Diary of a Teenage Girl, In Other Words and La Ronde

Two Off-West End plays have recently inspired my other half Peter Jones to compile Spotify playlists of his youth – terribly convenient as I’ve tasked him with providing background music for a milestone birthday party this weekend (shhh… he’s celebrating the big 5-0).

In Matthew Seager’s debut play In Other Words, at the Hope Theatre, music […]

Quirky musicals on my doorstep: Side Show and Moby Dick

The (new) Union Theatre and Southwark Playhouse are always a pleasure to visit – not least because both venues are practically on my doorstep, within a ten-minute walk. At the moment, they’re both showing quirky, seldom-seen musical revivals.
Moby Dick!

I lost track of the number of times that people told me Moby Dick! is “bonkers” on […]

  • Clockwise from top: Groundhog Day, Children of Eden and Allegro.
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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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    Photos and podcast: Going Through the Q&A Mill with three Judy Garlands

Photos and podcast: Going Through the Q&A Mill with three Judy Garlands

I first saw – and adored – Through the Mill when it premiered at the London Theatre Workshop (then above a pub in Fulham) last year. I was delighted when the show, which revolves around three pivotal periods in the life of Judy Garland, announced its transfer to the – much larger, more centrally […]

  • Grey Gardens' American writing team: Scott Frankel (music), Michael Korie (lyrics) and Doug Wright (book) at a post-show Q&A at Southwark Playhouse, chaired by Mark Shenton
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    Composing Grey Gardens: “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present”

Composing Grey Gardens: “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present”

The American writers of Grey Gardens are clearly delighted with the European premiere production of their musical (See Also my #PressPass round-up), now being staged at London’s Southwark Playhouse in a limited, six-week (and already sold-out) season. “We feel enormously blessed,” said composer Scott Frankel, at a post-show Q&A, chaired by My Theatre Mates’ colleague […]

  • Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse. Clockwise from top left to right: Jenna Russell, Sheila Hancock, Aaron Sidwell, Rachel Anne Rayham, Jenna Russell, Sheila Hancock. © Scott Rylander
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    Press pass: All the reviews and more from Grey Gardens‘ European premiere

Press pass: All the reviews and more from Grey Gardens‘ European premiere

Producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland have created another Off-West End mega-hit musical. In fact, Grey Gardens has broken all box office records at Southwark Playhouse where it has already sold out, eclipsing the pair’s other much-loved Broadway musical reclamations at the same address over the past five years: Grand Hotel (2015 – […]

  • The talented young company are put through their drills by choreographer Drew McOnie in Bugsy Malone at London's Lyric Hammersmith.
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    1976 and 5 other things Bugsy Malone and Carrie have in common

1976 and 5 other things Bugsy Malone and Carrie have in common

I’ve seen two musicals recently that I’d recommend: Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith and Carrie at Southwark Playhouse.

Bugsy Malone is set in Prohibition-era New York City with rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan at loggerheads. As custard pies fly and Dan’s destructive ‘splurge guns’ wreak havoc, Bugsy, an ex-boxer turned manager, falls […]

  • Lauren Ward mothers Rob Compton in Bat Boy at Southwark Playhouse, London, January 2015
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    My theatre diary: Musicals Women on the Verge, Bat Boy and Grand Tour

My theatre diary: Musicals Women on the Verge, Bat Boy and Grand Tour

I caught you up on my new year playgoing earlier this week, now let me turn to some tuners on offer. Though vastly different in scale and subject matter, these three musicals do have two key things in common: they are all Broadway-born and must-sees for musical buffs.

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing/booking […]

  • 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 […]

  • Alexander Hanson and Abigail Cruttenden in Accolade at the St James Theatre, London, Nov 2014
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    My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Accolade, Jonah and Otto and Grand Guignol

My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Accolade, Jonah and Otto and Grand Guignol

There are plenty of plays to choose from on London’s fringe and Off-West End. Here are some that I’ve seen recently and am happy to recommend. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in particular, both of which finish their limited seasons this week.

If you follow […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please […]

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 […]