This time last year, I was sipping champagne on the Royal Opera House outdoor terrace prior to perching (literally) on my high-chair seat to enjoy the 2015 Oliviers ceremony. This year, unfortunately, having not had the same privilege of being a panellist for the Awards, I am instead lounging on my sofa and have to wait, like the majority of the theatre-loving world, to watch the highlights on TV later tonight. However, a fellow 2015 panellist and I couldn’t quite resist the temptation to rustle up our own predictions for who will win this year’s Awards…
It’s always exciting when a major new musical arrives in the West End – high hopes and trepidation abound, with cast, creatives and audience alike wondering how things will turn out. I was keen to get in early* to see the newest addition, Mrs Henderson Presents, which arrives in London after a run at Bath’s Theatre Royal last year. Having never seen the 2005 film starring Dame Judi and Bob ‘Oskins, I was only vaguely aware of the storyline and content, so I approached this one with a very fresh pair of eyes – one of my favourite ways to see a show.
Near the South Bank of town where the river Thames flows
and commuters pass by in monotonous rows
and sometimes I go to see theatre shows,
is the Old Vic. Now playing: The Lorax!
Always keen to see a bit of new writing (and even keener to do so at a bargain price) I got myself online at 9am to bag a £10 Monday ticket to see Violence and Son at the Royal Court. The subject matter sounded interesting – a boy who’s lost his mum and consequently had to move to the Welsh Valleys to live with a father he doesn’t know. A father who, not without good reason, is nicknamed ‘Vile’, short for ‘Violence’…