Saturday, 26 December 2015

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Sadler's Wells Theatre London

Hey Guys,

Firstly a massive Happy Christmas - Hope you've all a great festive season and Santa bought you some great festive goodies.

So my blog today is my annual festive trip to the amazing Sadler's Wells theatre in London. 
Now for the past few years my family have been each Christmas season and each year I leave being more of a fan of Matthew Bourne than I was before.
I love all sorts of dance and am a huge fan of all choreography and watching Matthew's shows is something extremely special to watch and I would highly recommend any production. 
One of my favourites productions is Edward Scissorhands. From the staging to the costumes it was amazing to watch from start to finish.

From tonight's production from the end of the first half I was left with goosebumps. Can't say I've ever awarded a show 5⭐️ before from the end of the first half. 
My favourite part of the show is the whole garden element which used a stunning dance sequence put together around an orchestral version of once upon a dream.

The costumes from the start of the show were incredible and worked completely in each part of the show. If you have a love for fashion you will love the different designs that are used.

The staging used in the show puts elements in a complete illusion some of which trick your mind as though you are going into what you are watching. 
It's extremely clever in the way the set is put together and is something to be seen.
The theatre itself is lovely and a real joy to visit each time. It's light and airy and the staff are always warm and inviting on every time I've visited.

I give this production 5⭐️ it deserves more it's incredible 
If you manage to grab a ticket before the end of the run I highly recommend it you will not leave disappointed.

I'm eagerly looking forward to the next production now and hope you enjoy the show if you get a chance to see it.

Matthew I congratulate you, you've left me in awe again and more of a fan than I ever was.

Thanks for reading my review tonight I hope you enjoy it 

Love Holly 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Dr Seuss's The Lorax

So after a long wait it's finally the day I get to head to the Old Vic in London to see The Lorax

Yesterday afternoon a great email popped up in my inbox from the Old Vic giving me all the information about the theatre and the bars and planning my visit which I thought added a lovely touch. Thought it was also great for anyone taking younger children along as well for knowing what to expect.

I have to admit today was my first visit to The Old Vic but it didn't disappoint at all. The theatre itself on the outside looks lovely and is very inviting 

From the moment I entered the staff everywhere were lovely and very easy to approach with any questions. All happy with smiles where I ever I looked.

On my ticket it said restricted view because of the handrail but from the angle of my seat I could see straight through it. 

Now on to the show ..
From the start I honestly give the whole cast 5⭐️
The cast are amazing from start to finish. The staging of the show is completely enchanting from start to finish. A lot of the audience this evening were very young and they were all taken in from the start. 
The show itself deals with deeper messages which is cleverly done for the younger audience and works well with the older audience. I don't want to give too many spoilers away if you haven't already seen the show but it was a lovely touch to see plant seeds given out to the kids on the way out after the show.

I have to give a special shout out to Simon Lipkin, Laura Cubitt and Ben Thompson who look after The Lorax during the show. All of them are so clever to watch throughout the whole show.

If you get a chance to see the show before the end of the run you will really enjoy it.

Thanks for reading my review tonight, if you go n see the show let us know what you think of it 

Love Holly 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thriller press night 8th October 2015

After we reviewed Thriller live about 4/5 weeks ago we were kindly invited for the new Press night by the lovely people at thriller..the first time we saw it we loved it first half wasn't so great but the 2nd half made up for it,so we were excited to see what changes would be made to the show... We had amazing seats this time round and from the get go you could notice the changes and was sold all over again and couldn't take my eyes of the stage and I didn't really have that the last time round.The choreography was so much better in fact it was amazing Thriller have some top dancers in there cast,the new songs were great and were preformed to such a high standard
And the new costumes were also great..the star of the show for me has to be Alex Buchanan who is absolutely amazing and his take on she's out of my life all I can say is WOW I did have a little tear in my eye at one point as it was sung with emotion.

But all the cast have definitely upped there game and you can really tell so much work and effort has gone in to the new changes and they were all fantastic. I can't wait to get booking my next visit.I highly recommend you go get a ticket to see thriller and see the great changes that have been made! 

Thanks for reading 

Hollys Review
So last night we were as Laura said very lucky to be invited to view the new look show. 
Following on from our review a few weeks ago we were both excited to see the new changes.
From the start of the show nothing disappointed.

