I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Mischief Theatre – I’ve seen The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End and on tour, and I’ve seen The Comedy About A Bank Robbery twice in the West End. Unfortunately I missed out on their latest show when it had a brief run at the Arts Theatre over Christmas, but I was able to catch Mischief Movie Night at the Curve Theatre last night.
I really enjoyed the first series of How To Get Away With Murder, and despite never getting around to watching the second (or any of the others), I was eager to catch Afred Enoch’s West End debut in Red. In 2009, John Logan’s play Red opened at the Donmar Warehouse starring Alfred Molina and made a direct transfer to Broadway, winner of six Tony Awards including Best New Play, and earning Molina a Tony nomination for Best Actor In A Play. But until last month, Red had reached the West End.
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.
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.
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.
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.