Something that Jack and his family have told me about on numerous occasions is Play In The Park, part of the Dukes Walkabout Theatre in Lancaster. Last summer I went to see their production of The Hobbit with Jack and his sister, and on Friday we headed back to Williamson Park to see this year’s summer production: Treasure Island.
Everyone in the theatre community knows the name Audra McDonald. She has won a record breaking 6 Tony Awards (being the only person to ever win in all four acting categories) and has finally made her way across the Atlantic to make her West End debut. This debut was due to take place last year but due to falling pregnant, her tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday was postponed to 2017. Now on a limited run at Wyndham’s Theatre, McDonald has brought her voice and acting talents to London in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill, and I just had to make sure I got the chance to see her perform in person.
One of my summer goals was to see four shows. I’m three weeks into my seven week break, and I’ve now seen three shows so I’m pretty chuffed with my work. I also have three more scheduled, although I probably won’t manage any more than that (although I will definitely try). I’m talking about the shows I’ve seen all out of order though, as I want to share my opinions on the shows that are closing the soonest first. This means that first up is the most recent show that I’ve seen: Yank! A WWII Love Story at The Charing Cross Theatre.
Despite frequently visiting London, I have never been on a proper tour. I’ve done a lot of the really cool tourist things like the London Eye, walking over Tower Bridge and visiting Churchill’s War Rooms (that last one is definitely worth a visit) but I’ve never done an all encompassing tour. When I was invited on the Classic Sightseeing London Duck Tour*, I knew this was my opportunity to see a lot of London and I was definitely going to take that chance.
Two weeks ago I was invited to see Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour. Not only did I get to see the show, but I was invited backstage to interview the cast afterwards. I love knowing the processes behind theatre performances, so I jumped at the chance. This was the first interview I’ve ever conducted, so I was very nervous but the company were lovely and put me right at ease. Hopefully you gain as much from this interview as I did from leading it!
On the 8th of July, the best blogging opportunity I’ve had to date occurred. We all know that I’m a big fan of the theatre and I was very fortunate to be invited to see Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour at the Duke of York’s theatre in London. After performing so brilliantly at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago and going on tour, the show was given a West End stint which is due to finish in just over six weeks, but I’ve been lucky enough to see it for myself and let you know exactly what I thought.