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.
Oh boy, April was a busy theatre month, partially helped by the fact I’d bought my parents tickets to separate shows that both happened to fall in April, partially because I had a week off and made the most of a free week, and partially because I had some very generous press offers this month. But what exactly did I get up to?
A show that I’ve wanted to see for around a decade now is Spring Awakening. Due to the themes, my parents wouldn’t take me when I had the opportunity. But I’m 24 this year, so I can gallivant around the country and see whatever shows I want. So I did. I gallivanted to the north to take my first trip to the Hope Mill Theatre to see a show that’s been on my radar since the cast of 90210 performed Mama Who Bore Me in 2008.
I’ve been holding onto a ticket for Strictly Ballroom The Musical tickets since the day they were released. Before any casting announcements, before I knew the plot and before they decided they had to push the previews back a week and I had to reschedule the visit. Fortunately my mum was buzzing about this being one of her Christmas presents from me when I told her that Will Young was one of the stars, and he has been her number one since his Pop Idol days.