I’ve been AWOL for most of the summer. I thought that I’d be back into the swing pretty easily after my break that involved three months travelling around the continent, but it turns out that I thought wrong. I had a day set aside at the end of August before heading back to full time work to sort myself out, but then I got really bad food poisoning which has lead to me gagging every time I walk past a certain food chain. Then when work started again I’ve had a real cba attitude when it comes to blogging. And it’s because theatre blogging is bloody hard.
A couple of weeks before I went on holiday, I got the chance to head to The Other Palace to catch the limited engagement of Heathers The Musical. Since I booked my ticket way back when, it’s been announced that Heathers The Musical is transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket just down from Piccadilly Circus. But should you take the opportunity to catch the show?
Following an award-winning sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and at Soho Theatre earlier this year, Dust is making its triumphant return to the London stage. Dust looks at the mental health of Alice, who is already dead and tells her story as a ghost waking up in a morgue. Throughout the play, she looks back on her life, as well as seeing her loved ones mourn her after she has taken her own life. In advance of its run at Trafalgar Studios 2, I interviewed the author and actress Milly Thomas about why this piece is so special.
After interviewing Andy Moss earlier this week, I’ve taken the opportunity to chat to one of his Knights Of The Rose co-stars, Katie Birtill. Previously appearing in The Last Five Years, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Sweet Charity, Katie is making her way to the West End stage for just eight weeks for this brand new story.
Knights Of The Rose is the latest in a long line of brand new productions to make its West End debut at the Arts Theatre (The Toxic Avenger; Ruthless). Knights Of The Rose is a classic rock musical of Shakespearean proportions, featuring legendary ballads and timeless anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Muse, No Doubt and many more. Last week, I had the chance to speak to Andy Moss (Hollyoaks, Doctors) ahead of the opening of this brand new production.
Whilst I’ve never been asked this myself, I know a lot of people who have been asked why they have seen the same musical or play more than once. Now I try not to make repeat visits to show, simply so that I can broaden my theatre knowledge, but there have been a couple out there that I have made second (or third or fourth) trips to because I enjoyed them so much. And the reasoning for this varies from show to show.