Oh look, I’ve managed to spend another weekend in London at the theatre. Whilst thousands of people took to the West End on Saturday to celebrate Pride, I headed to the theatre to see two clothes that are closing pretty soon. The two shows I’m going to be talking about next were not seen in this order, but it seemed daft to let you know my thoughts on a show that closes in under two weeks when it has less than a week left of its run. So today is all about The Philanthropist, written by Christopher Hampton, directed by Simon Callow and starring a host of actors that you will definitely recognise.
Back in the day I was an active member member of the tumblr musical theatre fandom. Over the few years that I spent my life on there I discovered some killer shows that I’m dying to see in person, and that’s what today’s post is all about – shows I wish would transfer to the West End so I can spend all my hard earned wages on them! These are all shows that are yet to hit the West End, rather than shows that would be a revival so expect to see some lesser known shows here.
Another show, another blog post. Last weekend I popped down to London on the scorcher that was Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday to see a couple of shows, and a surprise flyover of the Red Arrows (it was a surprise me anyway). When I’m on my own for the weekend, it gives me something to do and honestly right now I’d rather spend my money on watching very talented people dance and sing in front of me than buy a new eyeshadow palette (apart from maybe Urban Decay Naked Heat – still got my eye on that one). My matinee choice was Dreamgirls, and for my evening show I decided that Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre would be the one for me.
Despite being a lover of musicals, Dreamgirls was a film that passed me by. All the music I’d heard from it wasn’t really my cup of tea (apart from One Night Only – that song is fab), and even seeing Beyonce absolutely smash Listen when she performed on the x factor all those years back didn’t sway me. However, I was a huge Glee fan back in the day so for £23 I had to see Amber Riley perform and see what all the fuss was about surrounding Dreamgirls.
It’s been a long time since I went to the theatre, and after booking tickets to see The Book of Mormon for the fourth time the bug came right back. In May I went to see A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and An American In Paris, and next week I’m seeing Dreamgirls and Half A Sixpence. I just love the magic of live theatre and when you know the tricks of the trade, you can quite often get reasonably priced West End tickets and not spend a bomb. And I want to share my tips on how to get cheap theatre tickets with you! Spoiler: on the five shows I’ve mentioned I spent less than £100, so you’re looking at less than £20 per ticket which is a steal when you know which seats to book!