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 
Holly


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 comfy..so 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 

Laura 

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 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Book of Mormon 8th April 2015

 

Book of Mormon

So I've been waiting to see this for a long time and trying to get tickets was hard as this was sold out night after night..but luckily I managed to find tickets back in November 2014 so I snapped them up immediately only downside it wasn't till April 2015 so a long time to wait. Then suddenly I only remembered last week that I had tickets! 
So I am going to be honest but I wasn't sure if I was going to like it and the storyline didn't feel me with much hope but hey you got to give a show a chance.. 

So we turned up at the prince of Wales theatre which is a lovely modern theatre which actually makes a change to all the old theatres..The staff were really lovely and were very helpful regarding where things were etc..so I was sat in the circle row k seat 6 and wow what an amazing view I had could see every part of the stage and wouldn't miss a thing.The seats were so comfy and plenty of leg room which I need due to long legs and a back operation..so the show started and i was sold straight away..one actor stood out the most and that was Brian Sears who played Elder Cunningham what a truly amazing actor he was and so so so funny and he had amazing vocals..I honestly haven't laughed so much at a musical in a long time I laughed from start to finish..I can see why Book of Mormon has won so many awards and its well deserved..
I highly recommend seeing this brilliant show its hilariously funny and the whole cast are fantastic..BUT and there is a but if your easily offended then maybe Book of Mormon isn't the show for you that's just a little warning! 
I loved it and will be definitely booking again to see the show! 

I give Book of Mormon a massive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Thanks for reading 

Laura xx 

Photos: my own