I won't give away too many spoilers on this as I know all fans of the show will enjoy all the new elements. 
My favourite new song is Rockin Robin have loved the song since I was a kid and it works so well in the show. 
The energy from the start of the show was incredible and definetly grabbed me more this time as I've always loved parts further on in the show. Not gonna lie but if we could I'm sure we would have got up and danced for most of it.
One amazing bonus for us last night was the visuals on the stage. I don't know if it was because we were higher up on our visit before but we were captured from the start. 
The choreography has completely gone to a whole new level. I've always been captured by any show with dance choreography and this was incredible to watch. 
For me last nights show vocally amazing nobody disappointed at all. 
After the show we were lucky to meet the cast and they were completely lovely and it was nice to actually tell them how amazing the show had been.

Now is the time for you guys to go n book for a visit. If you've seen the show before you will be in for a great time and will love the changes. 
If you haven't seen it be ready for an amazing night out and be prepared to sing and dance along

Thanks for reading guys and have a great weekend 
Love Holly x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Avenue Q tour Churchill theatre Bromley

                    Avenue Q Tour 
               Churchill theatre Bromley

Laura's review 

I was unlucky enough never to see this show in the west end while it was there and I always heard great things about it especially from Holly who is the biggest Avenue Q Geek,so when the tour was announced I was pretty happy that I could eventually get to see the show! 
So we went to the Churchill theatre in Bromley which is a lovely little theatre and staff were so polite and really helpful which is very rare to find in some theatres these days so that was refreshing. 
We were sat in row L in the stalls seats 37 & 38 these have to one of the most comfiest seats I've sat in for a long time and the leg room was amazing especially for us long legged girls.. We had an amazing view of the stage and nothing was restricted..
So the show started with the Avenue Q theme song and that was it I was sucked in straight away I loved it and couldn't help bopping away in my seat and I've never laughed so much at a show and especially watching puppets just makes it even better..
The cast of Avenue Q are truly fantastic Stephen Arden,Sarah Harlington,Richard Lowe,Jessica Parker were amazing and the ensemble guys were great to...
The music and songs are just to catchy and my favs had to be "if you were gay" ,
" the Internet is for porn " , and " the money song " as the cast actually come in to the audience with the puppets which was a great touch to the show! 

I throughly enjoyed my first trip to see Avenue Q and I'd happily go see it again but for now think I'm going to download the soundtrack to keep me going! 

Tell you one thing though I will never look at puppets in the same way again lol also just a little warning this is quite an adult themed show so not recommended for young children!

Go grab yourself a ticket and have the best laugh you will ever have,at the Churchill theatre Bromley 9th - 12th September 

I give The Avenue Q tour a massive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks for reading 
Laura x 

Hollys review 
Hey guys
Here's my review of the our visit to see Avenue Q 
For those who know me well know that Avenue Q is in my top ten list of shows. Laura has listened to me talk endlessly of this show since we met so I was really glad to have this chance to attend the show with her and show her what I've been talking about for so long. 
So after a nice easy journey from Victoria to Bromley South (very accessible on direct trains or with a few stops from Victoria) we made our way to the theatre. If your ever travelling there for a show tang need something to eat there are plenty of places within walking distance between the station and the theatre. Also numerous cash points around as well, the theatre does take card though if needed. 
From start to finish all the staff were lovely. We felt looked after from start to finish and no one minded making conversation which made a lovely change.
We made our way to our seats and they were a great view in row L. Luckily no one was in front so we had an incredible view of the stage. 
The show started and the laughter never stopped. I will easily admit I haven't laughed like that in such a long time. 
On a side note even though it was well sign posted the show is made a lot of adult humour so it's not really for a younger audience.

I've never been able to fault the soundtrack it's amazingly catchy and you will find yourself singing it for days even weeks after. 
My favourite songs are 'if you were gay' and 'there's a fine fine line' 
If you get the chance I promise you will not regret it going to see this show. 
 I would love to see it make a return to the WestEnd.

Getting to see these guys last night was a complete highlight 
Defo give the show 5⭐️

Thanks for taking the time to read the first our our tour blogs 
Hope you've enjoyed it and enjoy the show when you go and see it. 

Love Holly x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

I love you, Your perfect, now change review

Evening all from a very hot London Town

So I'm on my way home from opening night of I love you, your perfect, now change and have my review ready for you all.

To start off with all the staff at the theatre were lovely. Full of information when picking up tickets in the cafe downstairs which is where the box office is located to the very sweet bar staff who had large glasses of ice water ready for us on arrival in to the theatre. This love also extends to the staff who ran around in the interval to make sure we had water and were ok being the hottest day of probably the last decade they were amazing.

