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.
I’d been interested in seeing The Ferryman since reading rave reviews in the autumn after its transfer from the Royal Court. 3 West End extensions and 3 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, later I had to get around to seeing it before it closed (in just five days time).
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.
My first theatre review was published a year ago in June, but I attended my first show with the intention to review a year ago this month. I absolutely adore going to the theatre (can you not tell from the fact I saw thirteen shows last month and only four of them were press tickets?), but when I review I tend to just rave about things. Now I’ve made it to over 40 shows in that time, and I’ve finally realised what I really like about productions and what makes them fall flat for me. From now on, I’m giving a real rating but I wanted to explain that rating to you a little more.