January 2018 Roundup

January has been a hugely busy start to the year. I have seen 9 shows altogether, 3 of these at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley which is quickly becoming my most frequently visited theatre.

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to review 5 shows this month in addition to the 4 that I had already purchased tickets for. Being invited to review Cirque du Soleil: OVO at the Royal Albert Hall for LondonTheatre1 was just amazing. We had a box with an amazing view and the whole evening was really special. Whilst the show itself didn’t live up to my expectations I certainly enjoyed the entire evening.

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This month my favourite show by far was Six the Musical. This short lived production at the Arts Theatre London was just outstanding. Vocally each performer was amazing but more than that it made the audience, myself included, grin, cheer and clap. It was uplifting and an awesome night out. The writers certainly have made a fantastic show and I hope that it comes back so that more people can experience its excellence.

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My favourite touring show oddly enough was Fat Friends the Musical. I wasn’t expecting much. Perhaps this helped? However I was impressed with the storyline, the catchy songs and good acting shown by the cast. Yes, the sets were not amazing, nor was it going to set the stage alight but it had purpose and was an enjoyable night at the theatre. The storytelling, by Kay Mellor, was brilliant and kept the production moving at a good pace. I’d recommend this show for an entertaining night out at your local theatre during its UK Tour.

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January has been a great month to start off 2018. Not all of the shows were hits. Take Thriller and The Case of the Frightened Lady for example. The less said about those the better. But overall the standard has been high and with lots more shows booked and being announced for the coming months I am looking forward to finding that next showstopper performance that I will rave about.

In other news I am now writing a regular blog for StageFaves so do check out their website. My latest blog ‘The Hidden Costs of Theatre‘ has just been published.

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