Now on to the show
From the start the cast were against the Heat but pulled off every song incredibly well. Special mention for Julie Atherton who pulled off one number with a wool jumper on and didn't let it look like it was too hot at all. 
Now I don't want to give away any spoilers for those going in the next few weeks to see it but it's incredibly funny from start to finish and completely worth watching. 
After finding out after they'd only run the show a few times all together I have to say with out knowing that you would never have known as it worked well.

If you guys have a chance to get a ticket the show runs till July 18th and I promise you is completely worth seeing
Definetly 5🌟 and completely looking forward to going back again next week. 

Thanks for taking the time to read the review hope you've enjoyed it 

Love Holly 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Idina Menzel - world tour at SSE Wembley Arena

                      Idina Menzel

So Saturday night had finally arrived and it was at last time to head to Wembley for the show. 
I've had this show in my sights for months I love Idina and new somehow is make it in to watch the show. 
Was super happy when Laura was able to join me as I knew she'd end up loving her too.

As we took our seats by the side of the stage the lights dimmed and the opening bars of Defying Gravity started. For those who know me well know this song is in my top 3 favourite show songs of all time. I have all the respect in the world for anyone who can pull of this song but a complete love for Idinas version. 

As the show continued the hits kept coming and Idina didn't disappoint at all.
To my delight The Wizard and I was on the set list. This song is incredible on stage but to hear it on stage at the arena was beyond amazing.
Even though she sang for a couple of hours I could have happily rewound and watched again and again as I felt it was over way too quick.

We had a great evening luckily joined by some friend who also loved the show and were asking when the next one was straight after.

On a side note I'd like to thank everyone who watched our first venture into periscope broadcasts last night from the show we hope to bring you some more like that soon

Thanks for taking the time to read 
Love Holly x

Laura's Review 

Holly and I have spoken about seeing Idinia for a while and then the subject was forgotten about in till a few days before the actually night at Wembley arena and I wasn't sure at first but I was won over and I'm so so glad that I decided to go..

We went with a couple of friends which made the experience even better as they were both fans so made it even more special,we took to our seats which were amazing and then the lights went down and the sound of defying gravity started and I was sold instantly and then Idinia appeared and started singing and wow that woman's voice is truly spine tingling..

The set was 2 hours long and it flew by there was a mixture of musical theatre and her own music but to be honest I prefer the musical stuff but still was amazing! 
And of course let it go has to be the pin point of the whole show with the whole of Wembley arena singing along was fantastic! 
So I'm so glad I went as I throughly enjoyed every single moment of it and I can't wait for the next tour.. 

Thanks for reading 
Laura xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Interview with CiCi Howells

Interview with CiCi Howells

Hi CiCi,

Thanks so much for agreeing to answer some questions for us at BoxOffice Bloggers

Here we go

Hot on the heals of the Saturday Night Fever tour can you tell us some of your highlights? 

Some of the highlights for me touring Saturday night fever were...  Finding out how much I was actually singing in the show and working with a good friend and very talented man called Paul Herbert.

What was it like working on a totally new version of an iconic show? 

Working on this particular version of SNF was extremely exciting. I loved that the director wanted to make it dark. 
It was nice to be allowed so much creative input into a role. I only wished I could of done more dancing.

What can we expect from your new show?

My new show the Fun Fair is very different first off its s play accompanied by short extracts of music. My role within the shoe is very much that of a musician. 
It's definitely my favourite play it has drama and heart. It's totally wierd and wonderful. Plus I get to sing s beautiful song in a very different style of voice for me.

If you could pick your dream role what would it be and why? 

Dream role, hmm to many to mention but if I had to mention a few it would be
Sherry - rock of ages
Meatloaf - we will Rock you
Clara- light in the piazza 
Sister Mary robbers - sister act
Queenie - wild party 
Mimi - rent
I would love to do any of these roles Purley from a singing point of view.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to Cici for taking the time to answer our questions and wish her luck for her new show

Friday, 8 May 2015

Thinking of Visiting Wicked and Billy Elliot

Thinking of going to Wicked and Billy Elliot

Welcome to our first research blog in helping to plan your visit to a West End Show 

What Laura and I plan to do is build up a hub of information so if you are planning your first visit to a show or just want some general information n help with booking we will be able to help you.

Our first blog covers Wicked and Billy Elliot.

