21/10/14 Made in Dagenham

Hi Theatre-goers

made-dagenham-gemma 340x285I’m off to see new musical Made in Dagenham tonight at the Adelphi theatre.

I really enjoyed the 2010 film of the same name starring Sally Hawkins in the lead role of Rita O’Grady who famously campaigned for equal pay rights for the female work force at the Ford car plant in Dagenham in 1968.

The film has now been adapted by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) for the stage with music and lyrics supplied by David Arnold (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) and Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer : The Opera) respectively.

The musical version stars former Bond girl Gemma Arterton who recently showed off her muscles as crossbow-wealding Gretel in Hollywood blockbuster Hansel and Gretel : Witch Hunters. She was also in the marvelous British bitter-sweet comedy Song for Marilyn with Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave (if you’ve not seen this film yet  - make it number 1 on your to do list this coming weekend)

From what I’ve read on the show’s official website, it appears the paying public are thoroughly enjoying what they are seeing with many tweets consisting of the words “amazing”, “hilarious” and “brilliant” so I should be in for a real treat tonight.

Have you seen it yet? Let me know what you think and I’ll share my views with you all on Thursday.

Have a great week


7/10/14 Tennis Stars in London

Hi Theatre & Event-goers

It’s that exciting time of year again when the world’s elite mens tennis players are vying for a place in the top 8 of the Emirates ATP Race to London rankings in order to play at the ATP World Tour Finals next month

ATP World Tour Finals 2014.

It’s no surprise that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already qualified for the event which takes place at London’s O2 Arena between 9th – 16th November. But what of the contenders to fill in the other 5 spaces … and more importantly, why haven’t I mentioned Britain’s Andy Murray yet? Doesn’t he ALWAYS qualify you might be asking? Isn’t it a given?

Well, Murray hasn’t qualified yet – although last week following his win in Shenzhen (his first title in since winning Wimbledon in 2013) and his semi-final appearance at the China Open he has moved up 2 places in the rankings to number 9. In fact he’s only 200 points behind 6th placed Tomas Berdych and if he does well this week in Shanghai (a tournament he’s won twice before) and again in Paris at the end of October he could well leap-frog over several players possibly ending up ranked as high as 5.

However, what ever the outcome of Murray’s next 2 tournaments, the ATP World Tour Finals are a brilliant opportunity for any tennis fan to watch outstanding players in the mens game which this year could include Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishakori, David Ferrer, US Open Champion Marin Cilic and “next big thing” Grigor Dimitrov. And of course, the doubles offer the unbeatable Bryan brothers who are back to defend their title this year.

So, we all wait with baited breath to see just who will fill in the top spots…

Have a great week


16/09/14 A Sunny Afternoon this Winter

Hi Theatre-goers

Very pleased to hear that the Hampstead Theatre’s sell-out show Sunny Afternoon, which is transferring to the Harold Pinter theatre, next month as now been extended through to the New Year – even before its opened!

Sunny Afternoon is the smash-hit musical charting the rise to fame of Britain’s own The Kinks and it features their most memorable songs played and sung live on stage by the actors portraying the 60s group.

sunny-afternoon 320x240I have a personal interest in Sunny Afternoon not least because it has a great lead actor in the form of John Dalgleish (playing Kinks front-man Ray Davies) who has recently been seen on our tv screens as hapless summer camp counsellor, Barry, in C4′s Beaver Falls for two series as well as in Sky 1′s Starlings with Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyne.

I am also pleased that an ex-drama school peer of mine, Edward Hall, is directing and another drama school classmate Vince Leigh is a cast member. And if that’s not enough to get me to buy a ticket, George Maquire, who plays band member Dave Davies, attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where I used to work (and in fact I acted as George’s agent whilst he was a student there). Oh, and finally, I think Helen Hobson, also in the cast, used to go to the drama school where I went – in fact, I think there’s even a Helen Hobson scholarship offered to promising students (not that I was awarded it, you understand).

Anyway, the fact that advance sales for this show has meant its already extended its booking period leads me to believe that its going to be brilliant (well, we know it was brilliant from the rave reviews it recieved at the Hampstead theatre).

Hopefully, like me, you will be seeing this show sooner rather later this side of Christmas.

Have a great theatre-going week



4/9/14 : The Woman in Black – 25 Scary Years!

Hi Theatregoers

I can’t quite believe that the stage play The Woman in Black has been making London audiences jump out of their seats for over 25 years now.

WiBHouse 200x200It opened on 1st January 1989 and I went to see it that very first year. I was fresh out of drama school and still a twenty-something singleton then, so … no, stop! I don’t even want to do the maths.

It is an amazing piece of theatre with just two actors on stage and minimal scenery yet it conjures up the spookiness of Eel Marsh House and the surrounding area of Crythin Gifford where the ghostly events take place.

WiB-Kipps 150x250And even though I’ve read the book, seen both film versions and watched the actual play three times, I still jump in all the right places and leave the theatre with prickles on my neck.

This Autumn half term I am finally taking my two teenage children who have been wanting to go for quite a while. Again they have seen both films – although they are of the opinion that the 1989 tv version was the scariest of the two – so they know what to expect… or do they? I’m not giving anything away, but I have sat us on the centre aisle for a very good reason!
The fact that The Woman in Black is now celebrating its 25th year at the Fortune theatre is testament to its superior story telling and second only to The Mousetrap as the longest running play in London.

So… what will you be doing with your kids this coming half term?



55% off top theatre tickets

Hi Theatre-goers

forbidden-broadway-sale 300x400I know that in these austere times not everyone can afford to spend £50 or £60 per ticket on a theatre visit and so what I have to tell you next will be great news…

For the next 24 hours we are able to offer top price tickets to see Forbidden Broadway which opens at the Vaudeville theatre on 9th September for a fraction of the normal price.

You can cave 34% on top price seats which means they are now only £29.99 and Upper Circle seats at only £15.99 which is a saving of a massive 55% to see performances between 9th September and 4th October!

But HURRY – this great deal only lasts until Friday 29th September 2014.



Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to the West End, Forbidden Broadway promises a bundle of laughs as it parodies many of the big London productions.

Of course, we still offer Forbidden Broadway Theatre Breaks with a choice of tickets and hotels to suit all budgets CLICK HERE for full details

Happy savings!


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