Monday, July 17, 2017

Q&A photos and video: Monkeying around with nose flutes at King Kong by Terri Paddock

Before I attended King Kong, Daniel Clarkson‘s bonkers stage parody of the 1933 film classic, last week at The Vaults, I never knew there was such a thing as a nose flute. Now I will n…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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 R…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

My theatre diary: West End Live, Lady Day, Hamlet and Quentin Dentin by Terri Paddock

My theatre week last week started and ended with musicals. My partner Peter and I rushed back from our – rather too work-filled – fortnight in Mallorca just in time for West End …

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Talking prison lessons with Held‘s writer, director and stars by Terri Paddock

What’s the most important lesson in a prison ‘education’? HELD is a hard-hitting new British prison drama exploring the broken lives of five inmates, including two young of…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Waiting for God interview series: Leading man Jeffrey Holland by Terri Paddock

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show’s stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here’s the first in a three-part series. Wait…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Lessons in kindness and comedy on Fried Meat Ridge Rd. by Terri Paddock

I had a hunch that this would be an especially amusing post-show Q&A and the company and audience of American hillbilly comedy Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd., now transferred to the W…

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My Waiting for God interview series: Leading lady Nichola McAuliffe by Terri Paddock

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show’s stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here’s the first in a three-part series. Wait…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

My Waiting for God interview series: Writer and creator Michael Aitkens by Terri Paddock

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show’s stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here’s the first in a three-part series. Wait…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Q&A photos and podcast: Swinging Sixties-style with new musical Pete ‘n’ Keely by Terri Paddock

A string of hits, a cast of two, ‘Forever Plaid’ meets ‘I Do, I Do’. James Hindman‘s 2000 Off-Broadway musical two-hander Pete ‘n’ Keely gets its European premiere at Trist…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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

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 product…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

My theatre diary: Guards at the Taj, Junkyard, Waiting for God and Sea Fret by Terri Paddock

Here’s a round-up of productions I’ve seen it recent weeks which I haven’t already covered in Press Passes (do please dance your way as soon as you can into seeing both An …

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Inspired by David Baddiel: My top ten most highly trolled tweets by Terri Paddock

As a Twitter geek, one of the things I enjoyed most about David Baddiel‘s latest one-man show My Family: Not the Sitcom, which is now enjoying its second West End run at the Playhouse …

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

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 l…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Photos, video & podcast: Creating a musical out of wartime prejudice in Miss Nightingale by Terri Paddock

What a great way to get the Bank Holiday weekend off with a swing. Last night, I hosted a post-show Q&A at MISS NIGHTINGALE. This original British musical is now in its sixth iteration &…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bra-waving, toe-tapping and female solidarity: The Girls and Stepping Out by Terri Paddock

If you’re seeking life affirmation, celebrations of female solidarity (of a quintessentially British variety) and general uplift, my two current West End recommendations that tick all …

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Q&A photos and podcast: A return to Brechtian politics via The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Terri Paddock

What would Bertolt Brecht have made of Donald Trump? Brecht’s “epic theatre” was sparked by the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany. Many pundits have likened the political per…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Take two: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Travesties, plus future fantasy casting by Terri Paddock

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 R…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about An American in Paris by Terri Paddock

Here’s what London is crying out for: an escape to Paris. And not the Paris of Marine Le Pen or any other modern foes and woes, but the sumptuous Hollywood Golden Age version now burst…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Off-West End musicals diary: The Sorrows of Satan and The Wild Party by Terri Paddock

Not long left to see two Off-West End musicals I can recommend: The Wild Party at The Other Palace and The Sorrows of Satan at Tristan Bates Theatre. The Wild Party has, of course, created …

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Limehouse asks both ‘what if?’ and ‘why not now?’ Urgent questions by Terri Paddock

Steve Waters’ Limehouse is as much a rallying call as a play: a rallying call for those of us left politically homeless by Jeremy Corbyn’s failed Labour Party. It takes its name from the…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The ‘will of the people’? London has no place in My Country by Terri Paddock

I’ve never voted Conserative. Indeed, the morning after the 2015 General Election, I was so horrified that, after five years of austerity, the Tories had not only got back in but had done …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

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 backgro…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Lizzie Q&A podcast and photos: Why axe murderer Lizzie Borden is a feminist icon by Terri Paddock

The American gothic rock musical LIZZIE, which is now receiving its UK premiere in a limited season at London’s Greenwich Theatre, opens and closes with a nursery rhyme I memorised in …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Musicals diary: Death Takes a Holiday, Promises and Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Terri Paddock

A few thoughts on musical productions I’ve seen recently, with my on-the-night tweet thoughts further below. Promises, Promises Less than a week left to see this rarely seen Broadway m…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tanya Moodie on Trump: ‘We need to keep marching together, every day’ by Terri Paddock

This week the president of the United States Donald Trump said (or rather tweeted) that those who participated in protests against his administration fell into one of three categories: “p…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Behind-the-scenes: My Critics’ Circle Awards experience and Glenda Jackson crush by Terri Paddock

A year ago when blogging about the annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, my headline was “Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?” I didn’t …

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Top Trumps podcast: What can we do next as progressives? by Terri Paddock

The best antidote to hopelessness has got to be action. That’s what I have kept reminding myself over the past few months, and what I recited almost mantra-like on Friday afternoon as…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The power of the poetry in The Wild Party onstage by Terri Paddock

Stage shows based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem The Wild Party are like buses. Ahead of next month’s much-anticipated UK premiere of the Michael John LaChiusa’s musical…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The list of lists: Was there a consensus on the best of #theatre2016? by Terri Paddock

Last week I was more on schedule with rounding up lists of critics’ tips for the best theatre coming up this year. But in truth, as I’ve been organising the Critics’ Circle…

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The list of lists: The best theatre coming up in 2017 by Terri Paddock

What are the hottest shows coming up this year? Based on the ones that are most likely to appear on top picks’ lists in my round-up of commentators’ round-ups, they are: Lin-Ma…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

My top #theatre2016 plays, musicals & performances by Terri Paddock

Ahead of rounding up various publications #theatre2016 highlights, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my own theatregoing year and my favourite plays, musicals, performances and other event…

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