2017 was the year that kick-started my love for theatre blogging, and in 2018 I have some big plans for the theatre side of Essential Twenty. Of course, a lot of my plans are currently a wish list of shows I want to see this year! So if you need some theatre inspiration for the coming year, look no further.
First Shows Of 2018
We’re only into the third week of 2018 and I’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of shows. The first Saturday of the year, I hopped on a train to see The Woman In White and 42nd Street (a review is coming) and I will definitely continue to do this through the year. Due to work commitments I struggle to get to shows during the week, and my boyfriend would complain a lot if I spent every weekend in London and never with him. This year I’m sticking with my ‘minimum of two shows a month’ target, meaning I should get to see a minimum of 24 shows through the year. One of my 2018 goals is to review 25 shows on this blog, but during the holidays I will hopefully get to see more than two per month.
Already In The Diary
I’ve got five shows booked in for later in the year already, bringing my minimum number of shows I’ll see up to 7. See, I’m already over 20% of the way there! After dreaming of seeing it when it was on Broadway a few years ago, I’m finally seeing Pippin at the Southwark Playhouse in March. I’d been meaning to book this for ages and after talking to someone about it whilst at The Woman In White, I got around to booking a ticket for myself.
For Christmas, I treated my mum to tickets to see Strictly Ballroom: The Musical which we’ll be seeing in April. I actually booked these way back when they were released and the performance I had tickets for was cancelled so I’ll now be going two weeks after I initially planned. I don’t actually know much about the original film, let alone this brand new musical, but I love a production with brilliant choreography (the only reason I really enjoyed An American In Paris) so I hope Strictly Ballroom: The Musical features some fabulous footwork.
In July, I’m finally seeing Hamilton. One of Broadway’s best performing shows opened in London last month and I kept forgetting about the ticket release. I managed to buy some for July last month, and it’ll be the third West End show Jack and I will have seen together. Well, that I’ll have dragged him to. I can’t promise I won’t enter any lotteries before then and see it by myself, but I’ve definitely go this ticket secured for the summer!
In the summer, Fun Home comes to the West End for a limited season and I snapped up a ticket a few weeks ago. One great thing about The Young Vic are their ticket offers to under 25; I got this ticket for £10. I only have 18 months left to make use of this offer so I’m going to try my hardest to get as much out of it as I can! It won 5 Tony Awards and has a brilliant soundtrack so I can’t wait to see the production in August.
Back in September, I saw The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time and whilst at the theatre, I spotted War Horse was coming to Milton Keynes. Someone I work with has wanted to see the show for years so we booked the tickets pretty promptly and we’ve been sitting on them ever since. The performance isn’t until October so I keep forgetting about it, but I’m interested to see it. I’ve never read the book nor have I seen the film, so I’m going in blind!
Shows On My Wish List
I have a list as long as my arm of shows I’d love to see, whether that be shows that are touring, shows that are in the West End or shows that are no longer around, or have never made it to the UK. Tickets I’d love to get my hands on in 2018 include the UK premiere of Waitress, as well as Legally Blonde: The Musical (tour), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (tour) and Les Mis (can you believe I’ve never seen it live on stage?). And I’ll definitely be looking into more of the goings on at the From Page To Stage Festival. Last year I saw Some Lovers (which I just didn’t get around to reviewing) and had a wonderful time. I would love to see a variety of works at different stages in their creative life, rather than more of a finished product.
I’d also be keen to get my hands on tickets to see The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Matilda again, and perhaps head up to Edinburgh again this year to see a few shows at the Fringe. Last year I loved my few hours there, and would definitely be up for seeing a few more independent theatre groups perform (just like An Act of Kindness).
What are your theatre plans for 2018? Maybe you’re a newbie to the world of theatre loving, or maybe you’ve been around for a long time, but I urge you to take just one trip this year to be taken away for a magical 2 hours. And if you need a theatre buddy, I’m always game!