Oh my god you guys, Legally Blonde The Musical has hit Milton Keynes Theatre after touring the UK since September. I’ve been watching all my friends see it up and down the country, and it’s about time that it was my turn! Especially since I missed Sheridan Smith’s Olivier award-winning run at the Savoy Theatre in 2010.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s smash-hit Into The Woods opened on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards, before being reimagined in hundreds of different ways. It was even developed into a feature-film by Walt Disney Pictures in 2014 and until Friday night’s opening of Into The Woods at The Cockpit, the film is my only real experience of the production. Teaming up with Trilby Productions, All Star Productions has delivered the London fringe theatre scene with a 21st century imagination of the Sondheim classic.
Based on the 1963 hit film of the same name, Summer Holiday: The Musical is the ‘feel-good musical of the year’. 4 young London Transport mechanics head on a trip across the continent by London bus in search of a brilliant summer, and manage to pick up some strays along the way. Press night at Milton Keynes Theatre (where I most recently saw The Play That Goes Wrong) was a little too grey weather-wise for the audience to get into too much of a summery mood, but the story inside certainly changed that.
When I heard that Chess was making its way to the West End for the first time in over 30 years, I knew I had to be part of this special production. But the English National Opera is notorious for high price tickets (I mean, there are a lot of people to pay at the London Coliseum so it makes sense but I’m queen of the cheap seats usual). Thanks to Today Tix I was able to get a ticket in the dress circle for just £25, making it that little bit more affordable.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a terrible train journey to London as I did when I went to watch H.R.Haitch at the Union Theatre, but my goodness it was the breath of fresh air that I needed. And it’s also what London needs in such a turbulent political landscape.
Last month I teamed up with London Box Office to bring you a review of Tina The Musical. As another one of my April theatre trips, they treated me to an evening at the Olivier-nominated Young Frankenstein. I’ve been interested to see this show for a while, although from what I’d read it seemed to be a bit of a marmite show. People either love it or hate it…and I’m still not sure where I sit.