“We are immigrants, we are getting things done”: Hamilton at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre

Last year I received raised eyebrows when explaining that Hamilton tickets cannot be booked eight months in advance – folks from abroad had made their travel arrangements already and put Hamilton on the agenda. After months of trying to win £10 tickets through the musical’s app, tickets for July finally became available in April (advanced … Continue reading “We are immigrants, we are getting things done”: Hamilton at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre

A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

I always respected Tina Turner more for her voice, her energetic attitude and age-refusing charisma than for the music played by the mainstream radio stations. GoldenEye was her only song I would turn up and no one ever played her early rock stuff or The Acid Queen from The Who’s 1974 musical film Tommy we … Continue reading A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

Bringing Australian sunshine to London: Summer Street at the Waterloo East Theatre

It is high time to kick off the sunny season and because summer is a mindset, I smilingly agreed to see Summer Street, a musical parody of Australian soap operas, at the Waterloo East Theatre. It is a new off-west end venue for me and given I spent over five years commuting almost every day … Continue reading Bringing Australian sunshine to London: Summer Street at the Waterloo East Theatre

Finally watching a long forgotten favourite: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

That I have not seen the West End production of Les Misérables so far surprises plenty of people, even those I did not expect to have any opinion on this. Myself astonished by this repeated reaction I look even more forward to it. Seated between the massive M&M shopping bags of Chinese tourists wearing surgical … Continue reading Finally watching a long forgotten favourite: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

For the musical’s 50th anniversary production company Aria Entertainment bought Hair back on stage in 2017. I attended the London premiere in October of that year in the Vaults, a tunnel labyrinth of a venue under Waterloo Station. There was bunting hanging from the low ceiling, so it felt like being in a den or … Continue reading HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

A baptism of fire at the New Wimbledon Theatre – seeing Richard O’Briens Rocky Horror Show for the first time

Confession first: Before tonight I had not seen Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show on stage or watched the film. I knew that the Time Warp was a thing, “Dammit, Janet” a catchphrase and that audiences brought water pistols, rice and toilet paper to performances everywhere. Hopefully, all these little myths and rituals will now make … Continue reading A baptism of fire at the New Wimbledon Theatre – seeing Richard O’Briens Rocky Horror Show for the first time

The Brighton Academy’s Sister Act in Clermont Hall, East Sussex

On what seems to be the rainiest weekend this season in London a friend has come to visit from Hamburg. In advance we agreed that I’ll show her Brighton (I have never been during Christmas time) but before we head there I cannot see us drinking cocktails in a beer garden under a patio heater … Continue reading The Brighton Academy’s Sister Act in Clermont Hall, East Sussex

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley

The London suburb of Bromley is technically already in Kent but better connected than some other boroughs of the capital. The Churchill Theatre is in the middle of its high street in a concrete building, currently half wrapped in scaffolding but the warm staff makes up for it. And after all it is a very … Continue reading Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley

Feeling sound in the West End – Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

I am where I wanted to go since passing the glittering façade of the Shaftesbury Theatre during our pub crawl leading to the jazz night at Ronnie Scott’s. An endless amount of Motown tribute shows and revues are now touring and rotating through the stages of the whole planet. I have been assured that Motown … Continue reading Feeling sound in the West End – Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype

When we were in New York we were debating to either watch The Book Of Mormon or Avenue Q, then decided for the latter as our first choice was still running back in London. Almost two years later, we finally got tickets. When we pick them up from the theatre’s box office we can hardly … Continue reading The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype