I feel like theatre blogging is a relatively small niche, but with the decline of print newspapers, it’s a niche that is quickly growing. With the right SEO for reviews, it’s easy to rank above some of the bigger newspapers when it comes to theatre reviews and get a fair few hits to your reviews. And your review could be the decision that somebody books to see a show. But the reality of being a theatre blogger isn’t all going to new launches, writing a post and going to bed, then repeating that a couple of times a week. I’ve been blogging for almost three years, and whilst I enjoy writing about the theatre above anything else I’ve written about, it’s probably the most exhausting thing to write about.
It’s been the talk of the town since Hamilton hit the London theatre scene that West End theatre prices are going through the roof. Tickets are selling for £250 apiece, which is unheard of in London (and funny really since it’s not a cheap city) and the likes of Chess and The King And I aren’t far behind! But on the other end of the spectrum, touring companies are failing. You’d think that productions right on people’s door steps would be sell-outs, and whilst some are, other shows play to half-empty theatres night after night.
I loved Tina The Musical when I went last month. Unfortunately the performances was overshadowed by an unruly audience, as is the case in most jukebox musicals, and I wanted to get my thoughts down on paper about it. As much as you can call this blog ‘paper’.
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?
There are so many productions I want to see this summer, and whilst I haven’t got time to see them all, some of them might be of interest to you. There are a huge number of tours that I’ve got my eye on as well a new shows opening in London that I’m hoping to get to see (although with the crazy theatre schedule I’ve had this month, I think I need to calm it down a little bit), so this is sort of a mental wish list for me that I get to share with you.
Last night was the biggest night of the year when it comes to London Theatre. The Laurence Olivier Awards are presented by the Society of London Theatre, and they’ve been an important night in the theatre calendar for over 40 years. Last year the ceremony moved to the Royal Albert Hall, and I’ve got a few thoughts about this year’s winners that I want to quickly chat about.