I lived no more than 10 minutes from Hyde Hall for over 25 years and never visited. I put that right this summer and joined the RHS, a complete bargain at just over £45 for the year. The membership gives entrance to Hyde Hall, Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and Rosemoor in Devon … More Hyde Hall in November
It was only when I watched Kinky Boots in London that I understood how people could watch a show more than once! This is joy on a stage, I saw it 3 times at the Adelphi Theatre, seeing David Hunter as Charlie and Matt Henry as Lola amongst other amazing stage actors. One of my … More Kinky Boots – In Praise of local theatre!
For my 60th Birthday in 2021 I booked a trip to watch Les Miserables with my friend Monica, It’s rare I book an expensive seat as I go to the theatre regularly, but this, was a special occasion. The date? 17th March – the day after theatres closed! The first of many disappointments, but not … More Les Miserables – Tres Formidables
My plethora of vouchers received during Lockdown times came to fruition for 2 of the 3 performances I watched over the last week. I’ll write a few words on each and start at the ‘beginning’. The Mirror and The Light Based on Part 3 of a series of books written by Hilary Mantel, the play … More A very different trio of Performances!
I should probably lay my cards on the table here, I fell in love with the soundtrack while listening to Ben Platt singing it on Spotify – The Original Broadway Cast Recording. I am a fan of Ben Platt, he started his career as a child on the stage, appearing in the Sound of Music … More Dear Evan Hansen – The Movie
The Osmonds first came to the UK in 1972 – nearly 50 years ago, I was 11 then and had already been hooked, their 1973 album The Plan was one of my favourites for many years, it’s to my great regret that I no longer own it. I was realistically too young to be able … More Merrill Osmond – Nearly a 50 year wait!
Today I travelled up to London with my good friend Sheila to watch Singin’ In The Rain at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. We had lunch close by at an all Gluten Free Restaurant, Niche https://www.nichefoodanddrink.com/ the food was sublime and the restaurant a 2 minute walk from the theatre. Before the first Lockdown way back in … More Singin’ In The Rain – Theatre is back!
32 years ago on 2nd October life changed forever, you were born, with a small amount of drama, you had to be rushed away quickly, but you were soon back. A healthy boy, 7lbs 12, blond hair and the most beautiful, smooth skin. An awful lot’s happened in those 32 years, it’s a long time! … More A letter to Luke
I didn’t really have a concept of what I was going to see and I’m not sure I can do justice to this production. I’d only seen one ballet live before, that was Sleeping Beauty at the Colosseum in London. I enjoyed that but it didn’t touch me in the same way Swan Lake did. … More Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
I booked this musical as an after thought, one of the much hyped productions on the stage in London at the moment, I’d avoided it for a while. But Sara Bareilles pulled me in, she wrote the music and lyrics and I’m a fan of hers. Waitress is based on a book by Jessie Nelson, … More Waitress
A play based on a book written by Mark Haddon, published in 2003. One of my daughters; favourites of the time, she didn’t put it down! The Piccadilly Theatre is a short walk from Oxford Circus Station, and it’s a lovely walk, taking in Regent’s Street and Carnaby Street. I stopped on the way for … More The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time