Both theatres are located next to Victoria main line and tube station. 
The station is also accessible for Victoria Coach station, Bus Station and numerous taxi ranks around the theatres.

The station itself holds a number of options for any theatre goer looking to get a bite to eat before the show.
If your looking to have a sit down meal we recommend a visit to the newly refurbished food level on floor 2 of the station.
Some of the best places include 
Frankie n bennys
Eds diner
Cafe rouge
Fresh pizza co and also Tortilla

There is full access to this level by lift for both pushchair and wheelchairs from the entrance at the back of the station at Victoria place.

Level 1 in Victoria Place also has Leon's and Pret for more sit down food choices.
There is also a number of quick stop options across the station including McDonald's, Burger King and Kfc or if you want to pick up snack food there is a sainsburys and boots as well. 

Cash points
If you need any cash before heading to the shows there are cash points next to Patisserie Valerie next to platforms 1-7.
There is also a Currency Exchange and Western Union situated by the tube exit and also platforms 1-7.

Moving on to the theatres

We've both visited Wicked and both agree for a first time visit you should book for the stalls first. You get an incredible view anywhere in the theatre but there is something magical about looking up at the stage for your first time.

For Billy Elliot we will add to this when we have been to visit the show which will be very soon

Thanks for reading so far this blog will be updated more when we have been to Billy Elliot

Friday, 1 May 2015

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon 

There's not many shows that have left me emotionally speechless but I was left in complete awe of the whole production last night.
This was my first visit to both the Prince Edward Theatre and also the show. 
First impression of the theatre was stunning from the spacious areas in the bar and balcony to the auditorium where not only were all the staff lovely but the leg room got top marks as well. 

Now to the show
I admit I didn't know much of the story I always try if it's first time I've been not to read too much on the show.
From the start of the show I was completely taken in with the production. From the soundtrack which the whole cast smashed it out the park with, to the staging of the show which I have to say was hands down the best one visually I've seen in a long time.
By the interval the emotions were in overdrive we both loved it. 
Not knowing the story there was a lot to take on but by the end I was left speechless. 
The tickets we had didn't say restricted view but I think we missed a bit of the set as we did have to lean forward a couple of times to see what was going on up high. Not giving away any spoilers for those who haven't been yet
I'd happily see this show again if you haven't seen it I completely recommend you book. 
I don't think it's a show for younger children myself but for any avid theatre goer it's one you should have on your list

Thank you for reading 
Love Holly 

Laura's Review 

This has been one of my must see shows since it came back in to the west end and we managed to get some tickets and was really looking forward to seeing this show! 
I love the prince Edward theatre it's very grand and suits the show!! 
We were sat in the royal circle row O seat 27&28 the seats were really comfy and plenty of leg room which was bonus for us long legged people,only downside to where we were sat was some of the set was out of view and our tickets didn't say anything about restricted view..
So the show started and I wasn't keen at first as there was a lot of sexual innuendo but about 20 minutes in to it I was sold and was sobbing my eyes out by the interval..the 2nd half started and i was still sobbing by the end of the show I was an emotional mess.. Was great to see an adult piece of theatre and the cast were fantastic.
I throughly enjoyed Miss Saigon infact I loved it,a great piece of theatre that is a must see and I can't wait to book my next trip. 
Just a heads up on a couple of things,i wouldn't recommend this for younger people as its a bit sexual at the beginning..also there is part in the first half where there is some flashing lights I did not see any signs mention this in the theatre anywhere. but those are the only things that need mentioning! 

Thanks for reading 
Laura xxx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Throw back Thursday - footloose the musical

Throwback Thursday - Footloose the musical

Welcome to our first throw back Thursday blog what we aim to do is revisit some of our favourite shows that we've come to love over the years.

Now my favourite film for many years has been Footloose. You can imagine how excited I was to find it was coming to London. 
With tickets booked my best friend and I arrived at the Novello Theatre. We'd managed to get front row centre on the balcony and had a completely 
amazing view of the show. 
By the interval I was hooked and made a quick visit to the merchandise stall and from memory I think half of it came home with me.
By the time the show ended the energy of the dance off at the end stayed with me for days to come. 
We were soon plotting our next visit and soon returned a few weeks later. As we'd booked through last minute we had to pick our tickets up from the box office and the lovely guy there explained that as the first two rows were out for orchestra space did we mind being front row centre .... No complaints at all 😀

The cast themselves were such a pulling point for this show, I'd never seen such energy before.
Needless to say I made a lot of visits to see the show on its first run in London 

The shows soundtrack was literally on repeat for the whole run and it was really sad when the show came to an end. 
It wasn't long after a new tour that it made a swift return to London with a new cast and the welcome return of some of the old. 

