Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

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 Jan…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Q&A video & photos: Bringing Beckett’s Waiting for Godot home after 62 years by Terri Paddock

I had my own Godotesque moment to start last night’s Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National by Terri Paddock

What do you need to know about Dominic Cooke‘s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre? It’s a great big, sumptuous, stellar hit. I was lucky enough t…

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

#HiddleHamlet is a ★★★★ success (for the few lucky critics who got tickets) by Terri Paddock

Did you get lucky in the ticket ballot for #RADAHamlet, which on Twitter has also gained the predictable #HiddleHamlet hashtag thanks to its title star, Tom Hiddleston? The fundraising produ…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Q&A photos and podcast: What does Marlowe’s Edward II tell us about identity and gay rights? by Terri Paddock

The plays may have been written 420-odd years apart, but I was really struck  by how many parallels there were between the discussion I hosted last week, to the European premiere of Jordan …

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast by Terri Paddock

Having heard so many of My Theatre Mates raving about Late Company following its European premiere earlier this year at the Finborough, I was really looking forward to seeing it at Trafalga…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My (non-Edinburgh) theatre diary: Salad Days, Mrs Orwell, Boom and Cowboy Rufus by Terri Paddock

It’s not just umbrella festival programmes, as I blogged earlier, that keep myself and other London theatregoers busy in August. Here’s a round-up of some of the other plays and …

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Is London the real festival city in August? InMotion & other capital offerings by Terri Paddock

I’m in the slightly odd position this month of working on an Edinburgh show while not being in Edinburgh at all. (Mind you, I have seen the show, in China in May, so can knowledgeably …

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From Stage to Page Q&A podcast and photos: How is the international scene changing for new musicals? by Terri Paddock

Two years ago, I chaired the opening night discussion at the third annual From Page to Stage festival of new musicals founded by Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson. The central question…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Musicals diary: Spoonful of Sherman, Adrian Mole, Girl from the North Country by Terri Paddock

Most of nights last week was devoted to just one play, Preethi Nair’s Sari: The Whole Five Yards, which I’m trying to help find a future life. But I have managed a few memorable …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My plays diary: Sari, Around the World in 80 Days, The Wasp, Flood by Terri Paddock

My plays diary this week isn’t terribly varied. I’m spending most nights at the Tristan Bates Theatre, all in aid of one production: Preethi Nair‘s Sari: The Whole Five Ya…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Would founder Dan Crawford approve of the King’s Head’s big move? by Terri Paddock

The King’s Head Theatre attracted widespread coverage this week for its announcement that it is moving out of the King’s Head pub on Upper Street in Islington, north London, its home for…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Counting Sheep and top-notch bloggers by Terri Paddock

I’ve had issues with sleep – or rather lack of sleep – since I was a teenager. I won’t be an insomnia bore and tell you ALL of the so-called remedies I’ve tried over the years, inc…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Is Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew inherently misogynistic? by Terri Paddock

Is Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew inherently misogynistic? Particularly with its treatment of spirited Kate, the Shrew of the title, who is starved and mentally tormented (gasli…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: What would Lucille Ball think of I Loved Lucy? by Terri Paddock

It’s always a real privilege to have the playwright involved when you’re chairing a post-show Q&A. But when the play is also based on the playwright’s own best-sellin…

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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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