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    Review: Yank! A WWII Love Story

    Yank! A WWII Love Story | Essential Twenty

    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.

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    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Cast Interview

    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour | Essential Twenty

    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!

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    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour | Essential Twenty

    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.

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    Review: The Philanthropist

    The Philanthropist | Essential Twenty

    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.

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    Please Transfer To The West End

    West End Transfers | Essential Twenty

    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.

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    Half A Sixpence Review

    Half A Sixpence | Essential Twenty

    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.

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