Day 7: Where Is Peter Rabbit?

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 […]

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Day 6: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

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 […]

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Day 6: Cheap trick

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 […]

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Day 5: Murder at the Gates

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 […]

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Day 5: Missed The Boat: Hadestown

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 […]

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Day 4: The Marvelous Wonderettes

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 […]

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Day 4: Favourite musicals

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 […]

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Day 3: What’s Inside

“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 […]

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