The Rink, Southwark Playhouse | Review

    The Rink, Southwark Playhouse | Essential Twenty


    I’ve had my eye on seeing The Rink at Southwark Playhouse since it was announced, and with the great Caroline O’Connor taking a starring role it would be rude not to. In its first revival in 30 years, this Kander & Ebb classic has taken the Off-West End scene by storm this month. Continue reading

    Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year and Stiles+Drewe Prize, 2018

    Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year and Stiles+Drewe Prize, 2018 | Essential Twenty

    Potentially the biggest date in the theatre calendar for up and coming West End performers and writers, the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year (or SSSSPOTY if you’re searching for it on twitter) and Stiles+Drewe Prize (in association with the Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments) descended on the Savoy Theatre for an afternoon of songs from 12 of the top theatre school members in the UK. Ranging from Arts Ed, GSA, The Hammond, RADA, Mountview, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Royal Academy of Music.

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    Making Repeat Visits to Shows

    Making Repeat Visits to Shows | Essential Twenty

    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.

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    Matilda The Musical UK Tour, Milton Keynes Theatre | Review

    Matilda The Musical UK Tour, Milton Keynes Theatre | Essential Twenty


    Matilda The Musical will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the last theatre trip I had before I went to uni. A couple of days before moving north, Mum and I spent the day in London and ended it with a trip to see the show at the Cambridge Theatre, and I loved it. I’ve been meaning to return ever since but it’s never really worked out for me, until it went on tour. Kicking off at the Leicester Curve,  followed by Dublin and Sunderland, Matilda The Musical UK Tour is playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until the end of June and the folks of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas are in for a treat.

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    West End LIVE: How To

    Crowds at West End Live 2017 (c) Pamela Raith | Essential Twenty

    West End LIVE is just 10 days away, which means it’s time to start thinking about your stagey weekend in London. Now, I’ve never actually been to West End LIVE because it’s around the time of a lot of family events (last year it fell on the weekend on my brother’s 21st) but this year I’ve managed to schedule my life to give myself the chance to experience it first hand. Continue reading