I managed to get to quite a few shows on this run and the energy was still there. 
I'll be the first to put my hand up and say I'd be first to be in the queue for tickets for this show when it comes back which I secretly really hope it does very soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read this check back next week for another theatre throw back 

Love Holly

Friday, 17 April 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ladies and gentlemen - welcome to our first joint blog of our trip this week to see 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Hollys review

This show has been on my list ever since it opened. Like I've said in previous blogs if it's a show I haven't seen I stay away from any reviews but the only thing I knew about this show was the change of music. 
After arriving at the theatre we were greeted by the lovely staff who told us our tickets had been upgraded and to head to the reception stand where they would be sorted out straight away. First thing that struck me was the lovely atmosphere in the foyer which is all Wonks themed from the merchandise stand to the sweet stands which all had Wonka Chocolate for sale. The theatre itself is stunning and has loads of space for waiting before and after the show. Lovely highlight was the outside balcony which was lovely to wait on in the sunshine whilst we waited to be allowed to our seats. 
The show itself is visually great to watch and stays close to the story in many ways. I won't include many spoilers for those who haven't seen it but the highlight of the show was the performance of Pure Imagination in act 2. I'd happily book again to see this show as the story was a firm favourite of mine growing up so if it's a group of adults going or if you are taking your children for the first time it's something you will both enjoy.

Thanks for reading 

Laura's Review 

I've wanted to see this show for a very long time and was excited when holly managed to get some tickets for 13th April for us both..Now the only film id seen was the Johnny depp version and I had big hopes for this show! 
The first thing that struck me when we got in to the theatre was the amazing merchandise that they had for sell its every child's dream to be surrounded by all things wonker..another thing was that the foyer had an amazing smell of chocolate I like what they did there.the theatre was amazing it was like some grand hotel and was very spacious so you didnt feel to cramped with everyone.
We went to go to our seats and one of the FOH staff said we were having an upgrade as we were originally sat in the balcony but got given seats in the grand circle we were sat in Row H and seats 11 and 12 and I had the usual aisle seat and the view was amazing i could see every part of the stage the only downside was the seats were very uncomfortable and not enough leg room I found myself sat to the side with my legs hanging over the steps just to get comfortable but even that for 2hours 45 minutes I was still not the show started and I couldn't get in to it from the get go and the first half really dragged for me and took a long time to get to the point of the show..the 2nd half was a bit better especially visually the set was amazing,but the one part that stood out was pure imagination that was truly something spectacular to see and I couldn't help but Hum along! 
So all in all i really wasn't a fan of Charlie and the chocolate factory didn't make me want to go see it again and to be honest I was disappointed in the whole show! 
Just a warning there is some parts that use flashing lights and i did not see any notices mentioning that so just a heads up on that! 

Thanks for reading 


Friday, 10 April 2015

Sunny Afternoon

                Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon

Set at the Harold Pinter Theatre tells the story of the hit band The Kinks.
I was invited along to see the show with my mums office for this trip.
 First impressions of the theatre - the theatre itself is a couple minutes away from Piccadilly Circus Station. It's the road opposite Planet Hollywood for a point of reference if your not sure where to go.
The theatre itself is fairly small but I honestly think this adds to the atmosphere of the show. 
I must admit at the time I did not know much about The Kinks but found I actually knew more of the music than I expected too. 
The stage set itself comes out into the audience so everyone has a chance to see what was going on. Downstairs in the stalls you had a choice of seats or tables with chairs for booking. 
Despite the theatre being small there is ample leg room for all during the show. 
The show itself was very well put together - the sets themselves are a massive bonus point for the show and well worth going to see. I thoroughly recommend this show to watch and promise you when you leave you will be singing the shows title song sunny afternoon for a while after.

One thing to add after I was really impressed by all the staff. I had to track down and hope some lost property that went missing during the show had been lost at the theatre. The staff went to a lot of lengths to help me find it and after meeting the lovely guys at stage door to explain my plight I received a phone call a couple of days later to say they had tracked it down and it would be waiting for me to collect. 

If you get a chance to see the show definitely get some tickets booked up I guarantee you will enjoy it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this

Love Holly 

Picture credit - Sunny Afternoon website