Peter Rabbit is a mischievous little creature; whether he’s disobeying his mother, getting into trouble with Mr McGregor, or losing another jacket, there’s never a dull moment with him around. So no wonder Beatrix Potter is concerned when she can’t find him! With the help of the simple but kindly Jemima Puddle-Duck, she sets out on a […]Read More Day 7: Where Is Peter Rabbit?
I love musicals. I do. I wouldn’t put myself through an entire week of them if I didn’t! Though, for me, variety is absolutely the key to enjoying theatre – I genuinely cannot get inside the minds of people who will only watch musicals and not even think about embracing a play. Even with the […]Read More Day 7: Love them, or loathe them?
The words ‘super happy’, ‘musical’ and ‘depression’ don’t instinctively appear to be the most natural of bedfellows, but that hasn’t stopped Jon Brittain and Silent Uproar Productions. Brittain (perhaps best known for the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam, currently on tour) has written a 65-minute cabaret-style musical that follows Sally as she lives with depression: A Super […]Read More Day 6: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
Costs of theatre tickets are going up – London isn’t quite at New York levels of crazy just yet, but there are so many seats that the average person simply can’t afford now. When a big percentage of the house is going for over £100 (even as much as £250 for some ‘premium’ options) then […]Read More Day 6: Cheap trick
Possibly my favourite thing about The Other Palace over the last couple of years has been its commitment to developing new material and testing it out on audiences. I’ve previously been to a work-in-progress for Manhattan Parisienne (a new project from Alain Boublil), which steadily staged more and more of the show over the course […]Read More Day 5: Murder at the Gates
Rachel Chavkin certainly made the most of her time in London recently – before directing a new production of The American Clock at the Old Vic, she oversaw the transfer of Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown to the National Theatre. I’m not quite sure how I managed to miss this one… The National’s season announcements do often […]Read More Day 5: Missed The Boat: Hadestown
Roger Bean’s musical The Marvelous Wonderettes has had a long life in America; commissioned in 1998, its first run came a year later at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, where it then returned in 2001 in a longer form. Since then it has been produced in Los Angeles (2006) and Off Broadway (2008 and 2016), but it’s taken […]Read More Day 4: The Marvelous Wonderettes
No musicals week would be complete without a list, right? So that’s what today is all about – trying to figure out what my favourite musicals are. As I’ve seen hundreds of the things now (and that’s no exaggeration), it’s a slightly more difficult prospect than you might think; there’s an increasing range of genres […]Read More Day 4: Favourite musicals
Sometimes when you see a show you can be blinded by an extreme of feeling about it; you may love or hate it, and end up unable to predict what your fellow critics’ verdict will be. Other times you can be more sure – certain aspects of a show can be judged more objectively (terrible […]Read More Day 3: “Relentlessly cheerful”
“I fell more deeply in love with the writing of the musical Waitress than I had ever imagined,” said Sara Bareilles back in 2015. “It proved impossible for me to imagine handing over the songs to the show before selfishly finding a way to sing them myself.” And so What’s Inside was born. This release […]Read More Day 3: What’s Inside