Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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Personal |  Theatrical

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 pleasure of seeing back-to-back. Two standing ovations, two nights in the row, and me there, happily joining in with both. I’m not sure that has ever happened… If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) –…
By Terri Paddock | 30 October 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

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 mammoth extra stash of time somewhere. If you’ve seen any of the following yet and can help me prioritise, please leave a comment below or tweet me your suggestions @TerriPaddock. In no particular order, my current…
By Terri Paddock | 23 October 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

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 last night at Wandsworth’s Lost Theatre and continues until Saturday, Simon could mount his own solo festival…solo. By his own count, The Man Jesus is Simon Callow’s 21st one-man show. In the past ten years or…
By Terri Paddock | 7 October 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

How to make your professional stage debut, aged 53

Take me out to the ballgame... There’s a lot of new talent on show in the Landor Theatre’s boisterous revival of 1955 Broadway baseball musical Damn Yankees, but I must declare a personal interest in the cast’s oldest newcomer: 53-year-old Gary Bland. I’ve known Gary and his wife Deborah for many years. They were regulars at the WhatsOnStage.com Outings that I used to host and I always looked forward to seeing them. (Part of a band of enthusiastic favourites who I still think of, totally possessively, as “my theatregoers”.) But,…
By Terri Paddock | 6 October 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Have you voted yet in the West End Wilma Awards? Here’s why I have

I voted in the inaugural West End Wilma Awards this morning – and experienced an intense feeling of déjà vu. My own awards past Fourteen years ago, I founded the WhatsOnStage Awards almost by accident. That year, when the Olivier Awards released its shortlists in January, I published them on the website and invited people to vote for who they thought should win. In the five week interim before the Oliviers ceremony, thousands of people did – and their choices were much different from those of the official judging panel.…
By Terri Paddock | 1 October 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Spoiler alert: My favourite Forbidden Broadway spoofs

Forbidden Broadway was just what the doctor ordered for me the other night - I haven't laughed so hard in ages. The renowned Broadway institution (going since 1982) has been slightly Anglicised and specially tailored for the West End in 2014 - Cameron Mackintosh, Elaine Paige, Robert Lindsay and revivals of Evita and Cats be warned (you're now caught in the transatlantic cross-hairs along with Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Hugh Jackman, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno - no bad company) - with terrifically funny, tongue-in-cheek results. And, while everyone but…
By Terri Paddock | 30 September 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

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 particular, both of which finish their limited seasons this weekend. If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please do! – you’ll be able to see my #theatreselfies and initial reactions from my every trip…
By Terri Paddock | 17 September 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Spoiling post-show Q&A at Theatre Royal Stratford East, 4 Sep 2014. ©Peter Jones

Video and photos: Spoiling debate ahead of Scottish referendum

“Talk about handling a hot potato,” Gabriel Quigley said to me after I chaired a post-show Q&A with her and her co-star Richard Clements following last Thursday’s performance of Spoiling at Theatre Royal Stratford East. John McCann’s new play, a co-production between Stratford East and Scotland’s Traverse Theatre, is ferociously topical – taking as its jumping-off point the fateful vote on Scottish independence, which in real life, of course, takes place next Thursday, 18 September 2014. McCann imagines that the “Yes” vote is triumphant and he sets the action a…
By Terri Paddock | 8 September 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

All by myself: Solo theatre at the Face to Face Festival

Four of the nine Festival Highlights shows I worked on in August were solo pieces. And over the years of visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, I estimate that at least 60% of all those shows I’ve seen there have been solos – and that’s not including any stand-up. Personally, I love a good solo piece. If it’s well written and well performed, I feel like I’m opening up the brain of the character and rummaging around, as I do with a really gripping first-hand narrative novel. In the past, after returning…
By Terri Paddock | 4 September 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Michael Flatley with young lords of the dance Tom Cunningham, James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Matt Smith at the London Palladium

Photos and podcast: With the original Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley

I’m excited to attend the gala opening tonight of Michael Flatley’s revamped Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. I got a sneak peek recently when a few extracts were performed at a preview event at the London Palladium. In addition to the pounding Irish dancing – performed by a 40-strong company of world champions - and evocative music, there are some truly mind-blowing holographic projections (care of a new screen design technology called Holo-Gauze). At the event, I was asked to chair a Q&A with Michael, guest singer Nadine Coyle…
By Terri Paddock | 3 September 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >